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ENTOURAGE (2015) – My rating: 8.5/10

EntourageIf you were a fan of the HBO series, Entourage, then you will absolutely love this movie. If you were not a fan or never saw the series, you may still like Entourage but not as much. I was a huge fan of the series and I loved the movie. The liberties HBO took with the series was so remarkable and entertaining, I found myself each week wanting more. The sadist moment for me was when the series ended. The entourage is made up of 4 friends from Queens, NY who came to Los Angeles to make it on the movie scene. Actually, there is only one movie star on board, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), who is extremely good looking and charismatic. Also included is Vince’s half brother, Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon) who is also an actor but hardly a star and also likes to cook. Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly) is Vince’s best friend since childhood and his manager, who happens to be the most reliable and level headed of the group. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) who started out as the driver, invested in a tequila business and is now a millionaire but still drives the group around as though he is still just getting started. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is Vincent’s aggressively, ruthless agent, while not a member of the original 4, is someone who rounds out the team called Entourage. Like the series, Entourage is full of sex, fun and games, highs and lows, egos, successes and failures, emotions, battles, love, money, flaring tempers, disappointments and deceptions. There were more than 45 cameos in this movie from Warren Buffett to Mike Tyson. There are lots of laughs, a gay wedding, a birth, a whole lot of sex and a whole lot of partying. Stars like Mark Wahlberg, Billy Bob Thornton and Rex Lee help to make this film fun and entertaining. The plot is about Vince starring in and directing a movie called Hyde, which is behind schedule and over budget. Still, Vince needs a little more money to finish the project. The fun begins when Ari has to convince the investors to give up the rest of the money needed to complete the film. So much is on the line and so many egos and positions are at risk. Let the Hollywood games begin. Very enjoyable, lots of laughs, lots of tight spots. Check it out!

THE JUDGE (2014) – My rating: 9/10

TheJudgeI smell Oscar nominations here.  The Judge goes deep into ones soul.  I loved the way it wrapped up the ending and I loved the cast.  Robert Downing, Jr. plays Hank Palmer, a hot shot lawyer from Chicago who has a reputation for winning his cases.  When his mother dies, Hank is summoned back home where he hasn’t been for 20 years.  He’s leaving his troubled home in Chicago where he has a cheating wife and a small daughter, arriving in his home town of Carlinville, Indiana where he has 2 brothers Glen Palmer (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Dale Palmer (Jeremy Strong) and a father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) that makes up a dysfunctional family that he never speaks to.  Hank expected his trip back home to be short but when his father is accused of murdering a convict he sentenced in his court years ago, Hank stays to defend him.  Many paths are explored in this 2 hour and 27 minute film.  So far, The Judge has proven to be a more than worthy contender among the better movies I’ve seen this year.  Billy Bob Thornton plays the states attorney (Dwight Dickham) who prosecutes the judge.  Dax Shepard plays C. P. Kennedy the defense co-council and Hank’s daughter, Laura Palmer (Emma Tremblay) are just a few that make an excellent cast.  While visiting Carlinville, Hank discovers there are many old relationships that need closure.  This film makes for a very interesting story and well worth the price of a movie ticket to see it.

[THE JUDGE is nominated for Best Supporting Actor]