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Edge of Tomorrow (SSSS): This is a gripping, humorous time-travel movie that starts out on a high note with a fine confrontation between Major Tom Cruise, a smarmy PR man, and General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), that lets Tom know what the army is all about. Thoroughly engrossing, it’s extremely well-directed with humor and pace by […]

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street Runtime 118 minutes. Not for children. When you see Channing Tatum in a movie you know you’re going to get a wooden performance, an actor with no comedic timing, and one whose every line is reminiscent of Tony Curtis muttering, “Yonda lies da castle of my fadda” in The Black Shield of […]

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow Runtime 113 minutes. OK for children. On the surface, this looks awful, a typical 21st-century major studio production. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a smarmy PR specialist, is assigned to a team invading Europe that has been taken over by an alien force and is poised to take over the world. Naturally, […]

Around the World with the Pierce College Pangaea

Around the World with the Pierce College Pangaea

By Natasha Lewin On Tuesday, May 27th, the Pierce College Philharmonic Choir and San Fernando Valley Master Chorale took a standing-room-only audience on a musical extravaganza from around the world. Led by Terry Danne, artistic director and founder of the Premiere Chorale, the packed crowd was first treated to Carl Orff’s chilling Carmina Burana. (“O […]

The Love Punch

The Love Punch

The Love Punch Runtime 94 minutes. OK for children. This movie is a stunner. Emma Thompson is one of the more gifted women in film, a terrific actress and a fine writer. While Pierce Brosnan has been in some horrors (his performance in the ghastly conversion of Mamma Mia to the screen stands out as […]

Blended

Blended

Blended Runtime 117 minutes. OK for children. Since my original estimate of the movie was so negative, I felt guilty when it actually made me laugh out loud just a few moments after I wondered if I could give it a rating lower than 0/10. How could I laugh out loud if it was such […]

The Normal Heart has stellar cast with Julia Roberts on HBO

The Normal Heart has stellar cast with Julia Roberts on HBO

The Normal Heart just premiered on HBO. It was a bestseller that has been adapted into an unflinching HBO Films presentation that explores the indifference that escalated the growing AIDS epidemic in New York City’s gay community in 1981. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Alfred Molina. Julia Roberts […]

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Returns to Hollywood

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Returns to Hollywood

By Yiota M.Michalopoulou The “Renaissance of the Greek Film Industry,” or the “Success Story of Greek Filmmakers” has recently become a hot topic within the international film circles and amongst cinephiles. Although the phrasing can differ, there is no doubt that Greek Cinema is riding a new wave of success which is recognized in Europe […]

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Runtime 98 minutes. Not for children. Gia Coppola, in her directorial debut (she also wrote the script based on several stories by James Franco, who also appears as a charming but corrupt soccer coach), is not unlike her aunt Sofia in making a film that at first appearances makes one feel lost in […]

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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 […]