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An elderly man named Zev, played by Christopher Plummer, departs from his room in a retirement home to embark on a cross country journey. His friend, Max, played by Martin Landau, has financed Zev’s journey, in which Zev’s long journey, hotel accommodations and travel expenses are taken care of. What we gradually learn is that…

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Steve Jobs- The Man in the Machine

It’s too early to make a film about Steve Jobs and his overall impact on humankind. How can we possibly know the full impact of Jobs’ work, particularly when his creations are constantly being upgraded, are a part of our everyday lives and provide us with constant distraction? The ipad, the iphone and itunes are…

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Sunshine Superman

Carl Boenish didn’t jump out of planes because he was a thrill seeker, but because he was aiming to expand his experience as a human being. In “Sunshine Superman,” the eye-popping documentary on his life, Boenish expresses his love for sky diving and free fall jumps the way most would describe a divine sunsets. His…

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There is a duality in “Youth” that as a moviegoer, I wasn’t expecting. It is both stunning and frustrating at the same time. First off, let me start by saying that “Youth” is a movie that I didn’t like. I had seen advertisements before it’s release and was excited. Michael Caine? Harvey Keitel? In the…

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The “Rocky” saga, just like its main character has gone through its peaks and valleys. Our fascination with the soft hearted and naive lug with a mean right cross has captured generations. The last we encountered Rocky, he was coping with Adrian’s passing, starting a restaurant business, and celebrating his swan song in the boxing…

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Crimson Peak

Late into “Crimson Peak,” Guillermo Del Toro’s elaborate haunted house thriller, it occurred to me that the ghosts don’t have enough to do. In fact, they barely register and seem like the eighth or ninth most important thing in the story. This is both a compliment and everything wrong with the movie, which Del Toro…

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Steve Jobs

Nearly every movie plays like an advertisement for Apple. I’ve noticed this for years and suspect moviegoers have as well: in about 85% of all movies, there’s a scene where a character turns on their laptop and the Apple symbol is always in plain view. The cliché used to be that, when a character needed…

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The Good Dinosaur

The latest Pixar animated film hit me harder than expected, though I suspect it might be just me. My wife recently gave birth to our first child, a beautiful girl who was born two months early, a “preemie.” I divulge this information because of how an early scene in “The Good Dinosaur” affected me. We…

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Jem and the Holograms

Here’s something truly, truly, truly outrageous: the movie adaptation of the “Jem” cartoon show is not a disaster, an outrage or an embarrassment, despite what you might have read. The film had one of the worst openings of all time, was not adored by the few who saw it and Jon Chu, the film’s director,…

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Straight Outta Compton

Three years ago, I was interviewing Ice Cube when the N.W.A. movie came up. He was doing promotional rounds for 21 Jump St. and I was thrilled to be speaking with an actor and artist I’d been a fan of for most of my life. A good, open conversation ended with the inevitable question of…

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