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FURIOUS 7 Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Furious 7 Review The Fast and the Furious was one of the first films I reviewed and covered as a new entertainment reporter back in 2001. I thought it was cheesy, but I loved all the street-peeling hotrods. It was all about the vroooming vehicles! As the franchise went on,…

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DIAL A PRAYER Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson If everyone’s using their cells these days, this movie might have been better-titled as Punch A Prayer or Text A Prayer (in fact, I’m sure there’s an app for that). It’s set in present time, but Dial A Prayer, starring Brittany Snow as Cora – an unwilling mini-messiah – has…

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TRUE STORY Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Liars are everywhere in our everyday existence – politicians, attorneys, children, spouses, and even in the mirror. An extensive 2002 study by University of Massachusetts’s Robert Feldman found that people told two lies in a 10-minute conversation, and 10 lies per week on average. (What with the surge of social media…

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THE GUNMAN Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Based on a French crime novel, helmed by the director of Taken, and starring a, er, mature, muscle-bound male with a perpetual scowl, The Gunman certainly doesn’t break new ground. Unnecessarily convoluted given its simple premise, it’s as though the screenwriters (all three of them) were trying to hide their…

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CUT BANK Movie Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Cut Bank is the name of the small, rural Montana town where the labyrinthine plot unfolds. It begins when handsome but thick Dwayne (Liam Hemsworth) is filming an audition tape for his sweetly vapid, blonde girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer), and – lo and behold – a murder takes place on…

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Black and White and Red All Over – Oscar Fashion 2015

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson The rain-soaked red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony may have been saturated… but not with color. Monochrome was all the rage – it was as if Dice, Dalmatians, and Oreo cookies were the inspiration for every fashionista and stylist from here to Hollywood Boulevard. Fifty Shades of Grey notwithstanding,…

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The Lazarus Effect Movie Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson   What if you had the power to bring back your loved ones from the dead… Would you? And more importantly… Should you? That’s the question explored in The Lazarus Effect and it’s not unlike many other resurrection-themed horror flicks, the most popular among them being oldies-but-goodies Re-Animator, Pet Sematary,…

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Blackhat Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson A “blackhat” is a malicious computer hacker. A “whitehat” is the opposite. Since Chris Hemsworth plays versions of both in this new Michael Mann cyber-thriller, I guess he’s two shades of grey. And that about sums up all the nuance and texture this shallow, straightforward suspenser offers up. Writing a…

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Fashion Fling – Costume Designer Rita McGhee Reigns on Empire

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson One cookie that never crumbles – and always looks like a zillion bucks clad head-to-toe in luscious leopard or sparkling Swarovski  – is the best love-to-hate-her TV beeyotch to saunter along since “Dynasty’s” Alexis Carrington: she is Cookie Lyon, played to pouty perfection by Taraji P. Henson.     In…

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The Boy Next Door Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson On a scale of one to Gigli, Jennifer Lopez’s latest cinematic sortie is off the charts. The Boy Next Door – the titular “boy” being a full grown, 27-year old Abercrombie and Fitch model (Ryan Guzman) – starts off with an opening title sequence that’s so cheesy, even Wisconsin would…

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