The Circle

2017 Image Nation Abu Dhabi/Playtone/Europa Corp/STX Entertainment Directed by James Ponsoldt Produced by Anthony Bregman/Gary Goetzman/Tom Hanks/James Ponsoldt Screenplay by James Ponsoldt/Dave Eggers Based on “The Circle” by Dave Eggers You know what THE CIRCLE could have used? Paddy Chayefsky. See, he understood satire. As anybody who has seen “Network” and “The Hospital” can attest […]

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Lion

2016 See-Saw Films/Screen Australia/Aquarius Films/Screen Australia/Sunstar Entertainment/Narrative Capital/The Weinstein Company Directed by Garth Davis Produced by Iain Canning/Angie Fielder/Emile Sherman Screenplay by Luke Davies Based on “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose There are a number of movies that I’m glad I saw mainly because of the sheer emotional wallop they […]

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Hidden Figures

2016 Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/TSG Entertainment/20th Century Fox Directed by Theodore Melfi Produced by Donna Gigliotto/Peter Chernin/Pharrell Williams/Jenno Topping/Theodore Melfi Screenplay by Alison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi Based on “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly There are two stories of heroism running side-by-side in HIDDEN FIGURES. There’s the one we all know because it’s been so documented, […]

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The Right Stuff

1983 The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. Directed by and Screenplay by Philip Kaufman Produced by Irwin Winkler/Robert Chartoff\ Based on “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe Music by Bill Conti Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel One of the reasons why THE RIGHT STUFF stands out in my memory is because I saw it during its original theatrical […]

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Valley Of The Dolls

1967 20th Century Fox Directed by Mark Robson Produced by David Weisbart Screenplay by Helen Deutsch/Dorothy Kingsley/Harlan Ellison (uncredited) Based on the novel “Valley of The Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann Music by John Williams Songs by Andre Previn & Dory Previn People always give me The Look when during a discussion about movies I mention […]

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The African Doctor

  2016 TFI Films Production/Mars Films Directed by Julien Rambaldi Produced by Pauline Duhault/Olivier Delbosc/Marc Meissonier Screenplay by Julien Rambaldi/Kamini/Benoit Graffin I think that it’s more than safe to say that 2016 has been one hell of a year. It’s a year that I have no doubt will go down in history. Most of you […]

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The Birth of A Nation

2016 Fox Searchlight Pictures Screenplay by and Directed by Nate Parker Based on a story by Nate Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin Produced by Nate Parker/Kevin Turen/Jason Michael Berman/Aaron L. Gilbert/Preston L. Holmes “Aren’t you tired of slave movies?” “Why can’t we make anything else except slave movies?” “But I don’t want to see another slave movie.” “When […]

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