A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father.
- Stars:André Benjamin, Big Boi, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams, Cicely Tyson, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen, Paula Jai Parker, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Patti LaBelle, Ving Rhames, Jackie Long, Oscar Dillon,
- Director:Bryan Barber,
- Writer:Bryan Barber
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(ca) wrote: The Raid is a relentlessly repetitive haze of head-spinning violence - but what expertly-choreographed violence it is.
(ag) wrote: Hey, its freezing out there.
(br) wrote: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (2013) Down The Shore DRAMA James Gandolfini is a great actor and this movie shows it. However, the end of movie doesn't know how to maintain the story's rhythm. He plays Baily Julia who while working as a maintenance on a nearly run down amusement park gets a visit from a French guy named Jacques (Edoardo Costa) from Paris claiming to be his sister's husband. The reason for Jacques visit was to notify him that his sister had just recently died from cancer, and that he was instructed to give Baily her ashes as well as a letter. Jacques who also accepts the name Jack other reason to visit Baily was to work alongside with Baily which he doesn't really want to do. And as the movie is progressing, we get to hear more surprising revelations about Baily as well as the owner of the amusement park, by the name of Wiley (Joseph Pope) and the woman who is kind of caught in the middle by the name of Mary (Famke Janssen) trying to raise their mentally challenged 17 year old son, Martin (John Magaro). Some of the existing problems is that viewers may be baffled about Jacques motivations for hanging around with a brother-in-law who initially despises him. Baily does bother him about a load of money that his sister was supposed to have we're somehow kept in the dark about how Jacques even acquired the money in the first place. And what was Jacques motivations for hanging onto this money for such a long time for the movie kind of make Jaques into an artificial character who has a knack to get people to expose their private secrets. And it is for that reason and more which is why I can't recommend it despite it's good intentions. 2 out of 4 stars grasp
(fr) wrote: A fairly gory entry into the torture porn genre. Bereavement is a prequel to Malevolence and I no doubt thought this entry was better. I just have to wonder after seeing the movie if there are laws against having child actors commit violent acts of murder on set? Martin is pretty bad ass.
(jp) wrote: Penetrating drama about an Iranian-American girl in the late 70's that raises questions and invites contemplation with the movie's release just months after 9/11. Great overlooked drama.
(au) wrote: Just a fun action punch popcorn ride.
(gb) wrote: It's great to see al those great actors of our cinema Tot, Mastroianni, Gassmann together. Nice ending!
(kr) wrote: OIrdinary oater with decent cast.
(gb) wrote: At this point, it may be impossible to cobble together a biography of Wyatt Earp that is not more than 50% fiction. There is likely no human in history whose life story has received more embellishment. It might be interesting to put together a "Choose Your Own Adventure" Wyatt Earp biography that includes all the various stories, facts, fictions and lies, and allow the reader to select which version he wants to follow at points where the narratives diverge.As the character from another John Ford movie says, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Or, as Mark Twain said, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."My Darling Clementine is usually on every short list of the greatest westerns ever made, and probably comprises what most people think they know about Wyatt Earp (although Tombstone, no less fictional, may be eclipsing it as a cultural touchpoint). The events of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral were only 60 years old when My Darling Clementine was made, and the only thing in the movie that actually happened was that a bunch of people were once shot at a place called the O.K. Corral. It would be like making a movie today about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg hanging out with Joe DiMaggio and Ernest Hemingway. It might make a hell of a story, but it just never happened.But then, we knew we weren't watching a documentary. I love this movie as much as anybody. As with most movies that have already been analyzed to death, I'll just chime in with some random thoughts.As a theater veteran, I can attest that of all the truth-stretching implausibilities that drip from this movie, the biggest whopper of all is that a hammy old actor could have forgotten part of Hamlet's soliloquy. It's also a stretch that a bunch of yahoos would be raptly attentive of even the finest performance of that soliloquy, let alone from an itinerant hack actor. Let's be honest, most people listening to that speech don't know what the hell it means. They might sit quietly and pretend to be moved, but they're really thinking, "What's a fardel? What's a bodkin? What's a quietus? What's a contumely?" Trust me, just stick to the Who's On First sketch.It's always interesting to see an actor cast against type. In this case, it's Walter Brennan cast as the bad guy, and he's pretty chilling, too. Interesting fact - Walter Brennan hated John Ford's guts. John Ford was hard on his actors, and Brennan didn't take to it. This quintessential actor of westerns never again worked with this quintessential director of westerns.One might also see Victor Mature playing an intellectual to be a nice counter-intuitive piece of casting. More known for his body than his acting talent, this is probably one of his few movies where he never appears shirtless. His Doc Holliday is filled with a morose regret, a lost soul who gains some redemption through his brave defense of his friend. Mature gives this movie his emotional best. He probably never did a better job of acting.Anyone who loves this movie - or even anyone who doesn't - should make sure to see Support Your Local Sheriff. Walter Brennan parodies his performance as Old Man Clanton in that movie, and he, along with everything else in that movie, is hilarious.So now, I'm open to suggestions. Should my next project be a Choose Your Own Adventure Wyatt Earp biography, or a screenplay about the Rosenbergs hanging out with Joe DiMaggio and Ernest Hemingway?
