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The Public Theater presents the opening night celebration for Shakespeare in the Park's 'Measure For Measure' at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park - Arrivals

Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron - Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron New York City, USA - The Public Theater presents the opening night celebration for Shakespeare in the Park's 'Measure For Measure' at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park - Arrivals Thursday 30th June 2011

The screening of 'Midnight in Paris' at the Tribeca Grand Hotel

Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron - Nicholas Pileggi,Nora Ephron New York City, USA - The screening of 'Midnight in Paris' at the Tribeca Grand Hotel Tuesday 17th May 2011

Party to celebrate the new cast members of the play 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' at 44 1/2

Nicholas Pileggi and his wife Nora Ephron - Nicholas Pileggi and his wife Nora Ephron New York City, USA - Party to celebrate the new cast members of the play 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' at 44 1/2 Wednesday 21st October 2009

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Nicholas Pileggi, Nora Ephron arrive at Waverly Inn for dinner

Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron Thursday 6th March 2008 Nicholas Pileggi, Nora Ephron arrive at Waverly Inn for dinner New York City, USA

Casino Review


Good
The way I see it, Martin Scorsese has one problem: He's in love with the sound of his own voice, as it comes out through the dialogue of films like GoodFellas and now, Casino. Clocking in at three long hours, Casino is an entertaining and engrossing film, but just drags a simple story into a sprawling, epic tale that desperately needs a little trimming.

Based on a true story, Casino is the tale of Sam Rothstein (Robert De Niro), the best of the old bookmakers, who is hand-picked by his mob bosses "Back Home" to go to Las Vegas to run the Tangiers Casino. Sam has to contend with managing the bosses' skim going out the back door, cheats at the tables, the law breathing down his neck, and strung-out hustler Ginger (Sharon Stone), whom Sam falls for, and, despite his better judgment, eventually marries. Add to the mix Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), who basically reprises his role from GoodFellas as a "problem solver" with a temper from hell, and it's pure chaos in the high-glamour world of 1973 Las Vegas.

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City Hall Review


OK
There's two things I dislike: politics and long, boring speeches. City Hall has plenty of both, and while Al Pacino is almost cool enough to make me think politics can be okay, it's got so many long speeches that I started looking for the remote control after the third or fourth one.

City Hall is a drama/thriller with most of the thrill sucked out of it. After a ridiculously convoluted opening, filled with the weak voice-over of the Deputy Mayor of New York City, Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack), we find ourselves embroiled in the world of Mayor John Pappas (Pacino). As the film opens, we find a cop and mobster killed in a shoot-out, taking with them the life of a six-year old boy.

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GoodFellas Review


Extraordinary
GoodFellas - strange title for a movie, don't you think? There's a capital G and a capital F in there, intercapped as one word. One imagines that Martin Scorsese decided to make not just a film but a global conglomerate too, like FedEx or PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The corporate comparison seems appropriate, because no movie looks at the mob as a business the way GoodFellas does. Sure, the first two Godfather films give us a sophisticated cross-section of the architecture of mob power, and the best parts of New Jack City track the drug trade up and down the class ladder. But GoodFellas is where we get learn exactly where the money goes, and precisely how it compromises, corrodes, and eventually collapses family and friendship. A multi-generational tale of bad money, it is the defining American movie of the 1990s; Scorsese hasn't made a film half as good since its 1990 release.

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