‘Focus’ Review: Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Rodrigo Santoro

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 26, 2015
‘Focus’ Review: Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Rodrigo Santoro

A mix of the Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean’s Eleven, Focus is a surprisingly fun flick that’s outrageous in its plot twists and thrills in the best way possible. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love.) give us a fun heist story while Will Smith and Margot Robbie elevate the plot with their electric chemistry.

Veteran con man Nicky (Will Smith) meets and takes amateur con artist Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. Nicky introduces Jess into the world of conning, from pick pocketing to bigger cons involving gambling and major theft. When the two become romantically involved, …

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Review: Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan & Jennifer Ehle

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 12, 2015

After years of going back and forth between studios, casting drop-outs and rumored feuding between the author and director during production, one of the year’s most anticipated films is finally here. Based on the wildly popular erotic novel by E. L. James, that originally started off as Twilight fan fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey aims to please fans of the book, even if it may not be able to draw in new fans that aren’t quite as familiar with the story.

English literature major Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) when she goes to interview him …

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review: Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 12, 2015

The best way to describe director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is to say its an exciting spy film for the younger generation with the storyline of a James Bond film mixed with the violent but expertly choreographed action sequences of a Raid film. A fun film for lovers of the spy genre, violent action flicks and Colin Firth fans, Kingsman is the most fun to be had in a movie theatre so far this year.

Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service first introduces us to Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an …

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‘Project Almanac’ Review: Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia & Sam Lerner

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 29, 2015

After 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and 2007’s wildly successful Paranormal Activity, followed by 2008’s Cloverfield, found-footage style filmmaking has become a growing trend in movies today. Time-travel has also become a huge topic among movies in recent years. Rian Johnson’s incredible Looper was one of the best of 2012, with the romantic About Time following in 2013 and even Ethan Hawke starring as a time traveler in Predestination, which was released earlier this month.

First-time feature filmmaker Dean Israelite pairs found-footage with time travel and what we get is a story about a lot of dumb teenagers that’s not completely …

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‘Cake’ Review: Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza & Anna Kendrick

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 22, 2015

A story about tremendous loss, heartbreak, addiction, forgiveness and recovery, Cake is a beautiful and inspiring film driven by a note-worthy performance from Jennifer Aniston.

Director Daniel Barnz’s (2012’s Won’t Back Down) film follows Claire (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who suffers from chronic pain from an injury that happened years ago. Claire attends a weekly support group led by stern yet hopeful Annette (Felicity Huffman), that was recommended by her doctor in order to help her grieve and recover.

Claire’s husband (Chris Messina) left her after her unwillingness to get better and her alienation from the world, so Claire depends on her …

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Passes Giveaway!

Posted in Lauren's Blog by - Jan 21, 2015

I am currently giving away 5 Admit-2 passes run-of-engagement passes to A24 Films’ A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Tweet me at @dcfilmgirl with your favorite Jessica Chastain film and the first 5 people will win the passes! 

The passes are valid starting January 20 at the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA.

SYNOPSIS:

A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this …

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‘Still Alice’ Review: Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin & Kristen Stewart

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 15, 2015

There has not been a film so raw and real about Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the life of the diseased person and their family like directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice.

Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a world-renowned linguistics expert and professor at Harvard University. Alice and her husband John (Alec Baldwin) lead a busy but happy life in Manhattan, while their three grown-up children Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart) remain in close contact with them.

When Alice begins to …

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