The Meddler: A Heartfelt Look at Family

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, The Meddler features a star-studded cast but Susan Sarandon’s performance stands above the rest. Sarandon headlines a cast that includes Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Michael McKean, Laura San Giacamo, and Harry Hamlin. Sarandon stars as Marnie Minervini, a window who remains an eternal optimist and is always there for her daughter, Lori (Byrne). Lori is single but…

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Eye in the Sky: What Really Happens Behind-The-Scenes

In Eye in the Sky, director Gavin Hood takes us behind the scenes of what really goes on in a war zone. Based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, Helen Mirren leads a cast that includes Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox. It’s one of the final on-screen performances from the late Rickman and the film was appropriately dedicated to his memory. Mirren stars as Colonel Katherine Powell.…

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Sing Street: John Carney does it again

Writer-director John Carney has done it again. He follows up critically acclaimed Begin Again with the Irish-based Sing Street. It’s somewhat autobiographical for the Irish director in some regards. Carney’s screenplay is based on a story written by him and Simon Carmody. In Sing Street, Carney has put together a cast that stars Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. Also cast in the film are Ben Carolan,…

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War Isn’t Worth Your Money

The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens in theaters this Friday but it may as well just go straight to video. Kristen Stewart was wise to stay away from this film. It isn’t just that it’s not a good movie. It’s that it’s just not good in general. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Sam Claflin, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain. Nicolas-Troyan, the first film’s visual effects supervisor,…

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A Hologram for The King: Tom Hanks brings book to life

A Hologram for the King brings Tom Hanks back to the big screen for the first time since last year’s Bridge of Spies. After seeing Hanks in so many studio films over the years, it’s an interesting refresher to see Hanks play in an indie film for a change. Written and Directed by Tom Tykwer, the movie is based on Dave Eggers’ novel. Hanks leads a cast that features Sarita Choudhury, Alexander Black, Tom Skerritt,…

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Elvis & Nixon: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey bring history to life

Elvis & Nixon tells the story behind the most requested photo of all time at the National Archives: the White House meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. Directed by Liza Johnson from a screenplay written by Joey Sagal & Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in the title roles. Spacey is unlike his House of Cards persona while portraying Nixon. The duo head up a cast that includes Alex…

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Kevin Costner plans Another Baseball Movie

Actor Kevin Costner told Larry King during a recent episode of Larry King Now that he still has another baseball movie in him. Costner is no stranger to the world of sports movies having starred in Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, For Love of the Game, and Tin Cup. Costner was on the show with King this past week to talk about his new movie, Criminal, with co-star Gary Oldman. Costner was vague about the…

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The Jungle Book lives up to Walt Disney classic

The newest feature film adaptation of The Jungle Book is everything it was expected to be and so much more. This is only the second live-action film to be produced by Disney with the last live-action film having been released in December 1994 but this time, the animals talk. It’s been a few years since the last time I watched the animated classic but there are some nice homages to the classic, including the classic…

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A Better You: Matt Walsh’s Improv Comedy stars a Who’s Who

A Better You assembles an amazing ensemble cast of some very funny comedians that are known for their improvisational skills. Upright Citizen Brigade founder Matt Walsh directs the film, which he co-wrote with Brian Huskey, Running just under 90 minutes, the improvised comedy stars Huskey, Morgan Walsh, Horatio Sanz, Erinn Hayes, Andy Daly, with Joe Lo Truglio, Walsh, Rob Huebel, Adam Pally, Mo Gaffney, and Natasha Leggero. There are minor cameos of Riki Lindhome, Reid…

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Hello, My Name is Doris: Indie comedy elevated by Sally Field

Sally Field is remarkable as the star of Hello, My Name is Doris. Michael Showalter directs the late-life coming-of-age comedy from a screenplay written by him and Laura Terruso. The script was based on an eight minute short, Doris and the Intern, written and directed by Terruso. Lucky for film goers, Showalter viewed the film while teaching at NYU. What Showalter saw in the project was an older playing a lead role in a comedy.…

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