Forgotten Gems: The Wedding Singer (*****) has a tune that still rings true

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The Wedding Singer – 1998 Director Frank Coraci Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow, Billy Idol, Alexis Arquette, Frank Silvero, Christina Pickles, Steve Buscemi,… Continue reading

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Blended (***) This is not an example of my behavior

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Blended – 2014 Director Frank Coraci Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Cove, Kevin Nealon, Emma Fuhrman, Braxton Beckham Screenplay Clare Sera, Ivan Menchell The 3rd time… Continue reading

Edge Of Tomorrow (***1/2): Try, try again…

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Edge of Tomorrow – 2014 Director Doug Liman Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka First thing’s first.  Edge… Continue reading

The Fault In Our Stars Extended Edition (****): So much depends…

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The Fault In Our Stars – 2014 Director Josh Boone Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber based on the book by John Green There is one point early on… Continue reading

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 – 2014 Writer & Director Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Screenplay based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida… Continue reading

Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

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RIO 2 – 2014 Director Carlos Saldanha Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am Screenplay Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner Rio was a beautiful success in 2011, despite having an all to familiar story… Continue reading

Noah (**1/2)…Right?

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Noah – 2014 Director Darren Aronofsky Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh , Frank Langella Screenplay Aranofsky and Ari Handel So the first thing about any movie is that… Continue reading

As Above, So Below (***): Isn’t great, but at least it follows course

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As Above So Below – 2014 Director John Erick Dowdle Starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar Screenplay Drew and John Erick Dowdle Sometimes in the rush to consider a movie a failed venture, we… Continue reading

Forgotten Gems: Good Morning Vietnam (*****) – When we were young and so alive

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Good Morning, Vietnam – 1987 Director Barry Levinson Starring Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J.T. Walsh, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Noble Willingham, Richard Edson, Richard Portnow, Don and Dan Stanton Screenplay Mitch Markowitz… Continue reading

The November Man (*): Is about as smooth as a Movember Man

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November Man – 2014 Director Roger Donaldson Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton Screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek based on the Bill Granger book, There Are No Spies About 30 minutes… Continue reading

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