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Stage and Screen: A Hollywood hustle competes for the Oscars
“American Hustle” (2013) is a fun film that features two of the most beautiful and most glamorous female actors of the day: Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser) and Jennifer Lawrence (Rosalyn Rosenfeld). Add to that Christian Bale, arguably a male heartthrob himself, beefed-up to play a far less than attractive and corpulent Irving Rosenfeld. Bale sports one of the worst comb-over hairstyles imaginable. In fact, the first f...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 268 268 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: “Screw the FDA — I’m Going to be DOA”
“Screw the FDA — I’m going to be DOA” was the line uttered by Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) in the emergency room of a Dallas hospital in 1985. Woodroof had just been notified that a blood test showed a shockingly low T-cell count — an important HIV indicator. In “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) Woodroof is a rodeo bull rider and electrician who lives on the edge. He is a hustler in every sense of the word. Gambli...
Jan 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Who wants to be a Millionaire? – Woody Grant does
“Nebraska” (2013) has been described as a comedy. While there are some very funny moments in this “Lake Woebegone” variety film, it is not a side-splitting comedy. Au contraire, “Nebraska” is a serious story about aging, a misspent life, alcoholism and, most notably, serious love and concern demonstrated by a son for his largely undeserving father. Many of the humorous moments are uncomfortable and come at the exp...
Dec 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 257 257 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: "Captain Phillips" worth a view
If you’re interested in an inside view of ship hijacking, “Captain Phillips” (2013) is your ticket. Starting with a quick view of the comfortable life of Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks,) the film takes us from a conversation about the finer points of his children’s lives to a wretched Somali village replete with poverty, hopelessness and violence. While Phillips is not presented as a wealthy man, the contrast with hi...
Oct 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Prisoners' — Dark, gritty and engaging
It’s gritty. There is nothing glitzy about this high tension drama. The characters range from unattractive to chilling. “Prisoners” (2013) is dark and foreboding. Things are not what they appear to be — as bad as things look, things get worse in unexpected ways. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is a contractor with a wife, a teenage son and a young daughter named Anna (Erin Gerasimovich). Keller and his family are frie...
Oct 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 253 253 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: "The Way Way Back" — More engaging than it originally appears
“The Way Way Back” (2013) starts and ends in the same place — the rear-facing seat of a restored Vista Cruiser era station wagon. Fourteen year-old Duncan (Liam James) is occupying this “seat of exile” in his mom’s boyfriend’s wagon. Mom Pam (Toni Collette,) boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and Trent’s disaffected daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) are on their way to Trent’s beach house for a summer vacation. Trent opens t...
Oct 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak women look for love on new reality TV show
Four Kodiak women traveled to Miami for a new reality television show about finding love. TLC’s new series, “Alaskan Women Looking for Love” takes six Alaskan women and moves them to the Sunshine State for six weeks in hopes of finding their perfect match. “The whole idea was just to have a great adventure, to get out of their comfort zones and to try to get to try something totally different from their lives in A...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'Elysium' misses the ideal happiness mark
Elysium is defined as “A place or condition of ideal happiness.” Sadly, “Elysium” the movie (2013) hardly qualifies as a condition of ideal happiness. Starring Matt Damon as Max Da Costa, a small-time hustler, and Jodi Foster as Elysian Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacort the scheming government official of a man-made refuge satellite for the privileged; “Elysium” presents a trivial, hackneyed apocalyptic view o...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: 'In a World' — Not a world of my choosing
While this may seem to be a peculiar comment from a film critic, I’m going to make it nonetheless. A few filmgoers ruined my enjoyment of Lake Bell’s film “In a World” (2013). Ms. Bell’s script won the coveted Waldo Salt award for the screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival this year. While I didn’t fully appreciate her production (writer, director and lead), the people sitting in the row behind me in the thea...
Sep 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: A Tale of Two Sisters – Almost
Woody Allen’s new film “Blue Jasmine” (2013) features two sisters who really aren’t sisters at all. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) and Ginger (Sally Hawkins) came from different families, were individually adopted by the same family and are not related biologically. In fact, in classic Woody Allen fashion, they are unrelated in virtually every way imaginable. Jasmine and Ginger suffer from self-efficacy issues. Jasmine’...
Aug 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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