Don’t wait even 12 minutes before seeing ‘12 Years A Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in '12 Years A Slave'
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in ’12 Years A Slave’

In 1852, the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly)” by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published for the first time.  It was like pouring gasoline over the already raging argument over slavery in the U.S.  11 years earlier, Solomon Northrup was a free man living a good life in Saratoga, NY.  He played the violin and worked at other skilled professions to earn a living.  He was married with two children.  Then he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.  He would remain there until being freed a dozen years later.  Then he wrote his own book, “12 Years A Slave” which also became a bestseller.  However, while the novel is very well known in this era, the story of Solomon Northrup was virtually unknown.   Until his book was made into an outstanding film.

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‘World War Z’ is a zombie tale that deserves an A+

Brad Pitt fights to save the world, and his family, in 'World War Z'
Brad Pitt fights to save the world, and his family, in ‘World War Z’

Based loosely on the best-selling novel, World War Z is the latest entry in the zombie genre and it is a winner.  Starring Brad Pitt as “Gerry Lane”, a former UN investigator who left his job to spend more time with his family, it opens as though it’s just another day in the Lane household.  His wife “Karin” (Mireille Enos) and their two kids “Rachel” (Abigail Hargrove) and “Constance” (Sterling Jerins) are all getting ready to go out.

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Roger Ebert reviews ‘Killing Them Softly’… and gets major plot points wrong!

I want to start by saying Roger Ebert is one of the reasons I learned to love film and became a film critic.

After I’ve finished a review my usual next step is to read his review of the same film. Sometimes I find a nuance that I overlooked. My review may or may not agree with his, and neither of us are right or wrong, criticism of film is opinion-based. But I was so shocked by his review of the recent Killing Them Softly that I felt compelled to point out that he really blew this one.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ is far from killing it on screen

Brad Pitt gets down and dirty in 'Killing Them Softly'
Brad Pitt gets down and dirty in ‘Killing Them Softly’

[rating=3]Starring:  Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola and Ben Mendelsohn
Director(s):  Andrew Dominik
Writer(s):  Andrew Dominik (screenplay), George V. Higgins (novel)

Killing Them Softly is based on the crime novel “Cogan’s Trade”, which was published in 1974 and set in Boston.  The film, however, changes the locale to New Orleans and sets it during the 2008 presidential election.

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