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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 21, 2015

“Tomorrowland” was the one. When Walt Disney first announced his dream of Disneyland to us 9-year-olds back in 1954, he told us that his “magic kingdom” would be divided into four parts –... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 21, 2015

Turn Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” upside down and you’d have Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill.” Niccol’s film isn’t as powerful or as well-made as Eastwood’s – not by a long... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 21, 2015

If you could raise Thomas Hardy from the dead and ask him which actress was closer to his heroine in “Far From the Madding Crowd” – Carey Mulligan who stars in the new one or Julie Christie who... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, May 19, 2015

William Knoedelseder is the author of “I’m Dying Up Here,” one of the best books of the last few years about the huge changes in stand-up comedy. The book is known for, among other things,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, May 19, 2015

He’s doing the right thing. We still don’t know exactly what David Letterman’s final show Wednesday will look like. A declaration of peace and a sharing of old times with his old Comedy... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 14, 2015

It’s no surprise that “Mad Max: Fury Road” is as wild as any movie we’re likely to see in the summer action tsunami. Seventy-year-old Australian director George Miller has... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 14, 2015

There is nothing funny about Borderline Personality Disorder. Those afflicted with it sometimes can’t help but cause suffering for themselves or others – or both. And that’s why “Welcome... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 7, 2015

If you see it at all, you’ll want to stick around for the blooper reel at the end of “Hot Pursuit.” It’s the funniest sequence in the movie, by far.Come to think of it,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 7, 2015

“The D-Train” is a horror movie that’s under the impression it’s a comedy – a sentimental comic bromance to be specific. Don’t believe it. This is the most unpleasant movie I’ve sat... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, May 2, 2015

It was a very good year for Frank Sinatra. But it seemed like the exact opposite.You could say, if you want, that was Sinatra’s way. 1915 – 100 years ago – was the year Sinatra... Read More

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