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MOVIE REVIEWS: MAGIC MIKE

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It may seem surprising that a movie about male strippers would become one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but such is the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle compares the movie to the best of Howard Hawks and William Wellman. […]

A KILLER RATING FOR KILLER JOE?

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The MPAA’s ratings appeals board has upheld the NC-17 rating meted out to William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon. The board cited “graphic aberrant content” including violence and sexuality. Reviews of the film mention scenes in which Gershon appears nude below the waist. (Somewhat ironically, Gershon disclosed on Wednesday that she […]

MPAA RATES FRIEDKIN FLICK NC17

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Killer Joe, directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) and starring Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating. While the film includes scenes of brutal violence, they reportedly are no more outlandish than countless similar scenes in R-rated films. Reviews of the film, however, mention scenes in which […]

CLOONEY FILM TO OPEN VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

July 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

George Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March has been selected to open the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31, organizers said today (Thursday). Clooney directed the film and stars in it with Ryan Gosling. Some 22 films will be presented in competition, including Roman Polanski’s Carnage, starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and […]

ANOTHER “DOWN” WEEK AT THE BOX OFFICE

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest entries in the box office competition may have performed better than most analysts had predicted but their performances did not halt the almost uninterrupted weekly decline in ticket sales since December. The only “up” week was the Presidents Day weekend last month — and only because the holiday did not occur on the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE LINCOLN LAWYER

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With The Lincoln Lawyer, Matthew McConaughey is finally getting some recognition for his acting ability instead of his abs. Indeed Manohla Dargis of the New York Times is so astonished with his performance in the movie that she begins her review of it this way: “What happened — did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed […]