Man UP, an Upside Down Romance

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Two fine comedians Simon Pegg and Lake Bell turn up the fun in the film Man Up now playing at select theaters. Their chemistry reaches high levels as they deliver a very enjoyable romance that has a lot of twists to its rewarding ending. Nicely directed by Ben Palmer, one of England’s top television directors, the film’s perfect for a date night out.

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Steve Jobs, Performance is Spellbinding

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One of the best actors in the business today Michael Fassbender will have you spellbound as he brings one of the most difficult characters to the screen, Steve Jobs. You can feel the penetrating persistence in his delivery of the massive dialogue that’s contained in the script by Alan Sorkin (The Social Network). He’s the whole show and whether you like the man he portrays or not, go see it for Fassbender’s performance. Read more

Northmen A Viking Saga, Continuous Action

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The taut adventure film Northmen a Viking Saga delivers a bloody Norsemen story with no-stop action. The story may not be new to you especially if you have watched a lot of westerns, but I do like the characters, the chase and the combat. The costumes give the look of Viking warriors, the make-up brings some realism to the sliced up fighters and the cinematography of the locations where it was shot stunning and picturesque. In all the production value proves above par and the acting follows suit. Read more

Southpaw, a Heart Pounding Winner

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You can hear a pin drop in the boxer’s dressing room as the feel of high tension begins. Here we see prize fighter Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) getting his hands meticulously taped for his championship boxing match against Darius Jones (Cedrick D. Jones). Still undefeated, Billy needs to win the fight to retain the Light Heavyweight Crown and the fame and money that goes with it. In the ring the battle between the two gets very brutal with each taking pounding blows to the body and cuts on their faces. Blood running from Hope’s eye has not stopped the man from his determination to last through round ten. The number of hits he’s taking from Jones has put Billy in a position of putting Jones down for a ten count or being unseated as champ. This is Southpaw. Read more

Town that Dreaded Sundown, the phantom returns

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Worn out and not very scary, the sequel to the classic horror flick The Town that Dreaded Sundown tries to piggyback off the original, but comes up lame. The original 1976 release, as campy as it is, follows the crimes that actually happened in 1946 in the City of Texarkana and gives an aura of fear. Making a remake of the original film would have been better as the fear factor would still radiate from the real serial crimes that was never solved. Read more

Entourage, a Wacky Film for its Fans

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Taking the HBO winner and bringing Entourage to the screen, writer and director Doug Ellin takes a big chance on finding an audience. While HBO is paid television for those who spend the bucks for their programming, followers tend to be those who subscribed have watched the comedy over the years. The campy, silly and often ridiculous satire on filmmaking tries to convince its audience that sex, pervasive language, drugs and nudity are all you need to make a film a hit, but unless you are hooked from the HBO series, you may find Entourage a waste of time.

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Camp X-Ray, Performance Driven Drama

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Delivering an excellent performance doesn’t save this view into the cells at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Detention Center. The sympathetic story of long held dissidents tied into 9/11 has no basis for truth giving the premise a cold shoulder. The insubordination depicted in Camp X-Ray without consequences makes it even more bizarre. That said, if you look at the content as pure fiction without provocation, then those who like a good drama may find the acting by Kristen Stewart and Peyman Maadi extremely good. Read more

Private Number, a Twisted Murder Mystery

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Surprisingly the low budget mystery thriller Private Number hits the mark in all three categories, directing, acting and storyline. The film had a brief theatrical bow a month ago, but the crowded box-office with several blockbusters must have taken its toll on this cunning little film. But now it has been released on DVD and I highly recommend it for those who like a good compelling plot that twists and turns to the closing credits.

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The 100 Year-Old Man… a Very Comical Film

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The strange little film The 100 year-old man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared takes its audience on a wild and wacky journey. It’s a lot of fun in the vein of a Forrest Gump, but this guy has more of a trek with danger all around. The film has very good acting and is based a script taken from a work of fiction by Jonas Jonassan. The book was a 2010 best seller in Sweden that went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide. Nicely filmed and orchestrated by director and screenwriter Felix Herngren, the movie is a hoot.

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Mad Max: Fury Road, a Blazing Action Film

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My job is to see movies and give my opinion so my readers will know the good, bad and ugly before plunking down the dough to see them. After seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, I’m ready to see it again. This time I’m headed for an IMAX theater so I can get all the sounds and visuals of this action packed film up close. Call me a movie nut, but when it comes to films that go over the edge for their audience, I’m there!

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The D Train, an Offbeat Comedy

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Jack Black returns to the screen with a quirky comedy The D Train that turns on the charm before going into a tail spin that almost crashes.  The movie does have its moments showing a lot of off color humor with Black kicking up his character old style much like days of movies past.  However directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul depend on James Marsden to carry the heavy role to make the film work and there’s no doubt that his performance saves the day.

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Felix and Meira, Trapped in a Different Kind of World

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Taking a closer look at Jewish social standards the film Felix and Meira an unusual romance comes to theaters. The subject matter of the drama looks at dominance, boredom, nonconformity, defiance and separation in a strict culture that’s ruled by their religious beliefs. The movie is attractively dark with fine direction, acting and a production crew. The cinematography provides a fascinating background filmed in low light giving the feel of the central character’s boredom with a bleak outlook on life.

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American Sniper, a Gutwrenching Drama

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Review by Alyn Darnay

The late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was a certified American hero. Four tours of duty in the hottest combat zones in modern history. He was a motivated patriot, with a loving wife and children, who cared deeply for his family, country and the men he was sent to protect. This is a review of American Sniper, now in theaters.

 

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Jimi: All is by my Side, the Legend in London

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A legend in Rock and Roll, the biography about Jimi Hendrix called Jimi: All is by my Side is now on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. The film focus on his early rise to fame and moves along at a fast tempo till the amazing musically explosive finale. He carved out a name for himself in the midst of Britain’s top rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. If your music involves the love of rock, blues, jazz and soul, this film delivers the man with the red hot guitar. Read more

Zarra’s Law, a True Crime Drama

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You may have seen many films like Zarra’s Law so don’t be surprised if you get a little déjà vu while watching this crime thriller. It does have an upside and that being a chance to see Burt Young on the big screen once more. He’s aged well and so has Tony Sirico who was a mainstay in the Sopranos and a great support character in Goodfellas. This film has a couple of surprises, but not much more. But, if you like films that feature a mafia theme, then take a shot at this one now on DVD. Read more