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by Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
director Bryan Singer



FIRST MAN
director Damien Chazelle



A STAR IS BORN
director Bradley Cooper






THE HATE U GIVE
director George Tillman,Jr


VENOM
director Ruben Fleischer

Mini Movie Review Tom Hardy in Venom Sony Universe

Tinsel & Tine #MiniMovieReview VENOM did fantastic opening numbers at the box office $80M. The film stars Tom Hardy and is directed by Ruben Fleischer who directed Zombieland (2009) which I really liked starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin. But Venom was a disappointment for critics and Marvel fans like myself who were highly anticipating this character being dark and brooding and instead they tried to create a wise cracking bad-ass like Deadpool and comically hip like Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s not actually not part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe for those not in the know) its produced by Columbia pictures, in association with Marvel, and down the line it’s supposed to have some cross over with the current Spiderman (Tom Holland), which is where this Venom character originated both in the comics and was the villain in the 3rd Spiderman movie with Toby Maguire. The idea is that Sony, is trying to start its own Comicbook movie Universe. Which isn’t that easy to do, remember Universal tried to jump into this arena last summer with Tom Cruise in The Mummy which failed miserably and put the Dark Universe on the shelf for now. And even Warner Bros DC comics struggles to compete with the MCU. However, audiences were pretty happy with Venom so the Sony Universe looks to be on track. And I admit the movie is fun, Tom Hardy is appealing in sloppy sexy kinda way, but it takes too long for him to bond with the Venom alien symbiotic. And Michelle Williams is wasted in the role of the love interest, it’s almost like she said, Gwyneth, Natalie, Evangeline all get to play superhero girlfriends I want a cash cow role like that too.


THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
director Eli Roth




A BOY, A GIRL, A DREAM
director Qasim Basir




THE PREDATOR
director Shane Black



PEPPERMINT
director Pierre Morel




KIN
directors Jonathan & Josh Baker



THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS
director Brian Henson



PUZZLE
director Marc Turtletaub


Turtletaub was motivated to direct Puzzle for a personal reason. "It’s a story about a woman who’s a mother and a wife living in suburban Connecticut, doting on her husband and her sons. And I knew that woman – it was my mother. I grew up in suburban New Jersey, and she doted on my dad and me. When I read [the screenplay], I felt like it was a story I could tell."


THE MEG
director Jon Turtletaub



MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT
director Christopher McQuarrie



MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN
director Ol Parker




HOTEL ARTEMIS
director Drew Pearce



THE FIRST PURGE
director Gerard McMurray

Tinsel & Tine #MiniMovieReview THE FIRST PURGE prequel is as tight as its predecessors in The Purge franchise. Writer James DeMonaco's Purge formula always works to deliver relevant social commentary and satisfying violence; each time there's just enough of a new slant to keep you riveted. This time the movie is helmed by a strong black cast - check out interview with Joivan Wade.


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WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
Director Morgan Neville



ADRIFT
Director Baltasar Kormákur



SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Director Ron Howard




BREAKING IN
Director James McTeigue




LIFE OF THE PARTY
Director Ben Falcone




TULLY
Director Jason Reitman





AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Director Anthony & Joe Russo



A QUIET PLACE
Director John Krasinski


THE LEISURE SEEKER
Director Paolo Virzi



ISLE OF DOGS
Director Wes Anderson




A WRINKLE IN TIME
Director Ava DuVernay

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LOVE, SIMON
Director Greg Berlanti



TOMB RAIDER 2018
Director Roar Uthaug



RED SPARROW
Director Francis Lawrence



ANNIHILATION
Director Alex Garland



GAME NIGHT
Director John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein



PETER RABBIT
Director Will Gluck



FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN HOLLYWOOD
Director Paul McGuigan



FIFTY SHADES FREED
Director James Foley


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BILAL A NEW BREED OF HERO Co-directors Khurram H. Alavi & Ayman Jamal


MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2018
Large Ass Movie Blogging Association



PHANTOM THREAD
Dir Paul Thomas Anderson



CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Dir Luca Guadagnino




THE POST
Dir Steven Spielberg





MOLLY'S GAME
Dir Aaron Sorkin




LADY BIRD
Dir Greta Gerwig


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NO STRINGS ATTACHED (2011)

FRANCES HA (2013)

MISTRESS AMERICA (2015)

MAGGIE'S PLAN (2016) 

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2017) 


PITCH PERFECT 3
Dir Trish Sie


I love this franchise, I've watch Pitch Perfect 1 & 2 more times than a grown woman should admit. Pitch Perfect 3 is not as tight, but at this point, I'm in it for the familiarity of the characters and a few good mash ups, the rest of the story well... for me, it's not that important.


WONDER WHEEL
Dir Woody Allen




THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
Dir Bharat Nalluri




THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING
Dir Martin McDonagh




Disney/Pixar COCO
Dir Lee Unkrich




JUSTICE LEAGUE
Dir Zack Snyder


Post Update: 11/19/17 Just saw the Critics gave JL a 39% splat on RT: I completely disagree with most of their reviews...

except maybe on Steppenwolf being a bit routine as a villain. But so many critics wanna talk about Joss Whedon stepping in for Zack Snyder at the end and now there's two warring styles going on. No there's not. If anything, it's a good balance, but I believe if Snyder had stepped away quietly at the end, and Whedon came in unbeknownst, no one would be saying anything about differing tones.

