‘Chef’ sizzles with delicious passion

It’d be easy to say Jon Favreau’s new film looks great because of the gratuitous images of delicious-looking food. Favreau certainly could have relied on the food in “Chef” (Rated R; 114 Min.) to propel him forward without a solid story. Some ... Continue Reading →

“Non-Stop” has awkward trajectory

You’ve heard of “Snakes on a Plane.” But have you ever heard of Liam Neeson on a plane? That’s probably how the pitch went down for Neeson’s “Non-Stop” (Rated PG-13; 106 Min.), his newest collaboration with “unknown” director Jaume Collet-Serra. ... Continue Reading →

Hanks a driving force as ‘Captain Phillips’

2013 is quickly becoming the year of the singular performance. Last week Sandra Bullock fought for survival in “Gravity” and next week Robert Redford plays a man trapped on a fishing boat in “All is Lost.” Both of these performances are on the ... Continue Reading →

‘You’re Next’ doesn’t cut deep enough

I consider myself a pretty avid fan of the horror genre. In order to be successful in genres like drama and suspense, directors and screenwriters have to build a good plot, create top-notch dialogue and elicit good performances from their actors. Sure, ... Continue Reading →

‘The World’s End’ makes apocalypse a lively affair

One typically doesn’t expect to find a gem in the dog days of summer. Hollywood has traditionally used the final two weekends of August to dump all the movies they think might be successful in summer but aren’t confident enough to release earlier. Hollywood ... Continue Reading →

Winter Movie Madness

 Action “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Dec. 14th)  Years before Frodo set off to Mordor, the “Lord of the Rings” prequel finds Bilbo Baggins and wizard Gandalf on an adventure. “An Unexpected Journey,” directed by theoriginal trilogy’s ... Continue Reading →
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