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Leonardo di Caprio in Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

"The year I turned 26 I made 49 million dollars"
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Got to give it to Martin Scorsese’s distributor for their great sense of timing: the consumerist orgy that is the holiday season is an apt backdrop for the release of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Also, if you think you've already placed your Oscar bets, you may want to think again. “Wolf” is quite the juicy offering this end-of-year in theaters. Budget cuts? Unemployment blues? Who in their right ... more >

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THE WATCH

When neighborhood watching becomes awesome
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill
Directed by Akiva Schaffer

Faced with the unenviable task of coming on the heels of the biggest movie opening of all time as well as being a reminder of the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting “The Watch” was basically going to rest on the likable charisma of its lead actors. This is the type of R-rated comedy you want to see from Stiller, Vaughn, and Hill and yet the comedy struck me as largely innocuous. Evan (Ben Stiller) ... more >

21 JUMP STREET – Another go-around

Another critic sounds off
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

21 Jump Street yields three solid chuckles in one-hundred-nine minutes of running time, which is simply inexcusable. Though engineered by human beings (directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller), 21 might as well be a factory-made blueprint of Starsky & Hutch, Hollywood’s last nod to kitschy television shows. Take a cult T.V. cop show (the late eighties-early nineties Fox series 21 Jump ... more >

21 Jump Street

We won't lie: T.V. adaptation turns out an epic fail
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord

21 Jump Street isn’t just another forgettable adaptation of a television program, the disappearance of which no one laments. Mais non! The only interesting thing about this one is how it inadvertently ended up on the red carpet to greet the arrival of Hollywood’s unexpected leading men. Channing Tatum looks the part. The Hollywood heartthrob of a million female fantasies, he has anchored a ... more >

Is Jonah Hill ready for his Esquire shoot?

Skinnier. Better. Handsomer. The new Jonah Hill.

Is a skinny comedian better than a fat comedian? Have you seen the incredible metamorphosis of Jonah Hill lately? Sometimes an image will show all that needs to be showed, so here it goes (image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter; it was taken at the premiere of Moneyball in Oakland, California--uncredited)   Jonah Hill is barely recognizable. Gone is the jew-fro, the skater shorts ... more >

Moneyball

Everything you wanted to know about moneyballers but were afraid to ask
Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill
Directed by Bennett Miller

No one wants to watch a movie about the Yankees. No one wants to watch Throwing Money At It: Superstars, Dollar Signs, and Left-handed Relief Pitching. No one wants to hear the story about how the Pinstripes used their massive financial advantages to hire the best coaches, scouts and players in order to forge an American League dynasty--and guess what: they did it! There is no market in the ... more >

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