“PRISONERS” (2013) MOVIE REVIEW -- How Many Kisses Do Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Get? 

Denis Villeneuve makes his first Hollywood production with “Prisoners.” Fresh from the success of the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Film of 2011, “Incendies,” Villeneuve directs Hugh Jackman as a father in search of his missing daughter. Maria Bello plays his grieving wife, and Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the other abducted girl, the friend of Jackman’s daughter.

Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective solving the case, and Paul Dano is the suspect. But did he really abduct the two girls? The fantastic Melissa Leo stars as Dano’s supportive aunt.

Is “Prisoners” worth your time and money, and is it Oscar-worthy? Take a look!

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“INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2” Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Sequel Get? 

Previously on “Insidious,” we met the Lamberts, headed by the patriarch, Josh (Patrick Wilson), and mother Renai (Rose Byrne). They moved into an old house only to experience otherworldly forces when their young son fell into a coma.

Now, director James Wan, fresh from the success of “The Conjuring,” returns with scriptwriter Leigh Whannell (who also moonlights as the ghost hunter Specs), to give us the sequel to the sleeper hit. Lin Shaye (Elise) also returns, as well as the idea of the Further, the new age purgatory.

Is “Insidious: Chapter 2” worthy of the spooky excellence of the first film? Find out!

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The Lamberts Speak! My Fun Interview with Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne for “Insidious: Chapter 2!”  

I loved talking to Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. They’re fun to talk to as they expound on the mythology presented by “Insidious: Chapter 2.” Wilson, fresh from the success of “The Conjuring,” is back to spook us again with his “Conjuring” and “Insidious” director, James Wan. Both he and Byrne are the Lamberts. “Chapter 2” explains what happened in the first film without being an exact copycat of the original. “Insidious: Chapter 2” succeeds in carrying the mythos from the first. Yes, it’s still creepy!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why the sequel works well!
*** How did they find their characters again?
*** Patrick Wilson’s character twist
*** Going further into the further
*** The film as a domestic drama masquerading as a horror – like Kramer vs. Kramer vs. The Poltergeist
*** The Parker vs. Marilyn angle of the film
*** Decisions made in the first film can now be exposed in the second
*** I’m officially calling Patrick Wilson – the Scream King of this generation

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Lin Shaye and Leigh Whannell Talk About “Insidious: Chapter 2” 

I sat down with Lin Shaye (Elise) and Leigh Whannell (scriptwriter and actor who plays Specs) for the sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2.” The film follows immediately what happened after the first movie. Who killed Elise? Director James Wan, who I’m calling as the contemporary master of suspense, returns with Patrick Wilson (Josh Lambert) and Rose Byrne (Renai Lambert) to the world of “Insidious” for this creepy sequel. Fresh from “The Conjuring,” Wan is back to spook us all.

In this fun interview, we talked about:

*** How the film successfully expounded on the mythology explored on the first film
*** The supernatural domestic drama of the movie
*** It’s a domestic drama masquerading as a thriller
*** Elise as the nurturer – how was it returning back to the role
*** Leigh’s advice to viewers

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Best Movies of 2013….So Far! Did Your Favorite Make My List? 

The arrivals of the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals mark the beginning of our Oscar season. Which got me thinking – what are my favorite films of 2013 so far? We don’t have to wait for the various film festivals to get Oscar-caliber films. Many were shown throughout the year. So let’s not forget, shall we? From “The Place Beyond the Pines” to “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” I compiled my favorite films of the year so far. Did your favorite make my list? Take a look!

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