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Taylor Hackford , Helen Mirren - 2016 Museum Of Modern Art Party In The Garden at Museum of Modern Art at Party In The Garden - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 1st June 2016

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren , Taylor Hackford - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Outside Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford and Dame Helen Mirren

Taylor Hackford , Dame Helen Mirren - Opening night of Verdi's Otello at the Metropolitan Opera House - Arrivals at Lincoln Center - New York, New York, United States - Monday 21st September 2015

Taylor Hackford and Dame Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford - American Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall - Red Carpet Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall, Tony Awards - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 7th June 2015

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Elizabeth Teeter, Helen Mirren and Sadie Sink
Helen Mirren and Taylor Hickford

Taylor Hackford - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived at the 2015 Roundabout Theatre Company Spring Gala which was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 2nd March 2015

Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren

Video - Helen Mirren Looks Picture Perfect In Blue Lace At 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' NY Premiere - Part 3


Helen Mirren wore a gorgeous blue lace dress at the New York premiere for her new movie 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Helen stars as the formidable Madame Mallory in the movie, the owner of a Michelin star French restaurant in competition with a neighbouring family run Indian eatery. The movie comes out in September 2014.

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Video - Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis And Catherine Zeta-Jones Sign Autographs At The 'Red 2' Premiere


Various members of the cast and other famous faces were snapped on their arrival at the New York premiere of action comedy 'Red 2'. Among the cast arrivals were 'The Queen' star Helen Mirren with her director husband Taylor Hackford, 'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis with his wife Emma Heming and 'Chicago' actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Parker Review


Very Good

Far better made than it has any right to be, this cheesy 70s-style thriller is given a thoroughly engaging kick by veteran filmmaker Hackford working outside his usual dramatic genre. It's predictable and far too long, but Hackford grounds everything in gritty reality, avoiding obnoxious effects work while indulging in entertaining innuendo and riotously nasty action sequences.

None of this is much of a stretch for the cast, and Statham's Parker is essentially the same character he always plays: a ruthlessly efficient, indestructible criminal with a conscience. After a gang of thugs (including Chiklis and Collins) betrays him following a fairgrounds heist, Parker miraculously recovers from his hideous injuries and heads to Florida to get revenge. He uses local estate agent Leslie (Lopez) to find the gang's lair, and she's instantly attracted to the way he fills out his designer suit. Living with her soap-addict mum (LuPone), Leslie is looking for a wealthy man to rescue her. And she's already too involved when she realises that Parker isn't who he seems to be. 

There isn't much to the plot, which is packed with contrived twists and turns and never follows through the intriguing possibilities along the way. At least the film avoids the usual action cliches, as Hackford sharply orchestrates each fight sequence to make it both lucid and startlingly brutal. This earthy approach keeps things relatively believable, until Parker emerges with yet another serious injury that doesn't slow him down at all. Meanwhile, Hackford injects plenty of eyebrow-raising flirtation that keeps us smiling. Statham and Lopez may not be stretching themselves as actors, but they clearly have a lot of fun circling around each other like dogs on heat.

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Parker is a skilled thief with a very specific moral code; never kill anyone who doesn't deserve it and never steal from those with little money. Other than that, he is brutal, doing anything it takes to seize his target along with his so-called loyal team. However, one day he finds that his accomplices are not the people he thought they were when they stab him in the back and leave him to die. As single-minded as ever, Parker assumes the new name and identity of Texas guy Daniel Parmitt and sets out to destroy his former allies for what they did to him seeking an unusual partnership with Leslie:  a local resident of Palm Beach who has inside information on Parker's targets and agrees to help him despite having reservations about his plan to murder every last one of them and take the loot from their latest robbery.

'Parker' is a crime thriller based on the novel 'Flashfire' by Donald E. Westlake. It has been directed by the Oscar winner that is Taylor Hackford ('An Officer and a Gentleman', 'The Devil's Advocate') and written by John J. McLaughlin ('Black Swan', 'Hitchcock') and will be released in cinemas across the UK from March 8th 2013. 

