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David Mixner's 'Oh Hell No!' Event - Arrivals

Bruce Cohen - A variety of celebrities attended 'Oh Hell No!' an event hosted by David Mixner which benefits The Point Foundation.The event was held at New World Stages, New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 28th October 2014

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'I Am Harvey Milk' - After party

Bruce Robert Harris, Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Guest and Jack W. Batman - 'I Am Harvey Milk' - After party at Bryant Park Grill,, Bryant Park - New York, New York, United States - Monday 6th October 2014

Uprising of Love Benefit Concert

Bruce Cohen - Stars including British musician Sting attended the Uprising of Love Benefit Concert at The Gershwin Theater - New York, United States - Monday 15th September 2014

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Hilton hosts the wedding celebration of Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo

Bruce Cohen - Hilton hosts the wedding celebration of Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 28th June 2014

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The premiere of 'Hit The Wall'

Bruce Cohen - The premiere of 'Hit The Wall', held at the Barrow Street Theatre - New York City, United States - Sunday 10th March 2013

Silver Linings Playbook Review


Writer-director David O. Russell's out-of-control filmmaking style is perfectly suited to a romantic-comedy involving mental illness, and he infuses the film with a sparky unpredictability that's echoed in the perfectly graded performances of the entire cast. Cleverly, even though most of the characters are clinically unhinged, they're all likeable and easy to identify with.

Cooper stars as Pat, who has spent eight months in a mental hospital before his mother (Weaver) comes to take him home early. His dad (De Niro) isn't so sure it's a good idea, but everyone's happy to have him home. And since he finally accepts that he's bipolar, Pat is ready to get on with life. But it's not so easy. He's prevented from reuniting with his wife because of a restraining order, so he visits mutual friends (Stiles and Ortiz) instead. And they set him up with Tiffany (Lawrence), who's psychologically damaged in her own way. Recognising similar needs, they agree to help each other.

Yes, the film has a clear rom-com premise, but the characters are so unpredictable that we are never quite sure what they'll say or do next. And it's not like Pat and Tiffany are the only unstable people here: they're just the only ones with official diagnoses. All of which gives the actors almost too much colourful material to work with. Cooper is a likeable, charming presence at the centre, eliciting our sympathy even when he does something stupid. And Lawrence delivers a full-on performance that often takes our breath away with its clever layering.

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The Nines Review

In the opening moments of John August's The Nines, an actor (Ryan Reynolds) drinks, drives, scores some crack, hangs out with a hooker, and totals his car. This series of events reverberates through the film, not so much in its literal consequences -- the story is told through three overlapping segments, only one of which features the actor character -- but rather the scene's jittery disorientation. Barely a moment goes by when someone onscreen isn't feeling confused or ill at ease. Following his accident, the actor is confined to a quiet house arrest, supervised by a cheery PR agent (Melissa McCarthy) and eyed by a stay-at-home mom neighbor (Hope Davis), but this mundane imprisonment starts to feel more like a sort of purgatory. Is it the drugs? The lack of drugs? Are the two seemingly benign women in his life actually part of something greater or more sinister?

We leave the scene before Reynolds finds definite answers, but the three primary actors recur in each of the subsequent sections, playing different characters. In Part II, Reynolds is a TV writer trying to cast his actress friend McCarthy (playing a version of herself, a popular supporting player on Gilmore Girls) in a new series over the objections of a network executive (Davis), who wants to hire an actress with a development deal (it goes almost without saying that said actress also happens to be skinnier and more generic, and is played by frequent network TV guest-star Dahlia Salem, and that the character's name is also Dahlia Salem). Later, in Part III, we see Reynolds and McCarthy as characters in that series, with Davis popping up in another vaguely antagonistic part.

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The Flintstones Review

As asinine as Hollywood gets, only destined to see at least one sequel. Goodman gets Fred right, all the way down to the tiptoe bowling approach... but to what end? A silly plot about fraud at "The Quarry"? A fitting denoument to Liz Taylor's career...

Big Fish Review

Tim Burton's Big Fish tells the story about a man, Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), whose life is best told in the context of tall-tales and glorified fables. When looking at our own lives, it's easy to see that all of us have a Bloom-type somewhere in our families. You know, the person that's able to take the complexities of life and turn them into the wild fantasies appreciated mostly by the young at heart.

In the film, Bloom's grown son, Will (Billy Crudup) is tired of the imaginative stories his dad has told him since he was young, and decides to only communicate with his mom (Jessica Lange). But, as the elder Bloom approaches the end of his life, Will puts aside his differences and chooses to find the truth behind all the stories in hopes of learning more about his dad. The only way Will knows how to find the answers he seeks is to retell the stories and let us be the judge.

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The Forgotten Review

Wrap your brain around this one. It has been 14 months since grieving mother Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) lost her son, Sam, in a plane crash that took the lives of 10 other children. She's been seeing a psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) on a regular basis, and the shrink has helped her cope with her sadness as the two discuss how difficult it is to let memories of loved ones fade.

Until one day, when all the physical mementos of Sam actually do disappear from Telly's life. Photo albums once filled with snapshots are now blank. Actual fade or Photoshop trick? Drawers that held baseball gloves and caps are now empty. Something wicked this way comes.

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American Beauty Review

At last, a movie with no likable characters that is nothing short of a joy to watch. Let's see if American Psycho can top that!

American Beauty chronicles the last year in the life of 42 year-old hack magazine writer Lester Burnham (Spacey), a suburban loser that has just about had it with his humdrum life and decides to make a few changes to regain control, for better or for worse. Those changes include quitting his job and blackmailing his employers, buying a vintage Firebird, taking a new job at the local fast food joint, buying thousands of dollars worth of pot, and plotting to sleep with his daughter's best friend (Suvari, the good girl from American Pie, playing the bad girl here).

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Review

All right. I withered away my youth watching The Flintstones like just about every other kid in the 80s. That doesn't mean I have to like the movie or feel the slightest pang of nostalgia. I won't give any special points to The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas for invoking some memory in me of the pre Cartoon Network days when I watched "The Flintstones" on a black and white TV located outside of my room in the house that I grew up in.

Viva Rock Vegas is bad. Real bad. It features the same kind of dry humor that the show did, and thus makes you wonder why you watched the show in the first place. It slowly sucks the life out of you and gets progressively worse in a 80-minute running time that feels like two hours. It has the high point of watching The Great Gazoo, an alien sent to observe prehistoric man's mating patterns, get kicked and crash into signs.

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Down With Love Review

Please don't be fooled. Not by the cloying title, the impossibly adorable leads or even the pre-release hype which has been calling Down With Love the resurrection of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedy and a couple-friendly alternative to the twin roar of X2 and The Matrix Reloaded. Don't be fooled because Down With Love is less a romantic comedy than a careful study of them. It's very funny, even sweet at times, but not a drag-my-boyfriend-to-it kinda movie, unless figuring it out afterward in the parking lot puts you in the mood.

Down With Love sets itself gently down in Manhattan, circa 1962, a decision that seems to be made less by the screenplay than the art department. Everybody's got those fabulous right-angled styles Doris and Rock wore so well in, say, Lover Come Back. The apartments and office towers are gorgeous modernist swank. Even the credit sequence (do not arrive late) does that wonderful, hollow chromatic drawing thing that worked so beautifully in Catch Me If You Can. It reminds me of the late, great title designer Saul Bass, after a few afternoon martinis.

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