All but a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination, Alex Gibney puts Jack Abramoff in the spotlight in his latest punishing documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, which paints a disturbing web of bribes, greed, corruption and twisted American views amongst some of the most powerful men in the government, primarily Republicans. Read […]
Brian Cox and Paul Dano star in the dialogue-fueled The Good Heart, a movie about a jackass bartender and owner who takes in a young homeless man to raise him as his successor. Sharp-tongued and brutal, he in many ways plays overlord to his young counterpart, even though he does sincerely care for him. Read […]
The Oscar-nominated documentary The Garden explores the sad story of a community garden in the heart of L.A. threatened by bulldozers, politicians and greed. The largest of its kind in the country, the garden arose from the Rodney King riots, providing typically poor immigrants the means to grow their own food. The land, unfortunately, is […]
Babies. What can I say about the documentary Babies? Babies are cute, and filmmaker Thomas Balmès delivers an hour-and-a-half of baby cuteness. Located throughout the world (Mongolia, Namibia, Japan and the U.S.), their settings and skin color may be different, but when all is said is done babies aren’t that much different. They are curious, […]
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second movie in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise. Still in theaters and about to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, The Girl Who Played with Fire is another brutal and intriguing tale of murder, revenge and corruption, and is […]
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating and, fittingly, the movie gives the celebrated but frumpy actor the rare opportunity to star in a romantic comedy. The movie, while not perfect, is one of the most heartwarming and emotionally charged romances of the year. Read FilmJabber’s full Jack Goes Boating movie […]
While not perfect, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a fun, quirky film with a lot of heart. The story follows depressed teenager Craig, who after a slew of suicidal thoughts decides to check himself into the psychiatric ward at a nearby hospital. The juvenile wing is closed, so he is placed in the […]
What’s better than one Edward Norton in a movie? Two of him! In the dark comedy/crime thriller Leaves of Grass, Edward Norton stars alongside Edward Norton in Leaves of Grass, about a collegiate professor and his white trash, drug dealing identical brother who get mixed up in some bad things. In addition to Norton, the […]
The Oscar-winning thriller The Third Man was recently released to Blu-Ray for the first time. It was also my first viewing of the classic, which won an Oscar for Best Cinematography, was nominated for Best Director and Best Editing and is currently ranked #57 on AFI’s Top 100 Movies and #75 on AFI’s Top Thrillers.
Mr. Miyagi is dead, long live Jackie Chan. Wait. What? The loveable action star plays Mr. Han, Mr. Miyagi’s “predecessor” in the remake of The Karate Kid. It’s a risky move, not just casting Chan in such a venerable, Oscar-nominated role but redoing an 80’s classic that still holds up well today. But the risk […]
Facebook. Love it or hate it, people are using it. The social networking website has 500 million users and counting, and for many it has become a way of life, a way to stay connected to friends and family across the country and around the world, especially the ones you don’t like enough to actually […]
Belle, the Beast and the teapots are back as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast debuts on Blu-Ray on Tuesday, October 5, bringing with it not only the classic movie but loads of magical special features. A fitting set for any movie fan’s collection (especially one catering to children, of course), Beauty and the Beast: Diamond […]
I believe the time when many years would lapse between the release of an original film and its remake have officially passed (if it didn’t already several years ago). Just short of two years since the masterful Let the Right One In sneaked into theaters in limited release, Let Me In, the American remake will […]
The Oscar-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells comes to DVD next Tuesday, bringing with it a dazzling spectacle of unique animation and creativity. Oh, and some bonus features. The movie is imaginative and well-drawn, but not as captivating or engaging as expected. Read our full The Secret of Kells movie review.
There are thousands, if not millions, of writers in the world whose names will never be known and whose novelist careers will never earn them enough to make a living. And then there are the lucky few who receive the critical or market acclaim that elevates them to an entirely different level. John Ajvide Lindqvist […]