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Review: 'The Finest Hours' celebrates courage and bravery

Posted May 24, 2016, 5:05 PM

Army. Air Force. Navy. Marines.

The forgotten fifth armed force of the United States of America is the Coast Guard and unless we are fighting a war in Vietnam, they tend to fly under the radar, but the reality is that we would not be able to function as a country without them. If 9/11 taught us only one thing, it's that terrorism is bringing the war on democracy to our own shores.

The Coast Guard is the first and final line of defense for this country and with the exception of The Guardian, it's a branch of the armed forces whose stories of heroism have gotten short shift when it comes to the big-screen treatment.

Enter The Finest Hours, which tells the true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. The tale takes place on February...

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Review: 'The Witch' haunts you long after it's over

Posted May 24, 2016, 4:05 PM

If there's one thing that I have come to learn after nearly two decades in this industry, it's that few films ever live up to their hype. Usually, when a film looks amazing and my anticipation levels go skyward, the execution is such a letdown that I end up despising the film that I was once so eager to experience.

Thankfully, there are exceptions to this rule and I'm happy to say that The Witch is one of them. As this is a review, perhaps I should have been coy to encourage you to continue reading, but you can't accuse me of burying the lede.

Besides, who doesn't want to read a think piece/review about the history of witches in film and our national obsession with them?

It feels like every corner of the globe has their particular idea of horror. If you...

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Review: 'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse' goes for the gold!

Posted May 23, 2016, 9:05 PM

If you are a parent of children whose ages falls somewhere between 2 and 12, then I don't need to tell you about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I often quip that while my kids tend to watch the same things over and over again, at least I'm lucky they are too young and missed the boat on some of the worst child entertainment imaginable like The Teletubbies and Barney.

Actually, I've had it pretty good all things considered. When we were kids, the only TV programming that we got was usually just the Saturday morning block of cartoons, with perhaps an occasional "after-school special" thrown in for fun. These days, kids are spoiled with not only about 10 channels specifically geared for them, but the advent of DVRs means that there are episodes waiting for them whenever they want.

Who am I kidding...

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Disney sneaks a peek at 'Beauty' and the 'Beast'

Posted May 23, 2016, 3:05 PM

It might be a "tale as old as time," but that won't stop Disney from finding new ways to cash in on what might be their biggest untapped cash cow. In 1991, Beauty and the Beast built upon the success of The Little Mermaid two years earlier and solidly proved that Disney was back in the animation game.

It became the first animated film to break the $200 million box office mark and laid the foundation for the phenomenon that would come in a few years when The Lion King would destroy all box office records. And yet, despite all of the success of Beauty and the Beast, including a Broadway adaptation, there has been a feeling that the best days lie ahead for the story.

With the recent success Disney is enjoying with live-action adaptations of their classic animated films, it...

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Monday Mixer: What we missed the last two weeks

Posted May 23, 2016, 12:05 PM

What did I miss?

It's been a couple of weeks since last we chatted about the box office and I take full blame as I was on vacation last week. Sorry, I just couldn't pry myself away from the beckoning beach to talk about the box office.

Everyone needs to take time off. If not for your own personal wellbeing, it's a great way to recharge the batteries and come back reinvigorated for what is to come. And what is coming? The meat and potatoes of the Summer box office season.

Will any film be able to catch Captain America: Civil War? Will this Summer's box office rival last year's record numbers? I doubt any film will approach the singular standard set by Jurassic World, but can 2016 make up for it in breadth and depth?

I'm skeptical, but this weekend should give us...

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Ranking the best hockey jerseys in movies

Posted May 19, 2016, 8:05 AM

The Stanley Cup playoffs are hitting their stride and if there's one thing that I enjoy as much as movies, it is hockey. My Dad is French-Canadian, which means that I have been playing hockey since before I can walk.

OK, maybe not that long, but my Dad did have me on skates by two and playing hockey on a team by three, so it's too much of an exaggeration. Last week, the hometown Nashville Predators suffered a rather one-sided shellacking at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, so with no rooting interest left, I figured that it would be a great time to combine my dual passions.

Hockey jerseys have not only served as functional wardrobe for hockey movies, but they also turn up in other films as characters seem to enjoy wearing them. Whether it's Happy Gilmore or Wayne's...

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Ben Affleck channels his inner Matt Damon in 'Accountant' trailer

Posted May 13, 2016, 4:05 PM

If I had to describe the film The Accountant based solely on the teaser trailer released today by Warner Bros., I would say that it is Ben Affleck doing a mean impersonation of some of his best friend Matt Damon's best characters.

There's Affleck channeling Good Will Hunting with his math skills and writing on walls with a sharpie.

There's Affleck sporting a big gun like Jason Bourne.

Heck, there's even a scene where he's a dead ringer for Mark Whitacre.

So, what is The Accountant really about? Well, you will have to check out the trailer below to get a better idea. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I will say this. It's definitely climbing up my charts of must-see movies for 2016.

The Accountant will hit theaters on October 14...

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Undiscovered Picks

Upcoming movies worth watching that you may not have heard of.

  • The Girl in the Photographs
  • A Perfect Day
  • Casual Encounters
  • The Steps
  • King Georges