Movies






Movie Review of Puzzle: Kelly Macdonald Fits Perfectly into this Female-Driven Drama about a Women Rearranging the Pieces of Her Life by Suzanne Ordas Curry


Movie Review: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place is Full of Hitchcockian Suspense and Sustained Palpable Tension - Will  Horror Fans Flock to It?  Review By Connor Moriarty Read: https://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2018/04/movie-review-john-krasinskis-quiet.html


Movie Review of Loving Vincent: This Movie Must Be Seen, As Meticulously-Crafted and Beautiful as Van Gogh's Own Work Review by Connor Moriarty 

Classic Hollywood director William Castle, was a pioneer of the “gimmick film.” When his Vincent Price shocker, The House on Haunted Hill, was screened in theaters, fake skeletons would fly through the auditorium. So, while the film itself may have been clich├ęd, even by the standards of its contemporary audience, the showmanship on display made for an exhilarating experience overall. To read: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2018/03/movie-review-of-loving-vincent-this.html 




Killian and the Comeback Kids Movie Coming Soon: Stars Nathan Purdee, Kassie DePaiva, Indiegogo Campaign Started for this Feel-good Folk-Rock Indie

Disenchanted after graduating college, and subsequently returning to his hometown, a once-thriving town in the heart of Pennsylvannia, a musician tries to discover his new path in life with the help of some old friends. Killian and the Comeback kids is a movie about music, hopes and dreams. Read:

http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2018/01/killian-and-comeback-kids-movie-coming.html




Movie Review of Driver  X: Uber On Over to See This Funny Yet Meaningful Comedy about a Middle Aged Man Living in a World of Millenials, Patrick Fabian, Tanya Clarke, Desmin Borges and Oscar Nunez Star in this Henry Barrial/Mark Stolaroff Film By Suzanne Ordas Curry

The shoulder lapels. The buttons. The elastic waist. A uniform.  The few, the proud, wear a uniform. The few, the proud, wear a Members Only Jacket. Read:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2018/01/movie-review-of-driver-x-uber-on-over.html



Interview - Behind the Scenes with Collar The Movie Creators David Patrick and Nan Wilson: Cop Drama Stars Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Roundtree, Tom Sizemore
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/11/interview-behind-scenes-with-collar.html






New Movie Egg: A Dark Comedy About Surrogacy by Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche and Michele Ganeless Stars Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe

There's an egg being hatched in Hollywood, Egg is the name of  new indie movie by  Equity Producers Alysia Reiner, husband David Alan Basche and Michele Ganeless (Comedy Central), about, well, an unusual route to motherhood. Read: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/07/new-movie-egg-dark-comedy-about.html





Movie Review of Ingrid Goes West - An #AllTooReal Depiction of Generation Me by Kelly A. Byrne

A week ago, my buddy who works in comedy took me to see a movie I knew almost nothing about. It was getting great reviews, so in I went, blind as a bat, to see Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson, Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Matt Spicer. What a time it was. 
Read more: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/08/movie-review-of-ingrid-goes-west.html




Review of Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson Leading the Way for Disney’s New Feminist Heroines 
By Kelly Byrne



After almost a year long marketing campaign, there were two popular and opposing sentiments surrounding Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast: excitement and indifference. The latter comes as no surprise since Princess movies tend to target specific audiences, namely daughters and their parents. Many who grew up with the 1991 animated film questioned the necessity of this live-action addition; what would director Bill Condon add that Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise failed to incorporate in the original? http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/03/review-of-beauty-and-beast-emma-watson.html




Movie Review: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman Is Not Only The Summer’s Biggest Blockbuster But Also The Most Important Film Of The Millennia 
Review by Landon Funk: I have said before that I hate films based off of comic books. While there are a few outliers, this pretty much rings true for I find that studio executives are more interested in making a film with expensive explosions than one with substance. Deadpool and The Dark Knight showed the industry that you can have both, but Hollywood still churned out superhero films that lacked anything real. Read more:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/06/movie-review-patty-jenkins-wonder-woman.html