Gal Gadot is a fine Wonder Woman, but she's not a good actress, I don't know why she's the only one who seems to get praise. Still, together this team worked. I thought we got good introductions to the personalities of Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash, not limited by the 2 hour run time. And if it had gone over 2 hours then the critics would be complaining about that.

Thought the Flash's I'm a novice still excited about my super powers attitude was fun and the perfect contrast to Cyborg being resentful of his powers. And AquaMan is just plain HOT! Personally, I can't wait for Jason Momoa to helm his own movie!

Original Post
#JusticeLeague Black Tribbles had a grand squad of Tribbles out in full force for Justice League Movie earlier this week, including yours truly - Le Anne Lindsay aka Buttercake Tribble. Check out our #moviereview & in depth discussion on this fifth installment of the #DCExtendedUniverse in theaters now.

But remember, it's SPOILED TRIBBLES, so if you don't wanna know stuff, wait until after you've seen the movie to listen.

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen & J.K. Simmons

My #CinemaSneaknSnack consisted of an array of sushi take-out from Ruby Buffet my fav when going to Riverview Theater

DC-Comics DCComicsMovie.com Allied Philly Warner Bros. Entertainment Ratpac Entertainment Cruel and Unusual Films  Music: Danny Elfman, Screenplay: Chris Terrio,  Joss Whedon,

T&T the Large Association of Movie Blogs (aka the LAMb) Score: 4 outta 5





MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Dir Kenneth Branagh





MARVEL'S THOR:RAGNAROK
Dir Taika Waititi




ALL I SEE IS YOU
Dir Marc Forster




PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN
Dir Angela Robinson




BLADE RUNNER 2049
Dir Denis Villeneuve

BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Billie Jean King vs Bobby Riggs



AMERICAN MADE
Tom Cruise


What a crazy, awesome story! Tom Cruise delivers all his charm as Barry Seal TWA pilot, turned CIA Agent, turned Colombian Cartel Associate, turned FBI informant, and so much more! The whole thing is a blast ✈️

T&T's the Large Association of Movie Blogs (aka the LAMb)​ Score: 4.5 outta 5



VICTORIA & ABDUL
Director Stephen Frears


KINGSMAN:THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Director Matthew Vaughn



HOME AGAIN
Open Road Films


mother!
Darren Aronofsky


I am so impressed with Silver Screen Riots review of Darren Aronofsky's mother! I just didn't feel like breaking it all down and finding the beauty in the madness. I understood the allegories, and appreciate there was a lot to dissect, but didn't have the energy to put it into words. Glad he did!

mother!' is not the movie you think it is but it remains one of 2017’s most provocative and engaging examples of auteur filmmaking. Captivating and challenging, brutal and bloodcurdling, steeped in madness, fraticide, infanticide and matricide, 'mother!' sees Darren Aronofsky direct with skillful fury and great social conscience, crafting an emotionally draining and visually exhaustive parable of religion, environmentalism and time itself. But in all honesty, it’s probably not for you." READ MORE - Matt Oakes Silver Screen Riot


THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
Amazon Studios



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THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson



ATOMIC BLONDE
Charlize Theron


VALERIAN and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson



WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Weekly Contributor



SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING
MCU



Cinema Classics Seminar:REBECCA
Bryn Mawr Film Institute



TRANSFORMERS:THE LAST KNIGHT
5th Installment in the Franchise





ROUGH NIGHT
Debut for filmmaker Lucia Aniello




ALL EYEZ ON ME

#AllEyezOnMe instilled in me a new appreciation for Tupac that I never really had before. Demetrius Shipp jrbrings the magic of Pac to life! I know "All Eyez On Me" will be compared to "Straight Outta Compton" which I consider a VERY good movie, "All Eyez" is not as polished, it's a little more raw, but in some ways I like that better. Put it this way, I'd watch "Straight Outta Compton" again and again, cause it's such a good ride." All Eyez" doesn't quite have that vibe but deserves mad props and recognition. Great sound and rap performances.  And Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) who plays Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, is so strong. Look for her as Okoye in Black Panther 2018.

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All Eyez on Me - Director Benny Boom
Post Screening in Philly




THE MUMMY
Debut for new cinematic DARK UNIVERSE

SLEIGHT
Debut for filmmakerJ.D. Dillard






PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
5th Installment of the Jerry Bruckheimer Franchise


ALIEN:COVENANT
Director Ridley Scott



KING ARTHUR:LEGEND OF THE SWORD Written/Directed Guy Ritchie

kkGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
Written/Directed James Gunn

SNATCHED

In theaters for Mother's Day


THE LOST CITY OF Z

PlanBEntertainment

FREE FIRE
Dir Ben Wheatley

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@freefiremovie A Ben Wheatley film. Starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor - Surprisingly a movie full of shooting, whizzing bullets, taking cover, fighting, groaning, crawling, hopping, slithering, dragging, hobbling, cursing, limping, bleeding and double crossing is super fun and amusing in this context.

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 3 outta 5

In Theaters April 21st @BrieLarson @ArmieHammer #movieblog #RitzEast @alliedimphilly #freefire #freefiremovie #gundeal #bulletwounds #shootout
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A UNITED KINGDOM
Dir Amma Assante



13TH DOCUMENTARY
Dir Ava DuVernay



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Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST

CITY OF GOLD

CITY OF GOLD
The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold


By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE

Food n Film: THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL
With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST
Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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