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Today:  10/22/2018

Review: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' delivers giant fun on 4K UHD

Posted October 16,2018 - 04:52 PM

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Let's face it. When Avengers: Infinity War ended things were rather bleak in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Tears were shed and a pall was cast across the galaxy as we longed to find another fan to help us survive until next Spring when Avengers 4 would, hopefully, provide us relief.

Rather than have its entire fandom mourn Infinity War for an entire year, Marvel provided us with a much-needed palate cleanser in the form of Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the comedy-centric Ant-Man movies don't deliver the same box office bang for their buck as their action-oriented brethren in the MCU, I find them to be some of the most enjoyable films in the series.

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang returns as Ant-Man, but he finds himself under house arrest for his antics during Captain...

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Review: 'Black Sails' makes for brutal pirate fun

Posted October 16,2018 - 03:57 PM

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Every year, we go on a family vacation to the beach. One of the highlights of this trip is a visit to Pirate Island's Adventure Golf, where our kids can partake in putt-putt excitement while enjoying a very watered-down pirate experience. Interestingly, I too remember various pirate-themed sundries from my childhood which begs the question, when did pirates become family friendly?

One place where you won't find family-friendly pirates is the Starz series Black Sails. No, this TV series executive produced by Michael Bay is definitely more mature in nature and reminds us that pirates weren't exactly the friendly rascals that modern blockbusters make them out to be.

No, pirates were more akin to mercenaries than civil servants and would often murder their way from island to island in...

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Review: 'Down a Dark Hall' will spook younger viewers

Posted October 16,2018 - 02:51 PM

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If there's one demographic that is woefully underserved in the market it's horror for tweens. Most horror films worth their salt are rated R for violence, bloody good violence, and more violence.

But, there's a massive audience of tweens who are too young to get into traditional horror films, yet they want their frights and chills as well. Of course, if Hollywood waters down a horror film to get that PG-13 rating, then they risk a backlash from horror enthusiasts of age. It's a real catch-22.

Unfortunately, the simplest solution often ends up with younger fans sneaking into R rated horror films and then having nightmares for months on end. There has to be some sort of middle ground between Goosebumps and Halloween, right?

That's where films such as Down a Dark Hall comes in.

Based...

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Review: Foreboding tolls in 'Generation Wealth'

Posted October 16,2018 - 12:02 PM

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Recently, Robin Leach passed away and with his death, we were once again reminded that life is short and you can't take anything with you. And yet, if you turn on practically any TV channel or open any social media app these days, it would be difficult to draw any conclusion other than the sole pursuit in life is to accumulate wealth and fame.

I'm not saying that our precarious position on the edge of societal collapse is solely rooted in Leach's ground-breaking show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but it might have been a leading indicator. We have been obsessed with accumulation since the dawn of time. I mean, there's even a whole commandment dedicated to coveting your neighbor's goods.

But with the advent of reality TV and social media, we have been given the tools to take...

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Review: Bruce Willis is a one-trick pony in 'Reprisal'

Posted October 16,2018 - 10:57 AM

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Stop me if you're heard this one before: Bruce Willis stars as a cop that must [insert action cliche here] before [insert tired movie trope here].

Look, I get it. Bruce Willis has made a very respectable living playing a cop, but now that he's starting to get a bit long in the tooth, he has transitioned into playing ex-cops. Enter Reprisal.

Bruce Willis' ex-cop is tapped by his neighbor to help him bring down an assailant who had previously robbed his bank and killed one of his coworkers. The master thief doesn't particularly enjoy being the main player in a game of cat-and-mouse, so he turns the tables by kidnapping the bank manager's family.



If you think you could pretty much write the rest of the film yourself, you wouldn't be wrong. Reprisal is the sort of...

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Review: 'Harry & Meghan' plays up the royal romance

Posted October 16,2018 - 10:08 AM

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I admit it. I just don't get it.

I am not what some might call a rabid royal fanatic. You know, those people who camp out in front of hospitals to get a glimpse of the next royal baby. Nope, I don't get our infatuation with a monarchy that we fought a war with over 200 years ago to institute our independence.

And yet, there are still plenty of people on this side of the pond who go ga-ga over this prince or that princess. And if there's one thing that royal fanatics love more than a new royal baby, it's a royal romance followed by a royal wedding.

Enter Lifetime and Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.

The Lifetime network knows a thing or two about corny soap opera romances and is there anything more akin to a soap opera in the real world than the royal family? The film...

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Review: 'Ash vs Evil Dead' is a scary fun series

Posted October 15,2018 - 04:56 PM

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If you think that I've got a bit of crush on Bruce Campbell and that this site is turning into the Evil Dead propaganda network, you would be right.

In recent weeks, I've reviewed not only the 4K UHD version of The Evil Dead, but also the complete third and final season of Ash vs. Evil Dead. With today's announcement that Evil Dead 2 is getting the 4K UHD treatment in December, perhaps we will just keep the Bruce Campbell love going long into the new year.

For those of you who may have missed the first two Ash vs. Evil Dead reviews, the series follows Ash Williams as he returns home to Elk Grove, Michigan and meets his long-lost daughter before teaming with his former enemy and a new group of demon fighters for a final blood-splattering stand to save the world.






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Review: 'Whitney' soars on Blu-ray and DVD

Posted October 15,2018 - 12:25 PM

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I was born in 1974. I was born a little too late to appreciate Aretha Franklin (although she was awesome in The Blues Brothers) growing up. Hitting my musical discovery peak in the mid to late 1980s was a weird time in music.

Thankfully, I was born too soon to be thrust into the boy band movement, but I was a tweener, on the edge. My main musical influences were Michael Jackson and a fledgling little genre called rap. Before I settled into Beastie Boys and moved on to punk that ultimately resulted in me discovering my band Pearl Jam, I was transfixed by the powerful vocals of Whitney Houston.

She was my generation's Aretha and she blazed a trail that wannabes such as Paula Abdul and Britney Spears would struggle to follow. She was a modern day diva in every sense of the word and her...

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Review: Stars shine in 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'

Posted October 09,2018 - 05:05 PM

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It's funny. I was watching The House with a Clock in its Walls the other day with my kids and something struck me. Isn't it funny how crass comedians seemingly find a second career as family-friendly film leads? The perfect example of this is Eddie Murphy who was as so vulgar and profane as a young comedian, but he turned that into kid-friendly fare such as The Nutty Professor, Doctor Dolittle and Shrek among others.

Jack Black is another vulgar comedian who has found his niche making children laugh. What does this all have in common with Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot other than having eight words in their title and starring Jack Black? Well, I think it's something John Callahan would find humorous.

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is adapted from the...

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Review: 'A Prayer Before Dawn' packs a mean one-two punch

Posted October 09,2018 - 04:02 PM

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If you're not a fan of British TV, then there's a good chance that you don't know who Joe Cole is. That's a shame but fear not, after you see A Prayer Before Dawn, it will be impossible to forget him.

Originally, the part of real-life Muay Thai legend Billy Moore was supposed to go to Charlie Hunnam, but I imagine that his interest in the project waned as his star continued to burn brightly. Don't worry his loss is our gain as Joe Cole is simply electrifying as a man that is quite literally at the end of his rope in a foreign country and finds a way to persevere. As for Charlie Hunnam, I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about him. Ironically, he moved on to another prison picture Papillon and he will be OK.

Billy Moore is a young English boxer living in Thailand earning his keep as a...

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