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Friends And Romans Trailer


It's not easy being typecast, especially when you only ever get the chance to be an extra. Nick DeMaio is tired of his gruff demeanour, Italian American heritage and New York accent constantly thusting him into gangster roles and dreams of expanding his work to include a broader range of characters. But, alas, it's not easy to convince casting agents he's more than just a one trick pony, and so he rounds up a bunch of actor friends who are equally determined to be more than just mobsters and sets up to organise a producation of Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. Unfortunately, the stereotyped mass of aspiring stars has caught the attention of the cops, who start to get suspicious that their play is an attempt to cover up a major criminal plot after the murder of a Broadway producer. They enlist an undercover agent to audition for the play, but little does he know that he's only going to find a passion for the stage among these long-suffering gentlemen.

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Michael Rispoli, Rosal Colon, Liza Colon-Zayas, Elizabeth Canavan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ray Anthony Thomas and Victor Almanzar - Between Riverside and Crazy opening night party at the Atlantiv Theater Company - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Friday 1st August 2014

Michael Rispoli, Rosal Colon, Liza Colon-zayas, Elizabeth Canavan, Stephen Mckinley Henderson, Ray Anthony Thomas and Victor Almanzar

Rob The Mob Trailer


Tommy and Rosie are a young couple living in New York who are madly in love with one another - mad enough that they begin to pull off the most dangerous heists possible in order to make enough money to start a life together after their stints in prison. While Rosie attempts to make an honest living as a debt collector, Tommy is hell-bent on revenge after watching his father get beaten to a pulp by the Mafia when he was just a child. He follows a court trial of mobster Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano whose information in court about his recent exploits present Tommy with an idea to rob the gang's No-Guns social club with Rosie as the getaway driver. After getting away with it without a hit contract, they continue to rob the mob before discovering an important piece of inside information that could permanently bring down the world's most formidable criminals.

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Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston - 'Magic City' Season 2 Premiere Fashion Event at Duffy Square in Times Square - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 12th June 2013

Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch and Danny Huston
Kelly Lynch

Michael Rispoli - New York premiere showing of 'Once Upon A Time' in Brooklyn at The AMC Empire Theatre - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 29th April 2013

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Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli - The Cinema Society and Men's Fitness screening of 'Pain and Gain' at Crosby Street Hotel - New York, United States - Monday 15th April 2013

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Michael Rispoli

Pain & Gain Trailer


Daniel Lugo is a former criminal whose passion lies in his love for fitness and bodybuilding. When he is hired at the particularly notorious Sun Gym in Florida - a place where the pressure is on to get as big as possible, and where steroids are for sale in the locker rooms - he finds enjoyment there initially before deciding that his low wage wasn't worth it and sets out to organise a criminal method of gaining fortune and fame. He teams up with part-time gym worker Adrian Doorbal and another bodybuilder and former criminal Paul Doyle to set up a plan of extortion and kidnapping against another man, Victor Kershaw, who also has a criminal past. Despite Daniel promising Paul that there would be no-one harmed in their plot to take ownership of all Kershaw's assets, things get out of hand, people end up murdered and they find themselves on the run from the police led by detective Ed Du Bois. 

'Pain & Gain' is an action comedy directed by Michael Bay ('Bad Boys', 'Pearl Harbor', 'Transformers') and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ('The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'). It is based on a set of Miami New Times articles written by investigative journalist Pete Collins in 1999 about the real Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal from the Sun Gym Gang who both received death sentences for their crimes. It is due to be released in the UK on May 3rd 2013. 

Director: Michael Bay, 

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Michael Rispoli Thursday 22nd March 2012 Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton

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The Rum Diary Review


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Depp's Hunter S Thompson fixation continues with the adaptation of this loosely autobiographical novel. Despite some crazy antics, the film takes an earnest, slightly too-faithful tone that makes it strangely leaden.

In 1960, Kemp (Depp) applies for a job at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico, working for the sardonic editor Lotterman (Jenkins). He shares a ramshackle flat with photographer Sala (Rispoli), who home-brews super-strong rum with another journalist (Ribisi). While getting slowly pickled, Kemp also gets to know the fast-talking Sanderson (Eckhart), a public relations expert who is using property developers to increase his fortune. Sanderson also has a sexy girlfriend, Chenault (Heard), who immediately catches Kemp's eye. Trouble is brewing everywhere.

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The Rum Diary Trailer


Freelance journalist Paul Kemp decides one day that's he had enough of the hectic lifestyle that the early 1960's New York brings. He moves to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean to take a job at a rundown local newspaper, 'The San Juan Star', run by the equally run down Lotterman.

