New Movies This Weekend: Jason Bourne, Bad Moms & More

New movies in theaters this week include Matt Damon returning to “Jason Bourne,” Emma Roberts in “Nerve,” some “Bad Moms” and more. Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week. JASON BOURNE Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language | In Theaters 7/29 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in “Jason Bourne.” Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal’s Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows ....more

‘From Broadway with Love: Benefit Concert for Orlando’ Brings Together Broadway’s Best to Benefit LGBTQ Community

The cast of “From Broadway with Love” performs in Orlando | Ian Suarez, Dr. Phillips Center Photo “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando” brought together some of Broadway’s biggest stars on July 25, 2016 to support the LGBTQ community in Orlando. The benefit concert, which sold out within two hours of tickets going on sale, took place at Dr ....more

Throwback Interview: Michael Moore Talks Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon at the Traverse City Film Festival | Jane Boursaw Photo I’ve interviewed Michael Moore several times in my 35-year career as a photojournalist, and ran across this one from 2010, on the eve of the 6th Annual Traverse City Film Festival. This was for a previous incarnation of Reel Life With Jane, and parts of it were published on Variety, as well. Anyway, I thought I’d post it again here, on the eve of the 12th Traverse City Film Festival ....more

Ava DuVernay’s Documentary ‘The 13th’ to Kick Off NY Film Fest

Ava DuVernay | Paula Schwartz Photo In a break from tradition, the New York Film Festival will kick off with a documentary from director Ava DuVernay. “The 13th” will kick off the 54th New York Film Festival, which will take...more

Ghostbusters – Females Rule! – Movie Review

Ghostbusters Movie: Ghostbusters Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor Released in Theaters: July 15, 2016 Best for Ages: 12+ Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy Runtime: 116 minutes Directed by: Paul Feig Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones MOVIE SYNOPSIS: This reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural action-comedy stars four talented females – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones – as the spook-hunting quartet who team up to use their knowledge of science and the paranormal to save New York City. MOVIE REVIEW: Like everyone else, when I first heard about this “Ghostbusters” reboot with an all-female cast, I had some doubts. Not because of the females – these are four of the most talented around – but because rebooting a classic comedy like the original 1984 film is always risky ....more

The Secret Life of Pets is Super Cute! – Movie Review

The Secret Life of Pets Movie: The Secret Life of Pets Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for action and some rude humor Released in Theaters: July 8, 2016 Best for Ages: 6+ Genre: Family, Comedy Runtime: 90 minutes Directed by: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney Studio: Universal Pictures Cast: Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A terrier named Max’s quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray who Max instantly dislikes. A series of events finds the two lost on the streets of New York City. MOVIE REVIEW: “The Secret Life of Pets” is super cute! ...more

New Movies This Weekend: Ice Age, Star Trek & More!

Star Trek Beyond New movies in theaters this week include “Star Trek Beyond,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” and the horror flick “Lights Out.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week. STAR TREK BEYOND Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence | In Theaters 7/22 (2D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels “Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters as the franchise celebrates 50 years this year. Yes, 50 years! ...more

Netflix Orders More ‘Making a Murderer’

Netflix’s Making a Murderer If, like me, you were transfixed with the Netflix series, Making a Murderer,...more

Absolutely Fabulous Manhattan Premiere Brings Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders

Those outrageous aging Brit party girls, Patsy Stone and Edina Moonsoon are back in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. So break out the Bolly (champagne) and Stoli (vodka) sweetie darling! Eddy and Patsy, played by writer-creator Jennifer Saunders and actress Joanna Lumley respectively, attended the New York premiere Monday night at the SVA Theater on West 23d Street ....more

New Movies This Week! Ghostbusters, The Infiltrator & Cafe Society

The Infiltrator New movies in theaters this week include Bryan Cranston in a real-life drug story, a brand new Ghostbusters, and a new Woody Allen movie. Here’s the rundown. THE INFILTRATOR Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 7/13 | Broad Green Pictures | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella ....more