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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

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, October 12, 2014

“Hold the phone,” I said to myself. “I know those piano chords – and that touch. Did I somehow accidentally put Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’ into my dis... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, October 12, 2014

“Hold the phone,” I said to myself. “I know those piano chords – and that touch. Did I somehow accidentally put Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’ into my dis... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 9, 2014

“Kill the Messenger” is a superb film about the other side of investigative journalism – the side that doesn’t end with all the president’s men failing to stop it from knocking a corrupt pre... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, October 9, 2014

Don’t blame Robert Downey Jr. – Hollywood megastardom’s closest thing to a real hipster – for starring in a court and family melodrama as sentimental and shlocky as “The Judge.” His act... Read More
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