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Arts and Entertainment Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 4 years ago

Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic

by: Popcorn Bob

Popcorn Key
One Popcorn: Flop
Two Popcorns: Wait ’till it’s on video
Three Popcorns: Go see it
Four Popcorns: Standing ovation

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Three Popcorns

Genre: Drama

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda

Director: Lee Daniels

Rating: PG-13

Comment: A well written and acted illustration of the ravages of slavery, through the civil rights movement up to the first black President of the United States. All seen through the eyes of a long-time White House butler.

"Blue Jasmine"
Three Popcorns

Genre: Drama

Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Woody Allen

Rating: PG-13

Comment: The epitome of a tragic comedy. Blanchett is outstanding in this picture. Allen's neurotically insane comedy comes through in spades amid the "tragic" lives of the principals.

"The Wolverine"
Two Popcorns

Genre: Action/Adventure

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova

Director: James Mangold

Rating: PG-13

Comment: For those who enjoy watching Jackman with his shirt off, it's a big hit. Other than that it is a super hero story trying to be unnecessarily esoteric, "long winded," lame lines and with completely over-the-top stupid action. Can wait for the next one.

Three Popcorns

Genre: Drama

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Rating: PG-13

Comment: Masterful performance by Ashton Kutcher portraying Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer, building and growing the new high tech company.

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