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My Dinner with Hervé

HIS REAL LIFE WAS THE BIGGEST FANTASY OF ALL.  In 1993, reporter and recovering alcoholic Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) reluctantly agrees to interview Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the hard-partying former star of TV hit Fantasy Island. Sacha Gervasi worked several years on getting this story filmed, based on an interview he had made with Villechaize … Continue reading My Dinner with Hervé

Book Club

THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ALWAYS THE BEST. Four friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) have had a book club for the past 30 years, but the latest literary choice, ”Fifty Shades of Grey”, turns their lives upside down. A romantic comedy for mature audiences in the vein of Nancy Meyers, complete with … Continue reading Book Club

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Ten years after Mamma Mia! we’re getting this franchise’s answer to The Godfather, Part II (1974) – the story picks up some time after the first movie, but we also meet Meryl Streep’s character when she was young, headed to that Greek island and met three charming young men during her journey. A thin story … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Dead Again

A MYSTERY ABOUT TRUE LOVE… AND CERTAIN DEATH. Los Angeles private eye Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) tries to learn the identity of a woman (Emma Thompson) with amnesia and finds ties to a spectacular 1949 murder… An interesting early noir story from writer Scott Frank, bombastically (perhaps a tad overdone) staged by Branagh in his … Continue reading Dead Again

Stand and Deliver

A TRUE STORY ABOUT A MODERN MIRACLE.  Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), the new math teacher at an East Los Angeles high school, tries to make his working-class Hispanic students achieve something unimaginable. Ramon Menendez made his feature directing debut with this drama that was seen as socially valuable to the degree that the Library … Continue reading Stand and Deliver

Passengers

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS.  In the distant future, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up from hypersleep aboard a spaceship that’s headed for a colony planet, only to realize that he wasn’t supposed to wake up for another 90 years… An intriguing set-up that introduces philosophical questions that challenge the relationship between Preston and the woman who … Continue reading Passengers

True Memoirs of an International Assassin

THE MAN. THE MYTH. THE MEMOIRS.  Sam Larson (Kevin James) gets his fictional spy novel published online, but accidentally under nonfiction; suddenly he finds himself in Venezuela where he’s expected to perform as a top assassin. A story that’s been done many times before becomes a vehicle for James who brings his usual charm to … Continue reading True Memoirs of an International Assassin

Ghostbusters

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? When one of New York City’s oldest buildings appears to be haunted, two parapsychologists jump at the chance to see an actual ghost, and drag a skeptical friend (Kristen Wiig) along. The folks behind the original franchise long tried to get a third movie made, but instead we got a remake … Continue reading Ghostbusters

5 Days of War

THEIR ONLY WEAPON IS THE TRUTH. In 2008, a year after losing his girlfriend in Iraq, war correspondent Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend) goes to Georgia where a conflict is brewing with Russia over South Ossetia. Not many reasonable people would sympathize with Russia and its overly aggressive behavior during its 2008 war with Georgia, but … Continue reading 5 Days of War

The Pink Panther 2

INSPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Someone is stealing the most precious historical artifacts in the world and Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is hired to lead a team of crack investigators. There are virtually no redeeming qualities in this sequel that has few real jokes and no imagination at all. The impressive cast makes the failure even more galling; … Continue reading The Pink Panther 2

The Godfather III: Mea Maxima Culpa

REAL POWER CAN’T BE GIVEN. IT MUST BE TAKEN.  If you are a die-hard fan of the Godfather films you are supposed to hate the third one, but I find that very hard. I know, the only reason why Francis Ford Coppola seemed to make the movie was money, we’ve got George Hamilton instead of Robert Duvall, … Continue reading The Godfather III: Mea Maxima Culpa