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Review: 'Trespass Against Us' treads familiar fatherly territory

Posted March 7, 2017, 4:03 PM

When you watch Trespass Against Us, you know what you're going to get just by looking at the cover. Two iconic actors literally come to a head over their familial legacy and I could simply watch them act opposite each other all day long.

As I watched the film, I couldn't help but make the obvious comparisons to The Place Beyond the Pines. As a newly minted father myself, I'm particularly sensitive to any films that touch upon what it means to be a father and the "wisdom" that we pass on to our offspring.

While The Place Beyond the Pines dealt more with different approaches across a couple of different fathers, Trespass Against Us traces the effects of legacy on a single family tree. Brendan Gleeson is the patriarch of a criminal family that is trying to ensure that his legacy...

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Review: '100 Streets' is about 100 minutes too long

Posted March 7, 2017, 4:03 PM

I have to admit that I was really looking forward to this film. It has a great cast and I'm a huge Idris Elba fan. While he has had memorable moments over the years, he is still looking for that breakout hit to truly put him on the map.

He has many good moments in 100 Streets, but sadly the writing lets him down and takes away from what could be a truly scathing dig on class and the politics it plays in our place in life. Some films are able to weave multiple arcs together seamlessly with ease such as Crash, while others jarringly ping pong back and forth.

100 Streets is a film that has plenty of potential and it sets out to tell a compelling tale, but ultimately it gets lost along the way. Idris Elba's retired Rugby character...

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Review: 'BFFs' continues the renaissance of the 'Care Bears'

Posted March 6, 2017, 5:03 PM

Let's be honest for a minute. You know The Care Bears secretly look upon the resurgence of My Little Pony and scoff.

"Bronies?!? What about our Bears and Cubs?"

OK, maybe that escalated a little quickly, but I was always bewildered why My Little Pony achieved such a revered spot in pop culture, while The Care Bears took a back seat.

Well, recently the people behind The Care Bears have started to update the series in hopes of connecting with both younger people and older fans nostalgic for their old favorites. While they still don't have anything on the Bronies, The Care Bears & Cousins series has successfully updated the franchise and allowed them to branch out a bit.

While my son took a fond liking to Mickey & The Roadster Racers, my daughter was the one who really enjoyed Care Bears & Cousins...

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Review: Disney adapts with 'Mickey and the Roadster Racers'

Posted March 6, 2017, 5:03 PM

My kids were huge fans of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series growing up, but as often happens when kids get older, their tastes change. My five-year-old daughter recently quipped that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was a baby series and that she was too old to watch it.

Yes, my heart ached at the thought of my little baby girl feeling too old for something.

My three-year-old son still watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but it has become apparent lately that he's starting to outgrow it too. He has been requesting more Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines lately.

This age progression is something that Disney has really put an emphasis on in recent years. We have seen it with Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First. Not only is Disney starting to add shows that connect with children at different levels of development, but...

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Monday Mixer: 'Logan' unsheathes its claws at the box office

Posted March 6, 2017, 10:03 AM

What a glorious time of the year. It's March, which means that it's March Madness. Yes, movies are clearly my passion in life, but after that, it's sports.

And yes, hockey will always be my favorite sport, but for my money, there's no greater three weeks in sports than the annual March Madness college basketball tournament. During those three weeks, we get to experience a microcosm of everything that is great in sports without professional influence.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not naive. I know that in the last decade or so, the emphasis has shifted from the student-athlete to the business side of making money, but there will always be upsets. Segue time. The same can be said of the box office, where there are heavy favorites, but every now and then there will be an upset or two.

This...

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March the 4th: First look at 'Han Solo' cast

Posted March 3, 2017, 4:03 PM

The last month was anything but boring when it came to Star Wars news, but consider this: we still haven't seen a single bit of footage from The Last Jedi. While it seems that Disney is departing from the strategy it established on The Force Awakens, you have to remember that they now have other Star Wars films to promote.

Honestly, I was hoping to see the first trailer attached to Rogue One, but it actually makes more sense for Disney to hold back. We didn't see anything for Rogue One until after The Force Awakens had its run. So, from here on out, I think it's safe to say that Disney isn't going to undercut its own Star Wars film with the next great thing.

If you're expecting March to be a month filled with news, you might want to curb...

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Review: The 'Doctor' is in for latest Marvel film

Posted February 28, 2017, 4:02 PM

It has been pretty well documented that my comic book background is rather lacking, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate great stories and strong characters. In fact, I feel that my lack of comic book experience is a strength when it comes to watching and evaluating comic book movies.

I don't bring preconceived DC vs. Marvel feelings into the discussion and I just look the films on face value. That being said, Marvel has been kicking DC's proverbial backside since Iron Man debuted in theaters nine years ago. Of course, I still think that The Dark Knight remains the best comic book story ever to appear on the screen.

So, I guess it's a tie.

Before that first film, I had no idea who Iron Man was, but now he is as synonymous to Marvel for me as Captain America or...

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