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New Jack City: Big Screen Summer Replays Set

It’s that time of year again on the movie calendar… You know, the end of the summer movie season when the fat lady sings—and she’s about to cut loose. We’re heading into the dog days of late August and early … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Pushes Racist Buttons

Thirty years ago the legendary hip-hop group N.W.A. (“Niggaz Wit Attitude”) turned the music business upside down… Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E created what we now know as ‘Gangsta-Rap.’ This weekend their story of the sound and portrait  of a generation … Continue reading

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New Jack City: TARGET’s PC Police De-Gender Signage

Political correctness gone awry, or just plain ridiculousness? It goes without saying that TARGET has been going through turbulent times. Being at the forefront of that massive credit card security breach affected the company greatly and TARGET went out of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Gift’ Keeps Audience On Tense Edge

For a contemporary psychological stalker thriller, THE GIFT does it the old-fashioned way—it earns its creepiness… With no wild digital effects or bloody shock sequences to jolt your senses into submission. Just tried and true, effective cinema tricks that keep the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Mission: Impossible’ @ Top of its Game

Some would call MAD MAX: FURY ROAD the most exciting action thriller of the summer – others may choose JURASSIC WORLD…. Me? I say it’s MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE–ROGUE NATION. This is the fifth big screen adaptation – and in my book – the best … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: National Lampoon-Less ‘VACATION’—What Could Go Wrong?

There was a certain comedic magic about NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION… CHRISTMAS VACATION added to the charm. EUROPEAN and VEGAS VACATIONS? Not so much. Can you believe that it’s been 33 years since Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey first headed west … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘Til Death—Or Lawyers—Do Us Part

“I should have taken a booth at the Bridal Fair,” a friend said recently… It’s wedding season and once again and businesses cashing in on the happy times are strutting their services. So is my friend a photographer, baker, bridal dress purveyor or … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jake Gyllenhaal Scores Agonizing Knockout

There are two sides to the movie SOUTHPAW… One is the boxing story of a heavy hitter falling from the top of the heap to the bottom of the barrel—then crawling back against all odds. The other is the sensational performance by Jake Gyllenhaal who … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Ant-Man’ Downsizes Marvel Mirth To Fit Rudd

Will the superhero gravy train ever run out of steam? Not as long as fans worldwide keep supporting these bigger-then-life creations and franchises. And while ANT-MAN  is no IRON MAN, it certainly another notch in Disney’s comic book, action-fantasy universe. Here Mouse … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ Fires On All Cylinders

They say timing is everything… And this may just be Amy Schumer’s time. Her new slightly subversive romantic comedy TRAINWRECK is fresh, smart, honest and right on target. And that she actually wrote the screenplay and co-produced the movie didn’t hurt. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: All Hail The Filipino Kansas City Star

I’ve been making a lot of telephone calls to the Philippines of late… To check on a mail order bride, maybe? For a clandestine bank account? Or possibly arranging a trip to that exotic destination for a client? None of the above. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gibberish-Spewing ‘MINIONS’ Short On Charm In Prequel

Universal’s MINIONS should—and probably will—storm the box office this weekend to the tune of $100 million-plus in north American ticket sales… But will it hold up the way Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is performing? I don’t think so. So let’s get … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hello DOJ—Good Luck With The Airlines

The Department of Justice is snooping on the airlines for possible collusion? Say it ain’t so. Code sharing, certain immunities, dynamic pricing, capacity control and airline alliances all can raise eyebrows—and SHOULD! But isn’t it a little late for all … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Bawdy ‘TED 2’ Sperms It Up But Can You Bear It?

TED—as in the foul-mouthed talking teddy bear—was a smash (surprise) hit at the box office when it debuted in 2012… It would become the highest grossing ORIGINAL R-rated comedy of all time. So how would writer, director, producer and voice … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jurassic Fun With Teeth This Weekend!

The park is open and business is just fine… But JUST fine isn’t good enough anymore for the nature/amusement park’s ownership group. They’re still only getting $7.00 a pop for soda at JURASSIC WORLD. Time to boost attendance. That task falls … Continue reading

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New Jack City: More Carry-On Space, Fewer Space Hogs

I’m taking an unpopular stand, but hear me out… The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced this week new shrinking guidelines for carry-on luggage. If it’s intended for the overhead bins, in the not too distant future carry ons cannot measure more … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Melissa McCarthy In Rare Form As ‘Spy’

In case you were among the hordes of disappointed Melissa McCarthy fans let down by her less than stellar, easily forgettable TAMMY last year, I’ve got good news. McCarthy’s bounced back BIG TIME! In SPY she goes undercover as Susan Cooper, a … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Lights, Camera, SEX—it’s ‘ENTOURAGE’

It was fun seeing HBO’s Entourage boys back together again… Ari, Vince, Johnny, Eric and Turtle may be a bit older – but they sure haven’t changed their ways—with one exception. One time super agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) has moved up in stature. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Tampax To My Rescue

Now that film is no longer used in most theaters, my dirty little secret can finally be told…  I used to use Tampax at the movies. OK, but hold it, I’ve got an explanation. Back when I managed theaters for Commonwealth Theatres in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential:  ‘Mad Max’: Off To High-Octane Man Cave

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a two hour visual attack on your senses unlike any you have probably experienced in some time… It’s a ferocious, almost surreal action extravaganza that grabs you from the start and never lets go. When it … Continue reading

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