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Hands of Stone

Muhammad Ali, Jake LaMotta, Jack Johnson–all great boxing champions who have had major motion pictures made about their storied careers. But I’m hard-pressed to come up with one about a renowned Latino fight king. I’m pretty certain there hasn’t been one. Until now. “Hands of Stone” is the often thrilling story of the legendary Roberto […]

“Rules Don’t Apply” for Beatty?

You’d  have to be practically cinema illiterate, to not realize the importance of Warren Beatty to 20th century film making. Leading man handsome, Mr. Beatty made his motion picture debut in Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass”. Before long, Warren would become renowned as a producer, screenwriter, and director too. Of course, his first Oscar nominations […]

The Little Prince

Yeah, this kind of works–so, I’m going to give it a pass. The framing device narrative isn’t always successful, but I appreciated it as an inventive, new spin, on an old classic. I mean, it does sputter like an old bi-plane occasionally. But, wouldn’t you know it, “The Little Prince” always roars back to life just in […]

“Hands of Stone”?

I’m holding out hope, even though current signs are not healthy. For one thing, The Weinstein Company is burying it. Late August opening? That’s a studio dumping ground–the only thing worse would’ve been Labor Day weekend. Plus, it appears to have a running time of only 105 minutes. A film about the epic five-decade career […]

Star Trek Beyond 3D

“Star Trek” has turned fifty, shortly after I did the same, so I hope you can forgive the difficulty I had avoiding getting all warm and fuzzy about it. I grew up with the original series (reruns, of course–I wasn’t watching at the age of one!), and I’ve seen ALL 13 films, a good half […]

The Lobster

Colin Farrell is an astonishing actor, but you’d never know it if you’ve wasted your time watching dreck like “Saving Mr. Banks”, or ill-advised remakes like 2012’s “Total Recall”. The problem is…that’s the crap that people pay to see. But I’m mesmerized by his work in films like 2005’s brilliant “The New World”, 2006’s criminally […]

Suicide Squad IMAX 3D

First things first. I have a question for the rabid comic book fanatics that are so crazed in anticipation for the opening of their latest over-priced blockbuster entry, that they engage in silly ventures like threatening to shut down an aggregate critics website, in order to suppress the negative notices for a violent cartoon fantasy. Primarily…what’s […]