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Review: 'The Founder' is an Americana delight

Posted April 21, 2017, 2:04 PM

McDonald's restaurants are as ubiquitous in America as baseball and apple pie, but the story of its rise to fast food dominance is one that has been largely ignored by popular media. This is most likely due to the less than savory circumstances surrounding the proliferation of the most successful fast food chain in the world.

Finally, The Founder pulls back the curtains and reveals the story - warts and all - about Ray Kroc, the man most responsible for McDonald's success as anyone not named McDonald. Everyone knows about Henry Ford's reliance on the assembly line to position Ford to be a heavyweight in the automobile industry and how Apple was born in a garage, but nearly no one knows the story of McDonald's - until now.

I was somewhat familiar with Ray Kroc's story. By that, I mean that I...

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Monday Mixer: 'Fate of the Furious' sets a new record

Posted April 17, 2017, 10:04 AM

There's one aspect of the box office that we don't really talk much about, but is probably something that we should at least acknowledge. Given that our site's main focus is the home entertainment market in the United States, we have mostly focused on the domestic box office.

In the past, the domestic box office was king, but in the last decade or so, its crown has gotten more and more tarnished. Now, the international box office is just as important (if not more so) than the domestic box office. In fact, regularly, the China box office, much like this weekend, surpasses the U.S. box office.

What this means for us is that studios are now becoming even more cognizant of this fact and are tailoring their releases to maximize their foreign revenues. That's why, in part, why we still get a...

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The first 'The Last Jedi' trailer offers some clues

Posted April 14, 2017, 3:04 PM

I have not read the script to The Last Jedi, nor have I sought out any of the almost certain to exist spoilers out there, but I'm a Star Wars fan darn it. It's pretty much impossible for me to watch a trailer for a Star Wars film and not speculate about the possibilities that it might imply.

It other words, there might be unintentional spoilers ahead. If you're just here to see the trailer and don't want to sullied by the random nonsense emitting from my brain, then simply scroll down to the bottom of this story or click here.

OK, now that we got rid of all the squares, can we talk about the trailer now? What? You haven't seen it yet either? Well, then why are you reading my meaningless words? Check it out!

Phew, that was pretty amazing, right...

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Review: 'Lion' earns its Oscar acclaim

Posted April 11, 2017, 4:04 PM

You know, it's funny. When films get nominated, they get applauded by the number of nominations they get, but in the end, if they fail to win any Oscars, those nominations sort of end up swept under the rug.

If you mention the 1977 film The Turning Point to a casual film buff, you probably won't light a bulb of recognition in their heads, but this film was nominated for 11 Oscars. It didn't win a single award and now is just remembered as the film that shares a footnote with The Color Purple. I'm sure you could make a good analogy about winners being the ones that write history, but that doesn't mean that there aren't good stories on the losing side as well.

Lion is one of those films that, despite not taking home a single win from its...

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Review: 'Tangled' sequel is a worthy fairy tale addition

Posted April 11, 2017, 4:04 PM

As you are well aware by now, I'm always looking for films that might help me connect with my young children. While they are still probably too young to bond with pops over the latest Kevin Smith film, animated films are the next best thing, right?

Well, it has been an adventure with both ups and downs. I mean honestly, sitting through Storks would qualify as "enhanced interrogation" in many parts of the world. And yet, I was happy to do so for my son last year. I'm stilling waiting for my "Father of the Year" award. It must have gotten lost in the mail. Again.

Anyhow, despite several disappointing setbacks, I'm determined to get my kids excited about films even if that means that I have to watch a plethora of animated drivel. When I brought home Tangled Before Ever After...

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Monday Mixer: First teaser trailer of 'Thor: Ragnarok' surfaces

Posted April 10, 2017, 11:04 AM

Some weeks are better than others. The last month seemed to be a case of studios not being able to do any wrong. And then? Here come The Smurfs.

I'm not sure what it is about those little blue creatures, but they just haven't been able to get a proper shake on the big screen. The recent two live-action/CG abominations were received well enough to justify the sequel, but it just felt like Sony was leaving money on the table.

Now, they revert back to an all animation approach, but is it a case of too little too late?

In a word? Probably. But it's not all bad news. We might as well get into it.

Box Office 411

The Boss Baby has officially gone from pleasant surprise to real heavy hitter thanks to its strong second weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.3 million...

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April the 4th: 'Rogue One' now on Blu-ray & DVD

Posted April 5, 2017, 5:04 PM

OK, fine.

It's technically no longer the 4th, but as they say, it's close enough for government work, right? Sorry about the one-day delay but part of playing catch up from vacation involves having to prioritize and make sacrifices. So, it seems that in the grand scheme of things, getting our little Star Wars story out on time isn't as important as we all know that it is.

But hey, it's only one day and I'd love to be able to say that the delay allowed me to cram even more information into this update, but the reality is that we are in the calm before the storm. With next week's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando on the horizon, there has been a veritable dearth of Star Wars information.

I did toy with the idea of delaying this update even longer and including...

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