Rough Night: Bachelorette Party Misadventure Falls Short of Bridesmaids

Rough Night is another Bachelorette Party misadventure and it falls short of being on the same level as Bridesmaids. Directed by Lucia Aniello from a screenplay written by Aniello & Paul W. Downs, Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer,  Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore.   Enrique Murciano, Karan Soni, and Dean Winters also star. The R-rated comedy starts out with some college friends (Jess, Alice, Frankie,…

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Transformers: The Last Knight is A Dumb Action Movie And You’ll Still See it

Transformers: The Last Knight is one of the dumbest action films of the year and you’ll still see it anyway. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan, Mitch Pileggi, and Glenn Morshower.  Peter Cullen returns as the voice of Optimus Prime. The film picks up after the events of Age of Extinction, a Transformers film…

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47 Meters Down: A Shark-Thrilling Tale of Survival

The new shark thriller, 47 Meters Down, does just that and more in the just-released thriller. Directed by Johannes Roberts from a screenplay co-written by Roberts and Ernest Riera, the shark thriller stars Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura, and Matthew Modine. Vacationing with her sister, Kate (Holt), in Mexico, Lisa (Moore) has just broken up with her ex-boyfriend, Stuart.  While she wants to have some adventure to make Stuart jealous,…

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Lost in Paris: An Ode to Charlie Chaplin

Lost in Paris is an indie film from a husband-and-wife team that pays an homage to the days of the silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, through the antics of their lead characters. Written and directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, Lost in Paris stars Abel, Gordon, Emmanuelle Riva, and Pierre Richard. Not familiar with the duo going into this movie, I was unsure of what I should expect.  It stars Gordan as a librarian…

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Once Upon A Time In Venice is no Die Hard, pass on it

Despite having an all-star talented cast, Once Upon A Time In Venice doesn’t live up to the action comedies that preceded it despite a talented cast. Directed by Mark Cullen from a script co-written with his brother, Rob Cullen, the film stars Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Sigman, Adam Goldberg, Kal Penn, Christopher McDonald, and Wood Harris. Bruce Willis may be an action star but even his name alone…

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The Women’s Balcony is A Feel-Good, Crowd-Pleasing Comedy

The Women’s Balcony is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide in a Jewish community. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon from a screenplay written by Shlomit Nehama , the Israeli comedy stars Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen, Einat Sarouf, Igal Naor, Evelin Hagoel, Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Sharona Elimelech, Herzl Tobey, and Haim Zanati.  This was Banai’s first big role in Israeli cinema and she was nominated for an Ophir…

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Kill Switch: Video Game Style doesn’t work

Kill Switch, not to be confused with the 2008 film of the same name, is another example of why video game-style films don’t make the best of movies–because they simply aren’t good. Directed by Tim Smit from a screenplay written by Omid Nooshin and C. Kindinger, Kill Switch stars Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Tygo Gernandt, and Charity Wakefield. In the feature debut from Smit, we follow Will Porter in his battle to save Earth after…

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Band Aid fights it up through music

Band Aid is a funny relationship comedy where the fights are done through music.  The movie throws a new perspective on love in cinema. Written, directed, and produced by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film stars Lister Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Retta, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel, Brooklyn Decker, Angelique Cabral, Majandra Delfino, Colin Hanks, Chris D’Elia, Jamie Chung, Erinn Hayes, Gillian Zinser, and Jesse Williams. Actress/writer Zoe Lister-Jones makes her directorial debut with this…

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Their Finest: Mixing Comedy and War In Crowd-Pleaser

Their Finest mixes both comedy and drama in this behind the scenes making of a propaganda war film and does so in a way that makes the film feel authentic to the time period. Directed by An Education‘s Lone Scherfig from a screenplay written by Gaby Chiappe, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachael Stirling, with Richard E. Grant and Bill Nighy.  Chiappe’s script was based…

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Wakefield: Bryan Cranston is worthy of an Oscar Nomination

In many ways, Wakefield feels like it is a modern day version of Rear Window but without all the thrills that came with the Alfred Hitchcock classic in this character study that stars Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston. Written and directed by Robin Swicord, the film was based on the short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow.  Bryan Cranston leads the cast and let me just say how essential the Breaking Bad star is…

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