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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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New Jack City: Double-Dosing (Dipping?) On Political Ads

Let’s not kid one another… Major television media companies are still a great investment with their enormous holdings throughout the country. Sure there are ongoing signs of diminishing returns for TV stations as other delivery systems make inroads on local affiliates. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’–I Wish

Did 2012’s original JACK REACHER screen adaptation really warrant a sequel? Depends on how one looks at it. I’ll get to that in a few graphs. In ‘JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK’ Tom Cruise returns as the former military officer … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘American Honey’ Stiffs; Is KC Ready For Its Close-Up?

There’s an old show biz saying that goes something like this… If people don’t want to see it—there’s no stopping them. I guess one could apply that expression to the latest feature motion picture to be partially filmed in Kansas City and … Continue reading

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NEW JACK CITY: Jack Meets Up With ‘American Honey’

This is not really a movie review… But since AMERICAN HONEY filmed some of its scenes in Kansas City and Johnson County, I felt that I better touch on it—all 2:42 hours of it. First off, the basic story line … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Accountant’—What You See ISN’T What You Get!

THE ACCOUNTANT is not who you think he is—or WHAT he appears to be… In one sense he’s an accounting specialist who offers savant-like skills with numbers to some of the world’s most dangerous outfits. His other side is one driven … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Troubled ‘Girl On The Train’ Turns Obsessive Thrill-Ride

At first glance most fans of the genre will want to compare director Tate Taylor’s THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to David Fincher’s modern marriage gone wrong thriller GONE GIRL… Well I’m here to tell you that THE GIRL ON THE … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Cheap Laffs Tell Tale Of ‘Masterminds’

Have you ever wondered what happens to movies that seem to fall through the cracks? Like those productions greenlightedby a studio’s previous regime and then put on the back burner? Many of those titles end up going direct to video—or worse. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Denzel Washington Fronts ‘Mag 7’

Resurrecting a movie franchise after its final chapter made its debut some 44 years ago seems like a financial stretch by any definition… The original MANIFICENT SEVEN—the western remake of Akira Turosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI—first rode across American screens in 1960. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘SNOWDEN’—NSA Abuse & Government Overreach

Just imagine… An espionage, bio-political thriller from controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone that’s actually fair and balanced. That’s what we have with SNOWDEN, the fascinating politically charged and heretofore untold personal story of Edward Snowden who blew the lid off National … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘SULLY’—The Untold Story You DIDN’T Know!

What a way to kick off the 2016 Fall Movie Season! SULLY is Hollywood’s dream pairing, making for a potential Oscar contender. Tom Hanks, coming off BRIDGE OF SPIES and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, now taking the starring role of veteran pilot … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Vacationing In America? Be Sure to Pack Toothbrush & HEAT!

Travel advisories are a common occurrence during these uncertain times… They’re usually issued by the U.S. State Department and deal with our safety when traveling to certain war-torn or disease ravaged areas around the globe. But times are a changin’…… It’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Hell Or High Water’—Texas Crime Thriller That Rocks!

I’ve said it many times before… The most frequent questions I get are, “What’s good at the movies?” and “What movie do you recommend?” The answer to both is, HELL OR HIGH WATER which opens in limited release this weekend. It’s not … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’—Bizarre Flashback

Is there ANYTHING she can’t do? Probably not. In Meryl Streep’s latest cinematic opus she portrays delusional FLORENCE FOSTER JERKINS, a real life heiress who many consider to have been one of the world’s worst singers. Set in the mid 1940’s … Continue reading

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