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God’s Pocket (SSSS): Veteran actor John Slattery makes his feature film directorial debut impressively by converting Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel into a dark, dark film highlighted by wonderful acting by a terrific cast, headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. The people in God’s Pocket live drab lives with almost nothing […]

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket Runtime 88 minutes. Not for children. Veteran actor John Slattery makes his feature film directorial debut impressively by converting Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel into a dark, dark film highlighted by wonderful acting by a terrific cast, headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. Sometimes you go to a movie […]

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For No Good Reason (SSSS): This is a fascinating, revealing documentary about artist Ralph Steadman, who “Rolling Stone’s” Jann Wenner says “was crazier than (gonzo journalist) Hunter S. Thompson” with whom Steadman worked. It shows Steadman creating one of his paintings from scratch, which emphasizes his bizarre work habits. Be warned, Johnny Depp adds exactly […]

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason Runtime 89 minutes. OK for children. Fifteen years ago director Charlie Paul made a trip to Kent, England to meet one of his heroes, artist Ralph Steadman. He says that this film is “the culmination of my roots as a punk, art student, photographer and filmmaker in a multi-layered narrative, spun […]

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The Railway Man (SSSS): Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, “It’s hard to make any film, but The Railway Man was particularly hard.” Hard as it might have been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch. It’s far more accurate in its treatment of the “death railway,” that the Japanese constructed with POW-enhanced […]

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis, an exuberant celebration from May 9 to 24

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis, an exuberant celebration from May 9 to 24

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis from May 9 to 24. It is a song and dance show that celebrates performing in general and tap dancing in particular. Maurice has also created a special gift of memories for the audience. It puts a spotlight on his remarkable family’s legacy and he shares […]

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

The Railway Man Runtime 108 minutes. Not for children. Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, “It’s hard to make any film, but The Railway Man was particularly hard.” Hard as it might have been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch. Almost half a century ago, David Lean made The Bridge on the […]

Country Singer Kaitlyn Baker to Perform at Young Artist Awards in Studio City

Country Singer Kaitlyn Baker to Perform at Young Artist Awards in Studio City

The 35th annual Young Artist Awards (YAA) in Studio City will include a performance by rising country music singer Kaitlyn Baker. The 19-year-old from Pound, Virginia, who has been called a new “coal miner’s daughter,” is promoting her upcoming album on Nashville’s Silvercreek Records, to be distributed through Sony/ RED. “I’m excited to be appearing […]

Draft Day

Draft Day

Draft Day Runtime 109 minutes. Not for children. If you think you know a lot about professional football you should enjoy this film. If you actually do know a lot about football (which puts you in a group of approximately .001% of the population, including all the talking chowderheads on TV), you will probably find […]

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Sabotage (3 OUT OF 5 SWANS): Although you don’t go to an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie like this to watch acting, Olivia Williams gives a good performance, even if she does try to outdo the men in being a tough cop. What’s good is that it has wonderful pace. There’s a mystery that needs to be […]