‘Creed’ goes the distance and delivers brilliance

Michael B. Jordan and Tony Bellew in 'Creed'

Starring:  Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phyllicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Carl Weathers and Gabriel Rosado Writer(s):  Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (characters) Director(s):  Ryan Coogler One of the toughest tests a director can be faced with is taking on a film in a franchise […] … Read More

Jennifer Lawrence poised to shoot an arrow in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, brings the franchise to an epic close

Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Sam Clafin, Willow Shields, Meta Golding, Michelle Forbes, Gwendoline Christie, Mahershala Ali, Stanley Tucci and Paula Malcolmson Writer(s):  Peter Craig and Danny Strong (screenplay), based on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Director(s):  Francis Lawrence […] … Read More

Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy as the Kray twins in 'Legend'

‘Legend’ isn’t quite legendary. But it’s damn close.

Starring:  Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Ecclestone, Taron Egerton, Paul Bettany, Colin Morgan, David Thewlis, Chazz Palminteri, Paul Anderson and Kevin McNally Writer(s):  Brian Helgeland, based on the book The Profession of Violence by John Pearson Director(s):  Brian Helgeland Tom Hardy has the difficult task of playing twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray in the […] … Read More

The crosses mourning those who were "disappeared" in 'Kingdom of Shadows'

Documentary film ‘Kingdom of Shadows’ tries to shine a light on the drug trade

Writer:  Bernardo Ruiz Director:  Bernardo Ruiz Documentary films that run less than 85 minutes raise an immediate question.  Would this have been better as a PBS special stretched out to two hours with pledge breaks, rather than as a feature project?  It is a valid question for Kingdom of Shadows, from writer/director Bernardo Ruiz.  Don’t […] … Read More

Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in 'Spotlight'

‘Spotlight’ shines brilliantly across the big screen

Starring:  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Jamey Sheridan, Len Cariou, Billy Crudup, Neal Huff and Richard Jenkins (uncredited) Writer(s):  Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Director(s):  Tom McCarthy On January 6, 2002, the Boston Globe published a front-page story that exposed the scandal of sexual abuse […] … Read More

Bryan Cranston is 'Trumbo'

‘Trumbo’ is a movie that’s every bit as outstanding as the scripts he wrote

Starring:  Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C. K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlburg, Alan Tuydk,  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dean O’Gorman, David James Elliot, Stephen Root, Roger Bart, Peter McKenzie, John Getz, Christian Berkel and Robert Portnow Writer(s):  John McNamara (screenplay), based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook Director(s):  Jay Roach “There […] … Read More

Daniel Craig is James Bond in 'Spectre'

‘Spectre’ is an excellent Bond film but pales in comparison to ‘Skyfall’

Starring:  Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Monica Belluci, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Judy Dench, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen, Alessandro Cremora and Stephanie Sigman Writer(s):  John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth (screenplay); John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (story);  Ian Fleming (characters) Director(s):  Sam Mendes […] … Read More

Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in 'Our Brand is Crisis'

‘Our Brand is Crisis’ is an excellent fictionalization of a true story

Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scott McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Luis Chavez Writer(s):  Peter Straughan (screenplay), Rachel Boynton (suggested by her documentary film) Director(s):  David Gordon Green “Truth is relative in politics.  The truth is what I tell […] … Read More

Fred Dalton Thompson as "Admiral Painter" in 'The Hunt for Red October'

Fred Dalton Thompson, U. S. Senator, Actor and more has died

Freddie “Fred” Dalton Thompson was an attorney, a United States Senator from Tennessee, a lobbyist, a candidate for the U. S. Presidency in 2008, an actor who worked in movies and television, and a radio talk-show host, died today. Reports are that he died at the age of 73 from lymphoma. He was born in […] … Read More

Screen legend Maureen O’Hara has passed away

Maureen O'Hara

  Actress Maureen O’Hara, best known as the favorite leading lady of the late John Wayne has died. She was 95 years of age. Born Maureen FitzSimons in a Dublin suburb, she grew up wanting to be a stage actress. She trained in drama, dance and music. She went to London for a screen test […] … Read More

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