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13 HOURS Gives Benghazi the Michael Bay Treatment – Movie Review

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My Rating:   At this point, everybody knows what they’re getting with a Michael Bay film. Pretty action and the subtlety of a tank rolling down the road….

12 Best Movies With Drug-Induced Road Trips

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  Drugs can play a key role in any film. They can add stake, bond characters together, or be used for comedic effect. According to Wikipedia, there are…

BLU-RAY INVASION – Week of 1/12/16

The Martian – Ridley Scott During a manned mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. But Watney is…

BLU-RAY/DVD INVASION – Week of 1/5/16

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The Visit – M. Night Shyamalan When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents’ secluded Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right…

Fifteen Great Things About 2015

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A lot of great stuff happened in 2015. Star Wars is back (and pretty cool again), James Bond returned, Fargo was better than ever … choosing only 15 great things from the…

THE BIG SHORT is a Crash Course in the Great Recession – Movie Review

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My Rating: In his 2010 film The Other Guys, writer/director Adam McKay masked his disgust with the Great Recession and the financial industry in a Will Ferrell comedy. The…

THE REVENANT Movie Review – And the Oscar Goes To…

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My Rating:   Leonardo DiCaprio may not have suffered for our sins, let alone died for them (on screen), but he’s certainly done both or nearly both (again…

Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren Was Awesome

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters and most of us have seen it and have our opinions on Adam Driver’s portrayal of Kylo Ren.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Movie Review – One Western to Rule Them All

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My Rating:   We hold these truths to be self-evident; that Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Death Proof, Kill Bill Vol. I-II, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) is…

SISTERS Movie Review – Matches Raunchy Joke for Raunchy Joke

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My Rating: To think of the ‘man-child’ sub-genre of comedy movies that has spawned in the last decade or so, there are a few names that come to…

Lightsabers Make Everything Better…Especially Other Movies

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  It’s STAR WARS mania out there folks!  We interrupt your regularly scheduled program of superfan freakouts, reviews and gift guides (though we do have one of those too),…

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Is a Study in How To Make The Perfect Sequel

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My Rating: If I were to sit down and put on my “critic” or “journalist” hat before writing this review I’d say: “J.J. Abrams proves once more nobody…

THE FORCE AWAKENS to STAR WARS-Sized Expectations – Movie Review

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THE FORCE AWAKENS ushers in a new era of STAR WARS with a lot riding on it’s shoulders. Maybe even too much.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Movie Review – Moby 1, Whalers 0

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My Rating:   Ron Howard just might be the most commercially successful actor-turned-director. His longevity is practically second to none, moving from child star in the ’60s, teen…

BLU-RAY INVASION – Week of 12/8/15

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These are the Blu-ray releases reviewed for the week of December 8th, 2015.

Rediscovering the ROCKY Series

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Rocky’s been a part of my life as long as I can remember.  In particular, my family and I used to wait for a rainy, dreary, or cold…