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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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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Sausage Party’— Taste The Raunch

In the mid-90’s the braintrust behind Pixar Animation Studios developed the concept of What If… What IF the toys we grew up with had a life of their own? A concept that would only become reality when we were not around. … Continue reading

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JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL: ‘Suicide Squad’ Delivers—And then some!

I’ll be honest with you… I’ve never been much into superhero comics or the movies that have been based on them. But I did like DEADPOOL (a lot) this past February! Disney’s Marvel Studios seems to have the commercial lock on these … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Matt Damon Same Old (Same Old) in ‘JASON BOURNE’

Was I too stoked about Matt Damon’s return to the Bourne franchise? Could be. So it was that Jason Bourne certainly ranked high on my Must-See list of summer movie fare. So if I come across negatively here, I sure … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Discouraged by Current Filmfare? There’s Hope!

Not into spandex sporting superheroes, animated fowl or fighters of paranormal nostalgia? Cheer up, Hollywood’s not forgotten you. Here are four movies set to open during the next month with adult tastes in mind. Upfront: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE featuring the big screen debut of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Ghostbusters’—The Action-Comedy Classic That DIDN’T Need A Reboot

Where’s the laugh track when you need it? At the GHOSTBUSTERS screening earlier this week mine was two rows behind me where a couple of older gals shrieked at just about every line coming off the screen. The rest of the audience … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates’—And A Better Screenplay

Remember WEDDING CRASHERS with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn  in 2005? THAT was a funny movie! Now fast-forward some 11 years to this week’s MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES—or as I like to think of it: ‘Wedding Crashers—Light’ Here loser … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Wildly Weird ‘Swiss Army Man’–And Then Some

Get ready to take a walk on the wild side—of cinema that is. SWISS ARMY MAN is the strangest movie experience I’ve had in years. And while there is hardly any way to properly describe the film I’ll confess that I … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Whatever They Call It, Cheap’s Here To Stay

  Dynamic Pricing—get used to it! It’s the new flip term to describe (sometimes) hard to move inventory and improve the bottom line. Dynamic pricing is certainly not new. It’s been around for decades—just not by its current catchy name. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Popstar’ Goofs On Pop Scene—And Then Some

Finally, an SNL spin-off that works! It’s POSTER: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, a savage parody from the sketch comedy group ‘The Lonely Island” taking on today’s musical pop flavors and boy bands. Justin Bieber anyone? Style Boyz Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Alice’ Shines Through The Looking Glass

  Disney’s sequel to its 2010 box office smash ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a visual extravaganza to behold… Now some six years later with ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS the Mouse House taps back into the fertile imagination of Lewis … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Delivers—Too Much?

Will the general public ever tire of superhero movies? Well, 20th Century-Fox sure hopes it won’t be with their latest edition in the highly profitable ‘X-Men’ series poised to rule the box office this Memorial Day weekend. Advance tracking has … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential:  ‘Neighbors 2’–Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Why is it that sequels far too often disappoint? It shouldn’t have to be that way. But there are reasons for this unfortunate phenomena. Say a studio has a big blockbuster on its hands—maybe one they didn’t see coming. All … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: George Clooney—Irresponsible ‘Money Monster’

The re-teaming of George Clooney with his OCEAN’S 11-franchise co-star Julia Roberts sure built up my hopes… So when MONEY MONSTER came along my expectations were sky high—a bit TOO high. What I got out of it was an interesting hostage … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Avengers Back In Full Force—But Divided

What a way to jump-start the summer movie season… CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will have fans debating over which is the better of the two: THE WINTER SOLDIER or this latest addition to Marvel’s seemingly never ending cash cow universe. … Continue reading

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