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10 Items or Less
10 Items or Less (2007)
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill
Release Year: 2007
Date: 7/7/2015 11:46 ET
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Talented people fill this movie with many tales that keep us waiting to see what happens next in their lives. Overall a "thinking" kind of movie some have slept through but keep watching and you will be thoroughly entertained.

Review Date: 7/7/2015
1941 (Collector's Edition)
1941 (Collector's Edition) (1999)
Actors: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams
Release Year: 1999
Date: 7/16/2012 7:05 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

What a fun movie! This is what we used to go to watch on the big screen because there is so much action packed footage (think enormous Ferris wheel rolling off into the Pacific Ocean)! Now that many of us have a “big screen” in our homes we can enjoy this historic but somewhat convoluted view into the past sitting on our duffs at home.
1941 includes some lengthy interviews with the likes of Steven Spielberg (director) as well as Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis (co-writers) plus John Milius (co-writer and executive producer). They try to explain the madness that became one of their finest works… 1941.
I loved this movie many years ago and now appreciate it even more with a more adult sense of humor. It’s hard to see John Belushi without hurting at his loss as he could have had so much more to offer! Treat Williams, Tim Matheson, and Dan Aykroyd are always fun to watch and Robert Stack and Toshiro Mifune show they have much more than just a serious actor inside them! This is a long film at nearly 2 and a half hours but the time flies by believe me!

Review Date: 7/16/2012
2 Days in the Valley
2 Days in the Valley (1997)
Actors: Teri Hatcher, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello
Release Year: 1997
Date: 10/22/2013 11:38 ET
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Wow what a cast! This is a "black comedy" filled with twists and turns. Glenne Headly is great although barely recognizable at first. Paul Mazursky stands out as a director/writer with suicidal tendencies and a gun loaded with only one bullet that helps everyone out at the end. Jeff Daniels and Eric Stoltz are a pair of bumbling cops who want to be more in a valley filled with nut cases! Watch it and you'll fall in love with them all.

Review Date: 10/22/2013
30 Minutes or Less
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride
Release Year: 2011
Date: 7/7/2015 11:48 ET

Amusing and entertaining romp that is filled with twists and turns so you think you have it figured out only to be taken in an entirely different direction. That makes movies fun and thoroughly watchable!

Review Date: 7/7/2015
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma (2002)
Actors: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr
Release Year: 2002
Date: 1/15/2014 11:31 ET

I had the unique opportunity to check out a true classic movie then watch a remake of that film recently.
3:10 to Yuma is a great movie starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin from 1957 and it was remade (50 years later) in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bail.
The dialog is often word for word and the story line in the remake follows the original pretty closely. The acting in both is superb! This made for me an interesting comparison of two great films with super writing, acting, direction (James Mangold), and great scenery (filmed in New Mexico). The first is in black and white and still is fabulous to watch. The remake was filmed in color and includes extras on the DVD. I highly recommend watching both films to see how much movie making has changed in 50 years (not so much). There is implied sex in the original that is further implied in the remake and language is “modern”.

Review Date: 1/15/2014
3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Edition)
3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Edition) (2008)
Actors: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman
Release Year: 2008
Date: 12/17/2013 11:04 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

I had the unique opportunity to check out a true classic movie then watch a remake of that film recently.
3:10 to Yuma is a great movie starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin from 1957 and it was remade (50 years later) in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bail.
The dialog is often word for word and the story line in the remake follows the original pretty closely. The acting in both is superb! This made for me an interesting comparison of two great films with super writing, acting, direction (James Mangold), and great scenery (filmed in New Mexico). The first is in black and white and still is fabulous to watch. The remake was filmed in color and includes extras on the DVD. I highly recommend watching both films to see how much movie making has changed in 50 years (not so much). There is implied sex in the original that is further implied in the remake and language is “modern”.

