Archive for August, 2013

Review: Best Kept Secret

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Thank you for calling John F. Kennedy, the best kept secret in the Newark Public Schools. How may I help you?” That’s how the secretary is asked to answer the phone. However, there are more kept secrets than one and they’re not all good. But the true best is t[...]

Review: Instructions Not Included

— by JAMES SHAW — Unlike most films, “Instructions Not Included” is a movie screening I came across where I had no idea what the movie was about or even who the lead actor was. I was going to pass on this movie because it was something that didn’t catch my eye, and I really[...]

Review: Closed Circuit

— by JAMES SHAW — The Government is essential to our existence internal and external. Can the Government be trusted? The true question is can anybody really trusted? “Closed Circuit” is a British film that addresses those two questions as the film deals with a trial of a man [...]

Review: Rock N Roll Mamas

— by BEV QUESTAD — The most unfortunate part of this documentary on mother rockers is that no one really seems happy. An obsession with performing drives them in vans, buses and airplanes across town, country and world. One singer tiredly exclaims in the fall, “I’ve been homeless sin[...]

Review: Getaway

— by JAMES SHAW — Everyone loves a movie with cars and action. The most successful recent movies of this genre would be the “Fast and Furious” series and “Drive.” After watching “Getaway” Monday night, it is evident what makes those two movies stand out from the pack. The “[...]

Review: The World’s End

— by ADAM DALE — “The World’s End” is the final installment in the “Cornetto Three Flavours Trilogy.” Directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) and co-written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the film is once again a turning on the head of a particular g[...]

El Mariachi TV show being developed

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Teleset will produce the original scripted series “El Mariachi” for the Latin American market. Seventy episodes of the one-hour drama will air across Latin America on Sony Entertainment Television (SET). Based on the Robert Rodriguez film of the same na[...]

Review: Modest Reception

— by BEV QUESTAD — Under what circumstances would you accept a big plastic bag full of money? Would it matter who gave it to you or where it came from? In addition, if you were asked to do something for this fortune, where would you draw the line? This weird Iranian film poses some [&hel[...]

Blue Jasmine expands to 1,200+ screens

Sony Pictures Classics is expanding Woody Allen’s latest box office success “Blue Jasmine” from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This surpasses the screen count for “Midnight in Paris,” marking “Blue Jasmine” as the widest release of any Woody Allen film. The film[...]

Watch Dogs movie in the works

At the Sony Computer Entertainment press conference at GamesCom Aug. 20, Ubisoft announced that its film and television division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency on development of a feature film based on “Watch Dogs,” Ubisoft’s hig[...]

Ettore Scola to receive film-making honor

The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre have announced that Ettore Scola, master of Italian cinema, has been awarded the 2013 Jaeger-LeCoultre “Glory to the Filmmaker” prize, dedicated to a personality who has brought major innovation to contemporary cinema. The prize will be conferred [...]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Updates

— by CHERRY BELL — There are several pieces of news for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to catch up on, including an international trailer, a new image and soundtrack information as the film’s release date approaches. Starting with the international trailer, we don[...]

Review: La Camioneta

— by RON WILKINSON — Every year in American hundreds, if not thousands, of American school buses are sold at bargain basement prices. These buses have reached some magical point in American juris-prudence where they are no longer considered safe for American children. Or, perhaps, they[...]

Review: Kick-Ass 2

— by ADAM DALE — “Kick-Ass” was somewhat of a success when it hit the screens in 2010, with a faithful adaptation from the graphic novel by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Fans were thrilled and appalled at the same time, and the movie went on to much more success when it hit homes [[...]