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THE BOSS fails … like a boss – Movie Review

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My Rating: There’s one reason to see The Boss. One. It’s also the only reason anybody would pay money to see the film anyway, but that doesn’t take away…

BLU-RAY INVASION Weeks of 3/22 & 3/29

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The Hateful Eight – PICK OF THE WEEK In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the…

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Movie Review – Star-Child Phone Home

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My Rating:   Jeff Nichols’ (Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories) fourth feature-length film, Midnight Special, could have been easily retitled “The Young Messiah Chronicles,” “The Adventures of the…


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Species II Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross (Justin Lazard) isn’t exactly himself. He’s slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with a one-track mind…

My Big Fat Dilemma With My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Movie Review

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I admire Nia Vardalos both as a writer and as a woman. She is incredibly smart, funny and unafraid to balance female empowerment with vulnerability on paper and…

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Movie Review – Zack Snyder Strikes Again

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My Rating:   It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time: Out Marvel-Marvel, skip standalone superhero intros and go straight to the main event, bringing DC’s two biggest,…


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My Rating: Even though all the available evidence suggests that the once-lucrative, dystopian YA adaptation trend has run its course, the producers behind the Divergent series would beg to differ….

SXSW 2016 Movie Review: KEANU – Work in Progress Screening

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My Rating: It’s not typical of a movie review to be written of a work in progress cut of a film, and it’s even less typical of a…

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Movie Review – Here Be Monsters

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My Rating:   Not content to helm the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation), JJ Abrams is back just three months after the release of…

EXCLUSIVE: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN “Creating the Animatronic Creatures” Clip

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Above, watch an exclusive clip from the VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray / DVD – out in stores today! The movie features some amazing special effects and creature work, and…

LONDON HAS FALLEN Movie Review – A Love Letter to and for Reactionary, Right-Wing Hawks

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My Rating:   “Same sh*te, different country” basically sums up London Has Fallen, the much unanticipated sequel to 2013’s semi-surprise hit, Olympus Has Fallen. A xenophobic, ultra-right-wing reactionary’s…

BLU-RAY INVASION Weeks of 2/23 & 3/1

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February 23 releases The Good Dinosaur The Good Dinosaur asks the question: what if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant…

ZOOTOPIA Movie Review – An Animated 48 Hrs.

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My Rating: Zootopia is the latest talking animals offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios.  I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of Zootopia until I saw the extended…

TRIPLE 9 Movie Review – Another Generic Urban Actioner

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My Rating:   There’s more than enough sound and fury in John Hillcoat’s (Lawless, The Road, The Proposition) fourth film, Triple 9, an Atlanta-set bad cop urban actioner,…

REAL GEEK MOMS: Artist Leslie Doyle

  The goal of my “Real Geek Moms” series is to show the world that moms can be geeky too. When you think of a mom, you don’t…

BLU-RAY INVASION – Weeks of 2/16

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Spectre A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the…