Review Date: 12/17/2013
4 Film Favorites: Richard Gere
4 Film Favorites: Richard Gere (2013)
Actor: Richard Gere
Release Year: 2013
Date: 8/15/2013 1:22 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

This four movie set starring Richard Gere is an amazing find! He is super sexy and an especially good actor and each of these films showcases his talents very well! Having never seen Sommersby or Nights in Rodanthe before I loved both because they offer a different perspective on the character. In nights in Rodanthe we find Gere's character, a doctor, spends time in a quaint Inn on the east coast of North Carolina where Diane Lane is house sitting for a friend. The worked together quite well (steamily) in the film Unfaithful. Nights is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks (great writer). Sommersby is another romance movie, this time pairing Gere with Jodie Foster. Richard Gere is Jack Sommersby who returns from the Civil War after having been thought dead. Is he really Jack or an imposter? It's exciting to find out. American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman are among my favorite movies of all time anyhow so this entire set is now on my “view often” list. The only one this set is missing is Yanks but then I already have that one. Enjoy!

Review Date: 8/15/2013
4 Film Favorites: Samuel L Jackson
4 Film Favorites: Samuel L Jackson (2013)
Actor: Various
Release Year: 2013
Date: 7/15/2017 1:52 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

This is a fabulous set! Four movies starring the outstanding Samuel L. Jackson including Black Snake Moan a controversial film. Then you have Snakes on a Plane which is fun and scary and full of really slithery snakes of many types. The Negotiator includes Kevin Spacey, another great actor, on negotiating deals. Finally there is my personal favorite... Rules of Engagement, from Viet Nam to modern warfare Sam is a hero all the way!

Review Date: 7/15/2017
4 Movie Marathon: Classic War Collection (Wake Island / To Hell and Back / Battle Hymn / Gray Lady Down)
4 Movie Marathon: Classic War Collection (Wake Island / To Hell and Back / Battle Hymn / Gray Lady Down) (2011)
Actor: Artist Not Provided
Release Year: 2011
Date: 5/29/2014 11:41 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

This awesome set of War movies is a great find!
Wake Island (1942) tells of bravery in spite of insurmountable odds and explains why we ultimately win when put to the test of war.
Audie Murphy started out a war hero and turned into an excellent actor but the story of his WWII experiences is very interesting and historic in To Hell And Back (1955).
Battle Hymn (1955) is perhaps a bit more of a romantic movie but remains a top action war movie with big names and lots of noise.
Gray Lady Down is a bit newer (1977) but again shows the bravery of our fighting men and how technology helps get the job done.
Each of these movies has great casting and top quality writing based on true events that occurred during distant conflicts.

Review Date: 5/29/2014
4 Movie Marathon: Cult Horror Collection (The Funhouse / Phantasm II / The Serpent and the Rainbow / Sssssss)
4 Movie Marathon: Cult Horror Collection (The Funhouse / Phantasm II / The Serpent and the Rainbow / Sssssss) (2011)
Actor: Artist Not Provided
Release Year: 2011
Date: 2/20/2014 10:28 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

For a way to spend a few nights being scared (a little) and just plain enjoying fun films this 4 movie set is well worth the purchase! I especially enjoyed Ssssss because of Strother Martin and the ball that homes in on folks is as scary in Phantasm II as it was in the original which scared the pants off me way back when! Enjoy!

Review Date: 2/20/2014
42 [Blu-ray]
42 [Blu-ray] (2013)
Actor: 42
Release Year: 2013
Date: 7/12/2014 1:54 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

