Leonard Wechsler

‘American Sniper’ A Strong, Yet Disturbing Movie

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‘American Sniper’ A Strong, Yet Disturbing Movie

‘I’ ON CULTURE Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is an old-fashioned tough movie about war. The only film heroes when it comes to violence anymore seem to be superheroes or people bent on revenge or rescue. Chris Kyle was a super soldier and, more to the point, a sniper. He killed people often without warning and from a distance. Men like this are often the more...

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Watching ‘Selma’ Like Stepping Back In History

By at January 16, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Watching ‘Selma’ Like Stepping Back In History

‘I’ ON CULTURE Watching the new movie Selma is like taking a trip 50 years into the past to watch one of the pivotal events of our history. Fresh from winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. focused the civil rights movement on the need to force southern states to allow blacks to vote. Those of us past a certain age even remember a time more...

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‘Unbroken’ Movie Only Tells Part Of The Story

By at January 9, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Unbroken’ Movie Only Tells Part Of The Story

‘I’ ON CULTURE Historical movies generally focus on the major players, those who change the world. Unbroken alters this by examining the ordeals of one remarkable individual: Louis Zamperini. The man had a remarkable life, and the movie provides a canvas for his travails. It falls short of being truly great, unfortunately, by essentially ending the story too early. more...

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‘The Interview’ Is A Bad Movie, But See It

By at January 2, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘The Interview’ Is A Bad Movie, But See It

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film The Interview is the worst film that you should absolutely see. By this time, most people know about how someone (our government blames the North Koreans) hacked Sony and got the company initially to yank it from a scheduled opening on Christmas Day. Then, word came out Christmas Eve that it would be available to stream online. Then, a more...

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Final ‘Hobbit’ Good, But Not ‘Lord Of The Rings’

By at December 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Final ‘Hobbit’ Good, But Not ‘Lord Of The Rings’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Sequels are always tricky things, and when you have a sequel that is also a prequel, things get very complicated, as the writers know how things will end and have to create a story that ties up all the loose ends. This is the case with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Director Peter Jackson has already created one of the great fantasy more...

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‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Pales To Classic Film

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Pales To Classic Film

'I' ON CULTURE Some movies should never be remade. Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments is one of them, yet Ridley Scott has tried a new version, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is not nearly as good. It is not a really bad movie. It is well-made, the special effects are reasonably good, and the acting, if not brilliant, is adequate. But as I was watching, I really more...

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Surrealistic Plot, Great Acting In ‘Birdman’

By at December 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Surrealistic Plot, Great Acting In ‘Birdman’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Occasionally I get stumped when trying to evaluate a movie. That was the case with Birdman, an interesting film that gets dragged down by a lot of surrealism and third-rate symbolism. And that is a shame, because the basic story is one of those really fun “putting on a Broadway show is a real challenge” kind of stories. With a good cast and a more...

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Acting Makes ‘Theory of Everything’ A Must-See

By at December 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Acting Makes ‘Theory of Everything’ A Must-See

‘I’ ON CULTURE The Theory of Everything is a brilliantly acted, really well-written movie about the relationship between one of the geniuses of the century and the woman he loved — well, most of the time — as his body disintegrated. Stephen Hawking, the brilliant cosmologist, has had a fascinating life, and this movie, based on a memoir by his ex-wife, presents more...

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Hunger Games Continues With ‘Mockingjay’

By at November 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Hunger Games Continues With ‘Mockingjay’

‘I’ ON CULTURE The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I is a strange kind of sequel. Most sequels are far flashier than the earlier films. Special effects are bigger; the story is generally some kind of repeat of the earlier episode. Not so in this new film, the third of four in the Hunger Games series. It is grimmer than the first ones; there are no fancy costumes or more...

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Terrible Movie: Avoid ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Terrible Movie: Avoid ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Dumb and Dumber To is remarkably unfunny. How bad is it? There were more laughs in the drama Interstellar than in this so-called comedy. We waited 20 years for a sequel and could have waited a hundred more. This film is a stinker. Since directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly have not had a hit in years, nor have stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, we can more...

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