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Robb Skyler is Howard Cosell in Hands of Stone

August 22, 2016 – 7:42 am

Cosell helped shape the events that became part of sports history, and the makers of the new Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone needed an actor who could not only mimic the broadcasters patter but who also understood the man behind the showman. They turned to veteran comedian and character actor Robb Skyler.

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Bad Moms (Lucas & Moore, 2016)

July 28, 2016 – 4:45 pm
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The film that Bad Moms most reminded me of was — help me, Jesus — Moms’ Night Out. Read the full story »

Equals (Doremus, 2015)

July 26, 2016 – 3:03 pm
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Speculative fiction has always been allegorical. The alternate worlds, be they in the future or some alternate plane of existence, are meant to illuminate and comment on our own when the culture of the current moment does not invite the sort of commentary the author is looking to make.

300 (Snyder, 2006) — 10 Years Later

July 24, 2016 – 4:48 pm
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There are great films that depict the horrors of war and honor those who sacrifice themselves as part of it. Saving Private Ryan and Fury come to mind. There are many as well about civilians who sacrifice money, career, and even lives to promote the progress of a cause or idea greater than themselves. Sacrifice is a noble thing. Of the one who sacrifices his life, the Bible says there is no greater love.

Fred Zinnemann: High Noon

July 3, 2016 – 7:58 pm
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High Noon does not explain itself nor its hero. One suspects that what Tony Soprano really identified with in Will Kane was his reticence. In today’s political landscape, Kane’s insistence on taking up his gun even after he had officially resigned his position might well be questioned. Neither his wife’s arguments for pacifism nor the town’s pleas for pragmatism are clearly and effectively rebutted. Kane represents an emotional rather than intellectual (or political) argument. The way things are is stipulated, not explained. A man has to do what a man has to do. What that thing is that he must do can only be understood, not explained.

Margarita with a Straw (Bose and Maniyar, 2014)

June 14, 2016 – 12:01 am
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Because it is a film about sexual identify, it avoids many of the cliches of films about disability. Because it is a film about a woman with a disability, it avoids many of the cliches of films about sexual identity.

Cars (Lasseter & Ranft, 2006) — 10 Years Later

June 12, 2016 – 10:50 am
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While many of Pixar’s films, like Toy Story, have already become beloved classics, Cars has mostly been forgotten. And not without some reason. It’s not a bad film, but it lacks the imaginative power of Wall-E and Inside Out or the emotional resonance of the Toy Story trilogy and the opening sequence of Up. Film history will mostly remember it as a cog in Disney’s well-oiled cash engine.

How to Write a (Really Scary) Screenplay: Chad and Carey Hayes Discuss The Conjuring 2

June 9, 2016 – 6:53 pm
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To anyone wishing to break into the screenwriting business, Chad and Carey Hayes have one major piece of advice: READ SCRIPTS! Find something you like and identify with, and figure out why it works

Last Cab to Darwin (Sims, 2015)

June 6, 2016 – 8:53 pm
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Darwin’s saving grace is that it embeds the political arguments about right-to-die within a personal story.

Yarn (Jónsson, Lorenzen, and Millard, 2016)

June 6, 2016 – 2:22 pm
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I have a confession to make: I’m not generally fond of yarn bombing. But the film Yarn, featuring four fiber artists and narrated by Barbara Kingsolver, is making me rethink that stance.

Fred Zinnemann: From Here to Eternity

June 2, 2016 – 4:25 pm
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From Here to Eternity is a bit of a soap-opera, but at its center is a character who has to stand firm in the face of immense social pressure–pressure that escalates to physical torture and threatens not only his peace of mind, but his life.

Risen (Reynolds, 2016)

May 26, 2016 – 3:36 pm
Clavius (Joseph Fiennes, left) warns Lucius (Tom Felton) to let them all pass, after he discovers him leading the apostles away from the Roman soldiers in Columbia Pictures' RISEN.

In short, you might buy the DVD because you want to see some fights scenes, but you get treated to some character depth too.