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"Fargo" Is Fantastic

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

You don't want to love it but you will. It is maddeningly brilliant, explicitly ugly, and fascinatingly watchable. I have seen only the first four episodes and I want more, more, more ASAP. A show like this is why cable was invented.

'Everest' Is a Stunning View of Man vs. the Elements

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Everest is a movie of grandeur and beauty. This is because cinematographer Salvatore Totino made the mountains of Nepal his star and created one breathtaking sweeping shot after another.

'Ninety Minutes In Heaven' Has the Drama But Not the Emotion

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Ninety Minutes In Heaven is another Christian themed movie which follows the release of the super-successful Kendricks Brothers film War Room.

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964) Retrospective

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Michael D. Shaw

A beautiful little film, telling a love story, in which all the dialogue is sung (in French with subtitles). Restored in 1992, and available on video, this pic is quite satisfying—on many levels.

Redford and Nolte Plod Through the 'Woods'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte co-star in the film "A Walk In the Woods," which is based on a book of the same name by Bill Bryson. It is an aimless film about two disparate men who team up to walk the Appalachian Trail, a trek of some seventeen hundred miles.

ReThink Review -- Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine -- An Apple Hater's Manifesto

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Alex Gibney is befuddled by why average people would mourn the death of Steve Jobs, someone they'd never met who Gibney sees mostly as a jerk who ran an electronics company. But to see Jobs as only that not only misunderstands the man, but the world we live in today.

Five Easy Pieces (1970) Retrospective

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Michael D. Shaw

Critically acclaimed at the time, this is the movie that made Jack Nicholson a star. Called "slow" by many -- especially in retrospective reviews -- that may not be the best adjective. In truth, there is little story, and no big character arcs.

"War Room" Is Strong On Message But Weak On Entertainment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.29.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"War Room" is a movie with a message, and that is a good thing. But this time the Kendrick Brothers stumble and fail to deliver the entertainment. You can get the message in church; you need to be entertained at the movies.

'After Words' Showcases Marcia Gay Harden's Talent

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

In her latest film After Words, she portrays a single woman in her forties who is at the end of her rope. She has a plan to end her life but delays it until after a trip to Costa Rica. Watching Harden go from a beaten plain Jane to a woman on the cusp of a wonderful life makes for grand movie entertainment.

'Straight Outta Compton' Is a Stunning Surprise

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This is a movie that should appeal to a limited audience, but it is presented with such skill and with such compassion and heart that it should draw in huge numbers of persons wanting to see a real work of art.

'The Gift' Just Keeps On Giving

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"The Gift" is a movie that just keeps on giving right up to the last frame of the film. It gives the audience a solid plot, well acted characters, and enough twists and turns to keep the excitement building.

Popcorn Preview: Capital C

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Because of the public nature of the funding, the development becomes public, too. It can be do or die, and the film shows us some of the pitfalls. In addition to potential business loses, indie-developers need to develop really thick skin.

"Faith of Our Fathers" Tests the Patience of Even the Most Devout

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Most of it is comedic and that grates against the solemn overall purpose of the movie. When the time comes at the end of the film for the story to be taken seriously it has lost most of the interest and confidence of its audience.

'Inside Out' Movie Teaches Emotional Acceptance To Kids (And Adults!)

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Inside Out should be required viewing for all elementary school and middle school kids, if not all people of any age. There are wonderful lessons and conversations starters for families, especially if kids struggle with intense emotions, like Highly Sensitive Children or ADHD kids.

'Max' Is a Weeper and a Keeper

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Max" is a family film, and it is all about the dog. This movie follows in a long line of dog movies such as "Lassie," "A Dog of Flanders," "Old Yeller," "Rin Tin Tin" and many, many more. When you place the camera squarely on a four footed hairy creature who barks then you know chances are good you have yourself a hit.

'Beyond the Mask' Is Adventure With a Message

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Beyond the Mask is not your typical fait- based film. It has a Christian message, but it is deep inside this tale of a man who was a hired assassin for the East India Company back in pre-Revolutionary days.

Popcorn Preview: Chagall-Malevich

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Most of Chagall-Malevich centers on the time Chagall was Commissariat of the Academy of Modern Art, 1917-18. While the story is set against historic events, it makes no claim of historic accuracy, which becomes obvious fairly quickly. There's a kitsch yet wonderful fantasy quality about the story.

Where Hope Grows, Is a Heart-warming Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

I guess it is old-fashioned to call it that, but "Where Hope Grows" is an old-fashioned kind of movie in that it harkens back to a time where movies promoted positive values.

'Playing It Cool' Has Two Leads With Chemistry

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Sometimes you get a movie with a silly premise, and all the information about the movie makes it look like a dud. Then you see the movie and the chemistry between the two leads is so good it almost makes the movie worthwhile. Note I said almost.

'Unfriended' Keeps on Keeping on

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

If you like horror movies, then you are going to love this one. It is smart, timely and well-acted. You will be drawn into its plot from the first frame of film, and will stay there until the last "fade to black." It may look ordinary in the trailers, but it manages to rise above that level in a host of ways.

Popcorn Preview: 24 Days

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Ilan's family isn't rich, but his kidnappers think they are... are they just after money, or is there another motive?

'The Reconstruction of William Zero' Is a Film That Will Make You Think

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There has been a recent spate of mindless sci-f/horror movies that have been barely worth your time, much less the price of admission. To save the day comes The Reconstruction of William Zero, a well made movie of this type that actually makes you think.

Popcorn Preview: Dial a Prayer

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Dial a Prayer is the second feature film by writer/director, Maggie Kiley. It's an enjoyable hour and a half; even though Cora, the central character, seems to mope through life... always as dreary as the interminable Michigan winter.

Popcorn Preview: Woman in Gold

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film opens, we see the restless Adele Bloch-Bauer sitting for a portrait by Gustav Klimt. Who would have guessed that a family portrait would become the center of an Austrian identity crisis? Especially a portrait of a Jewish woman. In 1998, Maria Altmann's sister Louisa is laid to rest. A

Popcorn Preview: Effie Gray

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

n depicting the events of John and Effie's marriage, the movie is quite reserved and beautifully nuanced. Many of the filmmakers come from Merchant Ivory Productions, and Effie Gray is very much in that tradition. It's hard to know with certainty what went on in the marriage, but there are letters and written accounts that served as source material.