An Interview with Flash’s Violett Beane

Best known as the DC Comics superhero Jesse Quick in The CW series The Flash, and as the missing girl in HBO’s, The Leftovers, Violett Beane appeared in the horror feature Flay, and the indie Slash, which recently premiered at SXSW. In Slash, Beane plays Lindsay in a coming-of-age drama about adolescent outsiders who write fan fiction. Beane can also be seen in Tower, an emotionally draining film that focuses on the mass school shooting at the University of Texas in 1966. In this one-on-one interview, Beane reveals some insights about her various roles and how she approached them. Read more

“Ma Ma” an Unususal Romance Within a Heartbreaking Story

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Touching and heartfelt the film ma ma releases this weekend and its heartbreaking story. The movie stars Penelope Cruz show her magical charm by multi award winning writer/director Julio Medem a filmmaker who deals with strange romances. This love story may be a bit bizarre, but it should leave a lasting memory on the ladies well after they have left the theater. Read more

“X-Men: Apocalypse” Turns the Mutant World Upside Down

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Filmmaker Bryan Singer finally comes up with a very good movie starring the X-Men, but again it’s Team vs. Team in X-Men: Apocalypse. In a matter of months we’ve had Batman vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War and his four superheroes vs. Iron Man’s select four. It’s been a year of class of the titans and it’s only May. But, let’s stick with the review of this weekend’s savers of mankind. Read more

“The Finest Hours”, A Spectacular Display of Heroism

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One of the most visually spectacular sea stories The Finest Hours shows the courage, determination and stamina of a small crew of Coast Guardsmen who faced death during rescue operation in a raging storm. Now on Blu-ray/DVD or in a special combo pack. the depiction of the factual account gets so realistic and powerful that it will put you on the edge of your living room chair. The cinematography and CGI take you for a scary rollercoaster ride on huge waves during a tempest that’s one of the most remarkable piece of film footage for the screen. Read more

“The Nice Guys”, It’s a Doozy

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The madcap adventure The Nice Guys opens this weekend and it’s a doozy. The cast makes the film work with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in the leads and a feisty 13-year-old Angourie Rice backing them up. It’s a lot of fun with this throwback to 1979 that has the feel of a Chinatown, but with a lot of comedy. Actually more like Lethal Weapon, because the writer and director Shane Black scripted that series featuring two buddy cops getting into the same kind of awkward and dangerous situations. Read more

“Hard Sell”, Flashing for Dollars

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Taking a few pages out of scripts of the 70’s and 80’s the movie Hard Sell opens in theaters this weekend. It’s a fun romp that’s aimed straight at teens to mid-twenties, but more for those who remember films like Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many cool films by John Hughes. This low budget attempt however, serves more as a coming out for rising talent rather than an energetic comedy/melodrama. It does have a few words of wisdom attached that may hit home with our modern day youth, but not much more. Read more

“The Wait (L’Attesa)”, a Heartfelt Film with a Dark Storyline

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If you are into dramas that manipulate your mind, have interesting characters that captivate and a script that vacillates down to the last touching moment, look no further than The Wait (L’Attesa). The acting is superb, the direction inventive, and the storyline, although a bit convoluted, very good. Combined with a charismatic location that should tantalize would be travelers and sets that reveal the iconic charm of Sicily, the film offers lasting visions of this gorgeous area where it was shot. Read more

“War & Peace”, a Classy Production of a Classic

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The book “War and Peace” has been made into a movie several times with the most memorable being the 1956 version starring Audrey Hepburn. While that particular 3 hour plus film did a very good job of bringing the romance from the book onto the big screen, it’s now considered a relic compared to the production values that have followed. With that in mind the recent War & Peace produced by BBC for television gets some awesome cinematography and editing, but never equals the chemistry between the characters in the 1956 version. Now on Blu-ray, the 8 part miniseries tells Tolstoy’s 1424 page book in approximately 6 hours. Read more

“Regression”, a Cat-and-Mouse Psychological Thriller

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The psychological thriller Regression, now on DVD, delves into devil worshiping. It challenges the intellect to unravel the mystery, obtain evidence and solve the real crime behind it all. Writer and director Alejandro Amenábar leads his audience into the center of suspense as a cat-and-mouse game gets played out in a small town that’s superstition laden and suspicious of everything going on around it. Read more

“Captain America: Civil War”, the Battle’s Just Begun

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Probably one of the most dramatic Avengers film, Captain America: Civil War comes on the heels of another drama by a different comic book heroes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They both have a similar theme and all the special effects in the world to back it up. But, as the two films go, Captain America wins out by far. There’s so much CGI in this film that it’s very hard to tell between reality and animated fantasy. Actually your mind will be so boggled that there’s no time to think about anything except who’s the next Marvel superhero to appear in the film. With this Captain America sequel, it’s time to release more Avengers into the fray with more surprises that one can handle. Read more

“Rabin in his Own Words”, the Life of a Peacemaker

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One of the most complete and intensive biography/documentary films I’ve seen years, Rabin in His Own Words comes to American screens this weekend. It follows Yitzhak Rabin life from birth to his untimely death using photographs, home film, archival footage and news reels. It’s actually a documentary on how Israel was born, the historical wars they fought and the challenge of bringing peace to the nation. Read more

“Emelie”, the Sinister Sitter

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Cunning and sinister the film Emelie comes to home video on DVD and Blu-ray. The film increases the level of emotion, fear, and chills as the haunting plot moves from one unconscionable scene to another. Totally beyond the scope of anything so despicable, the acting, cinematography and direction bring it all together as a very scary situation that’s a family’s worst nightmare. That said, I am bothered by the way they chose to end the film, but that’s something horror fans can deal with on their own. Read more

“The Haunting of Alice D”, a Chance to Gasp, Cringe and Shriek

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There’s been a rash of horror flicks this past two years as the followers of the genre have risen in numbers as indicated by the box-office. Opening today on DVD is the low budget thriller The Haunting of Alice D. Nothing remarkable, but yet a reasonable chance to gasp, gulp, cringe and shriek in the privacy of your own home. Not at the top of my list for good horror, the film lacks talented acting, a surefire scary plot and top notch direction that can bring a thrilling script to the screen. Read more

The Best of It, Making the Right Bet

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Making the right bet on a college basketball team can get you a lot of money. The other side of the coin however, can put you in debt. In the documentary film The Best of It we find that there are smart gamblers and not so smart ones. Director Scott Pearson Eberly puts together a cross section of betters and adds a few odds makers in this enlightening film that reveals the stress and elation of winning. Oh and some dire consequences of losing as well. Read more