Movie Beat – 12.13.13

American Hustle – It’s all about the con, not the con-artist, but the con. Every business, every transaction, every dream levied is a con in one way or another, and director David O. Russell is out to show everyone how deep the con goes. Christian Bale and Amy Adams are the con artist, Jennifer Lawrence is his ex-wife, Bradley Cooper is the FBI agent needing a little help, Jeremy Renner is the politician who is conning everyone, and Eric Singer and David O. Russell are the writers who concocted this whole shebang. Out in limited release from Sony Pictures.   … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.13.13

Movie Beat – 03.29.13

Blancanieves – Snow White en español, re-telling of a  Grimm Fairy Tale in beautiful black and white photography by Kiko de la Rica and scored by Alfonso de Vilallonga. It was last year’s entry for the Foreign Film Oscar from Spain, but it will no doubt be called this year’s The Artist. Set in 1920s Spain, a young girl grows up with just a Father and learns his craft as a bullfighter. Hated and driven out by her evil stepmother, she joins a troop of traveling dwarves and becomes the most famous bullfighter in Spain.  Performances from Ángela Molina, Maribel … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.29.13

Movie Beat – 10.19.12

Another week, another string of new releases. Here is a quick round-up of ten movies vying for your eyeballs. It’s an off week in the theaters, so feel free to skip all ten and catch up with some very good films that are already in theaters, Looper, Seven Psychopaths, The Master, etc. Alex Cross – Director Rob Cohen is known for Hollywood action films, and some of them are successes, The Fast and Furious (2001), and some are flops, Stealth (2005).  Looks like Cross falls closer to Stealth than Fast and Furious, too bad for Tyler Perry. Looks like Perry is … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.19.12