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Alysia Reiner Talks Women In Film and Television

December 17th, 2014 2:03am EST
Alysia Reiner Talks Women In Film and Television
‘Tis the season to kick-off the march to the Academy Awards, but unlike other awards, which honor professional achievement for storytelling within film and television, these awards seek to bring change to the industry. This year New York Women in Film & Television honored Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wanda Sykes, Dawn Ostroff and Mary Bailey for their achievement in breaking down the gender barriers within the entertainment industry at its 34th Annual New York Women in Film & Television Muse Awards held in New York City.

Alysia Reiner, who stars on Orange Is the New Black and is a film producer as w...
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‘Foxcatcher’ With Channing Tatum And Steve Carell Is a Solid A

November 14th, 2014 9:10pm EST
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Honestly, I had no desire to see this film. I'm not a big wrestling fan. Steve Carell, even though I think he’s talented, doesn't really get me into the theatre. Plus, I'm not a Magic Mike fan, so Channing Tatum doesn't do it for me, but all of my critic friends have been saying it is a movie not to be missed. So, I've check it out.

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The film comes from director Bennett Miller, who is loved by critics. He did Brad Pitt's Moneyball and Capote, both heavily adored by the Academy, so it is no surprise that Foxcatcher will probably do very well this awards season. Bennett also re-te...
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Review: '300: Rise Of An Empire' Is Visually Stunning

March 7th, 2014 9:07am EST
300: Rise of an Empire
“300: Rise of an Empire” is the long awaited and highly anticipated follow up to 2006’s “300,” which made Gerard Butler a star. This time around writer and director Zack Snyder is only picking up the pen for this story and giving Noam Murro the directing chair. Noam, who is known for being an award winning commercial director, does not miss a step in this visually stunning Greek action adventure.

“300: Rise of an Empire” tells the story of the second Persian invasion of Greece (480–479 BC). The film focuses on Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) as he leads his Greek army into...
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Don't Be Fooled, 'The Lego Movie' Is 'Awesome!'

February 9th, 2014 11:06am EST
Don't Be Fooled, 'The Lego Movie' Is 'Awesome!'
A film based on Lego toys may seem like a questionable choice for entertainment. But luckily Warner Brothers knows better. They brought in the writer-director duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who specialize in taking potential disasters and turning them into "awesome" delights. Remember “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street.” Both films seem crazy on paper, but on the big screen they are box office gold.

Not only is "The Lego Movie" cleverly written with plenty of gags like the "Kragle" and using Jonah Hill to voice the annoying Green Lantern, but also it is visua...
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Review: 'Prisoners' Is One Of The Best Thrillers In Years

September 20th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Prisoners
In A Nutshell: If you can stomach the film's intense and graphic scenes, the film is worth it!  Prisoners is 2013's ”Silence of the Lambs.” It is that damn good!

At first glance, Prisoners may seem nothing more than a dark, cliché and an unoriginal thriller. There is nothing new about the all too common story of child abduction and the havoc it wreaks on families and communities. But Canadian director Denis Villeneuve avoids all the pitfalls of having a big budget Hollywood debut (he received an Oscar nomination for his first foreign-language film Incendies) and delivers a truly riveting,...
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'One Direction: This Is Us' Explores And Entertains

September 3rd, 2013 12:30pm EDT
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One Direction’s new 3D concert documentary, This Is Us, is being called a “docubuster” by the film’s director Morgan Spurlock. Summer is known for movie blockbusters, super action heroes, and blowout concerts, but documentaries?  Spurlock ends the summer with this one, because it’s a behind the scenes of the phenomenon that is One Direction.

For fans of this British boy band, the film certainly appeals to the legions of screaming tween fans despite the fact that they probably already know more about the band than the documentary presents. For the rest of us, the picture is a highly enterta...
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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' is Silly, but Highly Entertaining

August 30th, 2013 12:35pm EDT
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At first glance, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones might look like just another studio’s attempt to launch their own Twilight or Hunger Games franchise, and it probably is, but then the complex love story with a twist  would be missed. Spoiler Alert! Think Star Wars bombshell.

Yes, the film does have over melodramatic parts with dialog that seems at times to grow sillier by the second. Mix that together with some bad teenage acting (sorry Lily) that might make you think this is just a knockoff set to the age-old battle between the forces of good and evil. To round out the dark side an...
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'Kick-Ass 2': Not As Good As The Original

August 19th, 2013 11:15pm EDT
Kick-Ass 2
DIY real-world teen crime fighter Kick-Ass is back in Kick-Ass 2 and though fans of the first film may line up around the block to see this film, chances are they will be disappointed. Directed by newcomer Jeff Wadlow, the sequel brings in star power from Jim Carrey this time around as opposed to Nicolas Cage and doubles down on the violence with an unexpected streak of nastiness. Yes, Chloe Grace Moretz is still the scene stealer, Mindy Macready’s Hit-Girl, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Kick-Ass, but the film suffers from a case of sequelitis. A lot of familiar faces are back along with chea...
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Denzel Washington And Mark Wahlberg Bring A Refeshing Bromance To The Big Screen

August 4th, 2013 10:38am EDT
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Grab that popcorn and soda then sit back and be ready to be blown away because 2 Guns is the perfect mixture of comedy and action. Though the plot of the film is outrageously complex with dozens of twists and turns (and oh no they aren’t going there, but they are moments), Denzel Washington’s and Mark Wahlberg’s chemistry on screen is electric.

Wahlberg is especially happy with this latest twist on the traditional buddy comedy. Usually they’ll take the comedy guy, the really out-there comedy guy, and put him with the straight guy. Wahlberg explains they didn’t want to do that and felt like...
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Review: 'World War Z' Is Not An Award Winner But Is A Potential Blockbuster

June 22nd, 2013 8:00am EDT
World War Z
Maybe you’ve heard about Brad Pitt’s World War Z and have low expectations of the film, but hold on you’re in for a shock. Although the production was plagued with problems from budget to re-shoots, it is rather surprising that this film actually made it to your local movie theater this weekend. The real shock is it is ACTUALLY A GOOD SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER.
 
The film is an apocalyptic spectacle that doesn't let up until the end. "It is epically scaled, but it's not a messy, noisy, CGI-bogus, throw-everything-at-the-audience sort of blockbuster. It's thrillingly controlled, and it builds in im...
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