‘Annie’ Review: Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx & Cameron Diaz

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Dec 18, 2014

How in the world does Will Gluck, director of the hilarious and memorable Easy A and writer/director of the super charming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits write and direct Annie? It’s just as shocking to me as it is to you. With Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis skipping around New York City in a one-note performance and the normally-wonderful Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale butchering my favorite song “Easy Street,” there’s just a lot going on that is wrong about this re-telling of the famous musical about an adorable orphan, er…, excuse me, foster kid and her journey …

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Review: Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton & Aaron Paul

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Dec 12, 2014

The director of Alien and Prometheus, Christian Bale as Moses, Jesse Pinkman as his trusted follower Joshua and Australian actor Joel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Ramses…sounds like an interesting movie to me! Is there a greater and more interesting story in the world than the one of Moses? All of these exciting factors put into one film has to make an interesting one and it’s all of these factors that make the film both engaging and strange.

Exodus: Gods and Kings tells the biblical story of Moses (Christian Bale) and his journey to free over 600,000 slaves from Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses …

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‘Wild’ Review: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Thomas Sadoski

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Dec 05, 2014
‘Wild’ Review: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Thomas Sadoski

“My mother was the love of my life.” -Cheryl Strayed

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wild tells the story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. After Cheryl’s mother (Laura Dern) dies of cancer, Cheryl’s life begins to fall apart. Her marriage with husband Paul (Thomas Sadoski) is the first to fall of the rails as Cheryl cheats on him repeatedly and when that isn’t enough to wash away her pain she turns to drugs. After her friend Aimee (Gaby Hoffman) finds her in a heroin coma, Cheryl realizes …

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Nov 20, 2014

“Miss Everdeen, its the things we love most that destroy us.” -President Snow

In one of the most anticipated films of the year, Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the girl on fire in the third installment of The Hunger Games series. The best-selling novels written by Suzanne Collins and the amazing films brought to life by Gary Ross (2012’s The Hunger Games) and Francis Lawrence (2013’s Catching Fire) have transcended the Young Adult novel world and film franchises.

Mockingjay Part 1 doesn’t miss a beat and picks up right where Catching Fire left off, when Gale (Liam Hemsworth) informs Katniss (Jennifer …

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‘The Theory of Everything’ Review: Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones & Charlie Cox

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Nov 13, 2014

Beautiful, moving, shocking, heartbreaking and loving, The Theory of Everything is led by two of the best performances of the year and tells the tale of a man with brilliant life-changing ideas and the woman who loved him.

Based on the novel “Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen,” by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything tells the love story of famed physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) from when they first met at school in Cambridge to the point where Stephen wrote his best-selling book “A Brief History of Time.”

In 1963 when Stephen was 21-years-old, he …

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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Review: Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Turner

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Nov 13, 2014
‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Review: Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Turner

It’s been 20 years since the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy classic Dumb and Dumber was released. A personal favorite comedy of mine that still holds up today as one of the best comic films ever made. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both went on to make household names for themselves and the Farrelly Brothers went on to direct There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene and Shallow Hal. Now, two decades later, it’s as if Lloyd and Harry haven’t changed a bit since we last saw them. The best friends are twenty years older, but definitely not twenty years wiser, …

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INTERVIEW: Eddie Redmayne & Anthony McCarten of ‘The Theory of Everything’

Posted in Interviews by - Nov 13, 2014
INTERVIEW: Eddie Redmayne & Anthony McCarten of ‘The Theory of Everything’

A powerful film that is part biopic and part love story, The Theory of Everything tells the story of the marriage between Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felcity Jones) and Stephen’s timeline with ALS. Director James Marsh’s film documents the scientific breakthroughs Stephen discovered through his work and his journey up until writing his bestseller titled “A Brief History of Time.”

I, along with fellow Washington DC Film Critics Association members Lauren Bradshaw and John Hanlon sat down with our lead star Eddie Redmayne and the film’s screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Eddie and Stephen talk about how much they knew about the story …

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