Written by / 2/26/2015 / No comments / , , , , ,

WILL SMITH AND MARGOT ROBBIE IN FOCUS

2015 rating: ***1/2
With Elmore Leonard gone, and Quentin Tarantino making either War, Western or Kung Fu flicks, it’s nice to hear the JACKIE BROWN style groove of classic and modern-nostalgic R&B guiding a hustling-bustling crime caper flick along… And it helps if it’s actually good.

Will Smith’s con man extraordinaire Nicky and wannabe player Margot Robbie’s Jess are made for each other, almost too well…

In a nicely edited sequence, Nicky teaches the stunning blonde how to "hypnotize" a potential victim: followed by so many easy scores with the help of a band of hustlers under Nicky’s watch, your head will spin – yet with the steady music and solid mainline it’s a nice kind of dizzy despite one too many recent flashbacks, and the bigger cons testing a logical ability to suspend disbelief.

Broken into two halves, the initial overdose of steamy bedroom sequences pay off so the leads, developing with each other, mean more when the prime "gotcha" moments occur. And Will Smith proves his worth as an actor, always keeping you guessing if he’s telling the truth, taking you for a ride, or both. Let's just hope the immense publicity for FOCUS pays: It's well worth the price of seeing everyone else being ripped off. OVERALL RATING: Jedi, Rebel, Droid, Sith.
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Connected Posts

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

All Time Popular

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews & Cinematic Pop Culture from Straw Dogs to Ewoks

IN THEATERS OR STREAMING

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

WRITTEN BY JAMES M. TATE

WEBSITE INFORMATION

WEBSITE INFORMATION
Random Quote: "Nobody wants to be happy, that's what I think... Except me." James Caan to Richard B. Schull in Slither

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR

Blog Archive

ALL SCIENCE FICTION

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

MOVIES 1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)THE CROWDED SKY 4)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 5)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 6)HARDCORE 7)HOT CARS 8)WICHITA 9)JOURNEY INTO FEAR 10)VIOLENT SATURDAY 11)CANYON RIVER 12)SWAMP WATER 13)THE FOUR HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)AIR PATROL 16)CURSE OF THE DEMON 17)ASH WEDNESDAY 18)HAWAII 19)LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN 20)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD

ACTORS & ACTRESSES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)ORSON WELLES 5)JACK NICHOLSON 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)ROD STEIGER 10)STEVE COCHRAN 1)SUE LYON 2)GENE TIERNEY 3)VIRGINIA MAYO 4)ELLEN BURSTYN 5)MERRY ANDERS DIRECTORS 1)RICHARD FLEISCHER 2)JACQUES TOURNEAR 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)MICHAEL WINNER 9)SAM PECKINPAH 10)JOHN GUILLERMAN

FILM NOIR 1)THE BIG HEAT 2)FALLEN ANGEL 3)LAURA 4)THE LINE-UP 5)ARMORED CAR ROBBERY... HITCHCOCK 1)FRENZY 2)PSYCHO 3)THE BIRDS 4)FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 5)THE 39 STEPS... KUBRICK 1)THE KILLING 2)LOLITA 3)BARRY LYNDON 4)CLOCKWORK ORANGE 5)KILLER'S KISS... CAGNEY 1)ROARING TWENTIES 2)HERE COMES THE NAVY 3)WHITE HEAT 4)PICTURE SNATCHER 5)ST LOUIS KID

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Take a Glance at DANA ANDREWS Cinema

PICTURESHOW WESTERNS

Blogs of Interest

HORROR TERROR SLASHER

SOAR THRU THE SEVENTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE