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Tag Archive for 'Nicole Kidman'

Southern Gothic Horror Meets Empowerment In ‘The Beguiled’ (Movie Review)

Pitting Colin Farrell against a house full of women in a horror film is a something I was not expecting from director Sofia Coppola. Perhaps calling The Beguiled “horror” is a bit of an overstatement, but the Coppola film does a lot to maximize tension. For a movie that is quite straightforward and relatively restrained […]

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Lion (Blu-ray Review)

It takes a lot to make a dramatic feature, based on a true story, into something that hits in the right ways. Because a drama can have the intent to strike at certain chords to ideally generate emotions, there is often a level of manipulation to consider. Lion concerns the story of a lost Indian […]

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Indie flicks all but dominate the amount of studio fare this week (and mostly every other week too!), so film fans have continual opportunity to get their film fix on.  Below is just a fraction of the myriad of releases out now that cover the gamut of subjects and genres for the ardent cinefile to […]

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The Oscar-Nominated LION Comes Home To Blu-ray This April

LION follows five-year-old Saroo who gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Time passes, but this journey takes an emotional turn for Saroo as an adult. Garth Davis’ directorial film debut garnered six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture. The film features an astounding cast with Best Supporting Actor nominee Dev […]

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AFI Fest 2016: Lion (Movie Review)

It takes a lot to make a dramatic feature, based on a true story, into something that hits in the right ways. Because a drama can have the intent to strike at certain chords to ideally generate emotions, there is often a level of manipulation to consider. Lion concerns the story of a lost Indian […]

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The Family Fang Visits on DVD July 5th

Jason Bateman’s critically acclaimed family-centered dramedy, The Family Fang arrives on DVD on July 5, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The Family Fang, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson, stars Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett and is written by David Lindsay-Abaire. The film was released in theaters on April […]

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Secret In Their Eyes (Blu-ray Review)

With a strong cast and a talented writer/director at the helm, remaking the 2009 Argentine film The Secret In Their Eyes (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film) seemed like a decent enough idea. I am happy to recommend the original film, as it is strong piece of filmmaking in al regards. This Americanized-version, […]

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SECRET IN THEIR EYES Arrives On Blu-Ray & DVD Feb. 23

After more than a decade, the unsolved murder of a young woman comes to a shocking conclusion in Secret in Their Eyes, coming to Digital HD on February 9, 2016, and Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From STX Entertainment (The Gift), Secret in Their Eyes […]

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Strangerland (Blu-ray Review)

Nicole Kidman, for obvious reasons, has always reminded me of Tom Cruise.  I’m not referring to the fact that they were once married, birthed children together or even starred in the same motion pictures.  I’m referring to the apparent fact that just like Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman (with makeup on of course) appears to suffer […]

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PADDINGTON On Blu-ray April 28th!

Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving little bear is ready to make a splash onto home screens when Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension release the critically acclaimed, heart-warming family film PADDINGTON on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 28, 2015. PADDINGTON will be available for early digital download starting April 17, 2015.  Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond’s 1958 book, A Bear […]

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‘Paddington’ Is The Cinematic Equivalent Of A Warm Hug (Movie Review)

I am not sure whether or not I should be surprised by how much I enjoyed Paddington, the film adaptation of the popular children’s literature character created by Michael Bond, but I know without a doubt that I was absolutely charmed by it.  Co-writer/director Paul King, best known for his work on the British comedy […]

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The Railway Man (Blu-ray)

The Railway Man is based on the World War II memoir of Eric Lomax, who is our character of focus in the film.  I found the film to look and feel a little like those “safe” movies due to its gloss, polished aesthetic.  But with the power of its performers and events depicted in the […]

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Brandon’s Rendition Of The Top 10 Films Of 2013

It started off kind of weak and had a slightly mediocre summer (for mainstream movies), but overall 2013 was a really great year for movies.  I say that because this Top 10 list was an incredibly difficult task to put together.  One of the most challenging things every year is we are so hyped up […]

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Stoker (Blu-ray Review)

Stoker is one of those movies where I had every intention of seeing theatrically, but for whatever unknown reason or another the stars just didn’t align properly in my favor.  Sadly, it came and went and I was forced to wait until now to finally check it out.  In the meantime, I heard so many […]

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I’m Stoked to Have Stoker Coming to Blu-ray!

I kind of have this stubborn rule in life where if I don’t see a film within it’s first to second week of being released in theaters, I just wait for its eventual home video release.  Such is the case with Stoker, but let the record show…I wanted to see this one very badly in […]

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Stoker Movie Review – Just Seen It

Salim, Liz and Aaron review this new drama from director Chan-wook Park. After her Dad dies, India’s Uncle Charlie comes to live with her and her Mom. Unaware of his existence, India suspects Charlie has ulterior motives. But she soon becomes infatuated with him. WATCH US ON PBS SOCAL Saturdays at 6PM or pbssocal.org/justseenit  

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‘Stoker’ Shows The Deadly Bonds That Tie Families Together (Movie Review)

Stoker is the English-language debut of Korean director Park Chan-wook, who has previously made thrillers such as Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, which are known for depicting brutal subject matter within the frame of beautifully executed visuals.  Those familiar with his work can see that Chan-wook has a deep appreciation for filmmakers such as Hitchcock and […]

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‘The Paperboy’ Misses The Delivery

It seems like The Paperboy should have enough to make it an entertaining, trashy thriller.  It has all of the right ingredients, with several actors giving strong performances just for the sake of adding on to a film that does not even really need it.  Yet, the plot is shapeless and lacks anything that resembles […]

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