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Maximilian Schell: Tribute to a Survivor (Dec. 8, 1930 – Feb. 1, 2014)

Maximilian Schell: Tribute to a Survivor (Dec. 8, 1930 – Feb. 1, 2014)

By Kat Kramer We have lost two enormously talented and admired artists since February began, Maximilian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Both of them are masters of their craft and winners of the coveted Academy Award for Best Actor. They come from different generations, yet both left an indelible mark. They will both be honored […]

The Pretty One

The Pretty One

The Pretty One Runtime 90 minutes. OK for children. This small indie comes close to perfection. It’s a sweet story of a young girl, Laurel, who feels unappreciated by the world and how she deals with it and gets to really know herself, which is to assume the identity of her twin sister, Audrey (who […]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Runtime 97 minutes. OK for children. Chris Pine is no stranger to re-creating iconic characters on the big screen that have been created by other actors. He has successfully played Capt. Kirk in two Star Trek prequels. Here, however, he recreates Tom Clancy’s hero, Jack Ryan, in yet another prequel, but Clancy […]

Jay Leno Exits The Tonight Show, Again, and Is Sad to Say Goodbye to Burbank

Jay Leno Exits The Tonight Show, Again, and Is Sad to Say Goodbye to Burbank

Jay Leno is leaving The Tonight Show for the second time in his incredible 22-year run as the top-rated late night host. This time the 63 year-old comedy star says he has no regrets, and he’s happy for Jimmy Fallon who will take over the show’s reins. But Leno is sad to be leaving the […]

Ride Along

Ride Along

Ride Along Runtime 97 minutes. Not for children. I often listen to a sports talk show called Mike and Mike in the Morning. A couple of days ago they were parroting that their guest was going to be Kevin Hart, who happens to be the costar of this film. One of the hosts, called Greenie, […]

IMAX Journey to the South Pacific

IMAX Journey to the South Pacific

IMAX Journey to the South Pacific Runtime 40 minutes. OK for children. Filming in IMAX is horribly expensive. The projector alone costs $2 million. Each camera costs $500 thousand. I don’t know how the economics justify the costs, especially for a 40 minute film like this, but the result is mind-boggling. Filming in IMAX results […]

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks Runtime 120 minutes. OK for children. About 15 years ago my good Yoga friend, Betty Culiner, and her boyfriend Bill Wyse, invited me to a party celebrating Betty’s career in film. She was a dancer in most of Gene Kelly’s films and assistant choreographer. They had put together a reel of all […]

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street Runtime 180 minutes. Not for children. The weakness of our capitalistic system isn’t in the means of production. The main weakness is in professional services, where there is almost always a built-in conflict of interest. The most morally corrupt in our society is without question the legal profession where lawyers’ […]

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor Runtime 120 minutes. Not for children. World War II’s iconic war movies were A Walk in the Sun (1945) and Battleground (1949). For the time, they were impressive pieces of work. But what they didn’t do was to capture the intensity and violence of battle. They were a lot of talk and not […]

American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle Runtime 137 minutes including credits Not for children. This is the 21st century version of The Sting (1973), loosely based on the ABSCAM scandal (1978-81) in which the FBI hired Melvin Weinberg, a con man with a record, to plan and carry out the scheme of entrapping government officials accepting bribes. Here the con […]