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Jane Got a Gun Gives Portman Her Best Role Since Black Swan

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This is an old school western starring Natalie Portman, and how long has it been since you saw Portman in a good role? Answer: 2010 in Black Swan.

Not Mad About 'The Boy,' But Pleasantly Surprised

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.24.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

It seems The Boy has a lot more going for it than first appears. It has a group of good, if not great, actors, an interesting, if not totally logical, script, and enough twists and turns to keep audiences entertained for the most part.

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' Allows Audiences to Politicize the Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.17.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There hasn't been a rah-rah movie since American Sniper, and it certainly paid off for that film. 13 Hours should engender the same kind of attention and success. The politics are played down in the movie, but it should still find an audience that will put into it whatever they want to see and feel.

'The Revenant' Is All Blood, No Meat

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.11.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

DiCaprio himself makes Glass a man who communicates through grunts, groans, growls and grrrs. He is very good at doing this, but it doesn't help you get inside Glass' head and understand the man. And as for acting awards for Leo -- I don't think so.

Reasons to Hate 'The H8teful Eight'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Tarantino is the Donald Trump of moviemakers. Political correctness does not attach itself to him. If other people had made this movie, they would have been drummed out of the Hollywood community. But Quentin just gets stronger and stronger.

There is No Joy in 'Joy' Land, Mighty JLaw Has Struck Out

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Joy" was anticipated to be a product which would have the same amount of success, but having viewed the film I beg to disagree. It is a joyless movie composed of a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive storyline, and the acting on display is not exceptional.

Sisters Is a Total Failure for Fey and Poehler

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

If you are going up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend you had better bring your A game. This is their Z game. The movie just isn't funny overall. There are a few bright spots here and there, but not a lot.

'The Danish Girl' Is an Immensely Touching Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This is a woman who loves her husband totally, but also understands their need to be accepted as a woman. These are two of the best performances you will see this year, and they complement each other beautifully.

'Mockingjay' Makes a Mockery of the Movie That Could Have Been

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Fans have waited a long time to get the full Hunger Games story.

'My All American' Gets Extra Points For Heartstring Tugs

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Even with its flaws "My All American" delivers the goods as a testament to the courage of one man and his impact on the sport of football. America has always loved a sports movie that tugs at the heartstrings.

'Spotlight' Exposes All the Cardinal's Men

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Spotlight" is a film about the reporters for the "Boston Globe" newspaper who exposed the pedophile priests of Boston and the hierarchy of the church who covered for them. It is a brilliantly acted film that has a true ensemble cast.

"Woodlawn" Scores Big

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The movie is based on a true story about a Birmingham, Alabama high school in the early seventies. The school is having a rough time making the transition from an all white student body to an integrated one.

'Woodlawn' Will Have You Up on Your Feet, Down on Your Knees

Roma Downey | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Roma Downey

"My generation needs hope. We need love. We need reconciliation," he said. "This is a huge, entertaining sports film; but it's more than that, too. It puts out the message that our nation needs most right now, which is revival."

Pittsburgh's LGBTQ Film Festival Celebrates 30 Years

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

I don't attend a lot of film festivals. I don't especially like crowds and I loathe pretense, so I shy away from spaces that feel cliquey or uncomfortable. I'm much more likely to show up for media previews or screenings devoted to people with whom I identify. Reel Q fits the bills because it is well, really queer (and trans).

"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.