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“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”(2017) *** out of five Black Label Media, Biography/Drama What is more joyful for a writer than to have his or her essay or novel published? Probably the reward of making a living at it or, at least, attaining some award for the efforts. In the world of J.D. Salinger (like many famous writers) success will not come easy, [...]

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (I was also born on August 6th, but not until 1948.) He was an actor with great talent and vastly underrated. At an early age he rebuffed authority by being charged with vagrancy and was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, but found a way to escape. Mr. Mitchum’s big break [...]

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

Kidnap “Kidnap”(2017) * out of 5 starts Thriller, Di Bonaventure Pictures It is true a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. However, it is also true “ Kidnap” is a bad movie. (It had been sitting on the shelf since 2014: usually a bad sign.) Even though I sympathize with Halle Berry’s character Karla Dyson who [...]

“Baby Driver” & “The Big Sick”

“Baby Driver” & “The Big Sick”

(l to r) Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Bats (JAMIE FOXX) discuss the next heist in TriStar Pictures' BABY DRIVER. By Howard McQuitter II “Baby Driver”(2017) **** out of five Action/Comedy/Drama/Music Rated R Director Edgar Wright’s (I met him back when he directed “Shaun of the Dead”) “Baby [...]

“I, Daniel Blake”

“I, Daniel Blake”

By Howard McQuitter II “I, Daniel Blake” ***** “I, Daniel Blake” winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, is another example of director Ken Loach’s (“Cathy Come Home” ), “Kes “, “Ladybird, Ladybird” [1994) body of work as a master at giving the working-class their due on screen. Daniel Blake (Dave [...]

“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” (2016) ***** A scandal may be on the way during an extremely close race that Eui-sung Kim (Noh Jae-soon) wins narrowly over Jong-chan (Ju- hyuk Kim). Just as the elections will go national, Noh Jae- soon and his wife’s daughter Kim Min-jin (Ji-Hoon Shin) goes missing. Noh Jae-soon tells Yeon-hong (Yeon-jin Son) to [...]

Paradise

Paradise

“Paradise” (2016) ***** A riveting story about a young Russian aristocrat, Olga (Yuliya Vysotskaya), is sent away to a concentration camp where she faces unspeakable circumstances. She has joined the French Resistance to save as many Jews as she can from extermination only to be captured and interrogated for the “crime” of hiding Jewish [...]

Get Out

Get Out

Universal Pictures Horror/Suspense/Mystery/Comedy ***** If you think “Get Out” is like Stanley Kramer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)–it is to an extent–but “Get Out” goes much further, much deeper in its approach to a very unsettling, suspenseful,malevolence; yet it’s peppered with humor. The director Jordan [...]

La La Land

La La Land

By Howard McQuitter II For March 2017, I refer to my highly recommended movie the highly touted musical/romance/drama “La La Land” (received 14 Oscar nominations) directed by Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash” ). Chazelle became the youngest Person (at age 32) to win the best director award at the Golden Globes. Only two other movies in Oscar [...]

Top Ten Movies of 2016

Top Ten Movies of 2016

1. “Moonlight” (R) Running time: 111 minutes. Director: Barry Jenkins. A young African American goes from childhood and adulthood in Miami with many struggles including his sexuality. Drama. 2. “Manchester by the Sea” (R) Running time: 137 minutes. Director: Kenneth Lonergan. A working class handyman suffering from depression has to face [...]

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