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Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by:
Christopher McQuarrie
Starring:
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Released by:
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, TC Productions
Year:
2015

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Daredevil secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Continue reading ““Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” – Movie Review” »



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Apr

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" series

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the “Fast & Furious” series

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
James Wan
Starring:
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Released by:
Universal Pictures
Year:
2015

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The latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” series, “Furious 7″ embarks on a high-speed adventure through the streets of Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles as Vin Diesel and crew face off against an alliance of international terrorists. Continue reading ““Furious 7″ – Movie Review” »



21

Jan

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
 Kevin MacDonald
Starring:
 Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Released by:
 Focus Features
Year:
2015

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“Black Sea” is an underwater heist film with an allegiance to blue-collar values that cruises along like a submarine unable, or unwilling, to rise to the surface or dive deeper into the depths of cinematic inspiration. For every clever plot twist or genuinely strong performance in “Black Sea,” there is a strong helping of predictability which counteracts the surprise and at times leaves the film feeling reluctantly inert.

 

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Sep

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters


Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by:
Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette
Released by:
Laika Entertainment, Focus Features
Year:
2014

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by Nick Winfrey


If you have the patience to sit through the closing credits of “The Boxtrolls,” there’s a clever little stinger near the end in which two of the film’s characters humorously postulate the existence of an unseen hand in the sky controlling their every move. The joke is, of course, that there are a multitude of hands that painstakingly choreograph each scene in this stop-motion epic, which are revealed in a blur of deft motions as the camera zooms out.
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Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper

Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper


Genre: Action, Drama
Directed by:
Scott Waugh
Starring:
Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi
Released by:
DreamWorks Studios
Year:
2014

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Based on the popular video game series of the same name, “Need for Speed” was created with the intention of making the ultimate car chase movie. Directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman, the film follows the story of Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), an exotic sports car mechanic seeking to avenge the death of his friend the only way he knows how — through a high-stakes street race.
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The Distortion of Sound looks into the decline of sound quality in modern music

The Distortion of Sound looks into the decline of sound quality in modern music


Genre: Documentary
Directed by:
Jacob Rosenberg
Starring:
Snoop Dogg, Slash, Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer
Released by:
Harman International Industries
Year:
2014

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The advent of the digital age has brought many advances for the music consumer — mp3s have made our music portable, streaming technology has made it more accessible and file compression software has made it sharable. However, these new listening formats come with a significant trade-off. As files are compressed, up to 90 percent of the information is lost, leaving music sounding thin, flat and devoid of the rich quality that all audiophiles crave. The scariest part? No one seems to notice or care.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren

The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
Lasse Hallström
Starring:
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Released by:
Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios
Year:
2014

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Produced by Juliet Blake, who was fortunate enough to get her hands on a manuscript of the book that inspired the film, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a cute movie made in conjunction with the French region of Midi-Pyrénées. As such, the film provides a great showcase for the area’s gorgeous natural landscape, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the story.

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The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of astronaut Gene Cernan

The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of astronaut Gene Cernan


Genre: Documentary
Directed by:
Mark Craig
Starring:
Gene Cernan, Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell
Year:
2014

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by Nick Winfrey


We all know the story of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the Moon — so poetically immortalized by the astronaut as “one giant leap for mankind.” But what of the other men and women of the Apollo program? Continue reading ““The Last Man on the Moon” – Movie Review” »



"We Love You, You Bastard"

“We Love You, You Bastard”


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
 Claude Lelouch
Starring:
 Johnny Hallyday, Sandrine Bonnaire and Eddy Mitchell
Released by:
 Les Films 13
Year:
2014

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by Alain Gayot


The 18th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where renowned director Claude Lelouch’s 44th film, “We Love You, You Bastard” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Produced by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, COL•COA is the largest French film festival outside of France, bringing together 60 writers and producers and 20,000 attendees.


Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, 9021Pho and Lexington Social House was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors, directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater for the feature presentation of “Salaud, on t’aime” AKA stateside “We Love You, You Bastard.” After the credits rolled, “Mad Men” creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner moderated a Q&A session.

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"Man of Steel" official movie poster

“Man of Steel” official movie poster

Two and a half stars


Genre: Action, Superhero
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Released by: Warner Bros.
Run time: 143 minutes
Year: 2013

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It’s a puzzling paradox that has plagued comic book lovers, rabid film buffs and observers of pop culture alike: why has Hollywood been unable to create a truly great portrayal of Superman, the international icon and perhaps America’s first transcendent superhero? While the last attempt, 2006’s “Superman Returns,” debuted to healthy box office returns and generally decent reviews, it has been largely forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history.

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