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Lee Daniels' The Butler Premiere

Clarence Williams III - Lee Daniels' The Butler Premiere held at the L.A.Live Regal Cinemas - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 12th August 2013

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Lee Daniels' The Butler LA Premiere

Clarence Williams III - Lee Daniels' The Butler LA Premiere - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

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Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Clarence Williams III - Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

The Legend of 1900 Review


Good
Director Giuseppe Tornatore has a knack for weaving a magical story. Cinema Paradiso firmly established him as a tour de force filmmaker with its Academy Award successes in 1988. His latest feature, The Legend of 1900, is another intriguing tale, which blends a compelling fictional character with an exhilarating epoch of American history.

The Legend of 1900 is the story of a boy's journey to manhood, never having stepped foot on dry land. Abandoned on an ocean liner and named for the year in which he was born, 1900 (Tim Roth - Hoodlum, Reservoir Dogs) grows up within the confines of the trans-Atlantic steamer Virginia. His prodigious talent for piano is discovered at a young age and 1900 spends his days entertaining passengers from all over the world one boatload after another. As he gets older his reputation proliferates to the point that 1900 would be a rich man if he were ever willing to part with his life aboard the ship. However, despite prodding from his friend Max (Pruitt Taylor Vince - Dr. Dolittle, The End of Violence) and others, he is content to remain a fixture at sea. What will come of 1900 as the war approaches and the waves of immigrants recede? Will he move on, or stay forever in the confines of his ship?

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Half Baked Review


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Really, how can you hate a movie with a flying dog?

The answer you can't. You also can't hate a movie that's as funny and blissfully stupid as Half Baked, the 1998 pot comedy written by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan (the two guys behind Chappelle's Show) and directed by Tamra Davis.

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Reindeer Games Review


Weak
Reindeer Games is one of those movies that thinks so much of itself it sports a special cover sheet over the press notes, reading, "Reindeer Games is filled with twists and turns that we hope will keep the audience guessing," followed by a plea that critics will not spoil the fun by divulging these twists and turns to the gentle readers.

All of which assumes there is some fun to spoil.

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The General's Daughter Review


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I really like John Travolta. He always plays that guy with the arrogance and cockiness, but it never seems old to me. In last year's A Civil Action, he played a lawyer who just thought the world of himself. In The General's Daughter, he still gets to play that character, but he has to go new places with it.

The General's Daughter surrounds army cop Paul Brenner (Travolta), and in a James Bond movie type style, he's finishing up another case before the real story even begins. The real story comes into play when a woman is found on a military base staked spread eagle to the ground, naked, and very dead. This isn't just any woman though. She is Captain Elizabeth Campbell, the daughter of famous General Joseph Campbell (James Cromwell). So what really happened? And of course the big question, who did it?

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The General's Daughter Review


Terrible

Only three or four minutes after the lights go down, any credibility "The General's Daughter" might have as a serious drama goes right out the window with the introduction of the title character.

At a retirement party for The General (James Cromwell), a military banquet hall is filled with brass honoring their commander. The camera searches row after row of stern-looking, spit-and-polish men before moving into a close-up of his daughter (Leslie Stefanson), a hot babe of the underwear model variety, smiling a centerfold smile and, except for her uniform, looking for all intents and purposes like she should be jumping out of a cake.

Forgoing the opportunity for a relatively realistic female officer portrayal like Demi Moore in "A Few Good Men," "The General's Daughter" asks us to believe that this porcelain blonde, who looks like she'd cry if she broke a nail, is not only an army captain but a doctor -- a shrink who instructs soldiers in the psychological warfare, no less.

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Life Review


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A surprisingly bittersweet, comedic "Cool Hand Luke,""Life" is more than just an Eddie Murphy comedy or a Martin Lawrencecomedy. It's actually layered with substance and is even affecting in itsportrayal of the bitterness, depression and fleeting moments of happinessexperienced by two falsely imprisoned bootleggers, doing life for a murderthey didn't commit.

I'm not saying Murphy and Lawrence aren't damn funny. Ofcourse they are. But for the first time in either of their careers, they'reboth called on to truly submerge themselves in real characters, and thesetwo comedians with trademark personalities come through remarkably.

Murphy plays a con man and Lawrence a bank clerk rube whoare framed for murder by white cops while on a moonshine run in Mississippi,trying to save their skins from a gangster (funk star Rick James) theyhad both run afoul of at home in New York.

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Reindeer Games Review


Unbearable

A dime-a-dozen, action-suspense thriller hybrid that unravels as it reveals, "Reindeer Games" is more than just a bad title. It's a sorry string of surprises that don't surprise and a disappointing follow-up for director John Frankenheimer, who two years ago hit a genre high mark with the espionage-and-adrenaline knock-out, "Ronin."

Frankenheimer must have shot his load on that picture, because this one -- about a petty con (Ben Affleck) fresh out of pokey, whose girlfriend gets him mixed up in a doomed casino robbery -- is lacking even a hint of the savvy director's fingerprints on the finished product. Given the same script, any bozo with a couple music videos under his belt would have turned out the exact same movie.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

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