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Review: 'Come and Find Me' will leave you breathless

Posted January 17, 2017, 4:01 PM

I have to admit something here. I'm pretty sure that before I sat down to watch Come and Find Me, I had never seen Aaron Paul perform in anything, ever.

I am one of the very few people who has never seen a single episode of Breaking Bad, which is odd because it seems like something right up my alley. I had always heard that Aaron was great in the series, but it's just not something that I had ever sought out.

Now that the series is over, it is inevitable that he will start popping up in a bunch of other works and if Come and Find Me is any indication of his acting chops, I am going to have to go back and watch Breaking Bad.

The funny thing is that I have been waiting to see Come and Find Me...

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Monday Mixer: 'Hidden Figures' blasts off in first place

Posted January 16, 2017, 11:01 AM

This was certainly a peculiar weekend at the box office. Technically, it is a holiday weekend, but instead of a bevy of high-profile films debuting, this weekend was filled with dumping ground movies that January is known for.

Despite evidence in recent years that films can pretty much open in any month as long as it's a great movie, studios still treat January as mense non grata. I think Disney has proven that Star Wars fans will show up any day of the year to see the latest and greatest adventures from that galaxy far, far away.

So, it was a bit underwhelming to look up and see such future B-list DVD bin fodder such as Monster Trucks, The Bye Bye Man and Sleepless all debuting at the box office. Predictably, audiences avoided these films like the plague and showed their love...

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Our Predictions: The 2017 box office will be ruled by 'VIII'

Posted January 13, 2017, 5:01 PM

A new year is a time for new beginnings. The counter is reset to zero and everyone is back at the starting line.

Well, that's the idea at least.

At probably the exact moment that I'm typing this, Rogue One has officially become the highest grossing film of 2016. What that means is that for the second year in a row, a Star Wars film will top the box office.

Looking ahead to this year, we all feel that 2017 will be three for three and it won't even be close. To say that Disney got a bargain when it purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion would probably be crazy, but if they are able to continue this level of box office success for future Star Wars films, then we will look back and call it the best deal ever.

Heck, it's probably that already.

While...

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Review: 'Life in the Pride Lands' completes the circle of life

Posted January 10, 2017, 4:01 PM

The Lion King was a revelation and one of the films that helped to put Disney animation back on the map. Sure, there were other films such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid that also played a key part in the Disney's resurgence, but it was The Lion King that was a true cultural phenomenon.

The film's impact was felt for many years after its 1994 release and helped to spawn several direct-to-video sequels and prequels. It's the was the 1990s after all and to be honest, these films only tarnished the original film's brilliance, albeit ever so slightly.

Finally, Disney has reached a point where they have multiple TV properties that are in need of original programming, so it's not surprising that they are delving back into their vault for inspiration. While you have to be careful when...

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Review: 'Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge' grows the brand

Posted January 10, 2017, 2:01 PM

A funny thing happened recently when our entire family went to the theater to see the new animated film Sing. While I was sure that they would enjoy the wonderful film, I was curious as to which of the previews they would glom to.

Predictably, my son loved the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie and my daughter laughed hysterically at the preview for Despicable Me 3. What caught both my wife and me by surprise though was the level of excitement they displayed for the trailer for Power Rangers.

Don't get me wrong, I knew that my daughter had become a fan over the last year or so, but I didn't really care for the trailer and thought that both of the kids also would have been unimpressed, but the loved it. They demanded to know when we would be...

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'La La Land' sweeps the Golden Globes, Oscars next?

Posted January 9, 2017, 4:01 PM

If there's one thing that my dearly departed (from this site, not from the Earth thank goodness) colleague Tim always preached, it was to keep religion and politics separate from the site. We have tried our best to do so and will continue in that effort as much as we can, but last night's Golden Globes awards show is just the latest reminder of the deep fracture that exists in this country.

What should have been a wonderful celebration of an amazing year of diversity and great films was largely overshadowed by an acceptance speech by Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep. She received the Cecil B. Demille Award and her five-minute speech turned into an indictment of the incoming administration without naming names.

In case you missed it, the speech is embedded below.

At tonight's #GoldenGlobes we honor Hollywood legend Meryl Streep with the...

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A look back at the films I watched in 2016

Posted January 5, 2017, 4:01 PM

If you recall, I made a new year's resolution last year to watch at least 100 movies in 2016. Given that I have two toddlers at home, that was an ambitious goal to be sure. But, I was game to give it the old college try.

I am happy to report that not only did I meet that goal but I surpassed it by watching 104 films in 2016. I ranked each film that I watched according to Letterboxd's 5-star rating system and some interesting trends emerged.

Out of my top ten ranked films, I saw eight of them at the theater. So, either I was very selective on choosing which films to see in theaters (I did watch a total of 13 films at the theater in 2016) or the very act of seeing a film in a theater helps to...

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