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Fun Fantasy for All Ages

by Sandra Olmsted

In Disney’s latest animated film, Zootopia, an anthropomorphic world exists, and all animals, predators and prey, live in perfect harmony. Despite all this inter-species harmony, a bunny girl, namely Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), must struggle against stereotyping to become the first bunny police officer.

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Hail, Caesar: Revisionist Eddie Mannix Had Ties

by Sandra Olmsted

The Eddie Mannix portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Coen Brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar, bears little resemblance to any account of the real man I have encountered in my considerable research on Hollywood. The real Edie Mannix had some connection with the mob before moving into working for MGM as the studio’s “Fixer,” comptroller, and general manager.

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The Revenant: Revenge Served Bleak and Cold

Leonardo DiCaprio (center) stars as  Hugh Glass who  was left for dead In The Revenant opening Friday, Jan. 8 at St. Louis area theaters.

Leonardo DiCaprio
(center) stars as
Hugh Glass who
was left for dead
In The Revenant
opening Friday,
Jan. 8 at St. Louis
area theaters.

By Sandra Olmsted

Writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárittu’s latest film, The Revenant, chronicles, in part, the true story of a frontier scout left for dead in territories that will become North and South Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska during the winter of 1823-1824. Based on Michael Punke’s 2002 fact-based novel of the same name, the story is both a tale of revenge and of wraithlike return from the dead.

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Holiday Preview: Films Opening Now until End of Year

by Sandra Olmsted

OPENING DEC. 18:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

In director Walt Becker’s animated franchise sequel, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, through a series of misunderstandings, come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. The impressive list of actors voicing characters includes Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg, Josh Green. Website: www.alvinmovie.com rated PG for some mild rude humor and language and runs 90 minutes.

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‘In the Heart of the Sea’: Modernized Moby Dick

by Sandra Olmsted

In his new film, In the Heart of the Sea, director Ron Howard and screenwriter Charles Leavitt modernize the true tale of what happened to the whaling ship the Essex circa 1820 by drawing out themes of environmentalism and comparing the whale oil industry to today’s oil industry. Yet, with all this enlightenment going on in their script, they still manage to make an exciting film thanks to gorgeously done CGI and fast paced action.

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Films creating Oscar Buzz

 

The Oscar Race is On! List of top Films of 2015

           by Sandra Olmsted

When Chris Rook takes the stage on Feb. 28, 2016, how many of the Oscar nominated films will you have seen and what will be your chances of winning the obligatory “predict the Oscars” game?

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