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American Hustle: Retro Film About the Abscam Scandal and the Disco Era

In the late 70s six U.S. Congressional House Representatives  and a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents who were posing as wealthy Arab sheiks.…

In August: Osage County, Streep Heads Stellar Cast in Adaptation of Prize Winning Play

In 2008, the play August: Osage County not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but it also received five Tony Awards, including Best Play. However, the screen version of Tracy Letts’…

Saving Mr. Banks: Movie Recounts Disney’s Effort to Secure Rights to “Mary Poppins”

P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic series of Mary Poppins books. When his daughters were young, Walt Disney…

Mother Seeks Long-Lost Son in True Tale of Overwhelming Regret

Philomena Lee (Dame Judi Dench) made a big mistake as a teenager. She had sex with a boy (D.J. McGrath) whom she had just met at a carnival and became…

Nebraska: Father and Son Bond During Road Trip to Nebraska

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is a 77-year-old addlepated alcoholic whose brain is so damaged that he’s convinced that he’s struck it rich after getting a mass-mailed letter announcing that the…

Idris Is Impressive in Adaptation of Revered Icon’s Autobiography, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started writing his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom while still serving what he had every reason to believe would be a life sentence on…

Out of the Furnace: Ex-Con Searches for Missing Sibling in Revenge Thriller

Russell Baze (Christian Bale) is stuck in a dead-end job at a rural Pennsylvania steel mill that is rumored to be closing soon. However, he’s not in a position to…

Sequel Finds Katniss Competing in Another Death Match

The Hunger Games book trilogy has so captured the collective imagination of children the world over that it has already eclipsed Harry Potter as the best-selling children’s book series of…

Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) was informed that he had 30 days to live when he was diagnosed as being HIV positive in 1986. While pharmaceutical companies around the world were…

The Best Man Holiday: Sequel Finds Reunited Friends Romancing and Reminiscing

When released in 1999, The Best Man was dismissed by some as merely an African American version of The Big Chill, and by others as the black male answer to…