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Movie Review

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is one of the most outrageous, lurid and extravagant movies from a mainstream director.

"Wolf" makes director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (2013) look like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).

The debauchery of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), "The Wolf" of the movie's title, would seem to rival what we read and see of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, namely, rock stars, hip-hop stars, movie and TV actors, professional athletes, and Middle East potentates.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let's make this perfectly clear.

This movie review contains a spoiler.

Spoiler alert!

You've heard of that.

It's when a movie reviewer or someone writing or discussing a movie gives away a key plot point, one that might "spoil" the movie for you if you haven't seen it because the suspense or surprise of not knowing the reveal, or story resolve, or plot outcome, is removed.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Recently, you couldn't turn on the TV without seeing Will Ferrell portraying Ron Burgundy.

In car commercials, promotional segments and actual broadcast news shows, there was Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, never breaking character.

In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Will Ferrell continues the ruse as Ron Burgundy.

Ferrell, co-writing the screenplay with his producing-writing partner, Adam McKay, who is back to direct "Anchorman 2," misses no opportunity to show how dim-witted, self-absorbed, politically-incorrect and oblivious to it all is Ron Burgundy.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Apparently, not much happens in Montana and Nebraska.

Not much happens in "Nebraska" the film, either.

And yet, indelible images remain fixed in your mind's eye after seeing this modest film from director Andrew Payne ("Descendents," 2011; "Sideways," 2004).

Scenes depict the stark Nebraska landscape as Woody (Bruce Dern) and his son, David (Will Forte) drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to "claim" a $1 million-prize in a Publishers' Clearing House type magazine subscription promotion.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"God, does anybody actually believe this?" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) asks during "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

"Everybody," replies Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).

That is accurate based on the box-office records broken by "Catching Fire," sequel to "Hunger Games" (2012).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.

These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."

"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."

The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.

While the film's title might sound like the name of a club that those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.

What's the big deal about that, you might say?

The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.

And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.

"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.

The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Last Vegas" is a hoot, starring four icons of contemporary cinema who have never appeared together in the same film.

Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline star as senior citizens, who called themselves the Flatbush Four when they were Brooklyn, N.Y., youths. In "Last Vegas," the four reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"12 Years A Slave" is a profound film depicting an era of unspeakable horror in the history of the United States, as well as a marker in the evolution of the depiction of slavery and race in American cinema.