‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a spectacular superhero movie

Christian saves the day one last time as Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Christian saves the day one last time as Batman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

“Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go.”

Welcome to the film version of “Wednesday’s child”.  For the conclusion of the ‘Batman’ trilogy from writer/director Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is first and foremost, filled with woe.  It’s a stunning achievement in filmmaking, with incredible visuals, excellent action sequences, superb performances from its lead actors and a score that surrounds and envelops the audience, drawing them into the story being told.

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Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine are electric in ‘Blood and Wine’

Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in 'Blood and Wine'
Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in ‘Blood and Wine’

[rating=2]Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Harold Perrineau
Director(s): Bob Rafelson
Writer(s): Nick Villiers and Bob Rafelson

Sometimes an actor can save a weakly-made film. In Bob Rafelson’s 1996 dud Blood and Wine, though, two of the greatest actors of all time, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson, are left to work overtime. And the results still disappoint.

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‘Zulu’ is one of the all time greatest war films ever made

Stanley Baker (right) and Michael Caine in 'Zulu'
Stanley Baker (right) and Michael Caine in ‘Zulu’

[rating=4]Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, and introducing Michael Caine
Director(s): Cy Endfield
Writer(s): Screenplay by John Prebble and Cy Endfield, suggested by an article by John Prebble

When I was a kid, my father introduced me to a lot of things I still love to this day. They include Johnny Cash, “Dr. Who”, and the classic British war film, Zulu. And that movie is still one of my all-time favorite war films.

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