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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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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Free State of Jones

2015 IM Global/STX Entertainment Screenplay written and directed by Gary Ross Produced by Scott Stuber/Gary Ross/Jon Kilik Story by Leonard Hartman I’m a huge fan of summer movie season counter programming. I appreciate film studios that realize not everybody wants to see CGI heavy superhero blockbusters, sci-fi spectacles or hyper violent action movies. So they’ll […]

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The Fallen

  2015  Directed by Alex Popov Written by Bradford James Jackson YouTube is a trap. You and I both know it. How many times have we gone to YouTube just to look up one video and ten hours later we come up for air, having totally lost ourselves in just watching one video or movie […]

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The Revenant

2015 Anonymous Content/Appian Way/New Regency Pictures/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu Produced by Arnon Milchan/Steve Golin/Mary Parent/James W. Skotchdopole/Keith Redmon Screenplay by Mark L. Smith Based on “The Revenant” by Michael Punke See, THE REVENANT should have hit theaters during the spring or summer. Oh, I know it’s out now because […]

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12 Years A Slave

2013 Regency Enterprises/Film4/Plan B Entertainment Directed by Steve McQueen Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Bill Pohlad Screenplay by John Ridley Based on “Twelve Years A Slave” by Solomon Northup   Let me say this up front so that you won’t waste your time reading this review: if you’re the type of movie goer […]

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