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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 26, 2015

Will Smith is the name above the title in the credits of “Focus.” Margot Robbie’s is, far and away, the name above the title in your head as you walk out of the theater.If the Aus... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You would be hard put to find a 21st century movie any more Russian than “Leviathan.” It’s a bleakly powerful look at a corrupt new post-Soviet Russia where struggling decency can get crushed... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Monday, February 23, 2015

It turns out that one of the best things that could have happened to the Oscar this year was the de facto blackout of black faces among the nominees. What resulted from all that much-decried sea of... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, February 22, 2015

Here’s something no one ever expects to write: Let’s really hear it for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, that most dubious and roundly ridiculed of professional Hollywood bodies. Why? S... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kevin Costner was 60 in January. He can still play 50 but you really wouldn’t want him stretching any further toward youth than that on screen. If, in fact, he seems to you to be a tiny bit too old ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, February 15, 2015

John Belushi galumphed down the stairs with all the physical grace of an exhausted hippo. He wore a heavy winter overcoat and the kind of winter hat that has fur ear flaps. He carried a bag of groceri... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 12, 2015

Let me tell you what happened in my row at the screening when Jamie Dornan finally bared his tush on screen in the first love scene in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The young woman next to me applauded ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In January of 2006, Bob Woodruff had been on the job for only a few weeks. He was Peter Jennings’ official replacement as anchorman for ABC’s nightly news. Brian Williams, at the time, had been th... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, February 8, 2015

The most-watched show in the entire history of television. That was the final verdict on last Sunday’s Super Bowl.Except, that is, by me.I couldn’t watch a single bloody second of it whi... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 5, 2015

“Mr. Turner” is a vehemently mediocre movie about a truly great man.The great man is J.M.W. Turner, the 19th century British genius of landscape painting who, from a purely historical pe... Read More
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