(ag) wrote: Iron Man is an above average comic book movie. I don't know if that's saying much. I enjoy it for what it is. It's a fun movie if you have a home theater system and sludge if you don't.The plot is full of holes, and the action bits are bland compared to what has been seen of the character in past comics and cartoons. It's hard to cheer much for Iron Man when everything comes so easy for him, he's just not a very likable or believable character. And that might be what's most wrong with Iron Man.In looking back at this film one can't help but not the sequels that came after and all the casting drama that followed. This film feels childish, like it came out in the 90's. We have a setup of the origin of Iron Man, but what really needed was a setup story of Tony Stark first. We jump right in and he has no troubles really in the world. He has no real conflict or struggles. Even later his brilliant engineering skills just seem to come out of now where. It does not make him feel human.The characters in this movie are very bland. Who do you connect with? The only ones that have a shred of connection are the terrorists and Shaun Toub as Yinsen. I think kids like Iron Man because of the tech he has. Or the attraction of dancing strippers of his own plane. But it's so shallow, we don't care collectively about Tony Stark at all.Then when you throw on the super suit, he's lost even more.Like I said earlier it's a fun, turn your brain off for 2 hours kind of movie. The main villain is so predictable and out of place. What a waste of Jeff Freakin Bridges! So much more could come out of it and the sequels improve on this but this first flight of Iron Man is just that a comic book movie for all the pains and praise that might bring. Crank up that sound system baby!Best Actor : Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper PottsThe obvious choice would be to pick Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. But really he's just playing himself. Or his onscreen persona much like Matthew Mcconaughey does in Mcconaughey things. Like bad car commercials.Gwyneth Paltrow has some character to her, we learn things about her. She changes in the way she things about Tony Stark, well at least a little. The other characters in the movie don't change at all, they just do different things, that's not character development.Paltrow has an innocent quality and seems to glow on the screen. She's fun to watch. I wish she had more to do in the film. It's a shame she pretty much got axed out of the series.Worst Actor: Terrence Howard as James "Rhodey" RhodesIt's no wonder why he was re-cast in the second film. Spewing out bad military one-liners and flag waving propaganda is really not that hard. Anybody on Fox News does it every day. So why is watching him in this film so ear bleeding bad? We care nothing about him at all to boot.Best Scene: Big Robot BattleThe lead up is the big battle at the end. And while it's fun, it's not really epic and kind of predictable. The fact that Obadiah could build a more improved suit and bigger than Iron Man in a short amount of time.What seemed like mere hours in movie time is ridiculous. While we get the idea that Stark's company is huge, like Wal-Mart in scale. He builds the robot at the main plant right? How could Tony not know about it or how could they figure out how to do that. Lame.The most interesting character scenes are when Obadiah comes in and paralyses Tony with some weird Men in Black device. I think he steals something from him. I forgot. It's not important. Well Obadiah clearly wanted Tony dead and just like 5 minutes later tries to kill him in the suit, so why not just kill him right there on the couch. Ugh. Worse plot hole than a James Bond Villain.Again Potts sneaks into Stark to steal plans or research and confronts Obadiah. This is a fun scene, you don't know what's going to happen. But he lets her go. Again, idiot. No wonder you are second in command. Bridges' character really needed a makeover and bigger motivation than greed.Worst Scene : Desert Base BuildingThe idea that Stark could build an iron man suit in a cave in the middle of the desert under the cameras and watch of terrorists is absolutely crazy. At least take your audience out of the movie at the one hour mark not 10 minutes in.Even then we are not seeing Stark struggle with how to do this or planning it out. We are following the events through the terrorist eyes, not Stark. Well, the terrorist's names are not on the movie title. Just dumb slog.ImprovementsI like to talk about how I would improve the movies I watch but this film has too many things to list. I would be here for hours. My brain hurts just thinking about it. Just turn the surround sound up and enjoy the movie. Pass the salt.Hits Cool action bits Jeff Freakin Bridges! Iron Man on screen for the first time.Misses Obligatory Iron Man Black Sabbath Song at the end. More plot holes than there are stars in our galaxy. Flat one sided characters we care nothing about.Rating: D
(kr) wrote: Excellent action drama with Bruce and Walken.
(jp) wrote: You would think that taking an epic title & an epic concept would suite Spielberg down to the ground, & I'm sure that many will point out it's relevance in today's post 9/11 society. But when a film focuses on such horrible characters as Cruise, Fanning & Chatwin's it's hard to even warm to the sensational CGI & set pieces.
(mx) wrote: Loved it when it came out. Doesn't hold up.