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Review: Even 4K can't save 'Snitch' from itself

Posted June 6, 2017, 3:06 PM

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest Dwayne Johnson fan in the world, so perhaps my indifference to him clouded my initial viewing of Snitch a few years ago. I remember being pretty excited about the film, but the lasting taste in my memory was one of being left wanting more.

I was hoping that it would have been the next Heat but in the end, it was a film that squandered a relatively good cast and failed to deliver on the implied expectations. The film ties together many themes ranging from the craziness of our government's war on drugs to a father's ultimate sacrifice for his son.

Given that I was a newly minted father myself when the film came out, perhaps my standing prevented me from fully appreciating the subtle nuances of The Rock's performance. So, I went...

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Review: A great cast delivers in 'The Sense of an Ending'

Posted June 5, 2017, 4:06 PM

Jim Broadbent is one of those actors that you simply know when you see him work his magic on the big screen. If you put a gun to my head and demanded that I name five of his films, I would struggle to name more than a couple.

Gangs of New York? Sure. The later Harry Potter films? Absolutely. After that, I would probably spout a bunch of films heavy on British actors and I'd hope to get lucky.

The fact of the matter is that Jim Broadbent is perhaps the most versatile British character actor, but he hasn't had as many chances to shine in the lead. The Sense of an Ending is a great testament that he's more than just a great character actor and that we may regret not having him in more starring roles as time goes by.


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Monday Mixer: It's a 'Wonder'ful world

Posted June 5, 2017, 2:06 PM

"Be our guest, be our guest..."

So, is there anything big coming out this week? Oh yeah, that's right, Disney's live-action extravaganza Beauty and the Beast is making its way to DVD and Blu-ray this week, but it's still playing in over 500 theaters across the country.

While I know that you all want to talk about Disney and their uncanny knack of being able to print money at the box office, the bigger news is the return of the Monday Mixer. Actually, I'm a bit surprised that this is a story, but I've gotten a fair amount of emails and tweets inquiring about its fate.

In the immortal words of Sally Field, "You like me! You really, really like me!"

I wish I could say that there was something nefarious afoot, but the real reason that there hasn't been a Mixer since April...

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Review: 'Warriors Gate' misses its mark

Posted June 2, 2017, 4:06 PM

If you have seen either of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, then you know who David Bautista is. Unfortunately, if you noticed this film in his credits and were hoping for more of the chuckles that his Guardians character Drax elicits, then you will be sorely disappointed.

The former WWE wrestler gets in touch with his tough-guy antics for his role in Enter the Warriors Gate, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Sure, he's serviceable as a cardboard cutout bad guy, but when you can see what he can bring to a role thanks to his Guardians work, you know that he's leaving a lot out of his performance here.

I don't want to spend the entire review bashing David Bautista because his performance isn't the only thing holding back this film. No, the film was a trainwreck long before...

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Review: Schwarzenegger crashes and burns in 'Aftermath'

Posted June 2, 2017, 4:06 PM

Over the years, I never really gave much thought to Arnold Schwarzenegger the actor. Recently, he has busied himself with politics and TV, so his acting career was the furthest thing from people's minds.

But now, it appears that the action star is easing himself back into acting so we suddenly have to debate his acting chops or lack thereof. The Terminator made his mark in action films and he didn't do much to shed the typecast as an action star.

He was certainly good at it and my favorite film of his was the old actioner Commando, that also happened to star Alyssa Milano during the peak of my adolescent crush on the actress. Hmm...

As I sat down to watch Aftermath, I really didn't have any expectations. I knew that it was based on (or inspired by or whatever) true...

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Review: Disney's big gamble on 'Beauty and the Beast' pays off

Posted June 2, 2017, 12:06 PM

If you had asked me at the beginning of the year which film would be the highest grossing film in 2017, I would have said The Last Jedi. In fact, I did. The year is far from over and I'm still convinced that the latest Star Wars film will top the year's box office list when all is said and done, but if you had asked me for the top film halfway through the year, I would have said Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

With Guardians 2 well on its way to my guess of $375 million, it's still no match for the phenomenon that is Beauty and the Beast. No one predicted that it would surpass $500 million and I'm sure even Disney is surprised by its success, but the film is worthy of its praise and massive box...

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Review: 'Bambi' is a new family tradition

Posted June 1, 2017, 4:06 PM

As a boy growing up in the late 1970s, Bambi was my introduction into the world of Disney. Sure, later on, I discovered all of their princess films, but for me, the gateway film was Bambi.

I remember seeing it as clear as day in the movie theater and crying when Bambi's mom is shot (spoiler alert). As a young boy, the lush world that Bambi inhabits was unlike anything else that I had witnessed up until that point and while the coming-of-age story was a bit beyond my grasp at the time, it still resonates with me to this day some 35 years later.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I brought it home the new Signature Collection version to share with my own kids. I have an old DVD version of the film that I did share with my...

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