OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is Beautiful, Magical and a Must-See March Movie!

When I was a kid, nothing – absolutely nothing – scared me more than Miss Almira Gulch, aka The Wicked Witch of the West, from the classic 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer masterpiece, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Arguably the most-watched movie in history, there was something about her sinister sneer and evil cackle that gave me the willies, especially when Dorothy spies her inside the tornado, peddling outside the window of the uprooted Gale home. Despite having seen STAR WARS, JAWS, SUPERMAN and

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Trailer Tuesday: Meek’s Cutoff

Despite fantastic movies such as True Grit, Open Range, The Proposition, No Country for Old Men and Unforgiven, Hollywood has yet to embrace the Western like it once did from about 1950 to 1970. Those were the years of Once Upon a Time in the West, High Noon, The Magnificent Seven and The Searchers. Nowadays, cowboys and Indians have been replaced by superheroes and aliens. I suppose that’s ok, especially in Tinsletown, where the hot commodity seems to recycle. Perhaps

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Trailer Tuesday: Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are easily two of the best actors working in Hollywood, so the pairing of the duo in Blue Valentine, a film more than a decade in the making and an entry at the Sundance Film Festival last January, seems at once natural and wonderful.These two exceptional performers were seemingly star-crossed to display their talents alongside each other. Gosling mesmerized me when I saw him in The Believer at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, three years

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Movie Review: Shutter Island

There’s something mesmerizing about Martin Scorsese and the answer as to what finally dawned on me while watching him accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes almost a month ago. No, it’s not his furry caterpillar eyebrows tucked behind his bold, thick-framed glasses, nor is it his infectiously happy speech and big-toothed grandpa grin. To be precise, it’s his absolute and lasting love of all things cinema, which was unmistakable as I listened to his gracious remarks

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