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Tony Toscano is a nationally recognized movie critic and film historian who has been reviewing films for nearly 30 years. To see more of Tony’s work, visit his website at talkingpictures.tv or check him out on Facebook.

The Gambler (R)
Mark Wahlberg stars as an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral.
Tony’s Take: A decent thriller but needing a more powerful ending, The Gambler never really has the guts to lay it all on the line. The film seems to hesitate and finally becomes overly predictable and pedestrian.
Grade: C

Inherent Vice (R)
Joaquin Phoenix stars with a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, Inherent Vice is almost too over-the-top, but that’s also the only alluring thing about this film.
Tony’s Take: It’s really kind of kinky. But for the majority of moviegoers, I think this will fall way short.
Grade: C-

Paddington (PG)
A bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
Tony’s Take: Paddington turns out to be a wonderful, warm family film. The CGI blends nicely and the acting is well done.  This film will keep you and the kids entertained
Grade: B

Plus, Tony sat down with Jakob Salvati and Michael Rapaport to talk about the new film, Little Boy.

Little Boy (PG-13)
In the film Pepper Busbee, an eight-year-old boy, is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so his father can come home.
“Little Boy” is one of those rare films exploring the relationship between a father and son. “Little Boy” offers up an emotional and well-constructed story about love and faith and belief. 
The film boasts a wonderful cast including, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Kevin James. At the heart of the film are actors Michael Rappaport as the dad and Jakob Salvati as “Pepper” also known as “Little Boy.”
Tony’s Take: “Little Boy” is a feel good movie, unashamed to tug at your heartstrings.
Grade: B+

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