‘Prisoners’ will captivate you

[rating=3] Starring:  Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Dylan Minnette, Erin Gerasimovich, Kyla Drew Simmons, Zoe Borde and Paul Dano Writer(s):  Aaron Guzikowski Director(s):  Denis Villeneuve It may be the worst moment in a … Read more

‘End of Watch’ is highly watchable, action-packed and a wild ride

Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in 'End of Watch'
Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘End of Watch’

[rating =3]Starring:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo
Director(s):  David Ayer
Writer(s) David Ayer

The term “End of Watch” has two distinctive but similar meanings to police officers.  Since they refer to the shifts they work as a ‘watch’, the phrase means that their shift is over.  But if you go into a police station where a cop has been killed, especially in the line of duty, it will say “End of Watch” with the date of their death on it.  That’s when you go End of Watch permanently.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ is a lovely gay love story, and that’s not a bad thing

[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway
Director(s): Ang Lee
Writer(s): Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Based upon the short story by Annie Proulx

Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in 'Brokeback Mountain'
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Before I even got an opportunity to see Brokeback Mountain I’d heard all the jokes. All the gay cracks, all the “Poke-in-the-Back Mountain” puns. Every snide comments and ridiculous homophobic rant.

Yet most of the people I knew who had actually seen the film thought it was terrific. A beautiful story told well. So, putting those jokes aside, when I finally sat down to watch Brokeback on DVD, I didn’t quite know what I was going to think. Would I get turned away by the homosexual storyline, or would I be able to enjoy it for what it was — a tragic love story.

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‘October Sky – Special Edition’ is a surprisingly good movie thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper

[rating=3]Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Laura Dern
Director(s): Joe Johnston
Writer(s): Screenplay by Lewis Colick; Based upon the book, “Rocket Boys”, by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

'October Sky'
‘October Sky’

I remember when this film first came out back in 1998, I had little interest in seeing it. Couldn’t exactly tell you why, but I remember that the trailer really didn’t grab me. When I was offered the opportunity to review the film’s new “Special Edition” DVD released at the end of January, my wife urged me to agree to a review.

And after watching October Sky, I’m glad she did.

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