Film Review: The Jungle Book (★★★½)

Film Review: The Jungle Book (★★★½)

Anticipating the live action adaptations of some of our beloved animated classics of our childhood has been a task to endure.  Add that with an even grueling process of waiting for “The Jungle Book,” as directed by “Iron Man” director Jon Faverau, and you would find my expectations down with anything surrounding another “Scary Movie” […]

Community Reactions: What did you think of “Jersey Boys”?

Community Reactions: What did you think of “Jersey Boys”?

Directed by: Clint Eastwood Written by: Marshall Brickman (screenplay and musical book) and Rick Elice (screenplay and musical book) Cast: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken Synopsis: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock […]

Jersey Boys (★★½)

Jersey Boys (★★½)

What an interesting turn of events this is. Clint Eastwood has switched gears with his latest outing, the Broadway adaptation of Jersey Boys, and in doing so has crafted almost inarguably his most likable film in years. At the same time though, most of the reasons that this musical manages to entertain for the most […]

Check Out the Trailer for Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’

Check Out the Trailer for Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’

I know what you’re thinking…Clint Eastwood isn’t exactly the first filmmaker you think of when it comes to making a musical, but when you get below the surface, it’s not exactly a shock. He’s always been big on music, often writing the piano scores to some of his movies (as well as the score for […]

Awards Profile: Jersey Boys

Awards Profile: Jersey Boys

Directed by: Clint Eastwood Written by: John Logan Cast: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lamenda, Christopher Walken Synopsis: Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, their lives as blue collar kids on the mean streets of […]

Historical Circuit: Annie Hall (1977) (★★★½)

Historical Circuit: Annie Hall (1977) (★★★½)

“I just feel life is divided up between the horrible and the miserable,” says Alvy Singer in a scene that perfectly summarizes the main character of Woody Allen‘s iconic film, Annie Hall. The romantic comedy that would become the model for many of Allen’s later films still manages to be relevant some 35 years after […]

Weekend Openings: (12/14/2012)

The long-awaited (expected) journey back to Middle Earth finally sets off with the first installment of Peter Jackson’s imminent The Hobbit trilogy (still baffled as to how this turned into a hat-trick).  As Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf and the rest of the Dwarves make their way to the Lonely Mountain, so too will the film soar […]

Weekend Openings: 11/2/2012

Forgive the obvious pun, but I’ve got my money on Ralph wrecking his competition at the box office this weekend to cap off a nice week of triumphs for Disney.  Robert Zemeckis is also back at it with the help of a non-animated Denzel Washington.  And perhaps a little stylized kung fu from a hip-hop […]

Oscar Question of the Day – Double Dipping Men

This year we have several actors in contention for Oscar nominations from the same film.  The Supporting Actress category is typically has no problem nominating two ladies from the film as we saw just recently with Jessica Chastain and eventual Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer from The Help (2011).  This year, the following films have two or […]

Seven Psychopaths (***½)

Seven Psychopaths is a movie about…well I’m still processing the film and its many interpretations.  On the surface it’s just a black comedy about crazy people acting crazy telling crazy stories. But more than that, Martin McDonagh’s film is an exploration of screenwriting and a bristling take down (send up?) of male dominated action comedies. It’s […]

Lead Actor Overstuffed

This year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Actor will have no shortage of worthy nominees; in fact I daresay they could nominate five worthy actors right now. However there are still many more performances to be unveiled, work that will end up in the category, work that will not, disappointing audiences, the Academy […]

“Stand Up Guys” with Pacino, Walken, and Arkin Get Qualifying Oscar Run

Another potential Oscar player added to the books ladies and gentleman.  Stand Up Guys starring Academy Award Winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin are getting an Oscar qualifying run in December as the film is set to open wide January 11.  The film is directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Tom Rosenberg, the […]

Here’s the Trailer for ‘Seven Psychopaths’!

If you’re a fan of ‘In Bruges’, then chances are you’ve been looking forward to this for a while now. Martin McDonagh wowed many with his last flick, and now he’s returning to theaters this year with a new film in ‘Seven Psychopaths’, which debuted a Trailer today. Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, […]

Oscar Circuit: “It’s the time of the season”

The second half of the year is upon us.  The race is about to heat up with big Oscar hopefuls coming down the pike.  Our John Foote will be in attendance at the Toronto International Film Festival and many films will be unveiling themselves to critics alike.  There is a very unclear yet still feasible […]

Historical Circuit: Batman Returns (**½)

Awards Circuit Presents: 30 Days of Batman It’s sort of hard to imagine now, what with The Avengers having demolished seemingly every box office record in existence, but prior to the New Millennium, comic book superhero movies were not the ubiquitous Hollywood staples that they have become today.  In fact, prior to Bryan Singer’s X-Men kicking […]

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