Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential: Jake Gyllenhaal Unhinged In ‘Nightcrawler’

Welcome to major market television news where If It Bleeds It Leads… Especially during Sweep Weeks! But how do you GET all the graphic footage? And more importantly GET IT FIRST! That’s where ambitious Lou Bloom comes into the picture. He’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Michael Keaton Mesmerizes in BIRDMAN

Two great performances are opening here this weekend! The first is Jake Gyllenhaal as NIGHTCRAWLER. The other—and this one a sure bet in the upcoming Oscar nominations for Best Actor – is Michael Keaton as BIRDMAN. In this dark comedy, satire-fantasy, Keaton … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential:  Sad Sack Bill Murray Scores As ‘St. Vincent’

I’ll admit it… I had a smile on my face throughout most of ST. VINCENT’s one hour and 42 minutes long running time. That doesn’t make it a great movie by any means—but certainly an enjoyable one. I defy anyone watching it not … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The X-Rated Upside of Unemployment, Old Age & Going Green

Forget about legalizing marijuana, that’s childsplay… While many Americans wrestle with unemployment, the cost of going green and Medicare, their German counterparts are getting off…literally. Senior’s discounts at Denny’s are one thing, but they don’t compare to Germany, where prostitution is legal, and retirees can soak … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: The ‘FURY’ Depicts Sheer Ferocity of War

April, 1945… The Allies are making their final push into Nazi Germany. Just then battle worn tank commander Wardaddy—in a terrific performance by Brad Pitt—is assigned to assist in a rescue and mission behind enemy lines. An embattled tank battalion, … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Travel Tips from the Inside Out

One of the most oft asked questions I receive as a travel agent pertains to the best time to purchase travel…. For cruises and vacation packages—both domestic and international—the further out you book, the better the price. Many suppliers offer extra ‘early … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Will Somebody Resurrect KY-102…Again?

Can a radio station be beloved? I don’t really know the answer to that question, but the closest I’ve seen was probably KY-102. From the moment it signed on in 1974 until the plug was pulled by a new ownership group in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Gone Girl’—Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

GONE GIRL is a terrific mystery thriller! Think of it as a modern day Hitchcock movie as its mesmerizing storyline zig-zags through almost two and a half hours of misdirection. Here ex-Kansas Citian Gillian Flynn adapts her own global best selling novel … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Bill Hader Delivers Breakout Performance Opposite Kristen Wiig

It’s always a thrill to see a breakout performance by a new actor… The last time that happened for me was Jennifer Lawrence in 2010’s WINTER’S BONE. Well, it happened again in a small movie called THE SKELETON TWINS! Not  that the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Denzel’s ‘Equalizer’ Evens the Score

In the mid 1980s British actor Edward Woodward played a retired intelligence agent turned private detective on a CBS series called, The Equalizer… You remember, he was the dude who helped various threatened clients to equalize the odds. Now Denzel Washington leaves his past behind … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Fall Movie Season Explodes with Smart, Bittersweet Comedy & More

The recent movie drought is over! The fall film season officially kicks in this weekend with three diverse cinematic entries. The first—A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES—has Liam Neeson playing an ex-New York City cop who’s now working as an undercover … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Atlanta Serves as ‘Peachy’ Movie Stand-In For Kansas City

The Hollywood publicity machine will soon be churning out the merits of Warner Brother’s THE GOOD LIE starring Reese Witherspoon… And rightfully so….. THE GOOD LIE, co-produced by  Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, is based on the true story of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: “THE DROP” – A Mob Drama With Heart  

THE DROP is not so much a mobster movie as it is a character study… And make no mistake, that character is Tom Hardy playing the part of a Brooklyn bartender caught in the middle between the mob and the … Continue reading

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New Jack City:’ The Identical’ – Faith-Based Bomb Offers Up Bogus Quotes

Faith-based movies don’t by definition have to be bad movies… Yet time and time again these low budget “message movies” lack good writing, direction, production values and/or acting. The word cheesy often comes into play when reviewing them. And since much … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Identical’—And Now You Know the Rest of the Story

The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally THE worst period for moviegoing of the entire year… Why? Simple, the mindset just isn’t there. The public is sidetracked by other weekend activities like Friday night high school football. Saturday college games. Sunday’s … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Summer 2014 Movies Fizzle at the Box office

Many moons from now when we look back to the movie summer of 2014, we’ll still be asking ourselves, WHAT HAPPENED? However, the answer is really quite simple. As a wise man so brilliantly put it: “IF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SEE IT, … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Pierce Brosnan Plays Russian Roulette as ‘The November Man’

Forget Bond, James Bond… As ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, Pierce Brosnan is a lot edgier—taking on the bad guys in an R-rated, no rules kind of way. Code named THE NOVEMBER MAN, Brosnan is surprisingly lethal despite that he’s enjoying the quiet … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘When The Game Stands Tall’—The Streak Of A Winning Machine

From the outset “WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL” looked like this year’s “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”  A closer look however reveals that the Sony release is pointed more in a faith-based sports direction. With its emphasis on character, hard work and love, the film’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Giver’—The Power of Memory in an Alternate Reality

I knew the basic storyline of THE GIVER even though I’d never read Lois Lowry’s best selling utopian sci-fi novel which hit bookshelves in 1994… Added to which a name cast of Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift (all in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: OMG – ‘Expendables’ Destined to Become Deleteables?

THE EXPENDABLES 3 merges old school with new blood… Combining aging beefcake with newly recruited fighters in a PG-13 rated mission to take down Mel Gibson who co-founded the Expendables but went rogue—and in a BIG way! A new era … Continue reading

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