Tony’s Take — New Weekend Movies 3/13/15

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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.

Here are Tony’s Takes for this weekend’s Box Office releases:

Run All Night (Rated R)
Liam Neeson and Ed Harris star in Run All Night – it’s all about an alcoholic ex-hitman who must protect his son from being killed by a mob boss.
Tony’s Take: The film is a high-body count movie, with car chases, car crashes,  explosions and guns, guns and more guns! The film will please action lovers and Neeson is in familiar territory. But that’s kind of the problem with the film… the star of the movie isn’t doing anything really new. Neeson seems bored and detached. Even the dialogue is stilted and borrowed.

Grade: C


Cinderella (Rated PG)

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Tony’s Take: Once in a great while a film lives up to not only the promise to entertain, but to the promise of suspending belief and creating a perfect theater experience for the audience. Cinderella is that film! The beauty of the film is in the way it trusts the basic story and doesn’t overwhelm you with major changes and special effects. Also Cinderella is perfectly cast with Cate Blanchett as the stepmother, Richard Madden as the prince and Lily James as Cinderella. This is an instant classic! 

Grade: A

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