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  • Review: ‘The Conjuring’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 17, 2013 | 8:45 pm

    'The Conjuring' is one of the most terrifying films I've seen in a very long time and I loved every second of it.  Of course I love being scared, but only when I'm sitting in a movie theatre.

    Based on a true story, the film tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal...

  • Review: ‘Pacific Rim’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 10, 2013 | 5:12 pm

    Here is everything you need to know about director Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi, action film, 'Pacific Rim'...

    Planet Earth has been invaded by the Kaiju...Super sized monsters that have risen from a portal underneath the ocean...Millions of earthlings have died and...

  • Review: ‘The Lone Ranger’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 30, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    So you can imagine my surprise, when I  sat down to watch 'The Lone Ranger' and found it filled with one joke after another...and not very funny ones.

    That's right guys and girls, this is an action comedy, at least according to the press notes...And there is plenty of...

  • Review: ‘White House Down’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 26, 2013 | 11:16 am

    First off, I was definitely not looking forward to seeing this film. I mean, I just saw the White House blown up a couple of months ago in a not so great movie entitled, 'Olympus Has Fallen'...How could this new version be any different? ...

    Well, I don't know about different,...

  • Review: ‘World War Z’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 19, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Nothing scares me more than zombies and that's why I can't get enough of them. I've seen every George Romero film as well as '28 Days Later' many, many times. Plus I own the first two seasons of 'The Walking Dead'.

    Needless to say, I was really looking forward to 'World War...

  • Review: ‘Man Of Steel’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 12, 2013 | 7:30 pm

    Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a guy with...angst...a great deal of angst. He wants to fly around the planet and save people, but thanks to his earth daddy, Jonathon Kent (Kevin Costner) he's afraid to do that.

    What? Superman afraid? Yep or maybe paranoid is a...

  • Review: ‘The Internship’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 6, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    I was really expecting not to like this film. I thought it would be the same old Vince Vaughn comedy that I've seen hundreds of times before and frankly wasn't all that crazy about.

    So I was really surprised, when I found myself laughing aloud. 'The Internship' is a really...

  • Review: ‘After Earth’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    May 30, 2013 | 9:57 pm

    Every son, whether conscious or unconscious, wants to impress his dad...Wants to gain his father's respect.

    In the year 222 AE (after earth), after a series of cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave earth and settle on Nova Prime, that concept still holds true.


  • Review: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    May 13, 2013 | 8:06 pm

    The boys are back...Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana)



    The film opens with the USS Enterprise on a observation mission to Planet Nibiru...When they...

  • Review: ‘Iron Man 3’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    April 30, 2013 | 9:18 pm

    Mr. Iron Man neeeds a xanax...He gets panic attacks...How cool is that?

    Our super hero has major angst and that's what makes him so lovable and so very human.  That, and of course, Robert Downey Jr., who once again brings the brilliant, brash, billionaire, inventor, Tony Stark...

  • Review: ‘Pain & Gain’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    April 25, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    I am so not a Michael Bay fan.  I find everything he does to be way over the top.  Bay doesn't seem to trust his story or the characters and his latest film, 'Pain And Gain' is no exception.



    'Pain And Gain' is the true story of Miami's Sun Gym gang, which was made up...

  • Review: ‘Oblivion’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    April 16, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    After not seeing a movie for almost three weeks, the Two Jews On Film are back and once again, we are disagreeing.

    Our first film, since leaving the beach for the moutains, is 'Oblivion' directed by Joseph Kosinski based on his unpublished...

  • Review: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    March 19, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    As I was watching this film, I kept thinking about 'Die Hard'.


    Even though 'Die Hard' was set in a hotel and 'Olympus Has Fallen' is set in the White House, the two films have a great deal in common...Terrorists take hostages...They make outrageous demands and only one man...

  • Review: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    March 14, 2013 | 10:47 am

    I love magic. When I watch a good magician, I feel the wonderment of a five year old.

    Too bad I didn't feel that way while watching 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone', directed by Don Scardino and written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley ('Horrible Bosses').



  • Review: ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    February 27, 2013 | 7:06 pm

    For those of you, who managed to get through childhood, without hearing the story of Jack, a farm boy, who sold his horse for some magical beans, don't worry...director Bryan Singer has recreated the story, with some added touches, in his new 3D IMAX film, entitled 'Jack the Giant...

