Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)

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Deep in the jungle lives an orphaned boy. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), found by a no-nonsense panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Mowgli is brought to the wolves and is trained in the ways of the wolf. However, as a growing human, what Mowgli lacks in wolf like abilities he uses his human ‘tricks’ such as tool crafting.  During the summer, while everyone is gathering at the watering hole that is Peace Rock, the fearsome Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it known that humans aren’t allowed to live in the jungle. A violation of that law is death, according to Khan. The interspecies truce is only valid until Peace Rock is submerged by the fall rains. Khan bides his time as he knows what everyone else is thinking: Winter is coming. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)”

Movie Review – Rock The Kasbah

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Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) was on top of the music world. Representing the biggest and best, Lanz has single-handedly sculpted popular music in America, over his multi decade career. That was in the 70’s; 40 years later, Lanz operates his talent agency out of a seedy Van Nuys, California motel. With one actual client, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), Richie gets an idea to join a USO tour. The USO is an organization that provides services and live entertainment for troops overseas and Ronnie is scheduled to perform in sunny Afghanistan. Less than thrilled at the prospect of travelling halfway around the world to the physical manifestation of hell, Ronnie befriends a mercenary named Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis); who assists in her escape from Kabul. Without any money, or a talent to represent, Ritchie is stranded in Afghanistan.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Rock The Kasbah”

MOVIE REVIEW: Hyde Park on Hudson


Every single last performance in Hyde Park on Hudson is noteworthy. However, the film is also proof positive that performances are only part of a movie; they are the colors that the director uses to make you sit up and take notice. Keeping with the painting metaphor for just a little bit – what good are colors if the canvas, the paint, the brush, and more importantly, the painter himself aren’t up to the task? Director Roger Michell has made a movie quite different to those he’s written and directed in the past; films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, and Notting Hill all had such unspeakably great souls and hearts to them that the performances only helped to transcend the script as written. With Hyde Park on Hudson, it’s as if Michell wanted to make the very antithesis of the films he’s made before, which isn’t such a bad thing to do. However, he’s lost the greatest thing about his former movies: the reason to care.
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Ghostbusters 3 News!

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I remember sitting in the theater seeing the first Ghostbusters film and being wowed by it. It’s cool. There’s just no other way to say it. It combined sci-fi with humor and a great story and a great cast of characters. Then when the second film came out, I thought for sure we’d be getting a third at some point, but thus far there’s been nothing. But, the wait may finally be coming to an end.

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