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Re: “Wonderstruck

Run, do not walk, to see this show about a girl born deaf and a boy deafened in an accident who search for their mother and father respectively in New York City. Cinematic genius combines black-and-white film depicting the Big Apple in 1927 and color shots portraying it in 1977. The story lines converge in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The young actress is deaf, as are several actors portraying hearing people. Compelling finish. Worth the mystery

Posted by Terry Starr on 11/13/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Oblivion

I'm not a Cruise fan really, but I liked this one.

Posted by Mark Plumlee on 06/05/2013 at 11:30 AM

Re: “In the Hive

In the Hive was remarkable, i can't stop talking about it. How can i get the movie. Is it on DVd?

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Posted by Lane on 02/25/2013 at 10:25 PM

Re: “The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)

buena. buena. buena

Posted by opti on 11/25/2011 at 1:14 AM

Re: “My Run Premiere Event

Love this FILM!!! I'm bringing my Family to the March 31st Screening!

Posted by lovefilm on 02/12/2011 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Queen of the Lot

Queen of the Lot is set in modern-day Hollywood and stars Tanna Frederick, Noah Wyle and Christopher Rydell. In this sequel to Hollywood Dreams, Margie Chizek has achieved B movie success with her action hero films under her new name, Maggie Chase. But she's also gotten into trouble having had a few DUIs and now she's under house arrest - ankle bracelet and all. She's driven in her quest for A-list fame as evidenced by her obsession with her Google points. She's got more points than her home state of Iowa but far less than Angelina Jolie and that's got to change. She has to be Queen of the Lot - just like Norma Shearer. 
Zack Norman and David Proval reprise their Hollywood Dreams roles as Kaz and Caesar, the hotshot gay Hollywood producers who discovered Maggie. They are still "married" (to each other) and funnier than ever. Maggie asks them if she can stay at their mansion for a while because she can't stand being stuck in her apartment on house arrest with the press dogging her. They agree and she gets police permission to stay with them.
Maggie asks Kaz and Caesar if her boyfriend (an already established star) Dov Lambert (Christopher Rydell), can stay, too. Dov is a half-wit who hails from Hollywood royalty. Enter Aaron Lambert (Noah Wyle), Dov's brother, a failed writer and black sheep of the family, who is sent to fetch Dov to help with a family crisis.   
Is there really such a thing as a functional family? I don't think I've ever met one. Dov takes Maggie home to meet the family, headed by charismatic patriarch Louis Lambert (played with great depth by Jack Heller). At dinner, Dov introduces Maggie to everyone, including his sort-of estranged wife (Daisy White). What happens at large dysfunctional family dinners (as in Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons)? Fur flies between various factions and, of course, Margie is right in there trying to fit in and help out and maybe make a connection that will propel her to megastardom. Aaron is in the fray maintaining his role as the family scapegoat and helping Maggie feel comfortable amidst the family bickering while Dov plays with his wife and other more important things - like his poker buddies. Maggie and Aaron reluctantly fall for each other and the way their relationship develops is one of the most irresistible aspects of the film.  
Frederick and Wyle together make the silver screen simmer with vintage Tinseltown charm reminiscent of Tracy and Hepburn. Frederick plays Maggie Chase as down-to-earth, believable and loveable. Maggie is driven, insecure, and slightly conniving but she's also smart, forceful and can take care of business. This is Frederick’s best performance as she infuses Maggie with her uncanny combination of star and girl-next-door. Wyle is at the top of his game as Aaron, an insecure good guy whose wife has just left him. He's a wreck but his inner strength comes through in emergencies.
As often occurs in Jaglom films, his brother Michael Emil appears, this time as a curmudgeonly interloper in a therapy group. Jaglom's daughter Sabrina is absolutely stunning. Remember her as Zoe Lambert, the young filmmaker in Hollywood Dreams who rejects Margie Chizek? Well, Zoe's turned into quite a formidable, sometimes calculating young woman. Simon Orson Jaglom, is just adorable as Michael Lambert. Love him!
There is an outstanding supporting cast including great performances by Kelly DeSarla, Ron Vignone and Diane Salinger as Maggie's "handlers." Salinger is frighteningly believable as Maggie's "life coach." Mary Crosby, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher, Paul Sand and Beege Barkette shine as various family members and associates. Tommy Garrett is delightful as a reporter who empathizes with Maggie's quest for fame and the fact that she only gets attention from the press when she’s been bad.  
You’ve got to see this movie. There are some very funny lines and Queen of the Lot has heart and soul. When I saw Jaglom’s Hollywood Dreams I thought, "This is the REAL Hollywood." Queen of the Lot has reinforced that. I'd like to poll some Hollywood types to see if they agree. In any event, I am confident that Tanna Frederick is going to achieve her dreams in Hollywood and if there were still a lot, she would be queen of it!

Posted by Sally Brooks on 11/06/2010 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Creed

Saw the movie today and was very impressed. Stallone at his best. The young Creed (Michael B. Jordan) was excellent in his role also, and the movie was relatively devoid of gratuitous sex and bad language.