Review: La La Land Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling: Simply a Delight for the Eyes and Ears
I had to see what all the rave was about regarding La La Land.
I went to see it, and I can't get the song "City of Stars" out of my head.  Read why -http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2016/12/review-la-la-land-with-emma-stone-and.html



Movie Review of  James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Tries A Little Too Hard To Mimic The First One But Features Hilarious Performances From  Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper

Review by Landon Funk:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-james-gunns-guardians-of.html




Movie Review of Snatched: Jonathan Levine’s SNATCHED features a Hilarious Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn 
Review by Landon Funk

Okay, so I have to admit that I went into SNATCHED thinking that it was going to be complete and total garbage. It has been getting ripped to shreds in the reviews, but it also looked like it would be mildly entertaining. I mean Amy Schumer can always deliver some laughs. Which is exactly what my friend and I kept in mind as we decided to go see Jonathan Levine’s film about a mother and daughter’s misadventure in Ecuador. Click to read:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-of-snatched-jonathan.html



Movie Review: Anne Hathaway Gives A Monstrous Performance In Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL


Review by Landon Funk
Anne Hathaway is either really on point or really not. There is no in between. Starting with her star-making performance as “Mia Thermopolis” in Disney’s THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Hathaway ranges from total trash like her leading role in THE INTERN or quite literally Academy Award winning gold like her turn as “Fantine” in LES MISERABLES. Like I said, there is no in between.
So when I read that Colossal was a film that finally put Hathaway back on the map after her post-Oscar-win downfall, I knew that I had to go see it.
Click here for rest of article:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-title-anne-hathaway-gives.html





Review: Winner of the Prix de la Mis en Scene at the Cannes Film Festival, Olivier Assayas Delivers a Haunting Horror/Thriller in his Kristen Stewart Starrer PERSONAL SHOPPER

Personal Shopper Review by Landon Funk
There is something so beautiful about going to see a film without knowing anything about it. I think that part of the problem with today’s film consumption culture is that we love to know the ending before we see the film. Whether that be through a review in Entertainment Weekly or a brief skim of Wikipedia while in line to buy a ticket, we want instant gratification.

But that is not what film is, and I had the pleasure of revisiting this antiquated, superior idea on Monday evening when I settled into my dead center of the room seat after purchasing a ticket to see PERSONAL SHOPPER at Nashville’s The Belcourt Theater.


Equity The Movie Premieres at Sundance 2016 - Sold to Sony Classics Pictures


Equity, premiered at Sundance 2016 at the Library in Park City, Utah.

On a comfortably cold evening in January the theater was sold out to see this female-driven financial thriller that was sold to Sony Classics Pictures before it's Sundance audience premiere.


The movie stars Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn as a female investment banker struggling in her career who takes a company public. Her boyfriend is played by James Purefoy, The film's producers,  Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas, had starring roles aside Ms. Gunn.   Click here to continue: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2016/02/equity-movie-premieres-at-sundance-2016.html


Top Ten Things You Won't See Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn Do in Her New Role as Naomi in Broad Street Pictures New Flick Equity


Anna Gunn says good-bye to Skylar and hubby Walter
and hello to Naomi in Equity
Anna Gunn's been cast in a new movie by Broad Street Pictures called Equity. Produced by Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie), Equity follows a senior investment banker (Naomi Bishop, played by Ms.Gunn) who is threatened a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. The movie is in pre-production now, but sources say we're going to see another side to this talented actress. Read:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/07/top-ten-things-you-wont-see-breaking.html




Review: Pixar's Inside Out - Portrayal of Females off the Mark, But Overall Message Perfect for Kids          by Di's Dish
Spoiler alert! I took my 11 year old son to see this movie and although it is getting rave reviews, I found some of it to be disappointing. Let’s start with the positives.

