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Friday, 29 September 2017 09:45

'American Made' flies high

Are we running out of movie stars?

One of the unanticipated side effects of the current trend toward blockbuster franchise building is a sense of interchangeability with regards to the actors. That’s not to say there aren’t gifted actors floating around in spandex or grittily shooting bad guys; there certainly are. It just doesn’t matter as much anymore which specific gifted actor it might be. These films are about the property, not the performer.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:39

‘The Mummy’ comes unraveled

Universal’s monster-driven “Dark Universe” kickoff unimpressive

Published in Movies
Friday, 21 October 2016 09:39

Cruise's 'Jack Reacher' exceeds his grasp

Action sequel 'Never Go Back' never goes anywhere

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:07

A beautiful Oblivion'

Sci-fi offering visually striking, narratively hollow

So Tom Cruise has been a movie star for the past 30 years. It was 1983 when he starred in 'The Outsiders,' 'Risky Business' and 'All The Right Moves.' He was launched into the Hollywood stratosphere and has essentially resided there ever since.

So it's remarkable to watch him in a film like 'Oblivion.' It is science fiction that's long on style and short on substance; a fair amount of sizzle with very little steak the sort of criticism that has dogged Cruise for much of his career.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:15

Celebrity Slam - July 4, 2012

Tom - Kat

Well, anyone who had 5 years, 7 months and 11 days in the TomKat Marriage Length Pool, you are the winner of a brand new set of bragging rights! That's right, Scientology's power couple has called it quits. Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise late last month, setting the rumor mill abuzz.

Now, I'm not going to get into the reasons for the split here, nor am I going to speculate on the rumors that Katie did this to keep Tom from sending their 6-year-old daughter Suri to an intensive Scientology institute called SeaOrg, Or that the Church was tailing Katie as of late. Nope, those are rumors that haven't been confirmed, so we, as the bastion of journalism we so clearly are, cannot in good faith report those claims.

What I am going to focus on here is the child, Suri. Sweetie, you are young, and you have your whole life ahead of you. Do yourself a favor and get interested in math or accounting or something boring like that. Just don't go into the entertainment field. America would probably love to see you be the next Miley or Lindsay, but don't give in. You are better than that.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:05

Rock of Ages' less than solid

Movie musical combines the worst of Broadway, 80s rock

While they were once a vital part of the cinematic landscape, movie musicals have become much more of a hit or miss proposition. A musical with both good music and good execution can still be a bona fide hit, but the sad truth is that one or the other of those two primary factors is often found lacking.

'Rock of Ages,' based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, is Hollywood's latest effort.

It's 1987 the golden age of the LA rock scene. Young Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough, 'Footloose') is a starry-eyed girl who has moved to the big city from Tulsa, Oklahoma to be a famous singer. Upon her arrival, she meets Drew (Diego Boneta, TV's '90210'), an aspiring young rocker who just happens to work at the legendary Bourbon Room, a music club owned and operated by aging rocker Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin, TV's '30 Rock') and his assistant Lonny (Russell Brand, 'Arthur').

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