‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ Review: Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega & Harrison Ford

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Dec 16, 2015

One word: wow. It’s impossible to encompass one’s feelings after seeing the new Star Wars film in theatres, but wow can begin to describe it. Director JJ Abrams directed the seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise and it’s all kinds of awesome, shocking and amazing. It brings us back to the original Star Wars charm of episodes four through six by revisiting our favorite characters but also introducing some fantastic new ones to brighten the franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will reignite the passion of the franchise for diehard fans while also bring new fans on to love …

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INTERVIEW: Alicia Vikander of ‘The Danish Girl’

Posted in Interviews by - Dec 10, 2015
INTERVIEW: Alicia Vikander of ‘The Danish Girl’

Sitting down with actress Alicia Vikander was a dream come true. From first seeing her in the Danish film A Royal Affair to watch her career blossom, especially this year with seven films released including The Testament of Youth, Ex Machina (my favorite film of the year!) and The Danish Girl.

In director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Vikander plays Gerda Wegener, the wife of artist Einar Wegener, the first man to undergo transgender surgery in the early 1920s. Einar started to change his appearance after Gerda painted him as a woman in her portraits. Soon after, he decided to change …

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Nov 19, 2015

It’s the end of an era. The final film in The Hunger Games franchise is here and it’s impossible to be ready for it. Fans of the books first fell in love with Katniss Everdeen and her story back in 2008 when author Suzanne Collins published the book and even more did when the first film was released in 2012. The Hunger Games has been a perfect book adaptation in that each of the four films has told the story just the same as the books, if not better at times.

The scene where Katniss volunteers for his sister Primrose at …

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INTERVIEW: Bryan Cranston & Jay Roach for ‘Trumbo’

Posted in Interviews by - Nov 12, 2015
INTERVIEW: Bryan Cranston & Jay Roach for ‘Trumbo’

One of my favorite actors Bryan Cranston was in Washington, DC earlier this week to stop by the White House, promote his new (and might I add, incredibly interesting film) Trumbo and to be present at the Breaking Bad donation ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. While I didn’t go to the White House, I was fortunate enough to attend the red carpet DC premiere of Trumbo on Monday night at the Newseum, where I spoke with Cranston and director Jay Roach. I also interviewed Cranston and Roach in a roundtable setting Tuesday morning in DC to discuss …

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‘Room’ Review: Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay & Joan Allen

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 22, 2015
‘Room’ Review: Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay & Joan Allen

There are not many performances that are better this year than Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. It will be a travesty if neither gets nominated for an Oscar nomination, with Tremblay getting a nom for Best Actor. These two actors gave wonderful performances as mother and son, and with a beautiful relatability considering that the subject matter is so dark and terrifying. Even having not read the book by Emma Donoghue, Room is easily one of the best book adaptations we have seen since Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of Gone Girl last year.

Five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) only knows the “room,” a …

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‘Steve Jobs’ Review: Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet & Jeff Daniels

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 15, 2015

Steve Jobs is not your typical biopic. The film takes place over three different years (1984, 1988 and 1998) and set before each iconic product launch that Steve Jobs was behind. Steve Jobs acts more like a three-act play rather than a traditional film. Following Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), the mastermind and co-founder of Apple, we get a closer look at the digital revolution he started and more importantly a better sense of his relationships with his colleagues and his daughter Lisa.

Steve’s close friend and colleague, whom he also refers to as his “work wife” Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) loves …

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‘The Martian’ Review: Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain & Jeff Daniels

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Oct 01, 2015

Movies set in space have become increasingly popular in recent years. It seems every year there is always one big space movie. In 2012 it was Prometheus; in 2013 it was Gravity; and last year it was Interstellar. This year it’s The Martian, and director Ridley Scott and our lead star Matt Damon certainly know how to tell stories set in space. All of these films pushed the boundaries of storytelling in space, with directors using more practical effects and less CGI and casting good actors who can carry the film. The Martian is a film set in space and …

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