Last Vegas

2013 Good Universe/CBS Films Directed by Jon Turteltaub Produced by Laurence Mark and Nathan Kahane Written by Dan Fogelman If you saw the trailer for LAST VEGAS you probably thought like me: that it would be a raunchy, senior citizen version of “The Hangover.” I imagined that Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin […]

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Machete Kills

Directed by Robert Rodriguez Produced by Rick Schwartz and Alexander Rodnyansky Screenplay by Kyle Ward By now the story has become legend: 2010’s “Machete” was a full length feature film based on a fake trailer made for 2007’s “Grindhouse” which was a double feature of movies directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. “Grindhouse” was […]

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The Family

2013 EuropaCorp/Relativity Media Directed by Luc Besson Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese Produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Virginie Silla and Tucker Tooley Written by Tonino Benacquista based on his novel “Malavita” If you’ve seen the trailer for THE FAMILY then perhaps like me, you were expecting a mob/crime comedy with plenty of laughs and inside jokes at […]

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Jackie Brown

1997 Miramax Films Directed by Quentin Tarantino Executive Produced by Elmore Leonard, Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein Produced by Lawrence Bender Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino based on the novel “Rum Punch” by Elmore Leonard My love affair with Pamela Michelle Byrd Grier began way back in 1974 when I saw “The Arena.” Never before in […]

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True Confessions

1981 United Artists Directed by Ulu Grosbard Produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler Written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunn Based on the novel “True Confessions” by John Gregory Dunn Hard as it is to believe, Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall have only appeared in one movie together; TRUE CONFESSIONS. “Godfather Part II” […]

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Silver Linings Playbook

2012 The Weinstein Company Screenplay and Directed by David O. Russell Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordon Produced by Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti Based on the novel “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick The first twenty minutes or so into SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK I fidgeted, I admit it. But that’s because I couldn’t tell which […]

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Limitless

2011 Relativity Media Directed by Neil Burger Produced by Leslie Dixon and Ryan Kavanaugh Screenplay by Leslie Dixon Based on the novel “The Dark Fields” by Alan Glynn LIMITLESS is the latest entry in what I call Genie Movies.  You know how this goes: Our Hero finds a bottle containing a genie.  He opens it […]

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