42 is a fantastic look into the great All-American sport of Baseball! It is also a sad commentary on racism and prejudice here in America. Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) had the inner strength and the pure talent to win over the nation and come out a hero. From WWII battlefields to the racial wars at home in America, Jackie Robinson proved to the world that it is what is inside a man (or woman) that counts, not the color of their skin. The best quote from this great movie has to be Do you want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back? No, I want a player who has the guts NOT to fight back!
With my sermon over I now rave about how great this movie really is, whether or not you are a baseball fan!
Chadwick Boseman is a relative newcomer to the world of big movies as most of his acting history was on the small screen before 42. Boseman (born in 1982) cut his acting chops in small roles on TV series including Justified, CSI New York, Detroit 1-8-7, Castle, Fringe. His first roles were in All My Children and Third Watch in 2003. He will be around a long long time! Harrison Ford also has a significant role in 42 although he is barely recognizable as Branch Rickey, the man who had faith in a young black rookie from the Negro leagues and gave Jackie Robinson (and baseball) a shot at future luminescence! At just over two hours this is one of those films that never has slow or boring moments but rather keeps viewers watching and enjoying every moment!
This is the Combo Pack which includes the Blu-Ray plus a DVD plus the Ultraviolet which allows a great streaming copy of the movie, transferable to an Android or iPhone, etc.

Review Date: 7/12/2014
5 Flights Up
5 Flights Up (2015)
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon
Release Year: 2015
Date: 2/7/2017 12:44 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

This movie is what movies should be! Entertaining and very thoughtful with wonderful casting and a great story line. Moving is always a problem and moving in New York City can be harrowing to say the least. What do you do when you have lived in one place for 40 years? Move or stay out your time on this planet in the same place you fell in love with? Absolutely heart felt and dearly written acted and felt (by me)!

Review Date: 2/7/2017
5 Flights Up [Blu-ray]
5 Flights Up [Blu-ray] (2015)
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon
Release Year: 2015
Date: 12/7/2017 12:31 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Wonderful film with a sweet story about life and growing old together. Morgan Freeman (always in top form) and Diane Keaton are a long time married couple who must decide whether to sell their valuable Brooklyn apartment to move "up" to Manhattan or not. Many flights of stairs and their elderly dog do not help in the decision. Fun to see how it's done in the big city from the perspective of one who lives in the Midwest in a more normal neighborhood.

Review Date: 12/7/2017
6-Film Collection: Movies of Excellence V.4
6-Film Collection: Movies of Excellence V.4 (2015)
Actors: Charles S Dutton, Danny Glover, Stacy Keach
Release Year: 2015
Date: 5/5/2016 11:58 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Bargain in a box! These are great movies with excellent actors and enjoyable stories. I especially love Alfre Woodard as well as Charles S. Dutton in most any role they take on.

Review Date: 5/5/2016
8 Movie Family Pack
8 Movie Family Pack (2012)
Actors: Dean Cain, Doug Stone
Release Year: 2012
Date: 5/18/2012 5:02 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Wonderful assortment of family friendly movies! Big name stars in family approved movies for hours of entertainment! Look this one up on Amazon.com for a picture of the cover. It contains Gordy, Bailey's Millions, Wide Awake, Chihuahua The Movie, Into The West, Two Bits & Pepper, Spymate, and Pastime.

Review Date: 5/18/2012
8MM
8MM (1999)
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
Release Year: 1999
Date: 7/12/2012 12:17 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Thoroughly engrossing movie! This is not about porn nor is pornography even shown in this movie so if you’re afraid it might be offensive in that respect don’t worry. But it is about the “snuff” film industry which is even sicker and more dangerous… if that’s possible. Nick Cage gave an Oscar winning performance in 8MM that is superior to his Leaving Las Vegas role in my opinion! He never disappoints!
James Gandolfini plays a really creepy character (he’s really good at that!) in the “industry” and Joaquin Phoenix proves once again he should stick to acting rather than music. Overall this movie is highly entertaining with plenty of plot twists, action, and a surprise ending.

Review Date: 7/12/2012
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series (2006)
Actors: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson
Release Year: 2006
Date: 12/12/2016 10:01 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Fun adventuresome and light hearted! Bruce Campbell stars in a series that ended fsr too quickly!

