Movie Beat – 7.25.14

And So It Goes – Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is not a nice guy and he prefers it that way. He makes his living as a realtor, and he gets his kicks by making others completely miserable. Then his estranged son shows up and drops off Susan (Sterling Jerins), the granddaughter he never knew he had, and Oren has to reevaluate some perspectives. Diane Keaton, John Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen pitch in and lend him a hand. Script from Mark Andrus and direction by Rob Reiner. In limited release from Clarius Entertainment.   The Fluffy Movie – Gabriel Iglesias … Continue reading Movie Beat – 7.25.14

Movie Beat – 04.25.14

Blue Ruin – Dwight (Macon Blair) appears to be just another drifter who has shown up unwelcome in a random town, but that is not the case at all. He is back to settle a score, but it will cost him and put his family in danger. Dwight is not exactly assassin material, and things quickly spiral out of control. Bonnie Johnson, Eve Plumb, Amy Hargreaves, David W. Thompson and Devin Ratray co-star in this movie that was awarded the International Critics Pick at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and in limited release from RADiUS-TWC. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.25.14

THE FAMILY

The Family is about a four piece Brooklyn mafia family that is moving to Normandy, France as a part of the FBI witness relocation program. It is written and directed by Luc Besson (with co-writer Michael Caleo), executive produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars Robert De Niro. Frankly, all three of them should have known better. One would think that after decades of making excellent movies (many of which are in the gangster genre) that they could smell a dud, but apparently that isn’t so. Not every movie works, but most work better than this. De Niro’s Giovanni Manzoni, an … Continue reading THE FAMILY

Movie Beat – 09.13.13

And While We Were Here – A young bride is on vacation in Italy. While her husband is busy preparing for a concert, she tours the city and bumps into a young traveler. It should be no surprise that the husband works too much and doesn’t pay her enough attention, that the young traveler fawns over her with honesty that she has never seen before, that she is torn between two possible lives… We’ve seen this movie a hundred times, read this book a thousand times, heard this story more times than we can count. This is not a case … Continue reading Movie Beat – 09.13.13