Ramaa Mosley, ‘The Brass Teapot’ director, talks humor and ‘Close Encounters’

Ramaa Mosley, director of 'The Brass Teapot'
Ramaa Mosley, director of ‘The Brass Teapot’

The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angaro, will open in limited release on April 5th. Ramaa Mosley directed the film, from a screenplay written by Tim Macy. Mosley and Macy collaborated on a comic series that became the screenplay. Tail Slate sat down with Ms. Mosley recently to talk about her film.

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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ is a throwback to the popcorn-action flicks of yesteryear

Gerard Butler in 'Olympus Has Fallen'
Gerard Butler in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

Inside the auditorium you’ve stepped into a time-warp.  You are back in the 1980s, the era of big-action movies with cheesy music, lots of bad-guys and some innocents going down and the hero or heroes always save the world just in the nick of time.  Stir in some modern special effects and technology and take out the cheesy music and you have Olympus Has Fallen.

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No need to apply early for ‘Admission’, wait for the DVD

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd get romantic in 'Admission'
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd get romantic in ‘Admission’

[rating=2]Starring:  Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Gloria Rueben, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, Travaris Spears, Lily Tomlin and Michael Sheen
Writer(s):  Karen Croner (screenplay), Jean Hanff Korelitz
Director(s):  Paul Weitz

I’ve heard that the novel that was adapted into the film Admission is an excellent one.  Sadly, the same cannot be said for the adaptation.  “Portia Nathan” (Fey) is an admissions officer at Princeton who lives in a neatly ordered world.  She has the man she wants, the house she wants and the job she wants is just around the corner.  Her boss “Clarence” (Shawn) has announced he will be stepping down as Dean of Admissions at Princeton.  He tells Portia and “Corrine” (Reuben) that they are his two “stars” and he expect to see one of them in his office next year.

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There is little real magic in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

Steve Carell in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'
Steve Carell in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

[rating=2]Starring:  Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr and Brad Garrett
Writer(s):  Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (screenplay and story); Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell (story)
Director(s):  Don Scardino

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a story of friendship, magic and the power of both to astound.  It could have been a really good film.  However, like an illusion involving levitation where the wires can clearly be seen, it was ultimately less than satisfying.

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‘Love and Honor’ tries to honor the past

Teresa Palmer and Liam Hemsworth in 'Love and Honor'
Teresa Palmer and Liam Hemsworth in ‘Love and Honor’

[rating=3]Starring:  Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden, Austin Stowell, Chris Lowell, Max Adler, Delvon Roe and Claire Richards
Writer(s):  Jim Burnstein and Garrett K. Schiff
Director(s):  Danny Mooney

In 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, while here on Earth, dozens (maybe hundreds) of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam got so-called “Dear John” letters from their girlfriends back home.  They’re called Dear John letters because during WWII, most letters from the girl back home began “My dearest Johnny” or “My darling” or something equally affectionate and sugar-coated.  When a letter started with the terse “Dear John”, soldiers knew it was bad news.

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Take a trip to the ‘New World’ for a very good crime thriller

HwangJun-min (left) and LeeJung-jae (right) are poised to take control of the Goldmoon crime syndicate in 'New World'
HwangJun-min (left) and LeeJung-jae (right) are poised to take control of the Goldmoon crime syndicate in ‘New World’

[rating=3]Starring:  Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-shik, Hwang Jung-min, Park Sung-woong, Choi Il-hwa and Lee Geong-yung
Writer(s):  Park Hoon-jung
Director(s):  Park Hoon-jung

New World has nothing to do with Christopher Columbus, the Americas or anything else outside of South Korea.  It’s the code name for a sophisticated operation that the South Korean National Police is going to launch.  Unlike the U.S., where we have federal, state, county and city level law enforcement, there is one National Police Agency for all of South Korea.

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Make ‘The Call’, you’ll be really glad you did

Halle Berry as "Jordan" in 'The Call'
Halle Berry as “Jordan” in ‘The Call’

[rating=3]Starring:  Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli, Jose Zuniga and Roma Maffia
Director(s):  Brad Anderson
Writer(s):  Richard D’Ovidio (screenplay) and Richard D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio, and Joe BokenKamp (story)

Originally titled The Hive, The Call is the story of an emergency services dispatcher who makes a decision that she believes led to the death of a young woman and how she copes with it when a similar situation takes place later on.

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‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ is sweet candy for the eyes

Mila Kunis and James Franco in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
Mila Kunis and James Franco in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

Not quite 113 years ago, a name named L. Frank Baum saw his novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” published. In 1939, the story was made into a movie that has remained a classic for more than 70 years.  The scene where the Wizard of Oz departs in a balloon near the end is indelibly etched into the collective consciousness of people who began viewing this film as children.  Now, a ‘prequel’ has come to the big screen.

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‘Dead Man Down’ might have survived if the script had died first

Colin Farrell as "Viktor" in 'Dead Man Down' checking out a new weapon
Colin Farrell as “Viktor” in ‘Dead Man Down’ checking out a new weapon

[rating=2]Starring:  Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Howard, Isabelle Huppert, F. Murray Abraham and Stu “Wade Barrett” Bennett
Director(s):  J.H. Wyman
Writer(s):  Niels Arden Oplev

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first you dig two graves” – Confucius

Dead Man Down is a tale of revenge.  It is actually the story of two people, both seeking vengeance.

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‘No’ is a film that you should definitely say YES to

Gael Garcia Bernal fights to end General Pinochet's reign in 'No'
Gael Garcia Bernal fights to end General Pinochet’s reign in ‘No’

[rating=4]Starring:  Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco, Jaime Vadell, Antonia Zegers and Pascal Montero
Writer(s):  Pedro Peirano (screenplay) from the play by Antonio Skarmeta
Director(s):  Pablo Larrain

In 1973, General Augosto Pinochet seized control of Chile in a coup d’etat and seven years later attempted to give his dictatorship a legal framework and a modicum of legitimacy through a 1980 plebiscite that put a new Constitution into effect.  There have been questions about the legitimacy of that vote ever since, but the new Constitution gave Pinochet eight years to rule before another plebiscite would be held.

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