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First Night Flicks: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave (2013) Directed By: Steve McQueen Written By: John Ridley, based on the memoir by Solomon Northrup Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality Often times, directors (or studios) shy away from depicting the atrocities of our history in a way […]

First Night Flicks: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)   Directed by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Starring: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Written by: Dan Fogelman Rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language  Love, in cinema, is usually portrayed in simplistic terms. People in the movies fall in love at first sight, or they […]

First Night Flicks: Limitless

Limitless (2011) Directed by: Neil Burger Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Robert De Niro Written by: Leslie Dixon Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language What if a pill could make you instantly smarter? What […]

The Envelope Please…: Lyssa’s Thoughts on the Oscar Nominations

Yesterday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their annual nominees for the best in movies over the past year. Having seen the majority of the films nominated in the major categories, and, as anyone knows me would expect, I have a lot to say. This year’s surprises weren’t about what was nominated, […]

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 09:00 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · One Comment
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First Night Flicks: The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet (2011) Directed by: Michel Gondry Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz Written by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Based on the radio series created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker There’s a moment at the beginning of The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) where Seth Rogen describes a certain show he […]

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 12:59 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · One Comment
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First Night Flicks: Love and Other Drugs

Love and Other Drugs (2010) Directed by: Edward Zwick Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria Based on the book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jaime Reidy Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material. A great romantic film can do serious damage to […]

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 17:34 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · Comments Closed
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First Night Flicks: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) Directed by: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Based on: chapters 1 though 23 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality. It’s an extremely difficult task […]

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 14:52 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · Comments Closed
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First Night Flicks: Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham (2010) Directed By: Nigel Cole Starring: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James Rated R for language and brief sexuality. In 1968, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company factory in Dagenham went on strike when they were classified as unskilled laborers to justify paying them a meager salary. Of […]

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 10:11 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · Comments Closed
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First Night Flicks: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2010) Luftslottet som sprängdes (The Air Castle that was Blown up) Directed by: Daniel Alfredson Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin Based on the Novel: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson Rated: R for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief […]

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 12:43 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · 3 Comments
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First Night Flicks: Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It (2010) Directed by: Greg Berlanti Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content It’s hard out there for a first-time parent. Every other parent on  your block has advice for you, some of it conflicting. You never know if you’re doing […]

Posted on October 8, 2010 at 08:59 by Lyssa Spero · Permalink · Comments Closed
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