Review Date: 12/12/2016
The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (Special Edition)
The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (Special Edition) (2003)
Actors: Susan Damante, Robert Logan, Hollye Holmes
Release Year: 2003
Date: 1/15/2014 11:26 ET

This transplanted wilderness family really experiences some exciting and dangerous events! This is a must see for families and people of all ages because it such a beautiful story of family and fortitude. Well written and surprisingly well acted for a mostly unknown cast, The Adventures of The Wilderness Family was filmed in 1975 and spawned a couple of sequels. Some of the family’s experiences seemed somewhat unbelievable but this is supposed to be “based on a true story” and is well worth watching.

Review Date: 1/15/2014
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (2001)
Actors: Tom Skerritt, Sharon Lawrence, Charles S. Dutton
Release Year: 2001
Date: 10/7/2016 7:09 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Above average "disaster" film about an enormous earthquake hitting New York City. In this 1999 movie we see the twin towers as they were often shown in the background of many a Manhattan location but they amazingly survive the devastation all around! Good acting by Sharron Lawrence (NYPD Blue)as well as Charles S. Dutton (as the mayor of NYC) and a younger Jennifer Garner.

Review Date: 10/7/2016
Against All Odds/Jagged Edge/Starman
Against All Odds/Jagged Edge/Starman (2008)
Actors: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close
Release Year: 2008
Date: 7/25/2014 11:20 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

This is a true bargain! Three exciting and entertaining movies in one package.

Review Date: 7/25/2014
Against the Wall
Against the Wall (2006)
Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III
Release Year: 2006
Date: 2/11/2014 11:50 ET

Attica! Attica!
The shouting chant is memorable in the 1975 movie Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino and although it was misplaced in that film brought back memories of the real rioting that resulted in many deaths back in 1971 at Attica prison in western New York state. This movie is a reenactment of that event that took place over four days from September 9, 1971 up until September 13, 1971 when the prison yard was stormed with tear gas and gunfire.
Prison systems everywhere were eventually affected by the attention that was brought on inhumane treatment of prisoners. The A list of actors in this made for cable (HBO)movie include Samuel L. Jackson, Kyle MacLachlan, Clarence Williams III, Frederick Forrest, Ann Heche, and Harry Dean Stanton worked with an excellent script to produce this highly entertaining movie that is both violent and emotional. Well worth seeing!

Review Date: 2/11/2014
The Air I Breathe
The Air I Breathe (2008)
Actors: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia
Release Year: 2008
Date: 6/17/2014 7:49 ET
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Excellent movie with outstanding cast! I did not expect much from this film but was pleasantly surprised by the well written and acted story about lives intertwined by actions and fate. A clueless Forest Whitaker starts the action out, Andy Garcia is wickedly mean and vicious, and Brendan Fraser turns out to be the hero! Along the way Sarah Michelle Gellar proves to be top quality in acting... far above the Buffy character.

Review Date: 6/17/2014
Ali - The Director's Cut
Ali - The Director's Cut (2004)
Actors: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
Release Year: 2004
Date: 6/9/2016 12:44 ET

Awesome performance from Will Smith! He even sounds like Ali and the ring scenes are so reminiscent of The Great One it will give you chills! His personal life is well depicted in this film, warts and all! Ali was larger than life and this fine movie shows how he became the super star of the boxing ring.

Review Date: 6/9/2016
All Is Lost
All Is Lost (2014)
Actor: Robert Redford
Release Year: 2014
Date: 12/16/2016 4:17 ET
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

The expression of quiet desperation fits this actor's role in All is Lost! Very few top actors of the caliber of Robert Redford would even attempt a movie role like this one and he is fantastic! The movie may sound like it would be slow moving but it is actually very exciting from beginning to end. Very entertaining well worth watching!

Review Date: 12/16/2016
America!
America! (2008)
Release Year: 2008
Date: 8/2/2013 12:24 ET

What a special piece of entertainment! This DVD set describes very thoroughly just what is right about America! I don’t know how we missed it when originally aired back in 2000 but this is a great treat to watch! From the Appalachian mountain folk to throwing dice in Las Vegas it’s all captured here in a great set of programs and hours of entertainment and educational value. Celebrate America!

Review Date: 8/2/2013
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