50 ‘old’ movies every young person needs to watch

By Heather Leighton Updated 1:53 pm, Monday, February 26, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

All Of Hallmark Channel’s 2017 Christmas Movies Ranked

Missed all of, or quite a few of, Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas movie premieres in 2017? No worries, here’s a ranking of all of them (minus the “When Calls the Heart” special and Hall of Fame film “The Christmas Train”) to help you prioritize which ones to watch first. 19. Christmas at Holly Lodge In Hallmark movies, you almost always know what storyline you’re going to get and that’s a good thing, but it’s also why having the right cast is the most important part. When it comes down to it, the lead actors and their chemistry is what these TV romance films are all about and stars Alison Sweeney and Jordan Bridges just didn’t have it in this one, at all. 18. Christmas Festival Of Ice This movie is the exception to the aforementioned rule about storyline not mattering in Hallmark movies. This story was just awful. A woman named Emma (Taylor Cole) goes through all the schooling to become a lawyer, is working at her mom’s law office and is just waiting on the results of her Bar Exam when she decides that it’s not what she wants to do and she wants to be an ice sculptor. No, not just for Christmas and for the town competition, but year-round. If that wasn’t bad enough, there was also the fact that it felt like she and her love interest, Nick (Damon Runyan), had almost no time together, not allowing any real connection to be showcased. This was all unfortunate because Cole’s Hallmark movies are usually pretty great. 17. Christmas Connection Once again, the romantic chemistry was lacking between the lead characters, played by Brooke Burns and Tom Everett Scott, which is a pity because this was a bit of a different storyline for the network, with Burns’ character being a flight attendant stranded and being taken in essentially by a father and his daughter in, not a town, but a big city. 16. Christmas in Evergreen The film was a bit too repetitive, both in story Continue Reading

‘Spotlight,’ ‘Victoria’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week’s new releases, “Spotlight” tells the story of the Boston Globe team that published a series of stories on the child sexual abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church in 2002. Liev Schreiber stars as Marty Baron, former Globe editor and executive editor for The Washington Post. “Victoria,” a new film by director Sebastian Schipper and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen, follows a young woman from Madrid on a night out with strangers in Berlin; the film was shot in one take. ★★★★ “Spotlight” (R) “If ‘Citizen Kane’ was a monumental narrative of operatic scope and visual ambition, and ‘All the President’s Men’ a tautly paranoid thriller attuned to the dawning cynicism of its time, ‘Spotlight’ has achieved something far more difficult, marshalling a pure, unadorned style in the service of a story that rejects mythologizing in favor of disciplined, level-eyed candor.” – Ann Hornaday ★★★ “Victoria” (Unrated) “Structurally, ‘Victoria’ will intrigue cinephiles: The whole movie — all two hours and 18 minutes of it — was shot in a single take. But most moviegoers aren’t wowed by formal feats alone. The good news is that with or without the crazy, single-shot experiment, the German drama is thrilling.” – Stephanie Merry ★★★★ “Brooklyn” (PG-13) “Soaring, swooning and gently nostalgic, ‘Brooklyn’ takes melodrama to a new level of reassuring simplicity and emotional transparency. The exquisite adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel about a young Irish woman immigrating to the United States in the early 1950s dispenses with trendy flourishes and sniffy commentary to deliver the kind of movie that Hollywood rarely makes anymore: a sincere, unabashedly tender coming-of-age Continue Reading

5-at-10: NFL loyalty, Glory of Mike Leach, Bowl picks, Rushmore of Denzel movies

NFL expectations OK, the layers of this James Harrison story are now getting to the heights of soap opera juiciness that Dallas reached right about the time they shot J.R.  By now everyone knows that Harrison was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has signed with the New England Patriots. If Harrison does not play a down with New England, the potential information he could supply — ranging from sets to weakness to signals to audibles — could be worth what the Pats are paying him. (How crazy has this thing become? We heard a national talking head wonder aloud if Harrison was doing the duty of a double agent and signed with New England to spread misinformation.) At first, we thought the hubbub from Steelers fans was unjust. The team cut him. He signed elsewhere. Dude has every right to find a gig. (Speaking of every right, it's a little puzzling the backlash that Dez Bryant is getting for not being willing to work for less money to give the team more cap room. Pay cut? Seriously? Hey some do and bully for them. Brady and Duncan as two of the notable Hall of Famers who worked for below market value, but those are the outliers. Nobody is bad-mouthing Kirk Cousins or Matt Stafford or any of the rest for getting as much as they can. Dez should be no different. And in truth, this is a stop-gap measure because the Cowboys mismanaged their salary cap, and you know when Dak needs to get paid, there will no loyalty shown for those cut to make room for the QB's money. Pay the man his money or cut him and watch someone else do it.)    Where were we? Oh, yes, Pittsburgh and the Harrison deal. Well, now more details are coming out, and it appears that Harrison was a dreadful teammate down the stretch. Here are some details that include stories of him not visiting Ryan Shazier in the hospital and sleeping in team meetings. Steelers players are blasting Harrison, from linebacker Bud Dupree to lineman Maurkice Pouncey, and claiming he Continue Reading

