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MOVIE REVIEW: What “Jackie” Says About Politics Today

Jackie stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy, in the days following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It depicts a woman who is starkly alone, and thrown into a spotlight during the worst days of her life. This movie is beautifully shot and well acted, but it doesn’t tell us anything new about that moment in time. Jackie does, however, offer an interesting perspective, given our current political climate. Continue reading →

Natalie Portman in "Jackie"
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Free Movie Passes: See “Jackie” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you stop and think about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as a real human being for a moment, it’s a bit overwhelming. She’s such an iconic part of our history, it’s easy to imagine her as some kind of animatronic figure in Disney’s Hall of Presidents. She was a real person though, and when you consider everything she went through, from the assassination on, it takes your breath away. Jackie tells the story of the days surrounding that event and what likely happened behind the scenes. Natalie Portman plays the title character and it’s no surprise to anyone that she receiving Oscar Buzz. So, would YOU like to see Jackie EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Black Mass” Starring Johnny Depp as Gollum

You have to wonder what went through the mind of Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) when he decided to take on a gangster film like Black Mass. Did he think about classics like The Godfather and Goodfellas, or did he try to put them out of his mind? Did he ruminate over his favorite episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, or did he pretend they didn’t exist? Did he revisit current films about crime in South Boston, like The Town or The Departed, or did he cross his fingers and hope no one saw any similiarities?
The simple fact is that there’s no way to make a gangster movie today without treading on some well-traveled ground. That being the case, how can a filmmaker create a crime story that’s fresh and covers new territory? Continue reading →