Neely Swanson

‘Footloose’and fancy free

The script is creaky, the characters are stereotypic, the acting is often flat (or worse), the plot lacks depth and yet… “Footloose” is fun and engaging and a hoot. A classic example of how much an audience can forgive if there’s a great opening and terrific ending. I can still hold my head up and […]

 Neely Swanson

Like lemon meringue pie, “Toast” is sweet and tart [MOVIE REVIEW]

“No matter how bad things get, it’s impossible not to love someone who made you toast,” says Nigel Slater the internationally renowned food writer, whose memoir is the basis of the recently released British film “Toast.” “Once you’ve bitten through that crusty surface to the soft dough underneath and tasted the warm salty butter, you’re […]

 Neely Swanson

Real Steel is a reel steal [MOVIE REVIEW]

Real Steel is a reel steal [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Real Steel,” Disney’s sanitized answer to Rocky starring Hugh Jackman and Atom the animatronic robot is a 13-year-old’s fantasy. In a world of the not too distant future, extreme boxing has been taken over by robots and their human trainers. Charlie, the almost-ran former boxer and now loser on the margins, played by Hugh Jackman […]

 Neely Swanson

Benda Bilili! [MOVIE REVIEW]

Benda Bilili! [MOVIE REVIEW]

There cannot be many more squalid places to live than Kinshasa on the wrong side of the Congo River in the ironically named Democratic Republic of the Congo. The thug dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, civil war, and poverty have done much to ravage an already reeling population. Factor in the results of a polio […]

 Neely Swanson

Thunder Soul film a true tale well told

  One person can make a difference and everyone should try. – John F. Kennedy Conrad Johnson made a difference every day of his life and the students he taught during his long career in Texas, and most particularly at Kashmere High School in the 5th Ward of Houston, were inspired to try. In 2006, […]

 Neely Swanson

Jane’s Journey, a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall [MOVIE REVIEW]

Jane’s Journey, a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Jane’s Journey,” a documentary written and directed by Lorenz Knauer about the life of Jane Goodall that premiers in theaters on Friday, Sept. 23, is actually two films; and that is both the good news and the bad news, as both are interesting but neither fits organically into the structure of the other. What I […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Kill the Irishman Trailer [VIDEO]

Kill the Irishman Trailer [VIDEO]

Kill the Irishman Official Trailer

 Mark McDermott

Kill the Irishman – Local filmmaker brings the legend of Danny Greene back to life

The mafia wanted Danny Greene dead and they weren’t taking any chances. He’d already been stabbed, shot at by a sniper, and run down by a drive-by shooter. He’d escaped several attempted car bombings, including one where he dismantled the explosive himself and then turned in the bomb’s caps over to a police acquaintance. When […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Tron: Legacy [MOVIE REVIEW]

In 1982 Walt Disney Studios released “TRON” – a movie that used computer-generated graphics as never before – to create a glowing neon world entirely made of pixels & imagination. While it generated quite a bit of news for its technology, the film was ultimately considered by many, including Walt Disney Studios, to be a commercial and artistic flop. The studio turned its back on it.

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