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Stage and Screen: Crowe at his best in 'The Water Diviner'
“The Water Diviner” (2015) is worth seeing for the story it tells and the back-story that it suggests but does not tell. The story that is told is interesting, touching and violent. The film opens on a WWI battlefield with a Turkish officer giving his entrenched charges the order to leave the trench and attack the enemy on the Gallipoli Peninsula of Turkey. The First World War was a trench warfare disaster that co...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘True Story’ delves into twisted minds
To fully appreciate “True Story” (2015) one must consider narcissistic and sociopathic behaviors, as these disorders underlie the fundamentally true story being related. Jonah Hill plays dishonored New York Times feature reporter Michael Finkel. Mass murderer Christian Longo is played by James Franco. Hill’s memorable, Oscar-nominated credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and “Moneyball” (2011). Franco’...
May 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Woman in Gold' is a story that mandates retelling
“Woman in Gold” (2015) is a must see film – not because of its cinematic excellence – because it is well made, tells an interesting and a shamefully contemporaneous story and because it stars Hellen Mirren. Hellen Mirren is a force of nature on the silver screen. Her portrayal of Maria Altman in “Woman in Gold” is no exception. As the movie opens Maria Altman, a Holocaust survivor, is burying her husband. Maria im...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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The 'Rock Star' life is difficult to change
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a sixtyish singer who enjoys monumental fame and accolades. While his primary audience is made up of like age fans; Collins is a show-biz phenom known by all ages. His concerts are attended by thousands and his songs are generational standards. Danny Collins literally enjoys “Rock Star” status and has earned a great deal of money. He has also lived the rock star life – booze, babes and...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Black or White' falls short
"Black or White" (2014) falls short in important ways - interesting concept, but a poorly directed film and Kevin Costner’s acting doesn’t help either. I’ll elaborate. The backstory: A teenage white girl has a baby fathered by crack smoking 23 year-old black man. The girl dies in childbirth without ever notifying her upper middle class parents that she is pregnant. The father abandons the mother and mixed-race inf...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Selma' a compelling reminder
Movies have great power. Movies enlighten, movies enrich, movies entertain, movies educate. Additionally, movies cause us to examine our lives and values and, perhaps most significantly, movies remind us of matters that transcend our individual lives. Better movies accomplish two or more of these qualities. The year 2014 was rich with films that served multiple purposes. “Birdman,” for example, reminded us that ou...
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: ‘Sniper’ lets audience into inner conflict of war
Eight year-old Chris Kyle shoots his first deer under the supervision of his father Wayne. His life-lessons about guns, and his own destiny, begin at this moment and later when his father tells him that there are three types of people - “sheep, wolves and sheepdogs.” In daddy Wayne’s vernacular a sheepdog is one of “those (people) who are blessed with the gift of aggression and an overpowering need to protect the ...
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'The Imitation Game' is the real thing
“The Imitation Game” (2014) — so much to say — so little space in which to say it. Most films offer only one, perhaps two, layers of storyline. By my count there are at least five layers of storyline imbedded in this remarkable motion picture. The most obvious layer being the ground-breaking British project to crack the apparently impregnable WWII German Enigma Code. The Enigma Code allowed Germany to transmit com...
Jan 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Amazing story; Jolie’s film less so
Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” (2014) recounts the story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. The son of Italian immigrant parents, Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) grew up in the trying times of the Great Depression. While bullied by xenophobic classmates, he was able to demonstrate a unique skill — distance running. Coaching by his brother helped him advance to Olympic status in time for the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. While f...
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Wild' is a walk into the wilderness
Reese Witherspoon is an underrated actor. Many think of her as a vapid, airhead character actor as a result of her 2001 classic portrayal of Elle Woods in “Legally Blond.” It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing this charming comedic role as convincingly as Witherspoon. In an odd way Elle Woods has become the signature role of an actor with a much broader range of performing skills than this part suggests. Three ...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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