Pity the much hyped-about and twitted-about festival film. Whether it premieres at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes or Toronto, the film, once it opens commercially, has to meet the huge expectations placed upon it by the twittersphere, early reviews and word of mouth. Winning the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at Sundance and being the subject of […]

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Former Sony film chief Amy Pascal was right, after all, in her evaluation of Cameron Crowe’s now-titled “Aloha.” Although I wouldn’t go as far as calling it “ridiculous” like she did in one of the emails released after Sony’s email servers were hacked, I would agree with her assessment that “it never not ever once […]

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A 50+ year-old former/current mercenary/military operative/super spy is contemplating retirement or has retired when his past (it’s always a “he”) suddenly catches up to him and he is forced to holster up once again and kick some ass. That, in a nutshell, describes the plot of “Taken” and its sequels, “Red” and its sequel, “The […]

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