Yes this film is inventive and creative with a wide range of likeable characters. The absence of a “bad or evil character” was refreshing. In its place, as my son pointed out, was a problem that needed to be solved. It’s a thinking movie, which makes sense since it is a story about an 11 year old girl’s (Riley) emotions. The animated short (shown immediately prior to Inside Out), Lava, was sweet, charming and gorgeous. It’s a perfect addition to the brilliant Pixar catalogue. For trailer and full article click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/07/review-pixars-inside-out-portrayal-of.html


Review: Sharknado 3: It's Out of This World and My Predictions for Sharknado 4


If you didn't say "huh?", or what? or "you've got to be kidding me!" you were not watching Sharknado 3. Sharknado 3, I dare say, left its fans wanting more. Sharks in space, births in bellies, limbs in limbo, this movie's mundane was a normal person's outrageous. So many twitter fans in agreement wondering about just exactly what these wacky, wonderful writers were on when they wrote their weird and wild words.

Nothing was too stupid or ridiculous to show. Science and logic went out the broken windows that the Sharknados caused. I don't think the writers ever threw out an idea on the basis of "but that could never happen.". Rather, that was their goal.
For full article: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/07/review-sharknado-3-its-out-of-this.html


Review: The Re-Write Starring Hugh Grant - It's Right on for Hugh Grant Fans

If you're a Hugh Grant fan, you'll like the Re-Write. You won't love, love it, the way you love Love Actually or Bridget Jones' Diary, but you'll actually like it.

Hugh Grant plays the same type of character we've often seen him as n the past, a womanizer, someone who doesn't play by the rules, and as in several of his past movies, like About a Boy and Music And Lyrics (same writer on this one), he plays a washed-up has been. One that we root for to accomplish something more.

This movie is on-demand, not in any theaters that I have seen in the NY metro area. I was happy to see that Hugh made the rounds on the top TV talk shows in this area, including the Today Show, to talk about the movie, even though it is not in theaters. That speaks volumes about the changing world of cinema and the profitability of independent movies.

Or, it just means that Hugh Grant is still a hunk and people want him on their shows.
To read full article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/02/review-re-write-starring-hugh-grant-its.html



Broad Street Pictures Launched by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas in NYC


Perched on the 9th floor of The # 3 West Club overlooking Rockefeller Center invited guests were the first to learn about the first venture of Broad Street Pictures, LLC.  Broad Street Pictures is founded by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas. Producer/Actress Alysia currently plays the roles of  Fig in the wildly successful Netflix drams Orange is the New Black and D. A Parks in the new Shonda Rhimes ABC hit How To Get Away With Murder. Philadelphia's Sarah Megan Thomas is the executive producer and writer of the movie Backwards, now available nationwide in stores including Walmart and on most on-demand services. She also starred in it. Both of these ladies have substantial resumes of acting roles in familiar shows.
 
To read the rest of this article click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-launch-of-new-female.html


Break out the Holly, Just in the Nick of Time, It's Holiday Movie Season Again: What to Expect and Where to Find Them    by Suzee


Ah, holiday movie seasonIt seems to start earlier and earlier each year. And, it's expanding like the universe. I used to be glued to Falalala Lifetime, now I find my home mainly on the Hallmark Channel, checking in on the weekends on Lifetime, clicking the Channel to Up every so often and tuning into the classics on ABC Family at night. Speaking of ABC family, it is just impossible to have watched the Home Alone or Santa Clause franchises too many times, and I will never get sick of Elf either.  To read the rest of this article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/12/break-out-holly-just-in-nick-of-time.html


Hayes Walsh and Spencer Muhlstock Produce a Riveting Thriller, Smash's Christian Borle and Local Fave Rosie McCooe Star


It’s always exciting to see young people following their passion, and when they follow through, and do it right, it’s a sight to behold.

I happen to be speaking to an actor friend of mine, Rosie Gunther McCooe, and she mentioned how she was in a new film by two students at her local high school, called Shutterflies. As with many independent films these days, it was funded through Indiegogo.

The movie was premiering at a local theater in NJ, the gem of Ridgewood smack in the middle of Ridgewood’s downtown area. I went with my son, who is doing music for another student film in my town along with the two student film makers doing that film. To see the rest of this article and photos click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/05/review-of-shutterflies-snapshot-of.html



NJ Director Caytha Jentis Takes a Poke at the Soccer Parent    Movie Available in Target, On Amazon, Netflix and Coming to HBO

It's a typical beautiful, stately Ridgewood home, perched on top of just enough of a hill to add to its grandeur. It's on a typical Ridgwood street, tree-lined, calm and very, very, suburban. It's much like the kind of street you see in the movies, in fact very similar to the idyllic lane at the end of both the new and old Miracle on 34th Street films. 

