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By Jeff Simon » Friday, October 31, 2014

God help the victims if freelance videographer Lou Bloom – the “Nightcrawler” of the film’s title (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) – gets there first, before the cops and others in his ghoulish p... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 30, 2014

“Birdman” is not old news. I assure you. It is the best film I’ve seen so far this year – a must film, it seems to me, for anyone who gives a hoot about the survival of art and audacity in ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, October 26, 2014

Forget Halloween. That’s going to be a party night, as always. That’s why the holiday has gained by leaps and bounds in the last three decades.As pre-Christmas hoo-ha goes, Halloween is ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 23, 2014

The best thing, by far, about Theodore Melfi’s decent comic tearjerker “St. Vincent” is that Bill Murray is the one filling the Bill Murray role, not Michael Douglas. If you can somehow remem... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Monday, October 20, 2014

Van Miller wanted to tell me about the colonoscopy he’d just had. So he did – with, of course, special attention to the indignities of the procedure’s night before. Let me confess right he... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, October 19, 2014

An open letter to the American publishing industry: I have a not-so-modest proposal for you. Someone desperately needs to write a history of cocaine’s influence on the last 50 years of American p... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, October 17, 2014

David Ayer didn’t grow up in a rich, privileged family. He didn’t go to Yale either.His road to writing and directing the just-released major World War II movie “Fury” was ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dennis Haysbert shows you what’s wrong with Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” right down to its covertly smarmy core – he and actress Shane Lynch, that is,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 16, 2014

What a strange movie “Fury” is.It’s a stark but clichéd World War II movie whose lead role, Sgt. “Wardaddy” Collier, could have once been performed by Robert Mi... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“Birdman” is one of the great films of 2014 – the best thing, by far, I’ve seen so far this year.Current plans are for it to finally open here on Halloween. Its opening in ... Read More
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