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    Film Review: Stonewall (★½)

    What an epic miscalculation Stonewall is. Director Roland Emmerich, best known for destroying national landmarks and making large scale disaster movies, clearly had the best of intentions here, but man did he miss the mark here. Emmerich deserves kudos for stepping out of his comfort zone and attempting something that clearly means a lot to […] More

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    Official Trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall”

    Official TIFF Selection in the World Premiere Category. Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘The Railway Man’ gets a standing ovation but mixed critical feedback

    Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man — starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman — was met with a standing ovation following its screening yesterday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The World War II drama centers on British POW Eric Lomax, who tracks down his torturer many years after his imprisonment. The widow of the officer,  […] More

  • BFI London Film Festival – DAYS 7 & 8

    Black Rock (*) Black Rock sees three twenty-something women return to the isolated island of their childhood in an attempt to reconcile some old differences. However a series of dramatic events turn their camping trip into a quest for survival, as a trio of ex-soldiers threaten their lives. Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth and Katie Aselton […] More

  • TIFF: “Great Expectations” and “Love, Marilyn”

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS (***)…It was not so very long ago that a version of this classic novel by Charles Dickens starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert de Niro and Anne Bancroft was in movie theaters. That adaptation was very good, however modernized, with strong performances from the entire cast, and a fine sense of the essence […] More

  • International Trailer for Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations”

    One of the wild cards of the season is Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations.  Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irvine, the trailer for the film has just dropped.  It’s an interesting look.  The question is if it will come out this year. Watch the trailer after […] More

  • The Critics’ Choice Awards: Worst Dressed

    Every year at these shindigs every celebrity is judged not only on their performance but how they choose to dress. Now, I’m not above judging those who can afford to look good so here is a list of the stars I’ve chosen as the Worst Dressed at The Critics’ Choice Awards! More

  • War Horse (**½)

    At its core, War Horse is a heartfelt story about a young man and the bond he creates with a horse who reciprocates that bond.  The film is beautifully shot and looks stunning on the big screen, as Steven Spielberg reminds us just how the art of making motion pictures comes incredibly easy to him.  […] More

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    War Horse (Multiple Reviews)

    FOOTE (****) On stage the horses are created with puppets, which I understand is rather effective. The same sort of thing was accomplished with Equus in the seventies, when actors wore crowns that looked like the head of a horse and stood on hooves to create the illusion of a horse. It was a stunning effect, that […] More

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