It's one of the most talked about movies of the year and almost universally praised:BOYHOOD--and it's mesmerizing. Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater has once again focused on the evolution of characters over time. Linklater, who gave us the "Before" trilogy ("Before Sunset," "Before Midnight," "Before Sunrise") has here traced the growing up of a young Texas [...]
We knew him first as Michael "Meathead" Stivic--Archie Bunker's liberal son-in-law on Norman Lear's iconic TV series ALL IN THE FAMILY. The actor, writer, producer, director eventually went on to helm Oscar-nominated movies THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THIS IS SPINAL TAP, and his masterpiece STAND BY ME, as well as WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, THE AMERICAN [...]
So many screens-- so little to see. GODZILLA is godawful. And put a big X through X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Coasting on the devotion of diehard fans who remember the back stories, this latest installment suffers from franchise burnout and never breaks a sweat. How about MALEFICENT? What could be better than Angelina Jolie [...]
The race is ON! Chris "Thor" Hemsworth helped hammer home the 86th Oscar nominations with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the results are pretty much as I expected: AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY tied for most nominations--10 each, followed by 12 YEARS A SLAVE with 9! What I'm delighted about? Matthew McConaughey. It's his year [...]
I like THE HUNGER GAMES: series, and the second installment, CATCHING FIRE--despite a colleague's calling it "a long slog"--absolutely held me. Once again, the charismatic Jennifer Lawrence as the reluctant firebrand Katniss Everdeen continues to rebel against the capitol. Having out-witted the powers that be in the first Hunger Games--a TV spectacle in which children [...]
HURRY!! YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A FREE SCREENING of Dreamworks Animation’s upcoming Deluxe Edition Blue-ray and DVD release: “SHREK THE MUSICAL” THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE TO RESPOND (via “Contact Joyce” on home page) WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE EMAILED A PASS FOR FOUR! Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM [...]
I've yet to see THE WOLVERINE and believe I am the LONE CRITIC who loved THE LONE RANGER. Here's the best & worst of the rest so far: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM--This revealing, heartbreaking documentary charts the careers, hopes, dreams, disappointments of the back-up singers who literally stand inches away from center stage-the voices behind [...]
Hi -yo SIL-L-L--VER!! It's the best blockbuster of the summer to date! THE LONE RANGER rides again in a funny, exhilarating, verbally and visually witty action adventure that dares to be beautiful! The movie tells how it all began: Who was that masked man? What's with Tonto? And what does "Kemo Sabe" mean anyway? For those [...]
If you don’t have time to read the FULL TEXT REVIEW of “42”– check out my :30 Second Review with video for a short, smart critical assessment of this biopic about Jackie Robinson who broke Baseball's color barrier –and get the bottom line fast!
IRON MAN 3 kicks off the summer! If you don't have time to read my FULL TEXT review, here's my :30 SECOND REVIEW with video-- to get the bottom line fast!