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Tag Archive for 'Steve Coogan'

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

A handful of indie flicks counter the big budget Guardian weekend to varying results.  (There’s yet another five-star flick this week – no great cinema!)  Artists who push the creative line, bad guys gone good, fancy meals complete with a side of guilt, military men leading multiple lives and an ode to all things mom […]

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The Secret Life of Pets (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Secret Life of Pets was a film we never made it to theatrically this year.  It wasn’t because we did not want to see it, quite the contrary, but it was just a bad timing thing.  Time is our enemy in life.   Then came news of the fact that this title was coming to the superior […]

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Coffee And Cigarettes (Blu-ray Review)

Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes was a film that came out of making three short films sharing that title.  The feature film doesn’t stray too far and really is a series of eleven short films or vignettes.  What they all carry in common are the fact that the whole movie is just about different people […]

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Top 20: Aaron’s Odds & Ends of 2014

I enjoy putting together different year end lists, as they tend to function as a way for me to put emphasis on a lot of film that I would hope people check out at some point (or avoid, in the case of the ‘Worst of’ list).  This year, given how I have ranked a large […]

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‘Night At the Museum’: London Drift (Movie Review)

I had fun with this film.  There is more to read, but how much do I really need to say about the third film in a series about Ben Stiller interacting with museum exhibits that come to life at night, thanks to the power of a magic tablet?  Okay, so maybe that sentence alone can […]

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The Trip To Italy And The Laughs That Come With It (Movie Review)

A long time ago Bing Crosby and Bob Hope had a successful series of comedy films, such as Road to Morroco, where they would travel somewhere and basically have fun with each other in various locals.  After finding a lot to enjoy in The Trip and now having seen The Trip to Italy, if Steve […]

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Alan Partridge (Blu-ray Review)

I have made it clear in other reviews that I am a big fan of Steve Coogan.  Between his great comedic work in England and America, his performances in Michael Winterbottom features such as 24 Hour Party People and The Trip, and his move to more dramatic work in films like Philomena, I think he […]

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Steve Coogan Stars As ‘Alan Partridge’ On Blu-ray This June

As a big Steve Coogan fan, I was happy to see him return to playing a character that brought him a lot of early fame.  I was actually able to see this movie last year, as I was oversees, where the Alan Partridge character is much more popular.  I was pleased to see the film […]

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Philomena (Blu-ray Review)

I am sure The Weinstein company is proud to release Philomena on Blu-ray, now that it has scored tons of acclaim, including 4 Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay).  The film had an unassuming way about it, which is what ultimately won me over, but it was […]

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The Search Has Ended, ‘PHILOMENA’ Arrives On Blu-ray This April

Here are a few words about the upcoming release of this multiple Oscar nominee:  Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the critically acclaimed comedy/drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, PHILOMENA. Directed by Stephen Frears and co-written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, PHILOMENA will […]

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Despicable Me 2: Attack Of The Minions (Movie Review)

It would appear that the Despicable Me films are not for me.  Despite having a love for animated films, wacky humor, and films that have original songs and themes by Pharrell Williams, I remained unattached to what should be entertaining me quite easily.  The concept of pulling a reverse-Incredibles and having us follow a reformed […]

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‘Ruby Sparks’ A Little Too Much

I guess I could have liked this film a little bit more were certain things handled differently.  Falling somewhere in between Stranger Than Fiction and Weird Science, Ruby Sparks is a comedy-drama with a dash of the fantastical that involves a writer literally creating a dream girl out of his own typewritten words.  The concept […]

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The Trip (DVD Review)

When a newspaper offers Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Tropic Thunder, and Around the World in 80 Days) the chance to review a series of fine restaurants in the English countryside, he thinks it will make for a lovely getaway with his girlfriend Mischa (Margo Stilley, the daring star of Winterbottom’s 9 Songs).  When […]

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‘Our Idiot Brother’ Is A Pretty Nice Guy

In Our Idiot Brother, Paul Rudd is able to do something few actors can in the opening minutes of the film.  He makes us instantly like him.  His character’s hippy-ish, Dude-like persona is non-grating and adorable, despite the fact that his character, Ned, makes some poor choices.  It is just too bad he has to […]

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Rob And Steve Have A Lot Of Fun On ‘The Trip’

There are a lot of very good past and present actor/director teams and actor/actor teams.  While it is easy to acknowledge examples such as Scorsese and De Niro or Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, more obscure ones, such as Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are equally great pairings.  The subject of this review, The Trip, […]

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The Other Guys (Blu-ray Review)

Stop!  Freeze right there!  I want to play a game.  No, not like Jigsaw does in the Saw movies, but I want to play good cop, bad cop.  What?  You want to be the bad cop too?  How will that ever work out?  Well if you are talking about the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg action-comedy film […]

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I Want To Be Just Like ‘The Other Guys’

Stop!  I want to play a game.  No, not like Jigsaw does in the Saw movies, but I want to play good cop, bad cop.  What?  You want to be the bad cop too?  How will that ever work out?  Well if you are talking about the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg action-comedy film The Other Guys, […]

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Night at the Museum (Blu-ray Review)

After  seeing  the  trailer  for  Night  at  the  Museum in  theaters  a  few  years  ago,  I  said  to  myself,  “wow,  this  looks  completely,  and  utterly  unwatchable.”  I  was  prepared  to  go  my  whole  life  without  giving  this  film  a  chance.  Then  of  course,  I  became  a  film  reviewer,  and  I  had  to  play  the  part […]

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