Celebrate Clive Owen’s birthday with ‘Croupier’

Clive Owen turns 57 years young on Oct. 3, and this suave and reliable actor has been starring on the big screen for 33 years.  Let’s celebrate the man’s birthday, by looking back at his breakout film, “Croupier”. Happy Birthday, Clive, and thank you for your cinematic work!  “Croupier” (1998) – Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a writer, a struggling one.  Yes, that’s a seemingly eternal and cliché story for writers, but there’s a long thread of truth and history with such claims.  While Jack grapples with putting pen to…

‘CODA’: Bring tissues. You may sail away on an ocean of tears.

“CODA” (2021) – Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) loves her family.  She also works on their fishing boat practically every day.  For anyone who labored with their mom, dad, brothers, or sisters in a family-owned business, you know that you’re locked into a 24/7 commitment.  Okay, Ruby doesn’t immerse herself in everything-fish for every waking or sleeping moment.  Still, she regularly sets her alarm for 3 a.m. to accompany her dad, Frank (Troy Kotsur), and her older brother, Leo (Daniel Durant), on their vessel, The Angela Rose.  The three sail the…

2021 Phoenix Film Festival: Seven Movies to See

The award-winning Phoenix Film Festival arrives in-person from Aug. 12 through 22 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 for 11 days and nights of fabulous features, docs, and shorts.  The PFF is our critic’s hometown festival, so he’ll be watching – and talking about – movies every day.  If you live close by and feel safe going to theatres again, we recommend that you stop in to catch a flick or 2, or 20.  Here are 7 films that we’ve seen and definitely applaud, and if you need more information on…