February 28, 2015 |
The best con artist movies - The Grifters , The Sting , Matchstick Men , David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner and House of Games - bamboozle the mark and the audience at the same time. You're left in awed disbelief. How'd they do that? (And how did the word bamboozle come into being, anyway?) Focus , a glossy cruise down Scammery Road, aspires to the above-mentioned company. It certainly struts the strut. But for all the combustible chemistry of its two leads - Will Smith and Margot Robbie - the movie pulls off the worst kind of con: the one that disappoints.
October 12, 2014 |
Stock flippers and ratholes: That was the dirty business of true-life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort, says Gregory Coleman, the FBI special agent who ensnared the notorious criminal. The real story is even better than the movie. And, like every good story, it has lessons for us. Coleman was invited to tell the tale at the recent Economic Crimes Conference at the Philadelphia FBI offices by Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge John Brosnan, formerly of Coleman's old New York squad.
September 18, 2014 |
Leonardo DiCaprio to run U.N. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration. But the United Nations has, indeed, bestowed an honor on the Inception star. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named DiCap a Messenger of Peace. He joins 11 other boldfacers including Stevie Wonder , Michael Douglas , George Clooney , and Jane Goodall . "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history," said DiCap, who next week is hosting an informal climate change conference at the U.N. Streisand & Elvis Barbra Streisand 's new LP, Partners , due Wednesday, features duets with a host of male singers, including John Legend , Stevie Wonder , Billy Joel , Michael Bublé , and Blake Shelton . She even does a virtual duet with Elvis . "To sing with [him]
July 22, 2014 |
Downey Jr. makes load$! Overqualified Iron Man movie star (and onetime serious thesp) Robert Downey Jr. , 49, made more money in the last 12 months than any actor alive or dead. Thanks to Marvel's comic hero, he made $75 mil. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson trails at No. 2, with a measly $52 mil. Bradley Cooper ($46 mil), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 mil), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 mil) round out the top five. Shakira breaks Facebook . . . well, OK, no, the Colombian hip-shaker didn't break the gargantuan social medium; she just broke the record for most-liked celeb.
April 14, 2014 |
When we last checked in with Steve Coogan - all the way back in early December - the British actor and comedy star was chin-deep in awards-season mode, campaigning for Philomena , the prestige picture in which he starred opposite Judi Dench , and which he cowrote and produced. It was based on the true story of an Irish retiree who joined a British journalist to look for the son she gave up for adoption as an unwed teen living in a Catholic convent. Philomena went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, including for best picture, for Dench (best actress)
December 24, 2013 |
THERE were four directors on the set of "The Wolf of Wall Street," but it wasn't a case of too many cooks. Martin Scorsese was the lone chef. Among his chosen ingredients - a supporting cast of actors that included Jon Favreau, Spike Jonze and Rob Reiner, the latter with a substantial role as the bean-counting father of the movie's free-spending title character, an investment swindler played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Reiner was there to perform, not to kibbitz, but he did have a chance to commiserate with Scorsese about a subject common to all of them - how hard it is, even for big-name directors, to get grown-up material made by risk-averse studios.
December 17, 2013 |
AMID THE Martin Scorsese -directed '90s debauchery of "The Wolf of Wall Street" lies . . . the Temple University Diamond Band. In their underwear. It turns out, Temple's finest have a scene in "Wolf," starring Leonardo DiCaprio , Matthew McConaughey and Cherry Hill's own Cristin Milioti (whom you may know as The Mother on "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS). The film features DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort , chronicling his rise from high-flying stockbroker to his eventual fall from grace after defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars.
June 2, 2013
Condensed from Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson's reviews, unless noted otherwise. AFTER EARTH M. Night Shyamalan directs Will and Jaden Smith in a sci-fi adventure about a father and son trying to survive an inhospitable Earth. The flora and fauna are enjoyably diverse, but the charismatic elder Smith is straightjacketed in a stern-dad role. (PG-13) B- NOW YOU SEE ME Dueling magicians match wits in a so-so riff on "The Prestige," helped by a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg.The magic acts have an energetic, Stick It To The Man theme.