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Divergent

Divergent

Divergent Runtime 140 minutes OK for children Science fiction films set in a bleak future are not my cup of tea. So this was not a film I was eagerly anticipating. As a result I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be as advertised, a thrilling action-adventure film that held my interest to the […]

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On My Way (4 OUT OF 5 SWANS): Writer/director Emmanuelle Bercot presents two delights, Catherine Deneuve impulsively jumping in her car to strike out on her own to change her life, and a terrific road picture shot on location in Brittany. Using mostly non actors in key roles, there’s a lot more to this film […]

On My Way

On My Way

On My Way Runtime 113 minutes. OK for children. I went to see Catherine Deneuve, one of the most beautiful actresses of her generation. What I got was a terrific road movie out of a story that one might think prospectively is going to be a chick flick designed to drive men away. But it’s […]

300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire Runtime 113 minutes. Not for children. It’s no coincidence that the only 30 seconds worth watching in this dismal attempt at entertainment are the same 30 seconds that Eva Green, playing Artemisia, doffs her shirt and fights topless. Other than that all you see are really stupid Greeks in loin […]

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Non-Stop (4 out of 5 swans): Despite a huge plot hole at the end that it’s best not to think about, and a first killing that doesn’t correspond to the story, this is Liam Neeson’s almost-annual beginning of the year thriller and it lives up to his past efforts exemplified by the “Taken” series. Neeson […]

‘80s ‘Rave-Up’ Jimmer Podrasky Is Back with a Hit Record

‘80s ‘Rave-Up’ Jimmer Podrasky Is Back with a Hit Record

By Jon Konjoyan Jimmer Podrasky, lead singer of the 1980s pop/punk Rave-Ups is back with a new solo album now playing on Sirius radio and earning rave (sorry, couldn’t resist) reviews from hipster outlets like blurt.com. “The album’s a beaut … one of the best,” crows blurt, awarding the The Would-Be Plans CD four stars. […]

Non-Stop

Non-Stop

Non-Stop Runtime 105 minutes. OK for children. The first part of the year constitutes slim pickings for movie fans. The industry lumps all the films it expects to be good into end of the year releases so that they will be fresh in mind for Oscar® voters. The result is that when the new year […]

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3 Days to Kill (2 out of 5 swans): Directed by McG, this is a schizophrenic movie that can’t decide whether it’s a thriller or a comedy or a family drama. Whichever, all are below par. Kevin Costner plays Kevin Costner again and he’s good at that. The best performance is by Connie Nielsen who […]

3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill Runtime 117 minutes. Not for children. This continues a long Hollywood tradition picturing mobsters as sensitive, feeling, caring hitmen, who are, by definition, sociopaths; ergo they are not feeling and caring. In this one Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is such a person. He kills (for the CIA) with coldhearted, gleeful abandon, […]

John Burroughs High Vocal Music Association Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary with “Pop Show 35: Hall Of Fame”

John Burroughs High Vocal Music Association Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary with “Pop Show 35: Hall Of Fame”

The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association will celebrate its 35th anniversary with “Pop Show 35: Hall of Fame” showcasing the VMA’s amazing tradition of excellence with singing, dancing, dazzling costumes and eye-catching sets from the renowned National Championship-winning Powerhouse & Sound Sensations advanced competition choirs, as well as the intermediate Decibelles and Sound […]