The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar. Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston.  This is one of the best ideas to go into the film.  For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and…

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Spenser Confidential Shows A New Boston

Spenser Confidential puts the city of Boston front and center while taking its inspiration from Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland. There’s something in seeing a Mark Wahlberg action film debut not in cinemas but on Netflix.  It’s just a little bit weird to be watching a Wahlberg film for the first time on TV during opening weekend.  But hey, this is the world we’re currently living in so we may as well start getting used to…

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The Fighter Puts On A Masterclass in Acting

The performances from Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams in The Fighter are the very definition of a masterclass in acting. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a welterweight boxer.  Ward is managed by his mother, Alice Ward-Eklund (Melissa Leo), and trained by older half-brother Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale).  As far as his boxing career goes, Micky isn’t at a great point when he first meet him.  He’s the person that you defeat while you’re…

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Instant Family: Heartwarming and Inspiring

Both heartwarming and inspiring, Instant Family is a family comedy that displays the importance that comes with being a foster parent. When one learns about Sean Anders’ history as a father, Instant Family comes off as a passion project.  It’s quite a different film than Daddy’s Home despite the casting of Mark Wahlberg.  This is their third film together and much better than the last one released a year ago.  It’s Anders’ most personal film…

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Mile 22: An Intense Action Thriller

Mile 22 doesn’t shy away from the clichéd thriller tropes but the film’s humor plays to the strengths of Mark Wahlberg and Lauren Cohan. A quick prologue at a Russian safe house paves way for the ultimate action in Indocarr in Southeast Asia.  This is where a CIA team led by a super-focused James “Jimmy” Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is now stationed.  They are in charge of making sure an asset, Indocarr Special Forces officer Li…

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All the Money in the World helped by Recasting

Against all odds, All the Money in the World was locked on time prior to the December 22nd release date.  The film was pushed back to December 25th because of a crowded field at the box office leading up to the holiday weekend. Make no mistake, director Ridley Scott was quick to recast actor Kevin Spacey with Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, reshoot scenes with Plummer over the course of nine days, and still get the…

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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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Mark Wahlberg is quitting the Transformers franchise

Mark Wahlberg has made it public that he is quitting the Transformers franchise following the release of Transformers: The Last Knight. Wahlberg made his decision public while chatting with Graham Norton during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show: “It’s the last one so I get my life back!” (via Digital Spy). Wahlberg’s decision follows that of director Michael Bay, who previously announced that this would be his outing in the director’s chair.  Bay…

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