‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo & Bill Paxton

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 30, 2014
‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo & Bill Paxton

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the few Hollywood actors that has been able to transition from drop-dead gorgeous heart throb starring in romantic roles to mind-bending, dramatic and even horrifying roles. If you haven’t seen 2001’s Donnie Darko or this year’s Enemy, those could both be stacked in the horror genre. In his directorial debut, Dan Gilroy (screenwriter for 2012’s The Bourne Legacy) puts Gyllenhaal in the lime light as a young man trying to make a career for himself in Los Angeles.

Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a young and driven man looking to make ends meet while living in …

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‘John Wick’ Review: Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist & Adrianne Palicki

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 23, 2014

Keanu Reeves can still lead an action movie and a very good and fun action movie at that. Reeves returns to full action hero form as our title character John Wick and he leads the film from beginning to end as a man whose urge for vengeance gets the best of him.

On the day of his wife’s (Bridget Moynahan) funeral, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) gets an unexpected gift from his late wife: a puppy whose name is Daisy. John is completely grief stricken, but Daisy is able to help him cope with his wife’s death and represents the beginning of …

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‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ Review: Starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts & Emma Stone

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 23, 2014

“Why don’t I have any self-respect?” –Lesley
“You’re an actress honey.” –Laura

Stylish, technically magnificent, interesting, real and ambitious, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about films of the year and of years to come.

Birdman tells the story of once-famous actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) who is struggling to find his relevance in Hollywood while also trying to mend his relationship with his in-and-out of rehab daughter Sam (Emma Stone). Riggan is getting ready for his Broadway debut where he is footing the production and starring in the play that …

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‘Whiplash’ Review: Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Melissa Benoist

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 16, 2014
‘Whiplash’ Review: Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Melissa Benoist

“That’s not quite my tempo.” -Terence Fletcher

Stress-inducing, disturbing, horrifying, explosive, shocking and entertaining all at the same time, director and writer Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is one of the best films of the year. It’s performance driven, intense and serves as a showcase for both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a 19-year-old promising drummer at the best music conservatory in the country. He is passionate about playing the drums and aspires to be one of the greats. It’s his first year at the conservatory and one night while he is up late practicing, headstrong musical instructor Terence Fletcher …

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‘The Best of Me’ Review: Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden & Liana Liberato

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 16, 2014
‘The Best of Me’ Review: Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden & Liana Liberato

I’ve either seen one too many Nicholas Sparks movies or The Best of Me is the most predictable and clichéd film adaptation of his to date. I think it’s maybe a little of both.

When an old friend passes away, former high school sweethearts Dawson (Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) return to their small hometown to pay their respects. It’s been 21 years since the two have seen each other and as they reminisce the past and face their current troubles, Dawson and Amanda realize they never stopped loving each other.

In the flashback scenes, we learn that young Dawson (Luke …

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INTERVIEW: Jeremy Renner & Michael Cuesta of ‘Kill the Messenger’

Posted in Interviews by - Oct 09, 2014

On a sunny afternoon at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC, fellow WAFCA member Lauren Bradshaw and I sat down with acclaimed actor Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta to discuss their new film Kill the Messenger. Renner & Cuesta talk about the struggles and joys of filming in the nation’s Capitol, portraying real life people versus fictional characters and how much research they did before production began.

Lauren V. (DCFilmGirl.com): It’s important for a movie to bring an important story like this back into the public consciousness. How much did both of you know about the story before you came …

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‘Dracula Untold’ Review: Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon & Charles Dance

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 09, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s utterly impossible for me to miss a vampire movie, especially one that is a Dracula origins story. Dracula Untold isn’t as memorable or original as it wants to be, but it’s pure popcorn fun and brutally violent to the core. Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon lead this gothic action thriller and are wonderful together as husband and wife.

When Prince Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) is threatened by Turkish leader Mehmed (Dominic Cooper), he turns to evil forces in order to save his family and people. Knowing he doesn’t have the army or numbers to …

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