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2015 Critics Choice Awards are Better Than Ever!

This year A&E is broadcasting the Critics Choice Awards, and they are going all out–they hired Michael Strahan as the host, all the stars and filmmakers will be there front and center, and I’ll be right their in the middle of them, seated snuggly at a table with Lana Del Rey (YES!). “What are the Critics…


The Thinking Guys Guide to Movies for the New Year

By James Mandell Editor’s Note: Every holiday season my favorite seat mate, James Mandell, contributes a Thinking Guys Guide to Movies for the New Year. Enjoy!    Top Picks Interstellar Stellar indeed, this is some dense story-telling, requiring leaps of quantum faith, but once accomplished, it’s a geek’s play land of possibilities, reminiscent of 2001 but more exciting and…

Into the Woods Review

Into the Woods Review

The perfect movie to see with the family on Christmas day, if the all-star cast of Into the Woods doesn’t charm you, Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary music will. Even the most committed musical phobe will find something to enjoy in this spectacular musical fantasy. Filmmakers spared no expense when it came to casting this dark, fairy tale mashup, with…

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The Interview Review

Heaven help me, I’ll probably get hacked and attacked by terrorists for writing a positive review, but I found The Interview absolutely hysterical, and I would have given it my vote for best comedy of the year had Sony not pulled it from theaters. I’m really hoping they release it on a pay per view basis online, or it…

American Sniper Review

American Sniper Review

At last, Clint Eastwood is back in fine form with American Sniper, a gripping, must-see movie based on the true experiences of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the country’s military history. Even if you don’t like war movies (I find them particularly hard to watch), this riveting, harrowing and important film will make you…

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Review: Unbroken

Unbroken has a massive built-in audience: There are the millions who read Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting book, millions more who like a good American war story, and then there are those who are fans of Angelina Jolie’s work. I fall into two of those three categories, and was hoping that Unbroken would be brilliant. Louis Zamperini. the Olympic champion,…


Night at the Museum 3 Review

If you and your family have a tradition of going to see a movie on Christmas day and there are kids involved, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is your best bet. Funny, friendly and fanciful, it has all the giggles and excitement young audiences could want, plus a good helping of amusement for the grownups. Your other…

Review: Big Eyes

Review: Big Eyes

When you hear Tim Burton has made a movie about the bizarre couple responsible for those painfully schticky big eyed waif posters and paintings that were so hot in the ’50’s and ’60’s, you think, “YES! This movie has potential!” And when you hear Burton has cast Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane, who took all the…

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Annie Review

Wow. I hate to dog pile on Sony at this difficult time, but the new Annie is arguably one of the worst movies of the year. If only it could have been pulled from release instead of The Interview! I envision horrified executives, after watching the final cut, taking a meeting and asking each other, “Is…


Critics Choice Nominations Announced: How Do You Think I Should Vote?

And so it begins. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), of which I am a voting member, has announced this year’s Critics Choice nominations for The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.  “Birdman” leads this year with 13 nominations. The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on…

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