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JACKIE's Weekly Column

"There's Always A Reason"




"The Best Is Yet To Be" is a weekly installment
of Jackie's views of living in the South and how
it affects our mental, physical and spiritual lives.
It is a celebration of life and points out the positive
nature of the enjoyment the simple pleasures
of life offer. It is a rendering of thoughts that are
sad, funny, inspirational, and/or reflective.
The overall theme is that life just keeps getting
better and better.

Begin Again

JACKIE's Movie Reviews

 Begin Again


  Alone Yet Not Alone

 How To Train Your Dragon 2

 A Night In Old Mexico

 A Million Ways To Die In the West


 The Other Woman

Heaven Is For Real

God's Not Dead


Cesar Chavez

Need For Speed

The Bag Man


3 Days To Kill


 About Last Night


Endless Love

That Awkward Moment

The Monuments Men

Labor Day

Wolf of Wall Street

I, Frankenstein

Devil's Due

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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which now includes Jackie's Top Ten Movies of 2013!


JACKIE's Book Reviews


JACKIE's Television Reviews

Current Television Reviews

24: Live Another Day

In My Dreams


 Lizzie Borden Took An Axe


Bonnie & Clyde

Christmas In Conway

A Country Christmas Story

The Governor's Wife

Dancing on the Edge

Witches of East End

Homeland/Masters of Sex

A Sister's Nightmare

Baby Sellers


JACKIE's Video Columns

Current Video Column

42 &
Damages the Final Season

Jackie's Interviews

Video Interview: James Farmer

Video Interview: Charles Martin

Video Interview: Jeffery Deaver - Author of XO

Video Interview: Karen spears Zacharias - Author of The Silence of Mockingbirds

Plays and Live Theatre Reviews


Sister Act




Memory's Mist is the seventh, and newest, installment in Jackie Cooper's short stories about life growing up in the south.






Alone Yet Not Alone


PG-13 - Violence

A surprisingly good film that has a faith based theme

Begin Again


R -  Profanity

Knightley not only acts in this movie, she also sings – and so does everything about the film



PG-Adult Situations

Beautifully acted & presented story of an 18th century mixed race woman who excels in life


PG-13 - Profanity & Adult Situations

Sandler and Barrymore blend their talents in this warm-hearted comedy



 R -  Profanity & Adult Situations

Jon Favreau is super in this father son film about a bonding trip in a food truck

Earth To Echo


PG-Mild Violence

Okay family film but it sure does rip off “E.T.”

Edge of Tomorrow


R - Profanity, Nudity, Violence & Sexual Situations

Cruise delivers in this “Groundhog Day” like sci-fi tale of a man who lives 1 day over & over

The Fault In Our Stars


PG-13  - Profanity & Adult Situations

Treacly tale of two cancer patients and how they live while dying

The Grand Seduction


PG-13 - Profanity & Adult Situations

Fishing village needs a doctor & the con begins

How To Train Your Dragon 2


PG- Comic violence

A rare sequel that is better than the original

Jersey Boys


R -  Profanity

Fascinating story behind the lives of Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons



PG- Violence

Angelina Jolie is a treat to watch in this story behind “Sleeping Beauty”

Million Dollar Arm


PG- Adult Situations

Family friendly movie about a man who brings two men from India to the USA for baseball

A Million Ways To Die In the West


R- Violence, Profanity & Crude Humor

Seth MacFarlane tried to outdo himself with dirty jokes in this flat, unfunny film

The Rover


R- Violence & Profanity

Muddled story of two men on a killing spree in Australia

Talk Like A Man Too


PG-13 - Profanity & Adult Situations

The gang from the original is back but this time Kevin Hart is the star



R- Profanity

Cover your ears Debbie Reynolds, this Tammy is fol-mouthed to the extreme

22 Jump Street 


R- Profanity & Violence

Kevin Costner turns on the charm in this action packed movie that also has an emotional core

Transformers: Age of Extinction


PG-13 - Profanity & Violence

Too long & too repetitious, plus the human story starring Wahlberg is meaningless

X-Men: Days of Future Past


PG-13 - Profanity & Violence

Most of the large cast has nothing to do, & the ones that do, do it poorly

Jackie's Rating Scale

Scale of 1 to 10

1 - Make them pay you to see it
2 - Take an enemy to see it
3 - Pick a comfortable seat so you can sleep through most of it
4 - Be alert for the good parts that are few and far between
5 - Not the best, not the worst, but right in the middle
6 - Unexpectedly good
7- Worth telling a friend about
8 - Renews your faith in moviemaking
9 - You'll want to stay put and see it twice
10-You'll come out with stars in your eyes



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