As a publicist I was there for a meeting about a movie entitled "Bad Parents" that was opening for a four night run at the Ridgewood Clearview Cinema in January of 2013. The opening was just 2 weeks away and there was so much to do. On the agenda was getting the word out on it and planning the Red Carpet event.

Bad Parents is aptly named. It is about parents behaving badly. Click here to read rest of article:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/p/bad-parents-movie.html

Visit Badparentsmovie.com. The movie is also available as a fundraiser for soccer teams and other organizations, please see the website.



Adam Sandler: Totally LOL

I remember the first time I heard The Chanukah Song on Saturday Night Live. It was all the rage with my friends and I. Who sings that? He's so funny!! That was back in 1994. 

Two decades later he's turned that same zany, off-the-wall, out-of-the box and sometimes ridiculous sense of humor into a comedy empire. 

If you want a good laugh, and have a good sense of humor,  his movies will make you laugh. Not every movie is for everyone, and perhaps there are people out there that don't think he's funny, but his movies span a wide range of topics and emotions.

To read the rest of this article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2013/07/adam-sandler-totally-lol.html



Attention all RHONJ Fans! Did You Know That RHONJ's 
Jaqueline Laurita is in a Movie? 

Does anyone know that RHONJ Jaqueline Laurita is in a movie? She may be the first of any of the  "Real Housewives" franchise to appear on the big screen - only Andy Cohen would know for sure- but for certain she is the first Real Housewife of NJ to be in a full-length feature film. 
Truth be told it's just a cameo appearance, so you really have to keep an eye out for her when you're watching the movie... but she looks great and "healthy" in the movie - hint hint! Jacqueline is in the movie Bad Parents, which was released for a limited theater run earlier this year. It's now available on Amazon, at Target and on Redbox. It is coming to NETFLIX in December.

Bad Parents was made in Jacqueline's home state by a NJ director. The movie was filmed in and around northern NJ, so pretty true to life Jacqueline may well have frequented the places seen in the movie and the place she if featured being seen in. Here's the trailer:


The move is a satirical slice-of-life film about obsessed soccer parents. That's enough said there if you have children or have been at any organized sport activity where the parents have just a little too much to do with what is going on. Bad Parents is LOL. It stars Janeane Garofalo (Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Jerry's female equivalent in Seinfield), Michael Boatman, Kristen Johnston (Third Rock, Music and Lyrics), Cheri Oteri (SNL, Grownups2), and Christopher Titus (Titus). Also in the cast is Ben Bailey (Cash Cab),
Reiko Aylesworth (Hawaii 5-0, Lost), and Rebecca Budig (All My Children) and Bill Sage (American Psycho).

Director/Writer/Producer Caytha Jentis (The OneThen Came Love)  and Producer Dorothy Fucito said that they were happy to have Jaqueline in the movie and that she was a pleasure to work with.

You will have to watch the movie to find Jaqueline. I'm not giving an more hints. You can buy it now on Amazon  at http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Parents-Janeane-Garofalo/dp/B00CRWDKWY or rent it on Redbox. Or, you can see it when it when it premieres on Netflix in December. This movie is not rated but it is really for adults and not young children. You can also enter to win a FREE COPY ON SUZEEBEHINDTHESCENES  as I will be giving away a Bad Parents DVD and t-shirt package on this site. Just scroll to the bottom of the homepage, enter in your email address and write "Bad Parents Movie Contest" in the box. (Your name won't be shared or used for anything but this contest.)

Happy Hunting for Jacqueline!


Guiding Light's Rebecca Budig Stars in Bad Parents

We Love Soaps: Rebecca Budig Plays a 'Mean Mom' in 'Bad Parents' ...: Are you the soccer mom or dad that screams at all the games? The parent that watches every move your child makes as well as every move ever...