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42 and Harrison Ford

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42 is the story of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. It tells us how he was elevated from the minor leagues into the ranks of playing for the famous Brooklyn Dodgers. It was the mid 1940's, and baseball was a white man's sport. With the help of Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), Jackie entered the major leagues with a tumultuous and controversial start. The whole Dodgers team had to endure an onslaught of hate, death threats, and racism with Robinson bravely at the forefront.

This movie is very paint-by-numbers in many regards, choosing its battles carefully. It reminded me of the bio pic Ray, with Jamie Fox playing Ray Charles. Only 42, unlike many other movies about equality and racial justice, pulls many punches. This may, however, be for the best. While there are a lot of racial slurs and horrible racist attitudes from many of the characters, it never feels like too much, or overbearing. This was very skillfully orchestrated by the filmmakers, and probably the editor…

The Internship

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Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation's most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention. (c) Fox PG-13, 1 hr. 59 min. DramaComedy Directed By: Written By:Vince VaughnJared Stern In Theaters:Jun 7, 2013 Wide Box Office:$31.1M 20th Century Fox - Official Site 






The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, is a fairly forgettable and half-fun comedy that was forged in the fires of mediocrity and risen to the great heights of marginal acceptability. Playing it safe at every turn, every "surprise" and "twist" is par for the course. Every average and predict…

Man of Steel

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Hitchcock

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HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie Psycho. PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min. Drama Directed By: Written By:John J. McLaughlin,Stephen RebelloSacha Gervasi In Theaters:Nov 23, 2012 Limited On DVD:Mar 12, 2013 Box Office:$6.0M Fox Searchlight Pictures


















Cinephiles everywhere need to treat themselves to Hitchcock, by director Herb Jenkins and starring Anthony Hopkins as legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Here's why:

If you're too young to remember Hitchcock, some of the potency of this story will be lost on you. But, it will be a fantastic introduction to a director that has had a heavy influence on modern movie making. Consider it an educational film about Hitchcock. Directors from M. Night Shamalayn to Woody Allen have been compared to him. He nearly perfected the art of the indie film, and created a …