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BWW Reviews: THE GIFT is an Intriguing, Suspenseful Thriller BWW Reviews: THE GIFT is an Intriguing, Suspenseful Thriller
by Natalie de la Garza - August 10, 2015

Recent TV spots tout THE GIFT as 'a modern day FATAL ATTRACTION' but, while I can appreciate zeroing in on Richard Roeper's quote for THE DOUBLE name recognition value, it's not. Joel Edgerton's feature directorial debut is an unexpectedly sharp, slow burn. Where FATAL ATTRACTION campily bobs, THE G... (more...)
BWW Reviews:  THE RUNNER by Austin Stark is Fascinating Political Drama BWW Reviews: THE RUNNER by Austin Stark is Fascinating Political Drama
by Marina Kennedy - August 09, 2015

Austin Stark's new movie, 'The Runner' is a fascinating political drama with an all-star cast that includes Nicholas Cage in the lead role of Colin Pryce, a politician whose personal dilemmas complicate his career.... (more...)
BWW Review: FANTASTIC FOUR is a Marvel Movie with none of Marvel's Tried-and-True Charms BWW Review: FANTASTIC FOUR is a Marvel Movie with none of Marvel's Tried-and-True Charms
by Matt Tamanini - August 07, 2015

Pop quiz hotshot: what do you get when you take a Marvel movie and remove the fun, action, compelling characters, emotional stakes, and everything else that makes it recognizable as a Marvel movie? Time's up. Did you say FANTASTIC FOUR? If so, congratulations, you can skip this impossibly useless fi... (more...)
BWW Review: Underwhelming RICKI AND THE FLASH is Sweet, Despite Flaws BWW Review: Underwhelming RICKI AND THE FLASH is Sweet, Despite Flaws
by Matt Tamanini - August 06, 2015

RICKI AND THE FLASH, in theaters nationwide Friday, is a virtual treasure-trove of on-screen talent; you will be hard-pressed to find another film this year with a more eclectically accomplished cast. From three-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep to six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald to Oscar and two-t... (more...)
BWW Reviews: AMY and Amy Attract 'Till It Hurts BWW Reviews: AMY and Amy Attract 'Till It Hurts
by Katricia Lang - July 13, 2015

In AMY, Amy the legend and Amy the mortal meet and set alight, thereby illuminating a truth we already knew - Amy existed, not merely in our public consciousness, but she engaged in existence like us all.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Don't Let THE GALLOWS Rope You In BWW Reviews: Don't Let THE GALLOWS Rope You In
by Natalie de la Garza - July 10, 2015

Ultimately, THE GALLOWS is kind of like R.L. Stine's Phantom of the Auditorium meets GRADUATION DAY (1981). But found footage. With a supernatural twist. While I may not be able to recommend either of those over THE GALLOWS, I can't really recommend THE GALLOWS either.... (more...)
BWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would Be BWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would Be
by Matt Tamanini - June 12, 2015

Just so we are clear, JURASSIC WORLD is everything that you would expect from a movie about a theme park built around real, live genetically engineered dinosaurs; especially in a world where it's not the first park of its kind. As you may recall, starting in the 1990s, there was an ill-fated incarna... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SPY Lets Melissa McCarthy Have Her Action and Her Comedy Too BWW Reviews: SPY Lets Melissa McCarthy Have Her Action and Her Comedy Too
by Katricia Lang - June 06, 2015

Behind every devilishly good-looking spy is a strong, frumpy woman. Behind the debonair and conceited Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is dowdy desk jockey cum CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy). Cooper is so smitten and preoccupied with the fantasy version of Fine in her head that she can't see how daft an... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAN ANDREAS Shakes, Rattles, Sputters BWW Reviews: SAN ANDREAS Shakes, Rattles, Sputters
by Natalie de la Garza - June 02, 2015

If you're the kind of person who never tires of watching the Hollywood sign crumble and major American cities flood, go see SAN ANDREAS. For all of it's flaws, it's a solid disaster movie, and the special effects deserve to be seen on the big screen. But it's not one you'll find yourself re-watching... (more...)
BWW Reviews: POLTERGEIST Solid, Well-Acted, But Unnecessary BWW Reviews: POLTERGEIST Solid, Well-Acted, But Unnecessary
by Natalie de la Garza - May 27, 2015

POLTERGEIST is a solid, well-acted film with creepy clowns, evil entities, and a few sincere scares. It's not a complete waste of your time or money, but like many remakes you'll question why it's necessary. Consider waiting for it on Netflix or, if you insist on seeing it on the big screen, choose ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SOLD Is Bold and Daring Filmmaking of the Highest Order BWW Reviews: SOLD Is Bold and Daring Filmmaking of the Highest Order
by Herbert Paine - May 19, 2015

SOLD, the award-winning film based on Patricia McCormick's novel about the worldwide tragedy of human trafficking and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, is a necessarily unsparing and stunning account of a Nepali child's ordeal in the nefarious world of brothels and gangsters, featuring riveting performa... (more...)
BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship
by Matt Tamanini - May 15, 2015

Making a film sequel is difficult, especially when it doesn't involve a superhero cinematic universe. In the case of following up 2012's surprise musical success PITCH PERFECT, the task was especially daunting; how do you improve upon a low-budget sleeper hit that shattered any and all conceivable e... (more...)
BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14 BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14
by Matt Tamanini - April 13, 2015

Tomorrow is a day for celebration, musical theatre fans, as Image Entertainment releases THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION. This collection includes some of the most glorious productions of the musical theatre icon's works. Ranging from original Broadway casts to starry-concerts, THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM ... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Bluray, DVD Offer Behind the Scenes Magic BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Bluray, DVD Offer Behind the Scenes Magic
by Matt Tamanini - April 01, 2015

Though the magic of the woods is not as spectacular on a TV as it was on the big screen, the vast majority of INTO THE WOODS' enchantment admirably makes the transition to the small screen. Last Christmas, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved Broadway fairy tale took the big screen by storm w... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Legacy Recordings' THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Truly Alive BWW CD Reviews: Legacy Recordings' THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Truly Alive
by David Clarke - March 10, 2015

The hills are still alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. With THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION fans of the film will have every sung moment and more orchestral cues all on one disc, making this re-release of the cherished score one worth climbing every mountain and fording every stream for.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX Explores the Core of America's Great Controversy BWW Reviews: THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX Explores the Core of America's Great Controversy
by Herbert Paine - February 26, 2015

The Immigration Paradox, the 2012 documentary written and directed by Lourdes Lee Vasquez, seeks the truth about the immigration issue, its causes, what and who are driving the noise of polarization, and what will it take to resolve the issue. A thoughtful work that can serve as an additional resour... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ROOTED IN PEACE Meets The Aquarian Conspiracy BWW Reviews: ROOTED IN PEACE Meets The Aquarian Conspiracy
by Herbert Paine - February 26, 2015

Rooted in Peace chronicles Greg Reitman's odyssey to answer these crucial questions: Why are we so crazy? Does pop culture teach us how to be violent? Is there a peace game? How do we transcend the collective trauma that we derive from our constant exposure to violence? Why is peace so difficult to ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAND CASTLES Casts Light on the Child Lost but Found and the Journey that Follows BWW Reviews: SAND CASTLES Casts Light on the Child Lost but Found and the Journey that Follows
by Herbert Paine - February 25, 2015

SAND CASTLES, written and produced by Jordon Hodges and directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose, and featuring the stunning performance of Anne Winters, is a powerful and haunting tale of a child lost but found, her path to recovery after a decade of captivity, and the toll it takes on a family.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Behold Beauty in ADVANCED STYLE - She Is Ageless! BWW Reviews: Behold Beauty in ADVANCED STYLE - She Is Ageless!
by Herbert Paine - February 24, 2015

Hurray for Advanced Style, a manifesto in film that calls upon us to free ourselves from society's fixation on commercialized notions of beauty and aging! The special joy of the movie is the introduction to a bevy of enchanting beauties, role models in their own right. This highly-acclaimed document... (more...)
BWW Reviews: San Diego Jewish Film Fest Rocks Bollywood BWW Reviews: San Diego Jewish Film Fest Rocks Bollywood
by Erica Miner - February 23, 2015

Those who know and love Bollywood films enjoyed a special SDJFF event... (more...)
BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of Redemption BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of Redemption
by Herbert Paine - February 23, 2015

The line between hope and despair is thread-thin. For an adolescent girl, tumbling in a tailspin of woes, the pathway to salvation may be as seemingly simple but as frustratingly elusive as parental patience and caring, a strategic retreat to a place called Maheo, peer support, and maybe even a hors... (more...)
VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song! VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song!
by TV News Desk - February 13, 2015

This year's Academy Award's Best Original song category include musical numbers from Selma, Beyond the Lights, Begin Again, The Lego Movie and the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Mine.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate
by David Clarke - February 10, 2015

Since THE LAST FIVE YEARS' New York debut, this intimate musical about failed romance has been an evergreen favorite. Just in time for Valentine's Day audiences are being given the opportunity to fall in love with the material all over again. Today, Sh-K-Boom and Razor & Tie released the hotly antic... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Jewish Film Fest Celebrates Older Women - With 'Style' BWW Reviews: Jewish Film Fest Celebrates Older Women - With 'Style'
by Erica Miner - February 09, 2015

In a paean to older women living life to the fullest, SD Jewish Film Fest screened the charming documentary 'Advanced Style'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Cast of CAKE Takes The Cake BWW Reviews: The Cast of CAKE Takes The Cake
by Katricia Lang - January 26, 2015

CAKE is a dark, dark film with comic moments, but it deals with love as much as it deals with tragedy. We still have star-crossed lovers (Aniston and Worthington) along with our substance abuse. There's nothing more appropriate for a woman who wants depth and starred in HORRIBLE BOSSES and F.R.I.E.N... (more...)

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