79: ‘The Boy Next Door’ Starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth
Jan 2015 28

The Boy Next Door PosterThe long missing Thom West joins us in the War Room this week for a dissection of The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez and her cookies. Her sweet, sweet cookies.  Unfortunately, Thom got the nod a little late so he was unable to catch the flick but he does his best to keep up.

We also discuss the floundering career of Johnny Depp and is the mantel of creepy in danger of passing from Joe to another cast member? Listen and all will be revealed.

It’s Reel Spoilers #79 – The Boy Next Door.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Thom West, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 31min

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA Comes to Life at the Fox Theatre (Jan 20 – Feb 1)
Jan 2015 28

Cinderella Fox TheatreOriginally written for the 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella finally made it’s Broadway debut in 2013. With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, the classic tale gets some new updates – but still captures the magic of the story we know and love. The show is now playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis through February 1.

Returning from her leading role on Broadway is Paige Faure as Ella, with the look and cadence that would have you thinking she really is Cinderella in real life. Although some details have changed, the story is still close to the one we know and love. Ella lives with her wicked stepmother (Beth Glover) and stepsisters: Charlotte (Aymee Garcia) and Gabrielle (Kaitlyn Davidson) – although the latter is much nicer to Ella than we’ve grown accustomed to. Right at the start, Ella has a meet-cute with Prince Topher (Andy Jones) as he rides through town. It is there we are also introduced to her friends Jean-Michel (David Andino), a zany revolutionary, and Marie (Kecia Lewis) – a crazy old woman who we later learn has more up her sleeve than meets the eye. Cinderella Fox Theatre St Louis 1Topher’s adviser Lord Chancellor Sebastian (Blake Hammond) convinces the prince that it is time to marry – and what better way to find a bride than to throw a magnificent ball? It’s all fairy godmothers and magical transformations from then on, as the classic tale comes to life.

The show consists of many of the musical numbers from the original 1957 production, as well as some additional songs from the Rodgers + Hammerstein catalog – cut from shows like South Pacific, Me and Juliet. The number “There’s Music in You” was added from the 1997 television version that starred Brandy, which actually came from the 1957 film Main Street to Broadway – where Rodgers and Hammerstein can be seen performing it. CINDERELLA is full of great music and performances, sure to have audiences mesmerized when combined with the direction of Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, After Miss Julie, The Constant Wife, Reckless, Cry-Baby) and choreography of Josh Rhodes (CompanyThe Film, Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, Sondheim: the Birthday Concert).

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‏JUPITER ASCENDING Opens February 6! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Jan 2015 27

Enter for your chance to receive a pass for two to a special advance screening!

Jupiter PosterJupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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78: ‘American Sniper’ Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Jan 2015 22

American Sniper PosterFor episode 78 we set our sights (get it?) on American Sniper. Clint Eastwood returns to the director’s chair (and we all know how much he loves chairs) to give us the story of the deadliest sniper in military history. But the real question is…can we make it through such a sensitive topic without saying something horribly offensive? Only time will tell.

Also, the return of Dan means we get a Video Recovery. So there’s that.

It’s Reel Spoilers #78 – American Sniper.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 26min

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Movie Review: ‘American Sniper’ is the Best Film of the Year
Jan 2015 16

American Sniper PosterClint Eastwood masterfully directs and Bradley Cooper gives the performance of a lifetime as Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal sniper who recorded more kills than any soldier in U.S. History.

Am I a bit biased here? Perhaps, given that I was one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys.” The director has an eye for great war stories, just look at Letters From Iwo Jima or Flags of Our Fathers.

Critics and moviegoers can say what they want about the top performances of the year, but Cooper is at the top of the list.

The film tells the story of Chris Kyle and his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from his tour of duty following 9/11. Some of the best scenes in the film involve Kyle trying to cope with the reality of being back at home as a civilian, and more importantly, a husband and father.

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