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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: ‘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: ‘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: 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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Jack Goes Confidential: Key & Peele Take It To The Next Level

They made their mark during five seasons on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele… This weekend Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele elevate their persona from cable tv to the movie screen—and pull it off surprisingly well. In KEANU the duo is cast … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Jungle Book’–An Instant New Classic

Can the Disney empire do no wrong? Sure seems like it. With ZOOTOPIA still performing at the box office after six weeks in release, the Mouse House this weekend serves up yet another certified winner. Almost 50 years after Disney’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gyllenhaal Off-Kilter In ‘Demolition’

Once upon a time, there was Brando… And then came De Niro and Pacino. To my way of thinking, today it’s Jake Gyllenhaal who combines the best of all three masterful actors in almost every new motion picture he associates … Continue reading

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New Jack City: U.S. Elections a License to Print Money

  Don’t try to explain the American way of electing a president to a foreigner… I’ve tried but usually get little more than a blank stare. And as an immigrant—a legal immigrant mind you—I feel their pain. It took me … Continue reading

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New Jack City: An Ode To KC’s ‘OZONER’ Drive-In Movies

Movie industry trade paper Variety called them Ozoners when the first Drive-In theater opened in Camden, NJ… That was back in 1933. And even though you couldn’t quite tell it by the thermometer this morning, Spring is just around the corner with two of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’—Tension-Filled Doomsday Thriller

   Make no mistake, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is really weird, and it’s really SCARY! What it’s NOT is a sequel to 2008’s CLOVERFIELD. nor is it CLOVERFIELD 2. Let’s just say that producer J.J. Abrams‘ new sci-fi shocker is a … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Missouri Senator Fights Hotel Deception

Hats off to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill… She’s taking on the hotel industry which likes to add all those hidden charges to your bill. They call them “Resort Fees” and other fancy names. But basically they’re fees tagged on to your … Continue reading

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New Jack City: AMC Consolidation Boosts Leawood Based Movies Circuit

Former AMC Theatres honcho Stan Durwood has to be celebrating somewhere… The tiny movie theater chain Durwood built with his family decades ago is about to become the largest in the world. Not that AMC wasn’t already a mighty player in the industry, ranking # 2 … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’—Tina Fey Goes to War

True story? Up to a point… WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is based loosely on New York Times reporter Kim Barker‘s 2011 non-fiction book ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.’ Uh, very loosely. Because in real life Barker was a print journalist … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘London Has Fallen’—So Has The Acting

  Was there REALLY any good reason for a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN? The 2013 action-thriller grossed just under $100 million domestically and did another $51.1 million at the international box office—not to mention $35 million in the domestic … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Triple 9’—The Code on the Street is Never Black & White!

TRIPLE 9—strange title… It’s actually the police code (999) for “officer down.” And what we’ve got here is a bad-ass criminal gang made up of ex-Special Forces pros taken in by the Russian Mob to rob banks. Then there are … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Race’ Bio-Drama Sinks Hitler’s Vision

Sports themed movies have always been a tough sell for Hollywood… Most fail at the box office. One of the more successful sports films in modern times was probably Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball movie FIELD OF DREAMS which ended up with a … Continue reading

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