Movies

New to On Demand: Concussion

Concussion focuses on the startling discovery made by Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) while working as a pathologist in Pittsburgh. Omalu was on duty in September 2002 when the body of legendary Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster (David Morse) was to be autopsied. Taking the care and methodical approach he used with all of his cases, Omalu discovered frightening facts that puzzled him. It was those facts that led him to dig deeper — even spending his own money — to uncover why this man was lying in a morgue at age 50. A native of Nigeria, Omalu has never […]

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New to On Demand: Legend

Director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) introduces viewers to the Kray twins in his new film, Legend. The identical twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie, were two of the most notorious criminals in British history. Their empire rose in London’s East End during the 1960s and they dominated much of the illegal activity there. Helgeland’s film is a closer examination of the twins, both portrayed by Tom Hardy. Reggie Kray was the quiet but merciless twin — feared and revered at the same time, as many gangsters have been throughout history. He fashioned himself into a club owner, and though that wasn’t […]

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New to On Demand: Creed

Creed is the latest installment of the extremely successful Rocky series of films. While Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is back for this film, the focus is on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of the late Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his father — Apollo died before he was born — but he has always had a fighter inside. Bouncing around in the system until his grandmother (Phylicia Rashad) took him in, Adonis caused trouble everywhere he went. Now a grown man, he knows fighting is in his blood. Adonis has been a successful fighter in the Mexican underground […]

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New to On Demand: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs. It’s a name synonymous with technological innovation. In the new film that bears the same name, we get a peek into the life of that man during three very different moments in his life. Jobs (Michael Fassbender) cofounded Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) in a garage. Despite their differences in personality and approach, the Apple IIc they developed there was instrumental in building the early iterations of the company now known for iPads, iPhones and all that other cool stuff beginning with “i.” As Jobs changes through the years, he chooses to ignore the past […]

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New to On Demand: Love the Coopers

The annual Christmas Eve celebration is the destination in the new film Love the Coopers. Every year, millions of people set out to gather together during Christmas, usually with an extended family that includes grandma and grandpa alongside aunts and uncles and the like. The Coopers are planning on one of these “perfect” family gatherings. Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) enjoys this moment with her kids, her sister, her father and her loving husband. Only one thing: This may be the last Christmas together under her roof. Charlotte and her husband Sam (John Goodman) are struggling and may be calling it […]

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Awards Shows

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

And so it goes – the latest Hollywood awards season news is out, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations are in for the 20th annual show, and there are some interesting selections. For the sake of full disclosure, I am a voting member of the group that annually hosts the awards, the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association). Hosted by Michael Strahan (the Super Bowl champion, Fox NFL Sunday analyst, and Live! with Kelly and Michael host) the awards will air LIVE on A&E on Jan. 15th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. As a personal aside … my mom loves […]