Film

“The Lazarus Effect” Raises Some Questions

HOLLYWOOD—The prospect of the dead coming back to life has been something Hollywood has been tackling from the dawn of cinema. From zombies to ghosts, plenty of movies have asked the question: What if? Well a new film is answering that same question with a different theory. “The Lazarus Effect” tackles the issue of reviving the dead and the...

“Focus” Is One Fun Ride

HOLLYWOOD—It’s been quite some time since a caper flick has hit theaters, at least one that knows how to present the audience with constant questions on who can and who can’t be trusted. The new heist thriller “Focus” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie is indeed a fun-ride. Smith stars as Nicky Spurgeon, a con-man who is quite stellar...

“The Duff” Is Quite Entertaining

HOLLYWOOD—When was the last time that you can recall seeing a film about high school that was actually entertaining? Yeah, it’s been awhile, the high school cliché movies of the 90s, all but disappeared in the early 2000s, so imagine my surprise when “The Duff” proved to a bit more entertaining than I suspected. The film stars Mae Whittman...

“Birdman,” “Budapest Hotel” Oscar Winners

HOLLYWOOD—The pinnacle of awards season came to an end on Sunday, February 22 as the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Leading the pack of all nominees were the films “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with nine nominations apiece. Both films walked away with four awards apiece. The winner for Best Picture was...

“Sponge Out Of Water” Is Goofy Fun

HOLLYWOOD—Jeez, I recall nearly 10 years ago how huge SpongeBob SquarePants was with my nephew. I mean he had every piece of memorabilia from the still popular cartoon character. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is a sequel to the 2004 movie. On this newest adventure, SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) finds himself playing the role of hero once...

“Whiplash” Delivers A Thrill A Minute

HOLLYWOOD—Being musically inclined is no easy task, “Whiplash” teaches that lesson in more ways than one can imagine. It’s a movie that starts off with a bang and ends that way. Miles Teller is absolutely fascinating as musical prodigy Andrew Neyman or so he thinks. He gets a hard dose of reality, when he meets one of the greatest and...

Best Actor Anyone?

HOLLYWOOD—Well its official, the 87th Annual Academy Awards are less than 3 weeks away, so its time to start predicting who the victors will be in some of the major categories. Normally, I’d break-down each category, but this year, there are front-runners in the Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress race that I would be speechless...

Jennifer Aniston Shines In “Cake”

HOLLYWOOD—Not many of us have seen actress Jennifer Aniston in a stripped down performance. When I think of Aniston the first thing that comes to mind is “Friends.” Aniston proves her ability to tackle dramatic material in the gripping film “Cake.” She portrays a woman suffering from chronic pain and addiction. Its one of those roles that actresses in Hollywood...

“Still Alice,” Devastating Portrait Of Alzheimer’s

HOLLYWOOD—I’ve argued that Julianne Moore might be one of America’s finest actresses’ who rarely receives the accolades she so deserves. I think all of that is about to change. Moore’s performance in the drama “Still Alice” is a revelation that sheds light on a disease that is crippling America. Moore portrays Dr. Alice Howland, a Columbia university linguistics professor, whose...

“Birdman,” “Budapest Hotel” Lead Oscar Race

BEVERLY HILLS—It’s the moment critics and movie lovers have been waiting for all year long: The Oscar nominations! Nominees were announced on Thursday, January 15 by AMPAS President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs, actor Chris Pine, and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. For the first-time in Oscar-history, all nominees were announced live. Normally, only the contenders in...
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