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Monday Mixer: 'The Boss Baby' earns its cookie

Posted April 3, 2017, 10:04 AM

Ah, Spring Break. The memories, or at least the ones that shine through the haze, are often more impressive than reality.

As we get older, we tend to amplify those memories until they take on a life of their own. They become so amazing, that the very words "Spring Break" usually conjures up a smile.

Of course, that all changes when you have kids. Suddenly, it's no longer a booze-fueled adventure from one wet t-shirt contest to another, but rather a time to scrabble and come up with impromptu child care for a random week in March.

Last week was our kids' Spring Break and thus, we had a little staycation, which might help to explain why we didn't have a Monday Mixer last week. I was busy trying to keep the kids alive and entertained so that they wouldn't bury their noses...

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Review: 'The Smurfs' 4K UHD is a new family favorite

Posted March 28, 2017, 5:03 PM

I will admit, when The Smurfs originally came out, I was skeptical. I grew up on the TV series and like everything else that Hollywood was robbed from my childhood, I was sure they would ruin it.

It took me several years, but I finally watched it and like many of our greatest fears, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I rather enjoyed it and the mix of live action and computer animation wasn't as jarring as I expected it to be. A big reason for this was the performance of Neil Patrick Harris and his comic timing that really sold the mix between the two styles.

As for the fear of my childhood being destroyed, the reality is that this was almost a completely new thing as the live action added an element that was...

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Review: 'Wolf Creek' will chill and delight horror fans

Posted March 21, 2017, 4:03 PM

As an unabashed fan of horror films, it's no surprise that I would jump at the opportunity to review the Aussie TV series spun off by the creepy series of Wolf Creek films. While they came out during the height of the torture porn phenomenon highlighted by films such as Hostel and Saw, the Wolf Creek movies always reminded me more of the classic horror films of the 1980s.

Those films are the ones that introduced me to the genre and the ones that continue to hold a soft spot in my heart. Personally, I never found the torture porn horror films very entertaining, but recently, I have started to get back into horror films with more of a psychological thriller angle such as Get Out and Split. So, it was with this renewed optimism in horror films that I sat...

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Monday Mixer: 'Beauty and the Beast' sets a new box office record

Posted March 20, 2017, 2:03 PM

This weekend was (mostly) free of any real surprises, both at the box office and on the basketball court. There were very few upsets and even fewer buzzer beaters. Likewise, Beauty and the Beast easily led from wire-to-wire at the box office.

It's not that I was really expecting any of the other films opening to give the Emma Watson starrer much competition, but the way it dominated the competition was rather impressive. I mean, it's not like Disney needed the money, but this weekend's results pretty much guarantee that we will continue to see more of these live-action adaptations of Disney's classic animated films.

In fact, we already know that there are several in the pipeline for the next few years including, Mulan, The Lion King and Dumbo. Thanks to the success of The Jungle Book and this weekend's Beauty and...

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Check out this massive Arrow Films sale

Posted March 15, 2017, 4:03 PM

If you're anything like me, and I'm willing to bet you are, then you grew up on the horror and exploitation films of the of the 1970s and 1980s. Directors such as Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, John Milius, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper shaped an appreciation for films that I would come to see reflected on the big screen by contemporary filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez among others.

Sadly, though, most of these films were financed and released by shaky companies that have long since ceased to exist, so it was nearly impossible to find these gems on home entertainment as recently as 10 years ago. Enter Arrow Films, a UK joint that took it upon themselves to aggressively procure the rights to these lost classics and make them available to the public for the first in decades.

Suddenly...

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Review: 'Six' is worthy of its SEAL designation

Posted March 14, 2017, 4:03 PM

I have to admit that I am a bit biased when it comes to shows about our nation's special forces. I find them intriguing and a compelling watch, so you have to take this review with a grain of salt because I was certainly a part of History Channel's target demographic when they pitched this show.

Seemingly, what sets Six apart from its numerous competitors is the declaration that this show is "inspired" by real SEAL Team Six missions. Given that this team was ultimately the one responsible for bringing Osama bin Laden to "justice," this declaration raises expectation levels to a level that any show would have trouble meeting.

So, the fact that Six comes real close at several points during the first season is impressive and encouraging for future seasons. The one TV show that I would compare it most...

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Monday Mixer: 'Kong' is the 'King' of the box office

Posted March 13, 2017, 2:03 PM

What if we matched each year's films bracket-style for the Oscars? Think back to last year. You have the number seeds of La La Land and Moonlight in first round matchups with Nine Lives or Ben-Hur.

You have the likable upstarts such as The Witch or Hidden Figures that could make a run and pull off a few upsets. And then you have the disappointing blue bloods that lay an egg, I'm looking at you Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, March Madness is my favorite sports time of the year and I can't wait to tip off the games this week. Naturally, my alma mater Butler gets the early Thursday start, which means that my weekend will either be off to a great or crappy start from the get go.

Sadly, we'll never marry...

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