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Why 'Ghostbusters' is the reboot we need right now

Posted July 18, 2016, 4:07 PM

I admit it, I'm a pretty vocal guy. I'm not known as a wallflower who will simply bite his tongue and let something slide. I've also gone on the record as being anti-remake, anti-sequel, anti anything that stymies creativity and fresh stories in Hollywood.

I'm also pushing 42 years old, so get off my lawn.

Look, I get it. PokemonGo is simply the latest reminder that I'm no longer a resident of the target demographic that advertisers desperately want. But wait a minute, I'm not quite yet ready for the Metamucil and "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercials either.

I was 10-years-old when Ghostbusters originally came out and it ignited a fascination and love affair for all things Bill Murray that continues to this day. When I heard they were remaking the film, I was the first in line to...

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Monday Mixer: Brand new 'Magnificent Seven' trailer

Posted July 18, 2016, 11:07 AM

Just when it looked like the box office might be cooling down, a new record is set. And no, Ghostbusters wasn't the film to set the title, but that film did just fine. With the weather starting to look more like late Summer and temperatures rising, it seems logical that more people will seek refuge in the air-conditioned viewing rooms of their local megaplexes.

There's no question that August is going to be dominated by Suicide Squad, but recent trends were indicating that Suicide Squad would have to be the great last gasp to rescue a sagging box office. Now, with all of the animated films holding strong and Ghostbusters adding to the family-friendly fare at the box, there's a real chance that the box office can save itself before Suicide Squad even opens up next month.

The keys will be upcoming...

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'Rogue One' delivers the sizzle

Posted July 15, 2016, 11:07 AM

I know. I know.

I was supposed to hold off all of the Star Wars news until the monthly report on the 4th, but some things are just too incredible not to share. Trust me, with this weekend's Star Wars Celebration Europe and the upcoming Comic Con, there will be plenty to showcase on August 4.

The incredible too awesome not to post information that we just got on Rogue One is actually two-fold. We got the first official teaser poster which you can see over to the right and we got a three-minute sizzle reel that is overflowing with amazing new footage.

Between the sizzle reel and the trailer, there's no doubt that Rogue One is the top film on my most excited to see list for the rest of 2016. What do you think? The actual attendees at Celebration Europe got...

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Review: 'Green Room' is a mosh pit of wickedness

Posted July 12, 2016, 4:07 PM

When I heard that Patrick Stewart was going to be a white supremacist in a horror/thriller film, I was befuddled. Flummoxed, actually. Here was one of our living treasures, none other than Captain Picard himself, so why would he debase himself in a silly, low-budget schlock film? And then, I watched Green Room.

To be honest, the first time through, I was less than impressed and didn't immediately see what the big deal was about the film. I had heard glowing things about it, but after my first watch, I still didn't get it. Thankfully, I watched it again to prepare for this review and it was like seeing a completely different film.

I think that Green Room is one of those films that actually gets better with repeat viewings. I think that multiple viewings allow you to appreciate the nuance in...

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Review: 'Allegiant' truly diverges from the book

Posted July 12, 2016, 3:07 PM

It's no secret that I was rather disappointed with Insurgent when it first came out. I was left scratching my head trying to figure out what went wrong. I mean, I loved the books upon which the Divergent series is based on, but for some reason, I couldn't connect with that film.

In order to prepare for the third film in the series, Allegiant, I went back and re-watched Insurgent to freshen my memory more than anything since there were a few major differences between the book and the film. A funny thing happened during that re-watch, I actually enjoyed Insurgent more than I remembered and I was sort of looking forward to Allegiant.

Now, to be fair, I must say this at the top, I was not a fan of the Allegiant book. I think that it watered down what was...

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Monday Mixer: The 'Secret' is out

Posted July 11, 2016, 2:07 PM

This weekend was truly one for the history books. And no, I'm not talking about The Secret Life of Pets, although it had a pretty impressive weekend too. This weekend I was able to go to the theater to see two separate movies for the first time in almost five years.

The main reason for my theatrical absence is the exact same reason that I got to spend four glorious hours there this week, kids. My children (almost three and four) have finally gotten to the point where they both can sit through a film and not freak out. On the one hand, this is great news - more movies in theaters! On the other hand, more children's movies.

It's not that I don't love children's movies, but there seems to be more chaff than wheat in their offerings. Thankfully, I didn't...

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Review: 'The Adderall Diaries' fails its drug test

Posted July 5, 2016, 3:07 PM

If there's anyone that could challenge Eric Roberts or Danny Trejo for their crown as king of the B movie, it might be James Franco. It's no secret that Franco has kept a pretty full dance card these last few years, but quantity does not always translate into quality.

Take his latest vanity vehicle The Adderall Diaries, for example, not only did he star and produce the film, but he chose his film school classmate Pamela Romanowsky to adapt and direct the project. This film was her first solo directing effort and at times it's pretty obvious that the filmmaker was learning on the job.

Just how bad was the end result? Well, author Stephen Elliott famously distanced himself from the filmed version saying that "almost nothing in the movie is 'true' — in terms of both the source material, as it...

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