Posted by disguyJ on 11/30/2015 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Tied to a Chair

What a great movie about women taking their lives back. Congrats Noami for such a fabulous film.

Posted by CassieD on 03/03/2011 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The 33

Posted by Vania Barraza - La prensa latina on 11/15/2015 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Blood Done Sign My Name

One can clearly see that film reviewing is a corrupt industry. Just like the film and publishing industry. They go hand and hand with all these lies.

Posted by Truebabe on 01/21/2010 at 5:06 PM

Re: “The Hustle Report: Week 2

Austin Nichols, no mention.

Posted by Jerry Cupples on 11/17/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Near as I can tell there's some nonsense deficit at play in many (even serious) conversations about enrollment. I'm hoping to get around to posting about that before this issue is off shelves. Multitasking! But the idea of "getting enrollment up" is maybe the wrong perspective and a self-creating problem when so many dire enrollment crisis moments can be directly related to something as basic as rising and falling birthrates. For communities its important to foster opportunities for education, vocational training, etc, but for colleges -- particularly small, specialty colleges -- the goal of stabilizing and growing enrollment has to be married to realistic scale and adaptability.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/17/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Here's another interesting commentary on the state of higher education. [1]

The truth is that all institutions of higher education are going to be hurting bad around 2027 due to lower enrollment. We won't see the last of the closings, and even well managed schools will close.

It's up to us to get that enrollment higher in Memphis. We need to graduate more students who are college ready. And we need to do more to convince our kids to stay home, or at least give them a reason to.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

Someone buy it!!! this is so sad!! Memphis losing its charm :(

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Posted by Kate Jesse on 11/17/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Change of Direction Needed in Shelby County Juvenile Justice System

Absolutely well written and deserves serious decisive actions on our part. This article delves right into the heart of the juvenile delinquency issue. This is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive approach that starts with understanding that multiple factors create this problem. Good mental health is good for public health!

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Posted by Craig Elliott on 11/17/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “'Massive' New Boat Brings Friction on the Riverfront


Posted by Val Nesmith on 11/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Change of Direction Needed in Shelby County Juvenile Justice System

A well-written and incisive opinion which should be a mandate for our long-troubled Juvenile Court. Young people with early trauma and the corresponding mental and social issues grow up to be troubled and often dangerous adults. These children and society deserve better. A change starts with Juvenile Court judges who understand this, and who do not have their own ax to grind, their own pet theories, and their own elections to win, and a corresponding arrogance and bullying personality and preconceptions about both juveniles and their parents. The sheer rudeness and disrespect displayed in Juvenile Court wouldn't stand the light of day, but these hearings are closed to protect the minors. It would be far better for the minors if the public could see what goes on on Adams Avenue.

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Posted by MemphisTigers on 11/16/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I had the privilege of attending the Memphis College of Art as an Illustration major from 1995-1999. I enjoyed my time there and it's sad to see that MCA will be shutting its doors in the not-too-distant future. However, I'm not surprised at the announcement. Along with the stated reasons behind MCAs' impending closing, one also has to factor in the consideration that Art has become both more specialized and devalued in society, and even having a degree in art doesn't guarantee that a person will have a career as any sort of artist. This is true whether one is a "Fine" or "Graphic" Artist. There are those young people and their parents who realize that art schools are a very expensive proposition and that the end results may not justify the crushing debt that many will be saddled with afterwards. Speaking of the "commercial/graphic arts", the fields have changed so drastically within the past couple of decades that if a person is brave, passionate, or foolhardy enough to pursue a career as an artist, then he or she had best pursue the media arts and have a game plan. It's no longer enough to be able to draw, paint, or sculpt well or be a graphic designer; one must also embrace 3D computer graphics for videogames, animation, and moviemaking, in addition to the other attendant skills for working in Hollywood special FX , movie, television, and videogame industries. Also, Memphis College of Art is not the only art school closing in the United States. The Antonelli Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be closing its doors after the 2017-2018 academic year. It was founded in 1938 and offered a two-year Associates Degree in Photography and Graphic Design. The Brooks Institute, a "for profit" visual arts school in Ventura, California recently closed for good in October 2017 after the ouster of the school's president and the resignations of its trustees. Brooks Institute specialized in Visual Journalism, Film, Graphic Design, and Professional Photography. Last, The Art Institutes ("Ai") closed 19 of its campuses between 2015-2016. Ai was embroiled in the "for profit" school scandal, accused of deceptive practices and described by some students who'd received degrees from them as being "worthless." The so-called "Art Institutes" were owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which was one of the largest "for profit" chains in the country and is now looking to sell off Ai. It's worth noting that only the Nashville and Atlanta campuses are still open & that The Art Institutes operated 50 campuses at its height. In this ever-volatile economic and political climate, it makes one wonder what other art schools will be on the chopping block.

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Posted by Tony Parker on 11/16/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Hello Boris! FCC Clears the Way for Right Wing Sinclair's Channel 3 Takeover

When that starts I will definitely stop watching "the most watched morning news in Memphis".

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Posted by Smitty1961 on 11/16/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Angel, I think you might add, "!!!!!!!!!".

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:16 PM

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