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

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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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is Kathryn Bigelow’s masterpiece

Jessica Chastain delivers outstanding performance in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Jessica Chastain delivers outstanding performance in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! – Khan Noonien Singh

The quote above is from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it is all about Khan’s obsession with hunting down and killing Captain James T. Kirk.  Zero Dark Thirty is a much better tale of obsession, and is hands-down one of 2012’s finest.  While one hopes this is just the latest elevation of the talent of director Kathryn Bigelow, if it turns out to be her magnum opus it would still place her head and shoulders above almost everyone else.

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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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