Author Archives: Alan Just

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. (IMDB)

Jurassic World

A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. (IMDB) Writer:  Rick Jaffa (screenplay), Amanda Silver(screenplay) Director:  Colin Trevorrow Stars:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins Run time/Rating:  124Minutes/ […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (IMDB) Writer:  Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn Director:  Matthew Vaughn Stars:   Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson Run time/Rating:  129Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn There is a new […]

St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. (IMDB)

2015 Popcorn Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture Selma Birdman – Want to Win – Won The Theory of Everything Whiplash Boyhood – Will Win  The Grand Budapest Hotel American Sniper The Imitation Game Best Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) Michael Keaton (Birdman) Will/Want Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of […]

Foxcatcher

The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. (IMDB)

Ida

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Writers:  Pawel Pawlikowski,Rebecca Lenkiewicz  Director:  Pawel Pawlikowski Stars:  Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik Run time/Rating:  82 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with […]

Into the Woods

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (IMDB) Writers:  James Lapine (screenplay), James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim (musical) Director:  Rob Marshall Stars:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine Run time/Rating:  125 Minutes/ PG Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn. In […]

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. (IMDB) Writers:  Alejandro Gonzalez, Nicolas Giacobone Director:  Alejandro González Iñárritu Stars:  Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with […]

The Awakening

An educated Hoax buster in the post WWI era visits an English boarding school to solve a mystery of a murdered boy and explain the fear of a child ghost.  Her beliefs become in question when she starts experiencing the horrors of the school herself. Writers:  Stephen Volk (screenplay), Nick Murphy Director:  Nick Murphy Stars:  Rebecca Hall, […]

Top Ten Movies of 2013

10.  Prisoners:  A great script only turns into an amazing movie when the directing, acting, editing, set and sound are executed with equivalent greatness.  “Prisoners” has that greatness in most areas making it near flawless and one of the best crime thrillers in years. Large Popcorn. 9.  Lone Survivor:  Lone Survivor is a depiction of war about […]

The Skeleton Twins

Brought together by their desire to self destruct, estranged twins return to one another’s lives for the good and the bad. Writers:  Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson Director:  Craig Johnson  Stars:  Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson  Run time/Rating:  93 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn For much of the first half of Skeleton Twins, I felt like it was […]

Gone Girl

The national spotlight is turned to a small town in Missouri when a man’s wife goes missing under curious circumstances. Writer:  Gillian Flynn (Screenplay & Novel) Director:  David Fincher  Stars:  Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Run time/Rating:  149 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter Wow!   As the credits rolled […]

Hector and the Search for Happiness

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Writers: Maria von Heland (screenplay), Peter Chelsom(screenplay) François Lelord(Novel)  Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jordan Schartner  Run time/Rating: 114 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:Medium Popcorn with Butter The concept of happiness and it’s meaning, or the pursuit of is nothing new to cinema, stories, or our thoughts we all have every […]

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The year is 1882 and a man who belongs in the 21st century begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, his courage is tested when her husband shows up to town and is one of the most feared gunmen in the west. Writers:  Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Director:  Seth MacFarlane Stars:   Seth […]

Begin Again

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.  (IMDB) Writer:   John Carney Director:  John Carney Stars:  Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine Run time/Rating:  104 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Ahhhhh, what a nice summer movie.  This is what the […]

Cheap Thills

A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.  (IMDB) Writers:   David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga Director:  E.L. Katz Stars:   Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton Run time/Rating:  88 Minutes/ NR Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter Cheap Thrills […]

22 Jump Street

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. (IMDB) Writers:  Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Jonah Hill(Story) Directors:  Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Stars:  Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube Run time/Rating:  112 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn […]

Neighbors

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.  (IMDB) Writers:  Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien Director:  Nicholas Stoller Stars:  Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron Run time/Rating:  97 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Some movies are created with skill and craft and showcase historical or what could […]

The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.  (IMDB) Writers:   Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort(book) Director:  Martin Scorsese Stars:    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Run time/Rating:  180 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter It took […]

The Lego Movie

An ordinary LEGO mini figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.  (IMDB) Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller(Screenplay & Story) Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story) Directors:  Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Stars:  Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, […]

Popcorn Movie Review Academy Award Predictions

Best Picture American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity – Could Win Her Nebraska – Want to Win  Philomena – Want to Win (I know, I’m cheating and picking 2) 12 Years a Slave – Will Win The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actor in a Leading Role Christian Bale (American Hustle) Bruce Dern (Nebraska) Leonardo DiCaprio (The […]

Nebraska

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (IMDB) Writer: Bob Nelson Director: Alexander Payne Stars:  Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb Run time/Rating:  115 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter As my lovely wife and I began […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  (IMDB

American Hustle

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.  (IMDB) Writers:  Eric Singer, David O. Russell Directors:  David O. Russell Stars:  Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper Run time/Rating:  138 Minutes/ R […]

Academy Award Best Short Films, Animated

I have always enjoyed seeing the Academy Award Nominated Short Films.  For many of you who do not realize, the academy puts all 5 animated shorts, live action shorts, and documentary shorts together as one collection and plays them as a single showing in Theaters across the country leading up the Oscars.  I always find […]

Gravity

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (IMDB) Writers:   Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón, Director:   Alfonso Cuarón Stars:  Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Run time/Rating:  91 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn There is no doubt that the greatest achievements in Gravity are the visual effects and […]

Philomena

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  (IMDB) Writers:   Steve Coogan(screenplay), Jeff Pope(screenplay), Martin Sixsmith(Book) Director:  Stephen Frears Stars:   Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ […]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (IMDB) Writers:  Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Director:  Adam McKay Stars:  Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter If you take a very quick […]

12 Years a Slave

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (IMDB) Writers:  John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by) Director:  Steve McQueen Stars:   Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Run time/Rating:  134 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn After Steve McQueen solidified his […]