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5 Movies And Shows You Didn’t Know Were Affected By Scientology

February 10th, 2015 No comments

All of the talk surrounding the film has resurfaced conversation about various movies and shows that have been affected by the church, for better or worse.

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Movies get better firearms

June 5th, 2014 No comments

LOS ANGELES – Not so long ago, Hollywood honchos paid little attention to the accuracy of weapons use on the silver screen.

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Locally filmed Christmas movie out on DVD

December 22nd, 2013 No comments

Utah Valley folks can watch the locally shot and recently released “Christmas for a Dollar” DVD and point out many familiar scenes.

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Animated movies now part of metro film fest

December 21st, 2013 No comments

Animated movies are now part of the Metro Manila Film Festival. Through the festival’s New Wave section, animated film entries are given screening slots before the annual event, along with full-feature films by independent productions, and short films by students.

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'Oblivion' tops DVD and Blu-ray sales chart

August 20th, 2013 No comments

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Tom Cruise’s science-fiction flick “Oblivion” is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, Rentrak announced.

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DVD/Home Video Screening: “Jack Reacher,” “Safe Haven,” “Side Effects”

May 4th, 2013 No comments

KANSAS CITY, MO — 1. JACK REACHER (PG-13) Paramount Pictures RUSS Tom Cruise is a fine actor, but he’s miscast…

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Jack Reacher (15)

April 20th, 2013 No comments

Lee Child’s popular hero, a former-soldier-turned-drifter, is famously 6’5“. So who plays him

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Jack Reacher, an Edgy Mystery Thriller (Film Review)

December 20th, 2012 No comments

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Back again in a taught mystery drama, the ever popular Tom Cruise takes on the Lee Child novel “One Shot” in the title role of Jack Reacher.  Expecting a bold action thriller, slow moving suspense filled Jack Reacher doesn’t come near the entertainment of Cruse’s action filled bread and butter Mission Impossible franchise. While my expectations were dampened because I believed it would be like the glitzy fast moving television trailer, I wasn’t completely disappointed. Like most movie franchises, the first one has to begin somewhere.

The story centers on the city of Pittsburgh were a sniper shoots 5 random people walking along a park side riverbank.  After forensics finds a thumb print on a quarter used to pay for parking in the garage from where the shooter stood, Bar (Joseph Sikora) a ex-military rifleman is quickly brought in for questioning.  Helen Roden, a lawyer and daughter of the district attorney Roden (Richard Jenkens) gets called in on the case.  Puzzled by Barr’s only reply given during his interrogation, “Get Jack Reacher”, Helen starts a hunt for the man’s request.  When a news report appears on TV naming Bar as the sniper killer, Jack Reacher shows up in the District Attorney’s office.

So starts Reacher’s painstaking investigation following leads, dealing with local punks, getting himself arrested and being chased by police in his stolen car, on a track to catch the real killer. It’s a lengthy film for a crime mystery and I found myself getting a little antsy in parts.  Some of the scenes are predictable and of course knowing the killer in the first minute of the film doesn’t help either.

As for acting, Cruise certainly isn’t an Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible series), Roy Miller (Knight and Day) or Vincent (Collateral), here he builds more of an analytical character who possesses a sharp mind and can reason well.  None of this deters from the persona that he has developed over the years yet it takes some getting used to.  It took me a while to really accept him as a loner much like Harrison Ford’s Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, but nevertheless he holds his own in the role.

There are some downsides however, and that comes in the acting area.  I will just say it; Rosamund Pike was just awful in her role as Helen Roden the attorney defending the suspected killer.  She had no screen presence, could not deliver her lines with any believability and there is no chemistry between Roden and Reacher.  While this may be the fault of Director Christopher McQuarrie other signals show that she just wasn’t meant for the role in the first place.

Tom Cruise is Reacher, Lee Child is desk sergeant and Rosamund Pike is Helen in JACK REACHER

Tom Cruise is Reacher, Lee Child is desk sergeant and Rosamund Pike is Helen in JACK REACHER

Speaking of McQuarrie, this film marks the writer’s second go at directing and although he does well, it’s not a brilliant outing.  Some of his scenes are bland, has control issues with Richard Jenkens who fails as DA Roden, previously mentioned Pike issues and allowing poor choreography in the street fight between Reacher and the local punks from the bar did not help the production.

Tom Cruise is Reacher and  Jai Courtney is Charlie

Tom Cruise is Reacher and Jai Courtney is Charlie

All that said, Cruise lovers will probably flock to the theater to see Jack Reacher even if  action lovers will probably wish they hadn’t.  It will probably do a fair box-office on the heels of The Hobbit and since there is very little opening against it, the ladies should save the day, unless they have a lot of last minute holiday shopping.

Jack Reacher has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence, language and some drug material.  The violence however is quite disturbing and awkward due to the nature of the crime and may tend to upset those who are still reeling from the recent shooting in Connecticut.  Also, I am not on a soap box here, but the MPAA should take a closer look at what they are judging to be PG-13 as an execution style killing coupled with a sniper shooting of innocents certainly must be considered for an R rating.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A good mystery thriller and nothing more. (C+)

Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Joseph Sikora, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney and Alexia Fast
  • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material
  • Running Time: 2 hr 10 min
  • Opening Date: December 21, 2012
  • Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise to Attend Special “Jack Reacher” Screening

December 3rd, 2012 No comments



All proceeds for the screening will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund


The event will kick-off a career retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, taking place December 18-20th


New York, NY (December 3, 2012) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that they will host An Evening with Tom Cruise on Monday, December 17th, taking a look at some of  Cruise’s most iconic character work in a conversation with moderator and New York Film Festival Director of Programming, Kent Jones. The event will be followed by a sneak preview screening of Cruise’s new film JACK REACHER, in which he plays a tough ex-military investigator out for justice – a character that audiences have come to love from the three-time Academy Award® nominated actor. Tickets are $50 and $35 and all proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education program and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10th. The event will be held at the Rose Theater, (5th floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway and 60th street). Visit Filmlinc.com for more information. Read more…

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Blu-ray and DVD Picks for July 3- 9

July 3rd, 2012 No comments

It’s a slow week because of the holidays, so what you’re mostly getting is catalog titles. But if you like mediocre Disney movies, this is a good week for you. Check out our list of the best titles to pick up this week on Blu-ray and DVD.

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