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New Jack City: Sunday’s ‘Oscars’—Choices versus Picks

  There definitely IS a difference! My personal preferences are not necessarily what I am actually picking to win in Sunday night’s 89th annual ACADEMY AWARDS hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. I believe the only real contest this year is in the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘A Cure For Wellness’—Diagnosis: WEIRD!

Let me be perfectly honest… There were several moments during this overlong – 146 minute – movie where I was ready to bolt, but didn’t. The reasons I stayed? No. 1: It’s from director Gore Verbinski who had previously served-up three PIRATES … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Little Bricks Create Manic Laffs In ‘LEGO BATMAN MOVIE’

From the get go you just know this thing is gonna be off-kilter… I’m talking, from the moment the Warner Brothers company logo first appears on the screen. That and the films’ dramatic black screen opening, coupled with some very funny voice-overs, had … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Driven By ‘GOLD’

Give credit where credit is due…  Matthew McConaughey can change his physical persona better than any other actor I know. Definition of persona: the outer personality or facade presented to others by an individual. Think about it. From FOOL’s GOLD to … Continue reading

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New Jack City: New ‘Basic Economy’ Fares—Buyer Beware!

It can come as quite a shock… You’re doing a fast trip out of town – get a good ticket price on a discount airline – no checked luggage – just a carry-on. You head straight for the gate—only to be … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Founder’—Relentless Burger Capitalist

THE FOUNDER was originally planned for a nationwide rollout last summer… The Weinstein Company had set it for release on August 5th—not necessarily a good time for thoughtful, intriguing cinema. However, following strong audience reaction to the picture at test screenings, … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘PATRIOTS DAY’ *** Boston Strong Tribute Thriller

Terrorist attacks on society today are sadly turning into common events. So when a filmmaker like Peter Berg  sets his sights on a rather recent such occurrence like the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, some people may feel it is … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Cutting Through the Cinematic Clutter

There’s a lot of film product in the movie marketplace right now… So WHAT to see? Let’s cut through the clutter. My five Best Bets at the Box Office: First, of course, there is ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘FENCES’ Promises—And Delivers!

It is not often that we are treated to this calibre of acting… Adapted from August Wilson’s stage play where it won a Pulitzer prize as well as a Tony award, director Denzel Washington elevates FENCES to even greater heights. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Tinseltown Turns ‘La La Land’

It may take a little prodding to get your guy to come along to see something called LA LA LAND… And once you get him into the theater and he sees the opening sequence taking place on LA’s busy ‘405,’ his first … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jack Does ‘Star Wars’

  The following is not a review… Think of it as more of a ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY overview. First off, bear in mind what we’re getting here is not only the big picture of the holiday season but a … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Nocturnal Animals’—Quirky Dark Tale Of Love & Cruelty

The 2016 holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with a bizarre psychological tale of double-revenge… Think thriller with romantic eccentricities. The first CLUE? A weird opening sequence of overweight, middle-aged women performing  burlesque dances. My reaction: What have I gotten myself into? But … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Who’s On First?

Ever notice how much influence Southwest Airlines seems to have over local leaders these days? They sneeze and Kansas City’s movers and shakers are right there with the handkerchief—and a hardy Gesundheit. Okay, that may be slightly overstating our relationship … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Motion) Picture Perfect Holidays

Welcome to Hollywood’s annual Bye-Week… It’s the week after Thanksgiving when the major studios pretty well release—NOTHING. It’s also the weekend before the first of the major Christmas releases hit local screens on December 9th. So it’s a good time to … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Espionage Thriller ‘Behind Enemy Lines’

MR. AND MRS. SMITH it’s not… That said,  did ALLIED spell the end for BranJelina? Was French siren Marion Cotillard the final straw? Guess we’ll never know. ALLIED is another World War II entry for Brad Pitt playing a Canadian intelligence officer who … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Howard Hughes: Warren Beatty Style

Warren Beatty… He’s still doing what he likes best—making movies. And give the guy credit, for his latest project called RULES DON’T APPLY, he takes on an extra load by not only starring in the film but directing, producing and … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Hold) The Envelope. Please…….

It’s that time again. The movie awards season has arrived… * The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12. * Golden Globe awards night is January 8. – – – – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Edge Of Seventeen’— New Coming-of-Age Classic!

Bet you wish Hollywood still produced those great coming-of-age dramedies John Hughes served up in the late 1980’s… Who can forget the likes of SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is growing up hasn’t … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Disingenuous ‘ARRIVAL’ a Complex Inter-Species Encounter

I’ve seen the television commercials for ARRIVAL… Complete with quickly edited hints of an alien invasion and the world in a state of panic. The end of the world as we know it? I was ready for another CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Tom Hanks ( And I) Endure Italian Thrill Tide

Tom Hanks kicked off the 2016 fall movie season the weekend after Labor Day… Many in the Industry would have considered that date to have been suicide at the box office, but not for Hanks who overcame the naysayers by turning … Continue reading

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