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Jack Goes Confidential: Aaron Sorkin Directs Poker Princess Crime Thriller

Screen writer Aaron Sorkin has quite a way with words… His past writing has resulted in movies like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, A FEW GOOD MEN and THE WEST WING crackling onto the screen. With MOLLY’S GAME Sorkin expands his talents … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Santa Delivers—And Then Some!

I’m frequently asked, “What’s Good at the Movies?” Here are my top four picks from among all the current Christmas offerings: Please note that I’m taking STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI out of the equation since it’sin a class all … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘Jedi’ Delivers—Especially for Luke and Rey

It’s difficult to write a STAR WARS perspective when you’re asked by the studio to pretty well stay away from the story line direction and—god forgive—spoilers… So I’ll oblige those studio-directed no-no’s and just say that STAR WARS: THE LAST … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Sex & Accounting Hollywood Style

Those were the days my friend and I truly thought they’d never end… They did tough. I am talking about the lax days of the 1960’s, 70’s and early 80’s when sexism was still the norm. Especially in the entertainment … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Ulterior Motives Engulf ‘Orient Express’

Fans of classic thrillers rejoice! Producer, director and co-star Kenneth Branagh have revisited Agatha Christie‘s best loved murder mystery. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is a clever tale of colorful characters all of them suspect on one of the world’s most … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Bad Moms’ Take On ‘Thor’ & Company

The box office Thor, that is… No doubt about who is going to win the movie ticket race this weekend, but don’t underestimate Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell as they are about to tackle the most wonderful time … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Quirky ‘Suburbicon’ Unleashes Strong Underbelly

There are but a handful of filmmakers who ignite powerful, instant responses from fans… Mention Joel and Ethan Coen and the words quirky and twisted come to mind. Now keep these two words in mind if you’re planning on seeing SUBURBICON, … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Blade Runner 2049’—New Instant Classic!

  Earlier this week at the screening of BLADE RUNNER 2049 the studio rep requested that critics stay for a special post screening briefing… That doesn’t happen very often. Ironically the requests and instructions passed on to us did not … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘American Made’ Tom Cruise Deep Inside Covert Ops!

Were it not based on a true story you would swear it was mental masturbation by left-wing Hollywood screenwriters… But AMERICAN MADE does have a factual history and time frame and makes for quite the biographical crime outing. The fact that … Continue reading

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New Jack City: KCI…Who’s on 1st?

I landed at KCI Thursday and decided to take a long, objective look at the outdated old airport… I exited the aircraft from row five. In other words approximately 24 passengers got off ahead of me. Oh, and I should mention … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘mother!’—Hallucination or the Apocalypse?

Call me dense, unimaginative or just plain dumb… But I just didn’t get it, at least I don’t think I did. mother! starts out innocently enough. Newlyweds Jennifer Lawrence and her quite a bit older husband Javier Bardem sharing their … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Stephen King’s Creepy ‘IT’ Fires on All Cylinders!

Not every novel-to-screen adaptation can be a winner… But take my word for it, THIS one IS! We’re talking ‘IT’ based on Stephen King’s 1986 best selling novel which literally scared the hell out of readers—and didn’t do much to … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Promises Not Kept by the Kansas City Star

Why does my local newspaper lie to me? It’s Monday morning on Labor Day. My gym has delayed its opening hour. So why not relax with a cup of coffee and browse my Kansas City Star. Easier said than done. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hotels Take Page From Airlines

Guilty as charged! Yes, I admit it. That I’ve double-booked hotel rooms in the past only to cancel them at the last minute—or not at all. It used to be when you canceled your reserved room by 6:00 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Snakes On A Plane’ Meets ‘Deadpool?’

They call this an Action-Comedy… And it is. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is nearly two hours of non-stop R-rated mayhem—with a bloody body count to match. What makes the movie unique is its primarily Dutch setting. You don’t see that too often. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hollywood Cuts Out Print Ads

Say it ain’t so Star gazers—but it is! I went to the library recently to look over some older editions of THE KANSAS CITY STAR from the 1980’s and 90’s. I just wanted to wanted to see what the Friday movie … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Dysfunctional ‘GLASS CASTLE’; Nomination Bound?

Brie Larson’s star is certainly rising… She won the Best Actress Oscar for last year’s ROOM. However that was not so much a mainstream movie as her upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL. But we’ll have to wait until 2019 to meet up with … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Movie Marketing Magic 2017 Style

Hollywood’s great at patting itself on the back… They have awards for just about everything in Tinsel Town. But wait! Should there be an award category for the best all around marketing strategy for a motion picture? If there were … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Epic Third Ape Journey Concludes Franchise

Apes together—STRONG! Caesar and the apes are back in a face-off with humans led by brutal Colonel Woody Harrelson. In WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES  Caesar guides his flock while wrestling with his darker inner instincts as he … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jürgen Goes Raunchy

Let’s have some ‘R’ rated pun-fun… As some of you probably already know one of my (not so) guilty pleasures are the twisted movie titles inspired by major films. Many of these goofy pun-titles are attached to real productions–most of … Continue reading

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