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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

May 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Deceptive Practice’ tells the story of the mysterious Ricky Jay, at age seven already a professional stage magician. Today, he is an expert in all things arcane, but particularly sleight of hand and anything to do with feats of playing cards or dice. He frequently cameos in films by David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson. […]

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Oblivion (Mark’s take) (movie review).

April 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Oblivion (Mark’s take) (movie review).

Directed, produced, and co-written by Joseph Kosinski, ‘Oblivion’ is a new film that borrows heavily from other Science Fiction films but brings them to the screen with well-crafted special effects. Sixty years after a costly war with aliens, two people mop up the Earth before it is to be abandoned. The back-story is complex but […]

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Desperate Acts Of Magic (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Desperate Acts Of Magic (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Fun. Inventive. This is a comedy set against a backdrop of the world of competing stage magicians. Combination writer/producer/director/star Joe Tyler Gold tells an engaging story of magicians in international competition. Gold plays Jason, who loses his job and devotes himself to becoming a stage magician. His life is complicated by the attentions of a […]

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From Up On Poppy Hill (movie review).

March 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
From Up On Poppy Hill (movie review).

Goro Miyazaki, son of the famous animator Hayao Miyazaki, makes his own animated film. This is a straight drama with none of his father’s fantasy touches. Instead it tells the story of a lonely high school age girl without a father and with a mother working in the United States. She finds her first love […]

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Coin Toss (2013) (movie review).

February 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Coin Toss (2013) (movie review).

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Side Effects (2013) (film review).

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Side Effects (2013) (film review).

Steven Soderbergh directs a script by Scott Z. Burns, giving us a suspenseful story set in the world of medicine and high-profile prescription drugs. When a doctor prescribes a new drug, is he responsible for the side effects? Jude Law stars as Jonathan a psychiatrist with a cozy relationship with a drug company and who […]

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Django Unchained (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2012).

January 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Django Unchained (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2012).

Say what you like about ‘Django Unchained’, there is a lot that works and a lot that does not. Quentin Tarantino writes and directs his homage to the Spaghetti Western. Jamie Foxx plays the title role as an antebellum slave freed by a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, to help find three wanted men. […]

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (movie review).

December 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (movie review).

  ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is the first film of Peter Jackson’s follow-up trilogy to ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. The result is good, where great was expected. It has a lot of the virtues of the previous films, but does not offer a lot that the previous trilogy did not and where it […]

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Connected (2012) (movie review).

December 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Connected (2012) (movie review).

‘Connected’ is a story with two unfolding plots. One is Science Fiction and the other is a love story. But the love story gets in the way of the Science Fiction story and the glacial pace of the telling gets in the way of the love story. This film is nearly two hours long and […]

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Hitchcock (film review by Mark R. Leeper)

December 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hitchcock (film review by Mark R. Leeper)

‘Hitchcock’ is the story of the great director, his marriage, his relationships with his starring actresses and the making of his most easily remembered film, ‘Psycho’. Combining film history, rumor, folklore, fiction and speculation, Sacha Gervasi directs John J. McLaughlin’s adaptation of a book by Stephen Rebello. We will never know how much of this […]

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