A look at the sniper in movies

We’ve been watching snipers in movies going back to 1941 when actor Gary Cooper portrayed Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York in the film Sergeant York.  Alvin York was actually a Corporal when he earned his Medal of Honor in … Read more

‘Rules Don’t Apply’

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d have never gotten anywhere” – Marilyn Monroe Any expectation that Rules Don’t Apply will be a historically accurate telling of the tale of Howard Hughes, you are warned as the film begins that … Read more

‘Snowpiercer’ melts the screen with its brilliance

Chris Evans in 'Snowpiercer'
Chris Evans in ‘Snowpiercer’

Snowpiercer is boldly brutal, but brilliant filmmaking from writer/director Bong Joon-ho.  Unlike many current films taking place on a dystopian Earth, the cause of the death of most of mankind is made clear at the outset.  The progression of global warming caused a desperate attempt in 2014 to cool the planet by seeding a chemical into the atmosphere.  The result was a cataclysmic Ice Age and almost everyone has died.

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‘Gravity’ is likely the best science fiction film of 2013

Sandra Bullock fights to survive in 'Gravity'
Sandra Bullock fights to survive in ‘Gravity’

[rating=3]Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Gravity is probably the best movie in which the main character spends half the time in her underwear. But to leave it at that does the movie a big disservice; it may well end up being the best science fiction film of the year.

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‘Pain & Gain’ doesn’t hurt… much… but is Michael Bay’s best since ‘The Rock’

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in 'Pain & Gain'
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in ‘Pain & Gain’

[rating=3]Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli and Kelli Lefkovitz
Writer(s):  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (screenplay), based on the articles written by Pete Collins
Director(s):  Michael Bay

The new film from director Michael Bay, Pain & Gain, is based on a true story involving kidnapping, torture and murder.  The criminals were bodybuilders who worked out at the same gym in Miami.  “Daniel Lugo” (Wahlberg) was a personal trainer at the gym, which was owned by “John Mese” (Corddry).  Lugo got himself hired by promising to triple the membership, which he did.  But he wanted more from life, especially after attending a success seminar put on by “Johnny Wu” (Jeong); who divided people into two groups.  Doers and Donters.  Lugo wanted to be a doer.

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