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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Movie Review - Prisoners (2013)






Release Date:  Friday, September 20, 2013

Running Time:  153 minutes

Genre:  Crime/Drama/Thriller

Director:  Denis Villeneuve 

Writer:  Aaron Guzikowski 

Rating:  Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture and language throughout the movie.

Description:  When Keller Dover's six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing on Thanksgiving Day, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

 

Cast

 

Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover


Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki



    
 

Terrence Howard as Franklin Birch


 

 
Viola Davis as Nancy Birch

 
Maria Bello as Grace Dover

 

 
Melissa Leo as Holly Jones

 

Paula Dano as Alex Jones

 

 

  Leslie's Notes

  • This movie is very suspenseful and contains many plot twists while I tried to figure out what happened to the two missing girls and who was responsible for their disappearance.
  • Prisoners reminds me of the movies The Lovely Bones, Gone Baby Gone, The Call, Taken and Abduction.
  • The casting and acting in Prisoners is amazing and includes one Academy Award Winner (Melissa Leo for The Fighter-2010 and four other Academy Award nominated actors (Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables-2012, Jake Gyllenhaal for Brokeback Mountain-2005, Viola Davis for The Help-2011 and Doubt-2008 and Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow-2005.)
  • Set in a small town in Pennsylvania at Thanksgiving, the movie features great cinematography of many outdoor locations scenes filmed in pouring down rain and snow.
     
  • The subject content is intense and there are also several violent scenes in the movie, but the script is very well written and the production is excellent.

 

 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Movie Review - Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)




 

Release Date August 16, 2013

Running Time:  132 minutes

Genre:  Biography/Drama

Director:  Lee Daniels

Writers:  Danny Strong, Wil Haygood (article)

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Brief Description:  As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

 

Cast


Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines






Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines






David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines





Elijah Kelley as Charlie Gaines






 

Actors cast as United States Presidents




Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower



James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy


Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson



John Cusack as President Richard Nixon


Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan




Leslie's Notes




My 16-year-old daughter, Sara, and I saw the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" the day it was released. Sara loves history and I was intrigued after viewing a few previews for the film this summer. We both really liked the movie, especially the actors cast as the U.S. Presidents. James Marsden’s portrayal of President John F. Kennedy is amazing!




Lee Daniels' The Butler has been Number 1 at the
Box Office for the past three weeks!

 Browse the most recent weekly U.S. box office summary, and find links to the top box office performers, top rentals, and much more -- including lists of the best (and worst) movies in all categories, voted on by our users.
Rank Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) $20.2M $79.5M 3
2 One Direction: This Is Us (2013) $18.5M $18.5M 1
3 We're the Millers (2013) $16.3M $113M 4
4 Planes (2013) $10.9M $74M 4
5 Instructions Not Included (2013) $10.4M $10.4M 1