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  • Afflicted:

    Yet another “found-footage” film, this one completely the idea of two guys, Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse who wrote it, directed it, and star in it.  It’s the story of two guys (surprise!) who decide to take the trip of a lifetime backpacking to the most exotic locations on the planet.  They are barely off and running before one of them is afflicted with something terrible, a consuming invader that is taking over mind and body.  We are supposed to believe that the footage left behind in their cameras, discovered after they disappear, tells the tale.  Actually not too bad! Rated 18A.

  • Rob the Mob:   

    Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) is one-half of a couple who rip-off Mafia social clubs, because, if they get big money, who’s going to call the cops?  Nobody, that’s who.  Nina Arianda (Hostages) is his partner in crime, with things going very well until they do a hit that isn’t like the others.  What did they steal, and whom did they rob?  Whatever the answer, the entire New York mob is now after them, as is the FBI.  Andy Garcia is perfect as “Big Al,” and Sopranos fans will recognize a good number of faces from the crowd Tony used to run with.  Aida Turturro, Ray Romano, and Burt Young also star.  Rated 18A.   

  • Blood Ties: 

    Still with the mob, this is a period piece from the ‘70s that profiles the progress of a pair of Brooklyn brothers, one who is on the law and order side, the other who works for organized crime.  Clive Owen is Chris, just out of prison after a long term for his involvement in a murder, and Billy Crudup is Frank, his kid brother with a great future with the police.  Frank helps Chris go straight, setting him up with a job, and helping get his ex-wife back in his camp, but it isn’t long before Chris is up to his old ways, and a showdown is imminent.  Good tale of right and wrong, black and white. Rated 18A.

  • Rock of Ages (2012):  

    Tom Cruise has top billing here, but it’s not his movie.  He is upstaged by Diego Bonita (90210) as Drew who saves a naïve country girl new to the big city, Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) from street rowdies, gets her a job in the bar/restaurant  where she works, and falls for her.  Not an easy romance though, as many factions come into play, including Tom Cruise as hair-band refugee Stacee Jax. Cruise is actually very good in this role, as strange as it is for him.  Directed by So You Think You Can Dance guest judge, Adam Shankman. Rated 18A.

     

    Barefoot (2014):  

    Good cast here in this story of a young man (Scott Speedman) from a prominent family, who has always been the odd-man-out.  Attending a major family event, he decides to bring, as his guest, a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who has spent most of her life as a mental patient.  The family doesn’t know her background, and they like her, thinking that he has finally turned his life around.  And then stuff happens.  Treat Williams, and JK Simmons also star.  Rated 14A.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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