Robert DeNiro

The Wizard of Lies

Tales of Wall Street corruption are true modern-day horror stories. Greedy white men in suits (come on, they ALL are), have left virtual bloodbaths of their victims, folks stripped of their life savings to feed the greed and egos of a small few. One of the highest profile of these evil men of recent times, …

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Taxi Driver

Would Martin Scorsese put a hit on me if I said I didn’t like Taxi Driver? ‘Cause he sure looked miffed when he didn’t win the Oscar this year. Maybe I should see if any Academy members have recently had their kneecaps broken before I proceed, because never in my life have I heard anyone …

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Joy (2015)

This biopic of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano stars Jennifer Lawrence as the titular single mom, who’s struggling to make ends meet while caring for her kids, her ex (Édgar Ramirez) and her divorced parents (Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen), who all live in the same dilapidated house and whose volatile relationships do little to …

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The Intern (2015)

Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) is a retired widower who feels he’s already made the most of his free time. Without his wife, many activities lack the appeal they once had, and after a point, even the ones you enjoy by yourself lose their luster. Seeking structure, Ben visits his neighborhood Starbucks bright and early each …

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Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog is one of those films that will probably have cyclical relevance through the years, depending on who is in the Oval Office. There will be years that the premise will seem outlandish, and other times (like during Dubya’s reign) where it will seem like non-fiction, inducing queasy, uncomfortable laughter from the audience. …

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The King of Comedy

It’s a strange thing watching a movie without a hero, and by hero, I don’t mean anything extraordinary. I’m just talking about someone remotely likable who could be identified as a protagonist. As Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy begins, your hero radar quickly hones in on Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro). We meet him at …

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Heat

Heat begins with a love scene between Al Pacino and Diane Venora so steamy that it makes me weak in the knees just to think about it. I can’t believe she got paid to be kissed like that by him! Vincent Hanna (Pacino) is not only a good kisser, he’s a dedicated police lieutenant who …

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The Family

The movie begins with the Manzoni family relocating to a small town in France through the Witness Protection Program. They’re all a bit bored and jaded, and it’s clear that their mafia ties have made these moves a familiar occurrence. They adopt their new identities with an eye-rolling sense of, “Who are we this time? …

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Everybody’s Fine

Everybody’s Fine is not your typical cheery, laugh-a-minute holiday movie.  Instead, the film touches on love, loss, disappointment, and reconciliation.  It feels a lot like real life and is almost guaranteed to make you cry, but somehow it’s heartening to know that other families have the same communication issues and glitches as the rest of …

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Last Vegas

For no particular reason, I had it in my head that Last Vegas was about four veteran actors knocking over a Vegas casino. I understood their characters to be former tough guys from New York, childhood best friends who reunite for one last hurrah. In my head, that last hurrah would pretty much be a …

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