Posts tagged Alec Baldwin
MOVIE REVIEW: Concussion

Any time a film about a real-life whistleblower steps into view, the central question almost always becomes "Is it really true?"  Audiences are commonly kind to a good human interest story of this sort, especially when it is spun into an entertaining drama or comedy.  However, they are equally quick to disown one that stretches its claims of truth too far.  Knowing that dramatization will always be a prominent ingredient in these types of films "based on a true story," we have to settle for asking "Is it true enough?"  Such is the weighty burden of "Concussion," starring Will Smith and directed by Peter Landesman.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

There are certain things Tom Cruise does absolutely right and playing Ethan Hunt is one of them.  Like him or not as a person outside of the multiplex, Cruise remains the undisputed and penultimate action star in the world today, if not in all of the history of cinema.  He pushes the envelope like no one else and, as a producer in this series, he puts his money where his safety harness is.  What he dares to do on-screen pays off in superior results.  

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If you haven't heard of "Still Alice," I advise you to trust this spoiler-free review and skip the trailer entirely.  It's a beautiful preview, but it skews context, tips its hand, and gives away far too much.  Based on the 2007 novel of the same name by neuroscientist and writer Lisa Genova, "Still Alice" was first adapted as a stage play at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago in 2013.  The directing and writing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland crafted it into a feature film.  "Still Alice" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and has increased facial tissue sales ever since with a full release still to come.  Learn the gist from here and let the film unfold before you.

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