‘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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Serve yourself a heaping helping of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Forest Whitaker is brilliant in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
Forest Whitaker is brilliant in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Combining a compelling story with an ethereal resemblance to the historical presentation in Forrest Gump, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels has come up with a superior film that has his name in front of it on the marquee.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler wasn’t given that title due to his tremendous achievement, or from any egotistical notions.  The name change from “The Butler” was mandated by rules involving movie titles.

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Audiences will warm to ‘The Frozen Ground’

Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens in 'The Frozen Ground'
Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens in ‘The Frozen Ground’

[rating=3]Starring:  Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Radha Mitchell, Dean Norris, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Kevin Dunn and Kurt Fuller
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riter(s):  Scott Walker
Director(s):  Scott Walker

Scott Walker’s feature film debut as writer and director is The Frozen Ground, based on the true story of Robert Hansen, probably the worst serial killer in the history of Alaska.  Movies in this genre are very easy to get engrossed in, and this is no exception.  It is an auspicious beginning for a clearly talented writer/director.

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