“American Honey” Looking for Meaning to Life



Here’s a quirky little film that could sneak in for an Oscar if the wind blows their way. It’s called American Honey and works its magic with a strong appeal to mature teens through 20’s. The film has a radical edge that takes a stab at the wealthy and also preys on the goodness of middle class America. That said, it’s also an eye opener of America’s failure to influence the young toward important social values and the danger of negative ones. Read more

“The Girl on the Train” a Suspense Filled Mystery



Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more

“Come What May” a Powerful War Drama




“The German offensive of May 10, 1940 drove almost 8 million people from their homes, one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. To my mother, a young girl among those who took to the roads”Director Christian Carion

With many World War II films out there on video, another foreign made movie has entered local theaters with a different take. It’s a heart ‘tuger’ based on a true life happening titled Come What May. It features the French people and two German refugees fleeing their home country. The war drama shows how large numbers of innocent people had to flee the murderous onslaught by the Nazis. Read more

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” A Laugh Riot on Blu-ray



A laugh riot on Blu-ray, the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates shows why it’s at the top of this year’s comedies. The duo of Zac Efron and Adam Devine remind me of Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan in films like Knocked Up and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers. Zany, wacky and out and out looney the story hardly ever lets go of the funny bone. Read more

“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” a Wacky Look at a Wacky Life



This wild and wacky documentary on the life of author Laura Albert, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, gets complicated, showy, impudent and irreverent and that just the first half. But, that’s the beauty of this offbeat, nonsensical biography told by Laura Albert herself. Unless you travel in book writing circles, you may not know the celebrity of the writer who earned her fame using multiple impostors and through a stroke of luck. In fact, she’s even accused of a mental multiple personality disorder in her quest to pull off one of the biggest hoax’s in the literary business. Read more

“Mia Madre” Juggling Dreams While Jumping Through Hoops



The film Mia Madre has its moments, but the bleak story is a matter of taste. A true indie in every sense of the word, the movie becomes a trite look at the inside of movie making through the eyes of a director who’s dealing with her mother’s illness. Admittedly not based on a true story, the subject matter should appeal to those who have found themselves in similar situations with the main character. If you like films that work their magic through dramatic moments and hard to cope with situations, then this little gem will work nicely for you. Read more

“A Bigger Splash” a Sensuous Film that Tantalizes



Set in the south of Italy on the island of Pantelleria the modern day romance A Bigger Splash has a few twists to its plot that’s nicely handled by the famous cast. The sound track gets a lot of work while the foursome bask in the gorgeous rocky coast of the exquisite island. The storyline does lack some zip and it flounders somewhat, but in the long run this 2 hour movie does work well as a home video or digital download. Read more

“Hands of Stone” A Rock Hard Film



The movie Hands of Stone follows the life of world champion boxer Roberto Duran. Well-acted by a fine cast, the film plays out much like the movie Ali where the top boxer stunned the world capturing the heavyweight crown. With Duran, the story gets a glazing of white wash, turns bullish and then a bit too sentimental for my taste. That said, I did enjoy the production value and the boxing action that looked very realistic. Read more

“Clown” Chilling to the Bone

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One of the most scary, edgy and terror filled movies I’ve seen this year Clown has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Most everyone has at least had trepidation about clowns since the sicko thriller TV Mini Series Stephen King’s “It”. The production created many nightmares and probably got a lot of kids parties canceled when moms and dads were frightened by the ugliness of the central character Pennywise. But that wasn’t the most dreadful film involving clowns that hit the small screen. A few years ago “American Horror Story: Freak Show” featured a couple of violent and sadistic clowns that made me cringe to the bone. Read more

“Careful What You Wish For”, a Walk to the Wild Side

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The big thing going for the movie Careful What You Wish For is Nick Jonas in the lead and a plot that’s not been run into the ground, yet. Tailoring to the teen and twenties set, the film takes on a dark side as it progresses until there’s seemingly no way out for a teen that dares to take a walk on the wild side. The very popular Nick Jonas should attract a huge interest with the older teen set, but not enough to make the DVD a winner. Read more

“Captain Fantastic” Dealing with Culture Clash

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Giving probably his best performance in many years, Viggo Mortenson makes Captain Fantastic up-close and personal. And the acting, direction and cinematography all come together in this heartfelt film about a strong-willed family. However, the storyline takes on a dark tone concerning todays’ social and religious beliefs that tends to provide its own agenda. While it’s not uncommon for films to add critical scenes, this one becomes obsessive with it. Read more

“The Family Fang”, a Wacky Heartfelt Film

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Ditsy, a little wacky, but mostly heartfelt the film The Family Fang has been released on DVD. With a very fine cast, a very kooky premise and able direction by actor/director and producer Jason Batemen make the film an instant winner. Fitting into the mold of Indie comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, Mistress America and About a Boy, if you like any of the aforementioned titles then this is your cup of tea. Read more

“The Other Side of the Door”, a Creepy Thriller



Horrific, eerie, ghastly, grotesque, creepy, evil all the things that make a good horror film and The Other Side of the Door fits the mold. Nicely directed by Johannes Roberts who has several horror flicks under his belt, the film frightens with unique characters and a story that’s based on the mysticism of India. If you want to be entertained on a dark rainy night curled up with a loved one or popcorn and drinks for “friends” night, try this bloody tale on for size. 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