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Review: The Age of Adaline

Review: The Age of Adaline

ABOUT: The Age of Adaline (also known as simply Adaline) is a 2015 American epic romance fantasy film directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvdor Paskowitz. The film stars Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, and Ellen Burstyn. Synopsis: Adaline [Blake Lively] is a beautiful young woman who...

Review: Woman in Gold

Review: Woman in Gold

ABOUT: Woman in Gold is a 2015 British-American drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Holocaust...

Review – Into the Woods and its nominations for the 87th Academy Award

Review – Into the Woods and its nominations for the 87th Academy Award

ABOUT: Into the Woods is a 2014 American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. It features an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick,...

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

About: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Riggan Thomson (Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor who once played the...

Review – St. Vincent

Review – St. Vincent

ABOUT: St. Vincent is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his feature film debut. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character with Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Vincent, a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, gets recruited by his new single-mom neighbor Maggie to watch over her small...

Gone Girl: A Commentary

Gone Girl: A Commentary

(The following commentary of Gone Girl (2014) contains a necessary plot spoiler. If you’re planning to see the film and have no knowledge of the plot, perhaps read this afterwards. – RS) About: Gone Girl is an American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher. It was adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben...

TV Review: True Blood Season 7 – Series Finale

TV Review: True Blood Season 7 – Series Finale

[spoilers – you have been warned]   About: True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the...

Review: Chef

Review: Chef

ABOUT: Chef is a 2014 American comedy film directed, co-produced, written by, and starring Jon Favreau. The film co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo. It premiered at SXSW on March 7, 2014 and was released theatrically in the United States on May 9, 2014. This film has been out for...

Review: Under the Skin

Review: Under the Skin

About: Under the Skin is a 2013 British-American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Produced by James Wilson and Nick Wechsler, it was written by Glazer and Walter Campbell as an adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. The film stars Scarlett Johansson who preys on men in Scotland. Plot: In Scotland, an attractive young woman...

TV Review – American Idol: Season 13

TV Review – American Idol: Season 13

  ABOUT: American Idol, subtitled The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and has since become...