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FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other

FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you still harbor fond memories of movies like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway), CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), and even something called DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND (James Coburn and Camila Sparv), make room in your schedule for FOCUS, the latest in a genre I’ll call romantic-caper-comedy. Not counting the successful 1999 remake of THOMAS CROWN with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, all three of those films were made in the 1960’s, so it’s possible you don’t know what I’m talking about.

More recent attempts to duplicate the twisty plots, attractive leads, and clever dialogue that keep those movies so fresh in my mind ended in heavy-handed disasters like DUPLICITY (2009) and DERAILED (2005)--both of which starred Clive Owen, an actor I really like, poorly paired with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston respectively.

In truth, thanks to the music behind the closing credits, my THOMAS CROWN flashback may be more Pavlovian than historical, but I’ll leave you to make that subtle connection for yourself. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy Will Smith--totally credible as Nicky, a super-smooth con man whose talents range from lifting watches off street “marks” to out-scamming the scammers. He can close a deal on his own, or lead a troupe of grifters to a take of more than $1 million from a Super Bowl weekend.

 

FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other

FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you still harbor fond memories of movies like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway), CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), ...

Mega Millions Drawing for Feb. 27 Worth $127 Million

Mega Millions Drawing for Feb. 27 Worth $127 Million
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One man has finally come forward to claim that big $265 million Mega Millions jackpot from last month. in the meantime the current top prize is continuing to grow.

A sin...

'The World of Extreme Happiness' Off Broadway Review: Striving for a Better Life in China

'The World of Extreme Happiness' Off Broadway Review: Striving for a Better Life in China
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“The World of Extreme Happiness” ends tragically, but Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s worthy new play is for the most part a semi-satirical look at mo...

'The Nether' Off Broadway Review: Who is Who in a Virtual Reality World?

'The Nether' Off Broadway Review: Who is Who in a Virtual Reality World?
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Do murder, pedophilia and rape not count when they happen in a virtual reality situation?

Apparently they will in the not-so-distant future, wh...

'Rocket to the Moon' Off Broadway Review: A 1930s Office Romance From Clifford Odets

'Rocket to the Moon' Off Broadway Review: A 1930s Office Romance From Clifford Odets
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

First produced by the Group Theatre in 1938, “Rocket to the Moon” contradicts the usual perception of the early plays written by Clifford Odet...

'Big Love' Off Broadway Review: Fifty Brides and Fifty Grooms Battle It Out

'Big Love' Off Broadway Review: Fifty Brides and Fifty Grooms Battle It Out
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BRADWAY REVIEW 

A striking fantasia inspired by a fragmentary Greek drama from 463 B.C., “Big Love” explores serious themes regarding refugees, feminism,...

The Big Apple Circus Brings "Metamorphosis!" to Bridgewater

The Big Apple Circus Brings
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Featuring trapeze artists, conjurors, contortionists and even prancing camels, the Big Apple Circus brings its latest show, “Metamorphosis!,” to Bridgewater for ...

Chris Christie Policy Kept New Jersey Out of 2015 Oscars

Chris Christie Policy Kept New Jersey Out of 2015 Oscars
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The 2014 film Foxcatcher is based on family heir John DuPont’s recruitment of two Olympic wrestling brothers to train a team for the 1988 Olympics at his farm in Pennsy...

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