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Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Review

14 hours ago


Okay film fans, back to the bar. No, we’re not going to meet at the local pub after the multiplex (although many may want to run there after the big holiday meal). I’m referring to the setting of many a drama and even a few comedies (My Cousin Vinny for example), the courtroom. In and out of that “hallowed ground” , the role of attorney can be a showcase for actors as they deal literally with matters of life and death (Raymond Burr achieved iconic status for his TV law superstar Perry Mason). The trial based thrillers of John Grisham have given several such roles for many, while several veteran thespians have earned acclaim (Paul Newman in The Verdict) with cross-examinations and closing statements. Now another of today’s most celebrated actors approaches the bench as Roman J. Israel, Esq., a most unusual “legal eagle”.


We meet Mr. Israel »

- Jim Batts

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The Man Who Invented Christmas – Review

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Dan Stevens (left) stars as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer (right) stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in director Bharat Nalluri’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, a Bleecker Street release. Photo credit: Kerry Brown / Bleecker Street ©

Dan Stevens gives a frenetic performance as Charles Dickens racing to finish writing “A Christmas Carol” in time to publish before the holiday, in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day), this film has all the Christmas color and Victorian period costumes and sets you could want in a Christmas film. The film is mostly a clever way to retell the famous tale, as characters spring from the author’s imagination while he struggles with his own family issues and races to meet a pre-Christmas release deadline, but it also touches on how his short novel transformed a once-minor holiday into the tradition we know today. »

- Cate Marquis

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Coco – Review

21 November 2017 9:41 PM, PST


With 2017 nearing an end, the multiplex is ready to get you in the mood for the big holiday season. Those Bad Moms and the Daddy’S Home gang have gathered under the tree, and today we’ll find out how Charles Dickens became known in some circles as The Man That Invented Christmas. Now the talented team at Pixar are here to celebrate…Dia de Muertos. Hey that was almost three weeks ago, so you probably just boxed up all your Day of the Dead decorations. Just what are those jokers in Emeryville up to (well, Mexican movie goers did see it closer to the actual date)? Wasn’t that special day fully explored three years with The Book Of Life? Not hardly, and really if Christmas can be the setting for a myriad of flicks (from Elf to Die Hard), why can’t this day have more than one »

- Jim Batts

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Movie Back In Theaters December 1

21 November 2017 8:47 PM, PST

Warner Bros. Pictures is giving moviegoers a final opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s sweeping epic “Dunkirk” on the big screen.

On December 1, 2017, the film will be re-released in a select limited engagement in 50 IMAX® and 70mm locations in 34 domestic markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, and Toronto, among others.

Following, on January 24, the film’s re-release will be expanded to include more than 250 additional locations.  Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures stated, “With ‘Dunkirk,’ Christopher Nolan broke new ground in the use of large-format cameras to create a theatrical event that demands to be seen on the largest possible canvas.  As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to offer audiences another opportunity to be swept up in this truly immersive moviegoing experience…whether for the first time or again.”

Originally released in July, »

- Michelle Hannett

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

21 November 2017 7:41 PM, PST

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo over two decades ago in Three Billboards Outside Ebbibg, Missouri which, despite its cumbersome title, is one of the best films of 2017. She plays Mildred Hayes, a middle-aged divorcee who, out of grief and frustration, rents three dilapidated billboards outside the sleepy burg of Ebbing, Missouri (look it up – it’s one town over from Blaine) and has them decked with incriminating messages; “Raped While Dying”,“And Still No Arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” Mildred is basically declaring war on Ebbing’s Police Chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), but the locals are incensed at her, mostly because the Chief is not only widely beloved, but he’s also dying of pancreatic cancer. Mildred doesn’t care what her neighbors think or of Willoughby’s fine character and impending death. She’s just angry because several months have passed and not enough »

- Tom Stockman

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Gothic (1986) Arrives on Blu-ray January 30th – A Vestron Horror Classic!

21 November 2017 6:35 PM, PST

From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the »

- Tom Stockman

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Skywalkers! Jedis! Watch The New Spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

21 November 2017 12:59 PM, PST

© 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15. With less than a month away, here’s a brand-new look at the movie.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

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- Melissa Thompson

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Children Of The Corn (1984) The Arrow Blu Review

21 November 2017 9:14 AM, PST

Review by Roger Carpenter

Stephen King films can be a mixed bag.  For every really good film adaptation (Carrie; The Shining; Misery) there’s a bad one (Maximum Overdrive; Graveyard Shift; The Dark Tower).  There are also a whole slew of Stephen King films that fall somewhere in the middle.  I think Children of the Corn is one of the films that falls squarely in the middle of the pack.

There are some real strengths in the film. It has some genuine star quality, with soon-to-be action star Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and TV heartthrob Peter Horton (Thirtysomething) starring as married couple Burt and Vicky, who become stranded in a town filled only with murderous, brainwashed children.  The children are led by Isaac (John Franklin), who has a direct connection with an evil entity the children worship called He Who Walks Behind the Rows, and Malachai (Courtney Gains), Isaac’s mean-spirited enforcer. »

- Movie Geeks

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’80s Slasher Madness! Blood Rage Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah

20 November 2017 8:18 AM, PST

“That’s not cranberry sauce… “

Blood Rage (1987) screens Midnights this weekend (November 24th and 25th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of  Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Nite Grindhouse film series.

“Twins Todd and Terry (both played by Mark Soper) seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing’s for sure, there will be blood and rage”…..Such is the synopsis for Blood Rage, a 1987 slasher flick that I’ve never seen. I do »

- Tom Stockman

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Make A Fantastic Voyage In New Trailer For Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time

19 November 2017 5:50 PM, PST

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love.

Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Watch the brand new warrior trailer from Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which debuted on the “American Music Awards”.

Directed by Emmy(R) winner and Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon, »

- Michelle Hannett

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