There hasn’t been nearly enough said about ‘Enough Said’

[rating=4]Starring:  James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone, Toni Collette, Tracey Fairaway, Tavi Gevinson, Eve Hewson and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes Writer(s):  Nicole Holofcener Director(s):  Nicole Holofcener Writer/director Nicole Holofcener pursues her penchant for interesting characters in her latest effort, Enough … Read more

Rich getting richer faster, so says ‘Inequality for All’

Robert Reich in his element, teaching, in 'Inequality For All'
Robert Reich in his element, teaching, in ‘Inequality For All’

[rating=3]Writer(s):  N/A – Documentary
Director(s):  Jacob Kornbluth

Robert Reich may stand only 4’10” tall in terms of physical stature but in the field of economics he’s one of the giants of our era.  A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth, Rhodes Scholar who studied Economics at Oxford (along with Philosophy and Politics), and a J.D. from Yale Law.  Then there’s his experience in government, assistant to Robert Bork when Bork was Solicitor General of the U.S. and Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration.

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‘Salinger’ documentary opens more of the book on the late J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger had one novel published in his lifetime.  It was titled “The Catcher in the Rye” (just in case you were one of the rare few never exposed to it) and it has sold over 65 million copies since being published in 1951.  It continues to sell over 250,000 copies annually and since the release of Shane Salerno’s documentary about the book’s author, it has leapt from 125th to 76th on the USA Today list of best-selling books.

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‘Anna Nicole’ is a Lifetime channel movie that’s better than expected

Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie
Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie

[rating=3]Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Cary Elwes, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg
Director: Mary Harron
Writer: John Rice, Joe Batteer

Mary Harron has tackled Valerie Solanas, Bettie Page, and Patrick Bateman. Now she takes on the fractured fairy tale story of Anna Nicole Smith.

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Remembering Karen Black

Karen Black, veteran and Academy Award-nominated actress who has been in roughly 200 works, passed away after battling ampullary cancer last month. She was 74.

Take a really close look at who looks at us in ‘Closed Circuit’

The closed circuit cameras watching everything just before the bomb goes off at the start of 'Closed Circuit'
The closed circuit cameras watching everything just before the bomb goes off at the start of ‘Closed Circuit’

[rating=3]Starring:  Eric Bana, Rebecca Hull, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Denis Moschitto, Ciaran Hinds, Ann-Marie Hinds, Julia Stiles and Hasancan Cifci
Writer(s):  Steven Knight
Director(s):  John Crowley

Closed Circuit is a taut thriller that has a little of everything.  A little action, a little chasing, a little mystery and while it is certainly better than average, it is not stellar.  The film begins with a montage of ever-multiplying numbers of closed circuit cameras recording every movement and word going on in a crowded marketplace in London.  Someone drives a large truck into the center of the marketplace, and as someone is yelling that the truck can’t be parked there, it explodes.  We are spared the bulk of the horrific aftermath of such things although we do get to see the inevitable memorial at the site of the blast.

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Don’t wait for the end of the world to see ‘The World’s End’

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the rest of the main cast of 'The World's End'
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the rest of the main cast of ‘The World’s End’

From the brilliant minds of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright comes the third film in their “Cornetto Trilogy”, The World’s End.  The other films in the trilogy are of course Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  All three are comedies and while they feature many of the same players, they portray different characters in each.

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‘The Grandmaster’ has some slick moves up its sleeve

Tony Leung is Ip Man in 'The Grandmaster'
Tony Leung is Ip Man in ‘The Grandmaster’

[rating=3]Starring:  Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-Kyo, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Wang Qingxiang, Zhang Jin and Yuen Woo-Ping
Writer(s):  Wong Kar-wai
Director(s):  Wong Kar-wai

Mention the name of Bruce Lee to any aficionado of martial arts movies and they will immediately know who you are talking about.  Ask them the name of the man who taught Wing Chun kung fu to the late actor/martial artist and some may know the name Ip Man.  The Grandmaster is the story of Ip Man’s rise to prominence in the martial arts community.  Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, whose Happy Together won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival, The Grandmaster focuses on Ip Man’s life in Foshan, China during the 1930s and how he eventually migrates to Hong Kong where he first meets the young Bruce Lee.

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