Jurassic Park Remains A Classic After 25 Years

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park remains an innovative, groundbreaking and inspiring classic as it did when it was originally released 25 years ago in June. Shortly after the incident on Isla Nublar and the quick introduction of lawyer Donald Gennaro, the film really gets going with paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotonist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) digging up a velociraptor in Montana.  Their dig is shortly interrupted by a helicopter, which leads to Grant and Sattler…

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Tribeca 2018: Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.  What Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 does is explore the true story behind the classic Air Jordan shoes. It can be said Jordan was the best thing to have ever happened for Nike.  Nike was being killed in the marketing by Adidas in the early 1980s.  Not only that but future Hall of Famers like Larry Bird and others were under contract to Converse. …

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Black Cop Code Giveaway for iTunes

I’ve got a few codes to give away for Cory Bowles’ social satire, Black Cop, which premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival last year.  The film subsequently played the festival circuit, including a stop in Chicago in October. For a chance at winning one of the iTunes codes (Americans only, sorry), all you have to do is LIKE or RETWEET this tweet or LIKE this post on Facebook. Samuel Goldwyn Films released Black Cop…

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Bad Samaritan: A Hitchcockian Thriller

Bad Samaritan is a thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock. What Dean Devlin has done with the direction of the film is make a Hitchcock film for the 21st century. Sean Falco (Robert Sheehan) and Derek Sandoval (Carlito Olivero) use their employment as valets for Nino in order to run a burglary scheme while patrons eat their meals.  It’s all fun and game until Sean happens upon the home of Cale Erendreich (David Tennant). It’s…

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Tully: A Commanding Performance from Charlize Theron

Director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody have reteamed to bring us Tully, a modern-day look at parenting and how it takes over so much of our lives. Parenting is exhausting.  There’s no other way to say it.  It’s something that Diablo Cody seeks to explore in the script for Tully.  There’s always something about Jason Reitman bringing Cody’s words to the big screen.  Cody has a way with writing and this film proves that…

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Paddington 2 is A Must-Own Film

With the life lessons it offers, Paddington 2 is a film that should probably belong in every movie collection. With Paddington’s Aunt Lucy marking her 100th birthday, he wants to get her the best present possible.  This comes in the form of a pop-up book discovered in Mr. Gruber’s shop.  In order to afford it, Paddington takes on a series of jobs to get the money…or at least tries to, anyway.  It’s only when Phoenix…

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder hits Blu-ray

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder doesn’t hold up as the 2002 comedy hits Blu-ray for the second time in over a decade. Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) has been attending Coolidge College for seven years.  He’s been attending the school for so long that he brings in assistant after assistant to help him plan his party schedule.  After interviewing several candidates, Van settles on Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn).  It’s shortly thereafter that his father, Vance Wilder Sr. (Tim…

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Tribeca 2018: The Goodnight Show

With an impending doom from an asteroid on the horizon, The Goodnight Show offers a touch of sentimentality. The Goodnight Show is far from the doom that was Armageddon or Deep Impact.  I can go on and on naming all the films in which an asteroid collides with earth and we’d be here all day.  This short film, directed by Charlie Schwan, is something else.  While there is an asteroid on path to collision with…

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Tribeca 2018: The 716th

The 716th is a fun little sci-fi comedy in the vein of M*A*S*H meets Star Trek. What is known at the start of the film is that it’s Year 42 of the Rak War in the Outer Durad System.  Ash (John Asher) and Doc (Andrew Bowen) are revealed as being wayward nonautomated combat medics who learn that two of their own are being left on an alien world to fend for themselves.  Neither Doc nor…

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Tribeca 2018: Laboratory Conditions

Laboratory Conditions packs so much punch in just under 20 minutes that you forget it’s not a narrative feature! Dr. Emma Holloway makes a late night discovery at work when she comes to the realization that a patient was missing.  Unbeknownst to her, the patient–in the final hours of life–is found to have been taken by a medical school nearby.  It’s there where Marjorie Cane (Minnie Driver) is running an experiment to see whether a…

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