Forgotten Gem: Heat Director’s Definitive Edition (****) Slick

If you watch one Michael Mann film, make it The Insider. If you want to see a second, try Heat.

Dolphin Tale 2 (***1/2) Accomplishes what it sets out to do

Dolphin Tale 2 - 2014 Writer and Director Charles Martin Smith Starring Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, Bethany Hamilton Dolphin Tale 2 is a continuation of a story that is a sweet if derivative of real events.  This time around, Winter, a dolphin - who lost her tail fins and was nursed back to health … Continue reading Dolphin Tale 2 (***1/2) Accomplishes what it sets out to do

Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

Divergent - 2014 Director Neil Burger Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort Screenplay by Eva Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, based on the book by Veronica Roth  Divergent is another movie covering the ever-increasing line of books made for younger readers, but enjoyed by … Continue reading Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

Olympus Has Fallen - 2013 Director Anton Fuqua Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt The attack on the White House is glorious.  An ungodly amount of .50 caliber bullets flying throughout, maiming some, … Continue reading Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

One for the Money is worth more than it got

One For The Money - 2011 Directed by Julie Anne Robinson Starring Katheryn Heigl, Jason O' Mara, Daniel Sunjata, Debbie Reynolds, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Annie Parisse Screenplay by Liz Brixius, Stacy Sherman and Karen Ray, based on the novel by Janet Evanovich Despite my best intentions, I do enjoy Katheryn Heigl.  Never liked her in Grey's Anatomy, not … Continue reading One for the Money is worth more than it got

CPE and Em: Dolphin Tale adds filler to a real story

Dolphin Tale - 2011 Directed by Charles Martin Smith Starring Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Jim Fitzpatrick, Winter, Austin Stowell Written by Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi The last time I thought of Charles Martin Smith, he got blasted by a double barrel in an elevator while escorting the accountant witness … Continue reading CPE and Em: Dolphin Tale adds filler to a real story