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Movie Review: 99 Homes (2014)

Ok, so this means not to be a partisan review, OK? Yes, it means to broach its subject from a reasonable, logical standpoint. Yes, it in no way wills to oversee the bear gut and occasional sentimentality of the film it sets to look at. Yes, it wants to talk about current issues while taking…

Movie Review: Focus (2015)

When distilled down to its basest elements, con drama Focus is a light and airy attempt to hearken back to the days of movie star vehicles that require nothing more than mega movie star wattage and a smooth smile to keep their exploits afloat. Even when viewed at surface level, there’s nothing more to the…

Movie Review: American Hustle (2013)

Comb-overs, perms, cravats, disco, embezzlement and corruption — American Hustle has it all and then some. And like Scott Cooper’s film, “Out of the Furnace,” David O. Russell’s production features one of the best ensemble casts of the year. And like that movie it too utilizes Christian Bale to its advantage, but this time he…

Movie Trailer: American Hustle (2013)

The look of the 1970s can’t be matched and it is proudly on display in David O. Russell’s upcoming crime drama American Hustle. With a powerful ensemble cast consisting of actors handpicked by Russell from his earlier projects (“The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook“), the film tackles corruption and American greed on all levels. The…

Movie Review: Bernie (2011)

In the opening shot of Richard Linklater’s Bernie, our eponymous protagonist (played by the infectious Jack Black), who is an assistant funeral director and mortician, warns that, “You can’t have grief tragically becoming a comedy.” Ironically, this dramedy based on a 1996 murder that shook the small town of Carthage, Texas does just that. Written…

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