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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.

Listen Up Philip

JACKIE's Movie Reviews

Top Five

 Listen Up Philip


 St. Vincent

 23 Blast

 The Identical

Magic In the Moonlight

 The One Hundred Foot Journey

 Ray Donovan

 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


 The Red Tent


The Affair



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.






Beyond the Lights 


PG-13 - Profanity & Violence

Story of a rock singer and her protector brings back memories of “The Bodyguard”

Big Hero 6


PG -  Comic Violence

A young boy invents an inflatable robot that turns into a super hero



R -  Profanity, Nudity, & Violence

Keaton carves a place in Hollywood history as this actor trying to redeem himself



R -  Profanity & Violence

A priest reacts to a death threat whole still carrying on his parrish duties

Dumb and Dumber To


R -  Profanity & Gross Situations

Carrey and Daniels exceed the other movies in this series by being dumber than ever

Exodus: Gods and Kings


 PG-13 - Violence

The Moses story told on an epic scale with a cast of thousands

Horrible Bosses 2


R -  Profanity, Violence, & Nudity

Waste of good talent; not even as funny as the original which wasn't that funny

Inherent Vice


R -  Profanity, Violence, & Nudity

Another loser for Joaquin Phoenix about a PI and some missing persons – who cares!



PG-13 -  Profanity & Violence

All about worm holes and black holes and I didn't understand anything

Listen Up Phillip


NR -  Profanity & Adult Situations

Art house movie about two of the most self-centered men you will ever want to meet

Mockingjay Part 1


PG-13 - Profanity & Violence

Lawrence is good as ever but this movie just moves the story along to the edge of the ending

Penguins of Madagascar


PG -  Some Adult Humor

The funniest animals in the “Madagascar” series now have a movie of their own

The Pyramid


R -  Profanity & Violence

Another stupid horror story that is okay until its dumb ending



R -  Profanity & Violence

Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with a political movie that is dull as dirt

Saving Christmas


PG - One Scene of mild Violence

Kirk Cameron defends Christmas Trees, Santa Claus and lots of gift giving



R -  Profanity & Violence

Tale of a supertrain carrying all of humanity; inventive but not totally entertaining

The Theory of Everything


PG-13 - Profanity & Adult Situations

Story of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane is amazingly acted; plot is great too

Top Fix


R -  Profanity & Nudity

Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in this unfunny movie that is overly crude



R -  Profanity & Violence

Simmons is outstanding as the abusive band leader who venomously directs drummer Teller



R -  Profanity, Nudity, & Violence

Reese Witherspoon is outstanding as Cheryl Strayed who hiked 1,100 miles to find herself

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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