Jennifer Cleary

This Is 40 Review

There’s a lot to like about Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40,” the sort-of sequel to 2007’s “Knocked Up.” Whereas “Knocked Up” centered on a group of half-baked men, “This Is 40” deals with the day-to-day grind of family life in a clever, heartfelt way. Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) are happily married and […]


Matthew McConaughey

This Week in 3 Sentences or Less

Here are some of this week’s biggest stories in three sentences or less: Matthew McConaughey is a Serious Actor Now— To prepare for his role as a man battling HIV/AIDS, McConaughey dropped a reported 30 pounds. His dramatic weight loss along with a memorable performance could earn him an Oscar next year. Too bad his […]



Hitchcock Review

Indisputably, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest suspense filmmakers in cinematic history. Today, however, his notorious obsessions with his blonde leading ladies garner just as much attention as his films do. Two movies detailing his directorial tendencies and personal struggles have been released this year. HBO’s made-for-TV movie “The Girl” and the feature film […]


Lifetime Celebrates The Premiere Of "Liz & Dick" With The Cast, Crew And Other VIPs At A Private Dinner

The Week in 3 Sentences or Less

Here are some of this week’s biggest stories in three sentences or less: “Liz & Dick”— Much is being made about Lindsay Lohan’s latest role.  Her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor may be the worst acting I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen all of Jennifer Lopez’s movies. The Death of J.R. Ewing— One of the most […]


Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians Review

Tis the season for family-friendly animated films like Dreamwork’s “Rise of the Guardian,” which is why I brought my 4-year-old niece along for the sleigh ride. Criticizing children’s films can be quite difficult so that’s why it’s best to pester your son, daughter, niece or nephew for their thoughts. My niece may not have endured […]


Anna Karenina

“Anna Karenina” Adaptation is Needless

Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is one of my favorite movies of all time, and not just because “Pride and Prejudice” is one of my favorite books of all time. The collaboration between director Joe Wright, cinematographer Roman Osin and leads Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Bennett) and Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy) revitalized this […]



Silver Linings Playbook: Drama or Dark Comedy?

As some of you may know, the Oscar race has officially begun. While we’re still months away from countless best and worst dressed lists, teary-eyed acceptance speeches, and bragging rights for the studio behind the year’s most lauded film, “Silver Linings Playbook” is already a frontrunner. Produced by the Weinstein Company, “SLP” stars Bradley Cooper, […]



All Hail ‘Lincoln’

Even with the Presidential election now over, our nation is still in a flux.  And while the Republican and Democratic parties promise bipartisanship, my pessimism towards the government remains unchanged.  If only all politicians could possess the same moxie as Abraham Lincoln. Of course, my opinion of Lincoln stems only from textbooks. In “Lincoln,” director […]



Music Is Their Religion in A Late Quartet

Age is a funny thing. When you’re young, you’re constantly anticipating the future, fantasizing about what is to come, both personally and professionally. For us, the future is out of reach. We can envision ourselves rising to our full potential, but we don’t yet possess the experience needed to get us there. On the other […]



Skyfall Review

Espionage and secret agents have always interested me. Unlike boring ol’ me, secret agents get to travel the world, play with high tech gadgets and kick butt. Over the years, I’ve seen countless spy thrillers, but I have never watched any of the old James Bond movies, not even the ones starring Sean Connery. My […]




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