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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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'Everly' Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson If you’ve ever dreamed of watching a scantily-clad Salma Hayek’s ta-ta’s bounce in time to the tat-tat of machine gun fire while Christmas carols blare, then do we have the movie for you. It’s called Everly, and is it ever a trip. The titular Everly is played to the hilt…

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The Captive Review

By Staci Layne Wilson Director Atom Egoyan made a big splash in the 90s with his most critically acclaimed film, The Sweet Hereafter (which was nominated for two Academy Awards). But the hereafter hasn’t always been so sweet. My favorite film of his, Where the Truth Lies, barely blipped on the public radar. 2009’s sexy…

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The Babadook Review

By Staci Layne Wilson It’s been years since a really and truly scary movie has grabbed the hearts and minds of the general public. Yes, there have been some genuine underground hits within the cult horror crowd, but nothing has generated buzz lately quite like a little indie from down-under – and it’s directed by…

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AFM and AFI – Oh, My!

By Staci Layne Wilson It’s November sweeps for movies in L.A. Two of the most high-profile and important events took place simultaneously over the past week. AFM (American Film Market) is all about the pitch, the sell and buy, and is expensive to attend; while AFI Fest (American Film Institute Festival) is all about a…

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Film Fashion and Movie Posters of Yesteryear Now on Display in L.A.

By Staci Layne Wilson The late great comedienne Gilda Radner famously quipped, “I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.” But for the film stars who must be trussed, corseted, stitched and Spandexed in to certain iconic costumes, there’s not much choice when it comes to comfort. It’s quite eye-opening to see…

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