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01 Nov. 2012

Melissa Leo’s penetrating performance in FLIGHT pivots dramatic conclusion

When I first met Melissa Leo– several years ago at the Toronto Film Festival– she lived up to my impression; a terrific actor with an easy way about her, flat-footed assuredness and anything but pretentious. In other words, someone you could talk to; and, talk we did recently about the new movie, Flight. Leo costars […]

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25 Oct. 2012

Halle Berry & Tom Hanks in CLOUD ATLAS

CLOUD ATLAS light years ahead, elevates expectations Try to imagine a galactic adventure where multiple lives are lived –in multi-ethnic bodies– over the course of five centuries. The thought borders on the unimaginable. But in the skillful hands of Oscar winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), author David Mitchell’s CLOUD […]

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25 Oct. 2012

CLOUD ATLAS’ Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving

A sunny day at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, they entered the room as easy as anyone, absent of ego and pomposity, also to their credit, happy to talk about one of this year’s most anticipated films, CLOUD ATLAS. I am referring to Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Nigerian born, British-influenced actor, Hugo […]

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19 Oct. 2012

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE at the intersection of great storytelling

Clips from MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: Ava DuVernay has emerged as one of the most intuitive storytellers in modern times Celebrated for a growing body of work including THIS IS THE LIFE (her directorial debut), I WILL FOLLOW and MY MIC SOUNDS NICE (a heralded documentary on female rappers), MIDDLE OF NOWHERE –her second feature length […]

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12 Oct. 2012

Powerful and Satisfying, ARGO builds upon Ben Affleck’s Hollywood Cachet

Seeking a fulfilling movie experience to satisfy your big screen theater appetite? ARGO is it. This taut and insightful thriller is taken straight from the pages of American history, circa 1979 Tehran, when the US hostage crisis was the most talked about news story of the day.  ARGO, both starring and directed by Ben Affleck […]

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10 Oct. 2012

END OF WATCH gives viewers an up close portrait behind the badge

When I last sat with David Ayer, writer of the Academy Award winning film, “Training Day” starring Denzel Washington and directed by  Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter) ), it was for the slick and shrilling cop drama, “Street Kings” in which Ayer directed another Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker. Ayer, the Illinois born, Chicago infused, South […]

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18 Aug. 2012

THE CAMPAIGN, no they didn’t!

Oh, boy, did they hit the nail on the head with this one!!!  THE CAMPAIGN will make you sit up and take note.  Moreover, it will make you laugh and think about this high octane political season we find ourselves in, but, don’t let me spoil it for you, see the movie for yourself and […]

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10 Aug. 2012

DARK KNIGHT RISES to the occasion, anticipation exceeds expectation

Bat boys and girls the wait is finally over.  The last installment of the Batman adventure is upon us and the DARK KNIGHT RISES brings the story of the masked hero full circle in an absorbing, intense, sexy and satisfying conclusion.  Sworn to secrecy –agreeing to hold all comments to the very last bat second– […]

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27 Jul. 2012

Film Festival Season 2012

Tis’ the season for all film lovers to rejoice! For the independent filmmaker, the festival circuit is a main artery of visibility, the opportunity to have their films seen by industry insiders and select audiences.  The prospect to shop a film in these settings is invaluable.  Further, to rub shoulders with like-minded artists is a […]

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