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Cruise on Autopilot in Flat ‘Jack Reacher’ Sequel
10 months ago

Cruise on Autopilot in Flat ‘Jack Reacher’ Sequel

If “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” wasn’t headlined by Tom Cruise and didn’t have a $60 million budget, it would be your average VOD action flick.

The first “Reacher” had …
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How Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Trumps Partisan Politics
11 months ago

How Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Trumps Partisan Politics

Love him or hate him, Oliver Stone unquestionably marches to the beat of his own drum.

He’s had positive words for politicians as varied as Ron Paul and Fidel Castro. …
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‘Dog Eat Dog’ Reminds Us Why Nicolas Cage Matters
11 months ago

‘Dog Eat Dog’ Reminds Us Why Nicolas Cage Matters

Paul Schrader is arguably one of our greatest screenwriters.

As a wordsmith, he typed out “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” and countless other influential titles. As a director, Schrader is just …
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Adkins’ ‘Stagecoach’ For Western Fanatics Only
11 months ago

Adkins’ ‘Stagecoach’ For Western Fanatics Only

Many may not know it, but country music star Trace Adkins has been making a name for himself in the direct-to-video western market.

Yes, there is such a thing.

With …
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Why New ‘Ben-Hur’ Deserves Respect, Not Icon Status
11 months ago

Why New ‘Ben-Hur’ Deserves Respect, Not Icon Status

There seems to be only one reason to remake the Charlton Heston classic, “Ben-Hur”- the chariot race.

While the original’s epic scene still holds up, there’s no doubt directors, …
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‘Man Down’ Scribe Slams Critics as Vitriolic, Political
12 months ago

‘Man Down’ Scribe Slams Critics as Vitriolic, Political

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon won’t let nasty reviews ruin the satisfaction of seeing his story on the big screen.

His new movie, “Man Down,” stars top talent like Shia LaBeouf, …
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5 Movies That Nail the Artist’s Creative Spark
12 months ago

5 Movies That Nail the Artist’s Creative Spark

Those youthful proclamations are enough to make a parent’s stomach drop. The life of an artist is one littered with hardship, ambiguous success and uncertainty.

Movies rarely capture the internal …
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‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise
12 months ago

‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise

You take a high-paying studio gig as one of five or six hatchet writers on a franchise movie. Or, you follow up with a piece of original work that’s not …
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Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future
12 months ago

Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future

Take the 2016 summer as a perfect example. Is anybody clamoring for another viewing of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Jason Bourne” or that “Tarzan” movie?

While a VOD release was once, …
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You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote
1 year ago

You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote

Though Eszterhas has a notorious reputation for dealing in darker material (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”), “Sacred Cows” is his darkest, most controversial script to date.

To many who have read it, …
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