Scene from "Reality" (credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Scene from “Reality” (credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories)


(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor, Jan Wahl reviews “Reality,” a dark comedy from Italy starring Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni and Loredana Simioli. Directed by Matteo Garrone. Also reviewed; “Jurassic Park 3D” starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:



From “A Face in the Crowd” (1957) to “The King of Comedy” (1982), we’ve seen people unraveled by imagined fame. Luciano, is a charming fishmonger in Naples, Italy. He has a loving family and close friends, but all that is forgotten after he auditions for the Big Brother TV Show.

Soon, he becomes obsessed and paranoid about the fake world of “reality” TV. The lead actor, Aniello Arena, was discovered in a prison theatre production. This cautionary tale, based on a true story, speaks to us across all languages. In Italian with English subtitles.

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Three hats.


Scene from "Jurassic Park" (credit: Universal Pictures)

Scene from “Jurassic Park” (credit: Universal Pictures)


Twenty years ago this sci-fi action film captured the public imagination and swept the box office. Too many movies have recently been converted to 3-D from 2-D, but here is one movie that benefits not only from the reissue but the reconceived.

The story of a scientist and his wondrous animal park is beautifully produced, written and directed with simplicity, heart and perfectly-timed thrills by Steven Spielberg. If a new generation of moviegoers is finally seeing this movie, I hope they study Spielberg’s storytelling skills. If you’ve already seen it, see it again in 3-D. This is popcorn fun.

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Four hats.


Movies To See Right Now: The Sapphires, Quartet & Silver Linings Playbook

Home Viewing/DVD: Lincoln, Searching For Sugerman & Zero Dark Thirty

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

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