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The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 Review


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Adapting a steely 1970s hit into a glossy 21st century blockbuster, Tony Scott indulges in his usual flashy pyrotechnics, which almost cover up the gaping craters in the plot. He also encourages his cast to really go for it.

Walter (Washington) is working at the dispatch desk for the New York Subway when crazed gunman Ryder (Travolta) hijacks the Pelham 123 and demands a huge ransom, or else he'll start killing passengers. Ryder refuses to talk to the know-it-all terrorism expert (Turturro), so Walter is pressed into service as a negotiator while the mayor (Gandolfini) gets the cash together. But Ryder and his goons are serious about this and, as the body count grows, the clock is ticking.

Director Scott and writer Helgeland aren't known for their subtlety, and this film is all whizzy style that's more about pure entertainment rather than establishing any actual suspense or character tension. The whole film is a collection of crashing edits, freeze frames, countdown graphics, loud sound effects and cheesily hysterical dialog. In other words, it's great fun. And it gives the cast plenty of scenery to chomp on--especially Travolta, who shows no mercy as he snarls and spits out every line.

Since this is a film about a Subway carriage sitting still in a tunnel, Scott keeps the camera moving at all times. He also manages to throw in a crazed car chase and loads of big crashes for no real reason, as well as orchestrating a painfully contrived reason to get Washington in on the gun-waving action. Not to throwing in several rather overwrought back-stories. By the end, the film has turned into a full-on Die Hard movie, complete with over-the-top violence and some real brutality.

Amid the fabulously enjoyable actors, it's Gandolfini who walks off with the movie using sardonic understatement. The whole film is pretty hilarious, although this clearly wasn't the intention. Scott zooms past plot holes like a runaway train; we barely have time to say "Huh?" before the next bit of action mayhem assaults all our senses. There's not a moment of actual suspense, but it's so big and outrageous that we can't help but hold on for the ride.

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It Had To Be You Review


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Sweet and inoffensive, It Had to Be You probably didn't deserve to be unceremoniously dumped on the direct-to-DVD market, but here it is.

The cute tale is reminiscent of Sleepless in Seattle and Serendipity, with a star-crossed couple (Natasha Henstridge and Michael Vartan) meeting unfortuitously on the eve of their respective weddings to other people. Well, the eve before that, anyway -- they happen to be registering for gifts at the same time. While everyone around them tries to convince the two that their respective betrotheds are total idiots, they maintain their faithfulness, despite a near-miss-kiss in Central Park.

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Summer Of Sam Review


Terrible

The sixth line of my notes from the "Summer of Sam" preview screeningreads, "if Spike Lee wants us to sit here for 137 minutes, he'd betterpick up the pace."

An hour later, without a hint of an upswing in the movie'stempo, noticed I was near the back of the theater where there was a littlebit of light, so I pulled out the press kit and started reading it, justto have something to do.

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Two Family House Review


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Buddy Visalo is a blue-collar schlep who insists on following his dreams -- or are they schemes?

When he was a mechanic in the Air Force during World War II, he sang in a USO show and a showbiz bigwig offered him an audition when he got out of the service. But upon returning home, his fiancée's family sneered at the idea and he faced an ultimatum: the girl or his stupid (to hear her tell it) fantasy of a singing career.

Deflated, Buddy (Michael Rispoli) gave in and embarked on a mirthless marriage and a string of calamitous start-up businesses, none of which his now-wife (Katherine Narducci) lets him forget -- especially since they're still living with her parents and sleeping in a twin bed.

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Friends And Romans Trailer

Friends And Romans Trailer

It's not easy being typecast, especially when you only ever get the chance to be...

Rob The Mob Trailer

Rob The Mob Trailer

Tommy and Rosie are a young couple living in New York who are madly in...

Pain & Gain Trailer

Pain & Gain Trailer

Daniel Lugo is a former criminal whose passion lies in his love for fitness and...

The Rum Diary Movie Review

The Rum Diary Movie Review

Depp's Hunter S Thompson fixation continues with the adaptation of this loosely autobiographical novel. Despite...

The Rum Diary Trailer

The Rum Diary Trailer

Freelance journalist Paul Kemp decides one day that's he had enough of the hectic lifestyle...

Kick-Ass Trailer

Kick-Ass Trailer

Watch the trailer for Kick-Ass Dave Lizewski is a normal teenage boy, he's got the...

Mr. 3000 Movie Review

Mr. 3000 Movie Review

Anyone who doesn't believe that the script is the foundation of a movie should check...

The Third Miracle Movie Review

The Third Miracle Movie Review

In the immortal words of singer Fats Waller, "I believe in miracles...." Who else...

Two Family House Movie Review

Two Family House Movie Review

A sappy independent, Two Family House creates a romantic dramady out of the two unlikeliest...

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