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Josef Krebs  |  Apr 23, 2013  |  0 comments

Gangster Squad

By 1949, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a New York Jew, has gone West to follow his manifest destiny to take over Los Angeles and then the whole of the Western United States through buying politicians, judges, and cops with profits from his vice, gambling, and drug rackets.

Josef Krebs  |  Apr 30, 2013  |  0 comments

Silver Linings Playbook

In Silver Linings Playbook by director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees), former high school history teacher Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) gets out of a state institution after spending eight months incarcerated there.

Josef Krebs  |  Apr 09, 2013  |  0 comments

Richard III

I'm no bard or balladeer, but I'd like to sing the praises of this Blu-ray (not to bury it).

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 13, 2013  |  0 comments

Shane

A cartoon I once saw depicted a middle-aged businessman staring out of his corner office window and crying out in desperation, "Shane.

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 20, 2013  |  0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

This is a story of fathers and sons. As previous seasons have shown, every gangster, it seems, starts as a kid with a difficult relationship with their dad and every hood has an equally important relationship with their boy. James "Jimmy" Darmody (Michael Pitt) stabs his father, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman).

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 27, 2013  |  0 comments

The Great Gatsby

As with Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, with this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel set during the Roaring Twenties, the writer-producer-director creates a series of set pieces of bravura filmmaking with careering camerawork of huge zoom-ins and acrobatic fly-arounds all tied together with rapid montages.

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 06, 2013  |  0 comments

Oblivion

Based on director Joseph Kosinski's acclaimed graphic novel, Oblivion is set in the post-apocalyptic future in which an invading alien army is beaten but only through the use of nuclear weapons that leave the planet uninhabitable.

Josef Krebs  |  Jul 02, 2013  |  0 comments

The Producers

When on-the-skids Broadway theatrical hustler Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) has his financial books examined by timid, nervous nebbish accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), the casual conversation that ensues persuades each of them that by producing a really, really dreadful play in order to ensure a massive flop, they can make more money than if they had a hit.

Josef Krebs  |  Jul 16, 2013  |  0 comments

42

42 is so schmaltzy, clean-cut, clean-living, and well brought up that it makes sentimental 1940s-made baseball biopics with Jimmy Stewart (The Stratton Story) or Gary Cooper (The Pride of the Yankees) seem positively cynical and bawdy in comparison.

Josef Krebs  |  Jul 23, 2013  |  0 comments

The Ice Storm

This 1997 tale of middle-class conformity and malaise, directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) tells of the Connecticut suburb of New Canaan circa 1973, a land of bored, half-hearted adult experimentation with long-term relationships and casual sex while their youngsters experience their own first exci

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