Netflix original War Machine goes big but misses

War Machine is easily the biggest Netflix original film to date and the military satire contains solid acting performances even as it misses on some levels. Written and directed by David Michôd, Brad Pitt leads a cast that includes Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, with Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley.  Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner,…

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Hollywood Movies lacking Transgender Characters

Hollywood movies are lacking transgender characters according to GLAAD’s fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index. In a year that saw Moonlight win Best Picture, Hollywood is still lacking with LGBTQ characters who drive the storyline and appear in a film for more than a mere minute.  The first half of 2017 may be better as far as the main studios are concerned but whose to say how the rest of the year will pan out.  We’ve…

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Table 19 should have RSVPd with a No

Anna Kendrick leads a star-studded cast in Table 19.  Unfortunately, all of them should have responded “no.” That’s not to say that this film isn’t cute because it is at times and it might even be better than the worst weddings you’ve ever been to.  I feel bad saying this because I usually enjoy films that are associated with the Duplass Brothers. Written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz from a story by the Duplass Brothers,…

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Dying Laughing shows life on the road

Dying Laughing is another top-notch comedy documentary and this one focuses on what life is like on the road.  This review is better late than never–talk about timing! Directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood, the star-studded interview subjects include Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Mike Epps, Jerry Lewis, DL Hughley, Amy Schumer, Allan Havey, Bob Saget, Bobby Lee,…

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The Lovers is A Crazy Family Affair

The Lovers gives us a new approach to marital themes in a way that is sure to resonate with audiences. Written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, the film stars Debra Winger, Tracey Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross and Jessica Sula. What we had already known from the trailer was that both spouses, Michael (Letts) and Mary (Winger) in a marriage were having an extramarital affair.  Their son is coming home and bringing is…

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HBO pulls animated Jon Stewart program

HBO has decided to stop production on the animated Jon Stewart program.  It’s unfortunate news for Stewart’s many fans that were looking forward to this series. A statement was issued by both HBO and Stewart. “HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a shortform digital animated project,” HBO said in a statement. “We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that…

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Paul McCartney, James Bond producers pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore

Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released statements following the passing of the iconic James Bond star Sir Roger Moore. Daniel Craig, who is the most recent actor to star as James Bond, also shared a statement with a photo of the two Bonds. Paul McCartney, who still rocks out Live and Let Die during concerts, released a statement as well.

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Sir Roger Moore, former James Bond, dies at 89

The family of Sir Roger Moore has shared the news that the actor has passed away following a shore bout with cancer.  He was 89. Moore followed both Sean Connery and George Lazenby on the big screen as the third actor to Agent 007, James Bond.  Moore played Bond between 1973 and 1985.  Prior to Bond, he played Simon Templar in The Saint between 1962 and 1969. After taking over the reigns in 1972 and…

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The Wedding Plan: Israeli Comedy isn’t typical Rom-Com

The Wedding Plan is an Israeli comedy that provides for some fresh twists in the romantic comedy genre. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein, the film stars Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi, Irit Sheleg, Ronny Merhavi, Dafi Alpern, Karin Serrouya, Erez Drigues, Oded Leopold, Udi Persi and Jonathan Rozen.  The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Burshtein’s second feature takes a look at the subjects of love, marriage, and faith as Koler stars…

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CCFF: A Ghost Story closes out festival

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival with a nearly sold out crowd. Reuniting his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such.  A story of this nature could not be done in any other medium, be it print or visual. Affleck stars as a white-sheeted ghost who returns to his…

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