My View: The Lone Ranger (2013) PG-13 Tonto (Johnny Depp) tells the story of a man who started out as lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man who favored the law over a gun. But the West is a tough place and to save his brother’s family, John had to turn into the man with the white hat and the black mask. He had to become The Lone Ranger. I enjoyed the first 30 minutes of this film as it was funny and moved at a quick pace. Then the movie bogged down in trying to top itself with massive explosions and unimaginative stunts. And why does a western feel the need to have massive explosions and stunts for almost two and half hours? The film can never decide if it is a film for kids (it's not, even though it's being released under the Disney label) or adults, and it mixes things such as a violent shootout where numerous lives are lost, with a humorous scene involving the Lone Ranger's horse, Silver. Depp is the star of the film as Hammer can't keep up with the more experienced actor. But, I think fans of Depp will be disappointed as he delivers most of his lines in a deadpan manner. The film is too long, never captures the audience's imagination, and the last big chase scene is entirely too confusing to make any sense. It's a sad state of affairs when I enjoy the performance of a horse more than the actors. By the way, there is a bonus scene during the credits, but like most of this film, it doesn't go anywhere and is not worth staying for. My Rating: Cable The Lone Ranger Website
Indiefest: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) PG-13 The film highlights one of the most unappreciated jobs in the world, the world of the backup singer. The spotlight is placed on singers Merry Clayton, Lisa Fisher and Darlene Love – whom you know only by their voices. This fascinating film is a must-see for fans of rock music of the 60's and 70's as it gives behind-the-scenes stories and footage of some of the greatest musical performances of that era, including concerts by such artists as Sting, The Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker. There is also some amazing television footage of performances by Lynryd Skynrd, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner and David Bowie. Music is the key to this film, and it is an enjoyable experience to see how much these singers love what they do. In addition to getting a glimpse into the world of a back-up singer’s lifestyle, you get to experience their passion, and how hard these singers work, often in the shadows with very little recognition. My Rating: Full Price For My In-Depth Review of the Film Click Here 20 Feet from Stardom Website
Indiefest: Unfinished Song (2013) PG-13 Arthur (Terence Stamp) is a grumpy husband who barely tolerates his wife’s (Vanessa Redgrave) love for singing in the community center’s choir. Arthur’s world is about to change when the head volunteer of the choir, a young woman named, Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), decides to enter the choir, made up of senior citizens, in a national competition. This is a heart-warming film with a winning performance by Stamp. The film is at its best when the choir start singing the latest hip-hop and heavy metal hits. Arterton does a terrific job as the choir leader who becomes a friend to Arthur and gets him to come out of his grumpy shell. My Rating: Full Price Unfinished Song Info
Forgotten Film: Silent Running (1972) PG In the future, due to overbuilding and overcrowding, the Earth has put all it's remaining flora on gigantic pods contacted to a space ship. Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) enjoys his time on the ship, caring for the ecosystems like they are his own family. But, when word comes that the pods that contain the ecosystems are to be jettisoned, and the ship is to return to Earth, Freeman must choose between the lives of his fellow crewmen and the ecosystems that he loves. Dern gives a moving performance in this film, and, while the "hippy, earth first" theme is a little heavy handed, it's still a surprising and enjoyable film to watch. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Silent Running Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD): A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) R I hated this film as I felt it didn't live up to the Die Hard franchise. The plot is horrible, and the film is so poorly constructed that when you get to the end, you have no idea how you got there. Stay away from this film filled with "Daddy issues". My Rating: You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again A Good Day to Die Hard Info
Weird Credits: From the credits of The Lone Ranger: Facial hair and hair goods
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Red 2 (2013) PG-13 The retired black-op CIA agents are back, and this time they are looking for a missing portable nuclear bomb. The cast is why we should be excited to see this film with Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker. And, they have added Catherine Zeta-Jones to the cast as a former lover of Willis. Can't wait for this one! Red 2 Website
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