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Jan. 16th, 2017 03:06 pm "For a Few Dollars More" tonight at the Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, Florida

Part 2 in the Spaghetti Western Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood Trilogy.

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Jan. 13th, 2017 10:14 pm Friday the 13th with Friay the 13th Amy Steel

Amy Steel discusses her Florida roots..

Amy Steel's talks about secrets & jobs...

Amy Steel is a class act and a lot of fun.

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Jan. 4th, 2017 08:50 am In honor of National Spaghetti Day

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Dec. 31st, 2016 10:22 pm The Top Ten

13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


The Shallows

Miracles from Heaven

Pete's Dragon

The Jungle Book

The Conjuring 2

Captain America Civil War

Boy by the Sea


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Dec. 31st, 2016 10:10 pm Honorable Mentions for 2016

Life, Animated

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Dec. 31st, 2016 09:55 pm 2016 in Review

2016 has been an interesting year for the business. The biggest blockbusters (Finding Dory. Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Deadpool) were released in the first half of the year. With the exception of Sully and Rogue One, the second half of the year suffered from a disappointing box office performance.

There can be many factors that have caused cinema’s deflating box office: riveting news coverage of the election and terrorism attacks, sports drama featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Cubs and even the Miami Dolphins having their first winning season in eight years. The common denominator is that television programming has done much to erode the cinema box office.

In November 2016, the Ft. Lauderdale International film Festival promoted the motion picture industry in our community. Gregory Von Hausch, Jan Mitchell, Erin Fontes, Melissa Fresita, Lenny Wong and a crew of hundreds efficiently screened films from all over the world and hosted informative interviews from Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Arlene Dahl to a young talent like Bailee Madison.

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Dec. 31st, 2016 08:58 pm Big Adventures for 2017

2017 looks like it will be filled with Adventure starting in March!

Plus it might be a good time to review "Davy Jones & the Heart of Darkness"

to appreciate the nuances of "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales!"

Interested in horror? "The Querulous Nights of Athena Minerva" is the most disturbing book Cinema Dave has written

to supplement Universal's new Monster Universe in the making...

For those who like to take a walk on the dark side of history, check out "The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"

to get into the mood of the old &

& new

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Dec. 29th, 2016 10:37 am "Inferno" suffers from Box Ofice Burn

With much disappointment from both the publishing and motion picture worlds, Dan Brown’s Inferno made less than 20 percent of the film’s production budget. Inferno features the same formula we’ve already seen in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. The new film offers a new wrinkle in which our hero, Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), suffers from memory loss. With great location shots in Florence and Venice, Inferno is not a bad movie, just a tired one.

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Dec. 29th, 2016 10:36 am Before "50 Shades Darker" is released, check out "The Handmaiden"

Next Valentine’s Day, the 50 Shades of Grey sequel opens, a popular film and DVD that no one in public admits to enjoying. After seeing the trailer for The Handmaiden, which opens tomorrow in select theaters, I thought I was going to see the Asian version of 50 Shades of Grey. Instead, I was surprised to watch a gothic romance along the lines of Wuthering Heights and Dangerous Liaisons.

With English subtitles, this Korean film is divided into 3 parts. The handmaiden dominates part one. Sook-Hee is the handmaiden who goes to work for Lady Hideko, who owns a large mansion with a big library. Working with the scoundrel, Count Fujiwawa, the Handmaiden seeks to rob Lady Hideko.

Part 2 presents another side of the relationship between Lady Hideko and Count Fujiwawa. We learn about some of the kinky secrets from the library, which both disgusts and inspires the protagonists and antagonists. Part 3 wraps up the plot threads with either a beautiful climax or a kinky climax, depending on one’s point of view.

The Handmaiden is likely to be nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language motion picture. The cinematography and texture is full of detail, which enhance the story. There are many ugly moments in The Handmaiden, but there are many beautiful, aquarian scenes. It is a full artistic experience.

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Dec. 29th, 2016 10:32 am Phase III Marvel on the Astroplane with Doctor Strange

With very little surprise, Doctor Strange dominated the weekend with $84 million in box-office gross. It is typical Marvel comic-book entertainment as we are introduced to neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, M.D. After losing his hands to paralysis in a car accident, Doctor Strange goes to Nepal for alternative medicine.

While healing, Strange learns about the invisible universe that was introduced briefly in last year’s Marvel epic, Ant-Man. With metaphysical carny tricks added to his medicine bag, he battles a villain (Mads Mikkelsen). While there is no rush to go see this Saturday matinee flick, visiting the astral plane with Doctor Strange provides alternative entertainment.

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