Director: Taylor Hackford

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Bukowski: Born Into This Review


Good
Poet and novelist Charles Bukowski was a howling drunk, an unapologetic womanizer, and a smoking, gambling foul-mouthed literary sensation. He haunted barrooms and horse tracks. He brawled and hired prostitutes. He hung out with celebrities and is revered by legions of readers. No doubt his life contains all the stuff of a fascinating documentary -- only Bukowski: Born into This isn't it.

For a movie about a wild man, Born into This is awfully tame. Director John Dullaghan does a commendable job of chronicling his subject's life, using Bukowski's various novels and poems as portals into his life experiences, but Dullaghan never challenges the audience to determine exactly what to make of Bukowski, either as a human or as a writer. Was he a misogynist or a sage? Is it possible to be both? What is his literary legacy? Why don't universities typically teach Bukowski? Do English professors know something the rest of us don't?

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Dolores Claiborne Review


Good
Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh have returned in a new Steven King film, Dolores Claiborne. Another departure from typical King fare, this is a tense psychological drama and character study, akin to last year's The Shawshank Redemption (also based on his work).

Set on a depressed and perpetually wet island off the coast of Maine, Dolores Claiborne (Bates) is the focus of the film. Looming in her past is a secret: she may or may not have killed her abusive husband (played in flashbacks by David Strathairn). In the present, Dolores has apparently been driven to madness by her husband and her employer Vera, the elderly woman for whom Dolores nursemaids. At the film's opening, we are presented with what appears to be Vera's death by Dolores's weathered hands.

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Everybody's All-American Review


OK
The most striking thing in Everybody's All-American, aside from the atrocious hair and make-up work in the movie's last 20 minutes, is in how little of the material is noteworthy. The drama covers four decades, the demise of the Old South, marital infidelity, and the perils of hero worship and bankruptcy. However, director Taylor Hackford and screenwriter Tom Rickman make the mistake of profiling problems, and not the people dealing with them.

Everybody's All-American stars Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange, who first meet at Louisiana State University. He's Gavin Grey, an earnest football star who can do no wrong; she's Babs, the beauty queen who sees them as a couple and nothing else. They marry. He gets drafted to play in the National Football League and they build a life together. They have lots of kids, start a business and try to maintain the glowing example they set for an adoring campus.

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Proof Of Life Review


Extraordinary
Good films are hard to find these days. Great films are beyond rare. Proof of Life, Russell Crowe's one-two punch of a deft kidnap and rescue thriller, is one of those rare gems. A taut drama laced with strong and subtle acting, an intelligent script, and masterful directing, together it delivers something virtually unheard of in the film industry these days, genuine motivation in a story that rings true.

Consider the strange coincidence of Russell Crowe's character in Proof of Life making the moves on a distraught wife played by Meg Ryan's character in the film -- all while the real Russell Crowe was hitching up with married woman Meg Ryan in the outside world. I haven't seen this much chemistry between actors since McQueen and MacGraw teamed up in Peckinpah's masterpiece, The Getaway.

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Ray Review


Good
Every time former Booty Call-er Jamie Foxx rasps his voice, sways gracefully on a piano bench, or hugs his own torso in triumph, we lose the actor we've come to know completely. Left standing in his place is the late Ray Charles, staring back at us from behind those trademark sunglasses - and yes, we eventually learn why he wears them.

Foxx's tribute, solidified whenever he breaks into Charles' signature grin, goes beyond mimicry to find the soul of one of America's most gifted songwriters. You'll undoubtedly leave Ray talking about Foxx's career performance. The discussion may continue right up until Oscar night.

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Parker Movie Review

Parker Movie Review

Far better made than it has any right to be, this cheesy 70s-style thriller is...

Parker Trailer

Parker Trailer

Parker is a skilled thief with a very specific moral code; never kill anyone who...

Proof of Life Movie Review

Proof of Life Movie Review

Good films are hard to find these days. Great films are beyond rare....

Ray Movie Review

Ray Movie Review

Every time former Booty Call-er Jamie Foxx rasps his voice, sways gracefully on a piano...

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