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FILM REVIEW: Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is a sprawling masterpiece, Joe Pesci gives memorable performance

Frank, tell us about the old days
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Scorsese has directed many a cinematic winner. But, with the exception of 2016’s “Silence” (which I found to be brilliant on so many levels) it had been a while since the accolades of brilliance could be applied to this filmmaker. Make no mistake, it is rare when he fumbles, and most of his films have found their way unto my Ten Best lists of their respective years. But over the last decade, ... more >

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 >

RUPERT PUPKIN LIVES

"King of Comedy" still relevant at 30
Tribeca Film Festival 2013

The last Tribeca Film Festival finished on a high note as Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese screened “King of Comedy” marking the thirtieth anniversary of the film’s release. With its knife-sharp commentary on celebrity and the vagaries of fandom "King of Comedy" not only still holds up thirty years later but is just as relevant today as it was then. In “King” stage-door autograph hound and ... more >

Martin Scorsese’s foundation releases new boxed set | REVIEW

Saving a cinema that's vital from extinction

World Cinema Foundation Boxed Set (Carlotta). Includes: “Touki Bouki,” directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal); “Revenge” directed by Ermek Shinarbaev (Kazakhstan); “Trances,” directed by Ahmed El Maanouni (Morocco); “Redes,” co-directed by Fred Zinnemann and Emilio Muriel Gomez (Mexico). This second DVD offering includes movies very different from each other but nevertheless combined in a ... more >