"Being Flynn," "21 Jump Street," "Casa de mi Padre" Movie Reviews 

Three films are opening this weekend -- we have the big screen adaptation of the 1987 Fox Show, “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill; the movie version of the 1997 Nick Flynn memoir “Being Flynn” starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Olivia Thirby from the “About a Boy” director Paul Weitz; and then we have the Spanish-language exploitation comedy “Casa de mi Padre” starring Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Genesis Rodriguez.

Take a look at my reviews:

For my written review of "Being Flynn," click here.

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Check Out "Dark Shadows" New Trailer! It's Comically Creepy! 
After years of waiting, we now have a taste of the upcoming "Dark Shadows," the big screen adaptation of Dan Curtis' vampiric soap opera saga starring Johnny Depp as the iconic Barnabas Collins. The actor reteams with Tim Burton for this Warner Bros. film. I think the best part is the screenplay written by Seth Grahame-Smith, the author who gave us "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote co-star.

Here's the catch -- Burton and Depp opt for a comedic soap opera which may irritate fans of the original series. I, on the other hand, am welcoming this with open arms and neck. Bite me!

"Dark Shadows" will comically spook viewers on May 11th of this year!

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Paul Dano Talks About Working with Robert De NIro in “Being Flynn” 

I’ve always been a fan of actor Paul Dano. He gave a memorable performance as a son who would not speak in “Little Miss Sunshine,” and he provoked Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis to deliver the iconic line “I... drink... your... milkshake!” in “There Will Be Blood.”

In the new film “Being Flynn,” Dano trades verbal acumen with Robert De Niro who plays his absentee father (and a homophobe and bigot to boot!). And let me tell you, the actor match emotion for emotion, word for word with De Niro.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** His interest in working with “Being Flynn”
*** He read the script first, then he bought the book only to find out that Nick Flynn, the memoir author, left him something in the bookstore
*** Meeting his real-life counterpart
*** His biggest takeaway from the movie
*** Working with De Niro

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The Lovely Olivia Thirlby Talks About “Being Flynn” 

Miss Oliva Thirlby is a quiet, astute actor and she was also pretty much the same during this interview. She was sweet, and thoughtful, and passionate. In the film, Thirlby plays the girlfriend of Paul Dano’s character. She gives him her nurturing side.

In this interview, the “Juno” actress talks about:

*** Her interest in making the movie
*** How she fleshed out the character which did not appear on Nick Flynn’s memoir “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City”
*** Working with Paul Dano – did she learn anything from co-starring with him?
*** She did not share scenes with Robert De Niro but how was it being in the same film with the icon?
*** How parents shape kids

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Director Paul Weitz Talks About His Own Father in “Being Flynn” Interview 

Writer/director Paul Weitz has explored the bond between father-and-son before in movies like “About a Boy” and “In Good Company.” With “Being Flynn,” Weitz is back to take a look at this unbreakable bond even if the relationship is a bit dysfunctional.

Based on Nick Flynn’s memoir called “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City,” Paul Dano embodies the author and the great Robert De Niro is his homophobic, bigoted father. Julianne Moore plays the caring mother, and Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”) is his nurturing girlfriend.

In this interview, Weitz talked about:

*** Why it took 7 years to develop “Being Flynn”
*** Writing 30 drafts of the script, and which one was eventually used
*** What was his initial attraction to the film?
*** Why explore the father-son dynamic again?
*** Alcoholism, drug abuse, and the many demons in “Being Flynn”
*** Meeting the real Jonathan Flynn
*** Working with Robert De Niro

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