New movies: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Coco’ and 8 more

Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg — will this whole be bigger/better than the sum of its parts? In "Justice League," the aforementioned superheroes are brought together by Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), working with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) against a threat to humanity bigger than anything that's come before.  (Don't be surprised if that Superman guy factors in this time around, too, even though he "died" in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.") Jason Momoa is Aquaman, while Ezra Miller plays the youthful Flash and Ray Fisher is Cyborg. (Just about all the sidekicks/support figures from "Batman v. Superman" and "Wonder Woman" are back, too.) "Justice League" is rated PG-13 for violence. It runs for 119 minutes. The holiday season's first blatant heart-tugger is here. Based on a young-adult bestseller, "Wonder" stars Jacob Tremblay (the kid from "Room") as a precocious kid who, after undergoing multiple surgeries to repair facial deformities, is leaving his home-schooled life to start fifth grade in a mainstream school. Tears are shed, lessons learned, and a pretty good cast assembled.Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play Tremblay's parents; Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin and Sonia Braga co-star. So far, the movie's getting OK reviews, with the knocks coming from playing it too safe. (Which for some people is just fine.) "It’s a film about embracing differences and seeing beyond appearances, but it rarely bucks convention or gets more than skin deep," the New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz wrote in his 3½-star (out of 5) review."Wonder" is rated PG for thematic elements and some language. It runs for 113 minutes. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is convinced she's not meant for this world — this world being Sacramento, Calif., circa 2002, where she's trying to survive her unhip high school and strong-willed mother (Laurie Continue Reading

Golden Globes: ‘La La Land’ takes record 7; ‘Moonlight’ wins best drama

Not surprising, Hollywood feted La La Land in the first big ceremony of awards season and it was a historic night indeed.The musical won a record seven honors including best actor (Ryan Gosling) and actress (Emma Stone) as well as best musical at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual ceremony honoring 2016's best in movies and TV. Another big winner: Art-house darling Moonlight, which took home best drama.Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of the festivities in Beverly Hills Sunday night hosted by Jimmy Fallon:11:01: Moonlight only wins one Golden Globe but it's a big one: best drama. And director Barry Jenkins had a message for those who enjoy his Oscar contender: "If you have seen this film ... tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend."10:59: Elle star Isabelle Huppert pulls off a major upset, winning best actress in a drama over the likes of Natalie Portman and Amy Adams. "Thank you for letting me be who I am," Huppert says. "Thank you for letting me win in a French film by a Dutch director in America.”10:53: This is starting to look like the year Casey Affleck finally gets an Oscar. But before that he gets the Globe for best actor in a drama for Manchester by the Sea. He pretty much thanks everyone, from Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos to Manchester producer Matt Damon ("I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future that I might be anywhere nearby, but I’ll take this one") and his children ("It’s my kids who give me permission to do this").10:42: Annnnnnd La La Land wins one of the big prizes of the night, best musical or comedy. Producer Fred Berger thanks their studio Lionsgate "for ignoring and dismissing all conventional wisdom and jumping off a cliff with us to make this movie."10:33:Stone takes best actress in a comedy or musical for ... wait for it ... La La Land. "Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the Continue Reading

Tiger Woods – Elin Nordegren divorce news update: Nordegren consulting Sorrell Trope, star lawyer

Tiger Woods' wife reportedly has the dean of Tinseltown's divorce lawyers on her side as she and the golfing great head for Splitsville. Nobody has more experience at tearing celebrity marriages asunder than Sorrell Trope, who hung his shingle in 1949 and whose star clients span the generations from Cary Grant and Rod Steiger to Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears. While Trope is no expert on the law in Florida, which is where Elin Nordegren lives, admiring lawyers say he is a hard-nosed negotiator who goes to the mat for whoever can afford him. Nordegren reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement before she married Tiger, so Trope would most likely be enlisted to hammer out a postnup to give her a bigger piece of Woods' wealth, they said. "There is just one Sorrell Trope," said Manhattan divorce lawyer Robert Wallack. "He's the dean of the California matrimonial bar. "He's in a class of maybe 12 or 15 lawyers that handles very high-asset, high-income divorces with contentious custody cases," said Beverly Hills-based family law arbitrator Alexandra Leichter. Woods, 33, who cheated on his Swedish spouse with a bevy of women, has reportedly offered her millions to stop her from walking away - and taking their two kids. Wallack said it is not unusual for spurned celebrity spouses to bring in a "big gun" to press their case for more dough - and to walk away richer if they were treated especially badly. "She might have brought him in to lead the charge," said Wallack, who has represented celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Damon Dash. Trope, who is 82 and one of the best-paid lawyers in Los Angeles, did not return a call about his reported entry into the Woods saga. In an earlier interview, the Albany-born lawyer said he got into lawyering because it seemed like a glamorous profession. "When I was a little boy, on a Saturday you always went to the movies and you saw a double feature and a Continue Reading

