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Movie Review – Nick of Time

Nick of TimeI recently watched the 1995 thriller, Nick of Time, and it was great. Unfortunately, this film was a box office bust. It cost $33 million to make and only brought in a little over $8 million. Part of this lackluster return may have been because of dismal reviews from critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it only received a 29% approval rating, which is shocking considering the gripping narrative and wonderful cast. For me, what made this film so good was Christopher Walken’s performance; Walken always excels as a villain, and this was one of his greatest roles ever. Johnny Depp also did a terrific job and the supporting cast, including the always-consistent Charles S. Dutton, was strong across the board. Ignore the naysayers and give Nick of Time a shot. It’s a compelling thriller that’ll keep your attention from start to finish and make you wonder how Christopher Walken is able to effortlessly embody a deliciously villainous role.

Below’s the film’s synopsis and trailer, as well as a clip highlighting Christopher Walken’s stellar performance. Enjoy!


A stranger pulled into a deadly scheme races against time to save his daughter in this thriller. Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) is an accountant who comes to L.A. with his ten-year-old daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) to attend a funeral. On the street, Gene and Lynn are pulled aside by Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia), who flash what look like police badges and usher them into a van. Gene soon discovers that he’s been kidnapped, and his captors have an unusual demand — if Gene does not murder Gov. Eleanor Grant (Marsha Mason) within 75 minutes, his daughter will be killed. Gene now has just an hour and a quarter to tip off the authorities, spare Gov. Grant, and find out what Smith and Jones are trying to do, along with saving his daughter’s life. He finds a much-needed ally in one-legged shoe-shine man Huey (Charles S. Dutton).

Movie Review: The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of HappynessLast night, at the request of my girlfriend, I watched The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. To my delight, it was an excellent movie based on the true story of Chris Gardner. While the ending is predictable, it’s also gratifying and inspiring. Out of all the dramatic roles I’ve seen him play, this is Will Smith’s best. He convincingly conveys the heartbreak and struggle of a man doing his best to get by, move up and provide for his family. And being a fan of Wall StreetI smiled when I saw James Karen in the film as a big-time stock broker. The rest of the supporting cast, including Will Smith’s real-life son, Jaden Smith, were equally enjoyable in their roles. The movie’s score, composed by Andrea Guerra, is also worth noting because it effectively amplifies the deep emotions weaved throughout the film. Overall, this is a great movie that I highly recommend you check out.

Official Movie Synopsis  

Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher (Jaden Smith). When his girlfriend Linda (Thandie Newton) walks out, Chris is left to raise Christopher (Jaden Smith) on his own. Chris’ determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.

Movie Review – The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines - Movie PosterThis past weekend my girlfriend convinced me to go see The Place Beyond the Pines, a crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance. She wanted to see it because it stars Ryan Gosling. I acquesed because it also stars Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta. I’m glad I decided to go because it’s a wonderful movie. The acting is excellent across the board, and the three-act plot made it feel as if I was watching a play. Being a fan of mysteries and thrillers, I enjoyed the various twists, vulnerable characters and solid pacing. And beautifully woven throughout the film is the theme of choices and consequences, as well as the relationships between fathers and sons. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below and give The Place Beyond the Pines a shot. It’s an engaging movie that will stay with you long after the final credits have rolled.

Official Synopsis

The daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.

Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is in constant motion, a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels from town to town with the carnival. Passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has in his absence given birth to their son Jason. Luke resolves to forsake life on the road and to provide for his newfound family, taking a job as car mechanic with Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). Robin soon discovers Luke’s special talents, and proposes to partner with him in a string of spectacular bank robberies. But it is only a matter of time before Luke will run up against the law – which comes in the form of Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper).

Avery is an ambitious rookie cop navigating a local police department ruled by the menacingly corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta). When Avery, just beginning to balance his profession and his family life with wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ, confronts Luke, the full consequences will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

The Great Gatsby – New Movie Trailer

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is coming to theaters May 10. The new movie trailer (see below) was just released, and it looks like it should be a good film.

For those looking to revisit the book upon which the film is based, a new audiobook production of the novel, narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, will be available on Audible.com starting Tuesday, April 9.

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