  • Review: ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    February 13, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    Bruce Willis reprises his ioconic role as police detective John McClane in 'A Good Day To Die Hard' directed by John Moore ('Max Payne') and written by Skip Woods ('A Team') and Jason Keller.

    McClane this time around, finds himself in Moscow.  Seems his estranged son, Jack (Jai...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

  • Review: “Premium Rush”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Sometimes a film is 100 per cent entertainment…That is definitely the case with “Premium Rush” written and directed by David Koepp (writer of “Spiderman” & “Mission Impossible” etc).

    This film is one big roller coaster ride…one that you’ll want to keep riding, right up to the end.

  • Review: “The Watch”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 26, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    This so called comedy, is about four guys, who have come together to ‘watch over’ their suburban neighborhood of Glenview Ohio.

    In this serene safe haven lives Evan Troutwig (Ben Stiller) a dull, civic minded man who loves his wife Abby (Rosemarie Dewitt), his neighborhood and his...

  • Review: ‘Ruby Sparks’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 23, 2012 | 11:03 pm

    Ruby Sparks’ directed by the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ team of Jonthan Dayton and Valerie Faris was written by Zoe Kazan (Eli’s granddaughter) who also stars in it with her real life boyfriend, Paul Dano.

    This is the story of a novelist, Calvin (Paul Dano) who had a mega bestsellar...

  • Review: “The Dark Knight Rises”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 18, 2012 | 8:24 pm

    Okay, the bottom line…‘The Dark Knight Rises’ directed by the uber talented Christopher Nolan, is not only the very best comic book hero movie ever made, but in my opinion, it’s worthy of an Oscar nod. That’s how good it is.

    The film, which was written by Nolan and his brother,...

  • Review ‘Savages’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 7, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Savages’ directed by the always unpredictable Oliver Stone, has something for everyone…Well almost everyone…Beautiful Califronia beaches, great scenery, beheadings, intense brutal over the top violence, hot sex, three way sex, and…

    Some of the best pot grown in the United States and...

  • Alex Kurztman gets personal in ‘People Like Us’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 20, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Alex Kurtzman is one of Hollywood’s go-to scribes for science fiction and superhero fare. Along with his writing partner, Roberto Orci, he’s penned blockbusters like “Transformers,” a couple of “Star Trek” films, one of them upcoming, and “Mission Impossible III.” His office suite on...

  • ‘Prometheus’ Review

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 3, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    What if you had the chance to meet the people who created you…And by you…I mean the human race. Could you resist such an opportunity?

    Two brilliant scientists, the intense, religious Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the very unspiritual Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) certainly...

  • Review: ‘Men In Black 3’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    May 23, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Okay people…They are back…

    Those alien fighting dudes, in their black sport jackets, white shirts, skinny ties, shooting gadgets that can wipe your memory clean, faster than you can say ‘The Martians Are Coming’

    Not only are they back, after a fifteen year absence, but…Agent K...

  • ‘The Cabin In The Woods’ Review

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    April 12, 2012 | 11:38 pm

    ‘The Cabin In The Woods’, written by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) who also directed, is one of the most clever horror films I’ve seen in a really long time.

    Okay, without giving too much away, here’s the scenerio…Five friends go to...

  • ‘Lockout’ review [VIDEO]

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    April 10, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    The year is 2079…And in this so-called SciFi futuristic thriller, entitled ‘Lockout’, 500 of the most violent criminals are kept in a state of suspended animation on a space station orbiting above earth. This high tech penitentiary is known as MS One.

    I say so-called, because the...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘John Carter’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    March 8, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Okay, so first I have to say that I loved ‘John Carter’, the Disney 3D SciFi adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)...

    The plot can seem slightly more complicated than it is…so I’ll just give you the main points.

    First, there’s John Carter (the very handsome, Taylor...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Project X’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    March 2, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Three high school seniors throw a birthday party that spirals out of control and their lives will never be the same.

    Okay, right off the bat, I have to say that ‘Project X’ directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Matt Drake and Michael Baldwin is crazy hysterical, outrageous fun...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘This Mean War’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    February 15, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Okay, so we have this cute girl who meets a sexy guy for coffee and they hit it off. A few minutes later (give or take) the same girl, meets another sexy guy, and they also hit it off.

    Now in any normal situation, the girl would probably date both guys, right? Well, in ‘This Means...

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