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Oscar and Me

Tricia McCallum | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

Some years were quieter celebrations, but just as ceremonial. Even watching them on my own, I bowed to the sense of occasion. I lined up my time-honored snacks, burrowed under my favorite quilt and glued myself to the proceedings, shouting at the screen the entire time.

The Loft Is So Much Better Than You Think It Is Going to Be

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The Loft is a surprisingly entertaining film that keeps the audience in the dark as to its villain(s) until the very end. The fact the ending is logical and difficult to anticipate makes this movie an above average feature.

Popcorn Preview: American Sniper

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At the recruiting office, they give him a brochure for the Seals... and we soon see Chris in basic training. "We're looking for warriors, not quitters." Training is brutal but Chris makes it to sniper school, where his "hell of a gift" sets him apart.

Popcorn Preview: Big Eyes

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Amy Adams as Margaret is excellent. Christoph Waltz's over-the-top portrayal of Walter -- who, by many accounts was truly over-the-top -- can be a bit distracting. At any rate, it's an interesting exploration of how the "little hobo kids" became a household must-have.

Popcorn Preview: A Most Violent Year

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film's title implies, there's a fair amount of violence in this movie, but it's not the kind of bloodbath we're used to seeing in modern movies. Instead, there's a feeling of danger that hangs over every scene right from the beginning.

Into the Woods Gets Lost in the Woods

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a lot to like in Into the Woods but there is also a lot more that should have been better. If the playfulness and emotions inherent in Sondheim's songs had been delivered, the movie would not have been just good -- it would have been great.

'Foxcatcher' Catches Fire

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is an eerie vibe about the movie "Foxcatcher" from its first moments to its last. It is hard to pinpoint what it is but the sterile bleakness of the opening scenes sets a tone that stays with the movie and the main three characters who inhabit this story.

Annie Is Not as Bad as You Feared, But Not as Good as You Hoped

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Annie is not as bad as you feared it would be but not as good as you hoped it would be. As long as the camera is on Wallis it is a delight but when she is not the focus the proceedings come to a halt. So keep your eyes and your interest on her and you will have a good time.

Top Five Is Not Top 10 Material

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Top Five does provide an in-depth look at a comedian trying for something new. It strives to make it real and believable, and it succeeds for the most part. The problem is the entertainment factor gets left by the wayside.

Reese Shows Her Wild Side In 'Wild'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Reese Witherspoon bares her heart, soul and body in the new film "Wild." She tackles the role of Cheryl Strayed with gusto and determination and lets herself become totally absorbed. This is not the "sweet little Reese" we have known and loved in other movies.

Reese Walks On the Wild Side In "Wild"

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review Jackie K Cooper "Wild" (Fox Search...

'Birdman' and Keaton Will Amaze You

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Birdman" is a rare bird of a movie. It is unexpected, surprising and in some ways shocking. It is first and foremost one of the most intriguing and entertaining movies of the year.

Popcorn Preview: She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Cast includes: Rita Mae Brown, Susan Brownmiller, Kate Millet, Ellen Willis, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alix Kates...

Popcorn Preview: Rosewater

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Rosewater (2014) Cast includes: Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), Kim Bodnia (In China They Eat Dogs), Claire Foy (Season of the Witch), S...

Cinephiles Will Love 'Listen Up Philip'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

No matter how many movies you have seen this year, you haven't seen one like "Listen Up Philip." This film, which is directed by Alex Ross Perry ("The...

Confessions of Someone Who Didn't Understand Anything Contained in "Interstellar"

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The science is laid on with a mallet, beating you into acceptance with every gibberish-sounding theory possible. I am not saying it is not all true. I don't know. I just know I didn't understand anything past the first worm hole reference.

The Imitation Game

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Imitation Game traces the real-life tale of Alan Turing, the brilliant and highly idiosyncratic British scientist and philosopher whose secret contributions during World War II saved the lives of an estimated 14 million individuals.

Forget the Media: Another View of Nightcrawler

Jon Eig | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

So if Nightcrawler is not, at its core, a condemnation of the current condition of news media, what is that larger message? Gilroy's movie is about a society that has become unmoored, a society in which traditional economic and moral structures no longer function.

ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

Nightcrawler

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This journey into a bleak world not fathomed before is intriguing, unnerving and haunting. You'll walk out of the theater feeling like you need to go home to shower and scrub this film off your skin.

America Needs to Show St. Vincent Some Love

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This movie is worth the price of admission, as few are these days, and is too good to wait for it to come out on DVD.

23 Blast Is Based On an Amazing True Story

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

One aspect concerning the film that caught my attention is the name of Dylan Baker appearing as the director. Now Baker has been an actor in many movies and in a lot of them he has had some quirky roles.

The Movie The Algerian Is an Important Call for Sorely Needed Cultural Dialogue

Bob Cesca | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We need more films with this message. To remind people that behind all the propaganda, ruthless agendas and simple hate, we are all people, sharing 99.9 percent of our DNA. We need to find ways to come together and get past ancient hatreds and superstitious beliefs.

Believe Me Is a Movie About the Lying Game

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Believe Me is a movie difficult to categorize. On one hand it appears to be a faith based film while on the other it seems to be a satire of the Christian community. Straddling both genres makes it ineffective in both.

Good People Is a Movie About Somewhat Nice People

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Good People had a good book to draw its story from, but too little adherence to the strong points of that source make the movie less than it should be and could have been. You will enjoy it as a suspense thriller but you won't feel the impact readers of the book got.