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Monday Mixer: U-S-A, all the way!

Posted August 8, 2016, 12:08 PM

This weekend's story at the box office is one that might be home in a remake of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. The good: Suicide Squad broke the record for an August opening. The bad: critic and audience reviews have been less than kind.

That pretty much sums up Warner Bros.' entire foray into comic book movies with DC. For every positive step forward, they take two steps back. Much akin to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year, the film is set to make a bundle at the box office, but is it enough and will it be enough to support the dozen or so films that Warner Bros. is planning for the DC universe?

Perhaps an even better question is, how can Marvel seemingly print money and positive reviews while DC continually finds its cinematic excursions such a...

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August the 4th: A new 'Star Wars' TV series?

Posted August 4, 2016, 4:08 PM

I promised that this month would be pretty big, huge even, when it came to Star Wars news and I think I was able to live up this promise. With Star Wars Celebration Europe and Comic Con, Disney and LucasFilm was able to get out in front of massive audiences to updates us on their progress.

It was so big that I had to break my word and post a breaking news story on the developments regarding Rogue One. But don't worry, there is still a plethora of news items to keep you intrigued as we begin the final countdown to the next film's release (December 16, if you've forgotten).

July was a long, but promising month for us Star Wars fans and it officially means that we are more than half-way between new films, yay! So, sit back, grab some blue...

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Review: Comedy is purged in 'Meet the Blacks'

Posted August 3, 2016, 2:08 PM

While I never got into The Purge films as much as everyone else, there's no doubting their popularity. The film has spawned a successful franchise and there's no indication that it's going to stop anytime soon. Those films provide fertile ground for Mike Epps and company to find their comedic footing.

Given my non-interest in The Purge films, I'm either the perfect audience for Meet the Blacks, or the worst. It's not that I don't care for the premise of the films, I actually find it to be interesting and compelling, especially in our current political climate which is practically mirrored in the latest film The Purge: Election Year. I doubt we'd ever spiral so far out of hand as to enact an annual night to partake in deviance, but I can't be as confident of this statement as I could...

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Review: 'The Bronze' Blu-ray nails it

Posted August 3, 2016, 11:08 AM

With the Summer Olympic Games opening up in Rio this week, the time is perfect to watch Melissa Rauch's raunchy Olympic sendup The Bronze. It's almost as though Sony Pictures Classic planned it that way (I'm pretty sure they did).

Of course, if your only exposure to Melissa Rauch is as the fireplug Bernadette in the TV series The Big Bang Theory, then you might want to prepare yourself. While she plays the sweet and scrumptious scientist on the long-running TV series, here she is a washed-up former gymnast still trading in on the glory of a bronze medal win many years ago. Oh, and things that come out of her mouth would surely make a sailor blush.

Thankfully, I can swear with the best of them and I always enjoy an actor or actress who isn't afraid to step outside of...

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Monday Mixer: 'Bourne' is back

Posted August 1, 2016, 11:08 AM

What a weekend. Bourne is back and those Moms are being bad, which is all great news for the box office. Did anything else happen this weekend? Oh yeah, there was a comment explosion on a story from last week.

My good friend Tim used to say, it's a good policy not to talk politics and religion on our site and I agree with him. Apparently, I upset some folks by using a current event as a touchstone to make our progress in time and understanding. If you were upset, I do apologize, it was not my intent to upset anyone with a silly little observation.

And yet, it does say something that it is now the story that has garnered the most comments in our history. It seems that I hit a nerve, or at least gave people the urge to...

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'Wonder Woman' poster is a step in the wrong direction

Posted July 28, 2016, 5:07 PM

With all of the news and information coming out of Comic Con last week, I was playing catch up most of the week. So, I missed this when it came out last Friday, but when I added the teaser poster for Wonder Woman today, I was blown away.

And not in a good way.

After touting all of the good things that Warner Bros. and DC did last week, I'm left shaking my head once again at the sensational sexploitation that has been plagued the female superhero. After seeing the trailer for Wonder Woman, I was genuinely impressed that someone might have finally broken the code and created an intelligent superhero movie in which the protagonist is known more for her kick-butt fighting skills than how her butt looks in spandex.

And then I saw this tweet.

A dream come true! Happy to finally...

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Review: Kevin Costner unleashes his 'Criminal' side

Posted July 26, 2016, 5:07 PM

The first thing that you will notice about the film Criminal is the bevy of A-listers in its billing block.

Kevin Costner Gary Oldman Tommy Lee Jones Gal Gadot Alice Eve

That's what we call packed with talent, and that's in addition to the "blink and you'll miss him" appearance from Ryan Reynolds. You would think that with such an amazing cast, the end result would just be pure cinematic bliss. Well, sometimes the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

That's not to say that Criminal is not worth a watch because there are many great moments in the film. No, the better caution here would be to go in with low expectations and come away with the satisfaction that you just watched some of our great actors chew the scenery for two hours in what amounts to a glorified remake of Face/Off.

That's not...

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