HER ‘BIG MOUTH’ IS HIS ONLY HOPE. Meet bouncer’s lawyer

A new lawyer for the ex-con bouncer accused of murdering Imette St. Guillen may be a graying, 57-year-old "bubbe," as her four grandchildren call her. But don't for a moment underestimate criminal defense lawyer Joyce David. "I have this whole David against Goliath philosophy, fighting for the underdog," said David, who has been defending accused criminals for three decades. "All I have at my disposal is a slingshot, which is my big mouth." The outspoken former president of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association - the first woman to hold the post - argues that accused killer Darryl Littlejohn was framed. And she says she intends to show how he was scapegoated by cops seeking a quick arrest in the high-profile slaying of the 24-year-old St. Guillen. That may be a hard sell, based on the case police and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes have built against Littlejohn, 41, who is accused of luring the John Jay College graduate student into his van after they left The Falls bar in the early morning hours of Feb. 25. And her claims are sure to rile the heartbroken family and friends of the victim. Littlejohn, who worked at The Falls in SoHo, allegedly offered the dark-haired beauty a ride after closing. Some 17 hours later, her body was found on a deserted Brooklyn street. She was sexually assaulted before she was killed. "Who could be more of an underdog than [Littlejohn]?" she asked. "Not only have the police and prosecution already convicted him, the media has as well. What a wonderful challenge for me." But David, a one-time physics major, said she takes most pride in fighting indictments based on science, the forensic underpinnings of Littlejohn's murder-one case. She intends to ask why bartender Danny Dorrian was not charged for allegedly lying to cops. She has questions about DNA evidence allegedly tying Littlejohn to the crime and about a homeless man who spoke to cops. The Brooklyn-born David, the daughter and granddaughter of Continue Reading

Al Pacino’s 15 best film performances … and a few not so good ones, too

Al Pacino turns 75 years old on Saturday, and the ever-imitatable actor's later output has mostly lived up to his classic early performances. Even when his exuberance bubbles over, it fulfills a different kind of promise — the promise of scenery-chewing he may once have held in check but didn't let out. Here's a compilation of 15 terrific turns. Not included in this list are Pacino's stellar TV work, including "Angels in America" and "You Don't Know Jack," both of which won him Emmys. There's also one or two surprises. But as the man himself says in one of his most imitated turns, "Never let them see you comin'." "The Godfather" saga (1972/1974/1990) So many great moments to choose from: Michael in the restaurant before killing Sollozzo; With Fredo in Havana; in the kitchen, snarling, "Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back IN!" Too many to single out, we'll just gather them all. "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975) The whole movie's an Al symphony, but the one we'll take is the telephone call Pacino's Sonny has with Leon (Chris Sarandon). The sweaty nervousness, the furtive eyes, the exasperated, nasally "I don't know, ya know?" that just says it all. "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971) Early Pacino — here and in "Scarecrow" — is even more raw and skittish. Watch him be the epitome of grubby-suave as he nonchalantly steals a TV from a truck while walking an Upper West Side street with Kitty Winn. "Serpico" (1975) Pacino's Frank Serpico, countercultural yet righteously rigid, is on the edge. Still wearing an undercover disguise of a butcher's apron, Serpico grabs a perp and makes him empty his pockets, manhandling him before throwing him into a cell — and then taking out his anger on a chair because his fellow cops are on the take. "…And Justice For All" (1980) More indignation, more shouting, as Pacino's trial lawyer screams at a judge that "You're out order! You're out of Continue Reading

The best and worst movie dads

Whether you’ve got a great dad or a bad dad, a fool of a father or a grand old man, we’re all raised in a way by the parents we see at the movies. For Father’s Day, here are the five best pops in flicks - and the five worst. BEST: ATTICUS FINCH (Gregory Peck) “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) Was there ever any doubt? Peck’s wise, fair, decent small-town, Depression-era lawyer is the gold standard. No wonder Mary Badham, who played Scout, would call Peck “Atticus” whenever they spoke for the rest of his life. MR. PARKER (Darren McGavin) “A Christmas Story” (1983) He swears, he grouches, he has horrible taste in lamps, but when McGavin, as Ralphie Parker’s father, needs to get his son the present he wants, or take his wife and kids to a restaurant after dogs eat the turkey, he’s on it. REV. MACLEAN (Tom Skerritt) “A River Runs Through It” (1992) Fly fishing is the Zen-inducing balance for life’s problems, or so bespectacled Rev. MacLean teaches his sons as they grow up to be Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer. Away from the Montana river that calms them, the exacting father teaches his sons that wrongs have consequences. GEORGE BAILEY (Jimmy Stewart), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1947) Except for that moment when he yells at poor Janie to keep playing the piano, George does everything he can for wife Mary and his Bedford Falls family. As well as the Building & Loan. And Mr. Gower. And Violet Bick. And... TED KRAMER (Dustin Hoffman) “Kramer Vs. Kramer” (1979) He starts out clunky and easily irked, but Ted turns out to be not just a loving dad but also the best friend his son (Justin Henry) ever had. When it comes to work or kid, he picks kid. Good man. WORST: DANIEL PLAINVIEW (Daniel Day-Lewis), Continue Reading