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Today:  05/29/2020

Review: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' is a surprising fun romp

Posted May 19,2020 - 08:25 PM

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If there is one movie that I was sure that I would hate this year, it is Sonic the Hedgehog. From the first misguided trailer in which a hasty design choice outraged pretty much everyone, the writing was on the wall, but this film wouldn't be denied.

Much like the underdog that Sonic is in his video games, his film persona refused to go down without a fight. A slight release delay so that the filmmakers could redesign the look of Sonic and the pause paid off handsomely.

For all intents and purposes, this hokey money grab playing on a beloved video game shouldn't have worked, but it surprisingly does.

The world's speediest hedgehog takes refuge on planet Earth, but he finds his new existence to be a lonely one. After a series of mishaps with new best friend Tom, he ends up on the...

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Review: 'The Postcard Killings' is the complete serial killer package

Posted May 19,2020 - 05:34 PM

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When it comes to the serial killer genre, it's very difficult to stand out. While most of them are entertaining, only a select few reach beyond the clichÃs that saddle many of these films in mediocracy.

I would say that Seven represents the pinnacle of serial killer movies and while The Postcard Killings doesn't exactly reach this lofty height, I think you will be surprised at just how entertaining this little film turns out to be.

A New York detective receives every father's worse news when he learns that his daughter and son-in-law have been murdered in London. Unable to stay put, he travels to London with a personal vendetta to track down his daughter's killer.



Based on a James Patterson novel, The Postcard Killings has everything that you're looking for in a...

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Review: 'Last Moment of Clarity' evokes the spirit of Hitchcock

Posted May 19,2020 - 01:17 PM

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The word Hitchcockian gets thrown around these days like rice at a wedding. It seems that any film that contains twists automatically gets the "Hitchcock" designation. More often than not, these empty words are just that, but every so often a film does, in fact, live up to those lofty expectations.

Last Moment of Clarity is one of those exceptions.

When his girlfriend is murdered by European mobsters, Sam flees to Paris to hide out. Years later, he is still unable to shake her from his thoughts when he becomes obsessed that an actress in a movie is his deceased girlfriend. Now, he risks it all to return to America to see if he's right or just delusional.



I was initially attracted to this film when I read that Samara Weaving was attached to it. After turns in Ready or Not...

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Review: 'Vivarium' captures the quarantine zeitgeist perfectly

Posted May 12,2020 - 04:35 PM

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Let's face it. Timing is everything when it comes to success.

Movies like Bloodshot and I Still Believe were dealt a mortal blow when the box office all but closed up the week after they were released. Instead of being able to pad their box office total and increase awareness about them, they were "one and done" and left to fend for their lives at home entertainment.

Vivarium's timing was a bit luckier.

A young couple looking to buy their first house gets more than they bargain for when they check out a model home. After their real estate agent makes a quick getaway, Tom and Gemma find themselves trapped in a labyrinthine maze of identical homes. With no way out, the young couple is forced to live together in the model home and confront things both within and beyond their control.


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Review: John Turturro resurrects Jesus Quintana in 'The Jesus Rolls'

Posted May 05,2020 - 07:15 PM

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The Big Lebowski is one of the biggest cult films ever created. Heck, they have an annual celebration of the Coen Brothers' film in Louisville, Kentucky, so it's kind of a big deal.

It's impossible to say what precisely causes a film to film to rise up to cult status, but most likely it's a combination of things and perfect timing. I doubt we'll ever truly know what goes into the special sauce of a cult hit, but it's sort of like that old saying, "I know it when I see it."

Whether it's pornography or movies that capture the cultural zeitgeist, it's not easy to define, but we know it when we see it. The Big Lebowski is definitely one. The Jesus Rolls? Well, the jury is still out on this one, but even if it fails to reach the stratospheric level of cult hit of its predecessor, it is...

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Review: 'Bloodshot' is a unique twist on the comic book genre

Posted May 05,2020 - 05:22 PM

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It seems like comic book movies are a dime a dozen these days thanks to the incredible success of the Marvel films. Of course, not all comic book movies are created equal.

No, many comic book movies are forgettable affairs bordering on the unmentionable abomination that is Green Lantern. The true secret ingredient in the Marvel Universe is their ability to make relatable films that connect both with true believers and those just looking for a popcorn escape from everyday pressures.

And yet, while as successful as the Marvel movies have been, I always felt there was room for more. Enter: Bloodshot.

Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a recently deceased soldier who is brought back to life by a shadowy corporation. Ray wasn't just brought back from the dead, he was augmented by...

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Review: Clark Duke's directorial debut 'Arkansas' sizzles

Posted May 05,2020 - 02:35 PM

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Clark Duke has one of those faces that is instantly recognizable, but a name that fails to instantly make a facial connection. I can't tell you how many times I was trying to recall his name when I'd say, "you know, the funny, nerdy guy that is in all of those hilarious films?"

Usually, this is met with deserved condemnation and confusion by those around me, but his name won't be secret for long thanks to his directorial debut, Arkansas.

Liam Hemsworth and Clark Duke are low-level drug mules for a local kingpin named Frog, whom they have never met. As they go about their lives undercover as junior park rangers, the two bumbling friends find themselves ascending the rungs of the ladder of the drug operation without realizing it. As a showdown with Frog looms on the horizon, will they...

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Review: Daniel Radcliffe is on fire in 'Guns Akimbo'

Posted April 28,2020 - 07:42 PM

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We're no longer in Hogwarts, kids.

At least that's the message that Daniel Radcliffe is sending to his fans and I, for one, couldn't be happier. More often than not, it's difficult for successful young actors to break out of their typecast and demonstrate that they are more than a one-trick pony. And yet, Daniel is blazing his own trail and the results have been spectacular.

Radcliffe stars as Miles, a nerdy game developer who gets caught up with a gang that is live-streaming death matches. Now, he's pitted against a brutal killer at the top of her game and all he has to defend himself are the two guns surgically attached to his hands.



If you thought that playing a flatulent corpse would be the oddest role that Daniel Radcliffe would ever play, you're probably right. But...

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Review: SpongeBob parties on 'Bikini Bottom Bash' DVD

Posted April 28,2020 - 05:26 PM

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You're not seeing double, SpongeBob Squarepants is hotter than hot during this pandemic. After not having a stand-alone DVD for a couple of years, Paramount has released two separate SpongeBob Squarepants collections in the last month.

That's good because we've all seen Tiger King and we are desperately seeking stuff to keep us entertained. When it comes to entertaining, it doesn't get any better than SpongeBob Squarepants. If you're a diehard SpongeBob fan, then you might be curious if you've seen SpongeBob Squarepants: Bikini Bottom Bash before.

To that, I say that you have a good eye. Paramount previously released a VHS in 2003 with the same name - albeit with an exclamation point at the end - but they only share a single episode, "Party Pooper Pants." Although, to be fair, it...

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Review: 'Infinity Train' is a mystery fit for the whole family

Posted April 21,2020 - 05:17 PM

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It's rare these days to find entertainment that we can all enjoy together as a family. With kids at 6 and 8, their interests are varied and most of their animated fare lately has been less than stimulating. I mean, come on, you can only watch so much Onion and Apple before you want to impale your eyes and ears on the nearest blunt object.

Some of the cartoons lately have been too advanced to hold the kids' interest or so shallow to keep the adults awake. But it seems that Infinity Train is the right mix of accessibility for children and pathos for adults to make it a hit for the whole family.

Infinity Train: Book One follows the story of a precocious young girl called Tulip who runs away from home and finds herself stuck on a seemingly neverending train. As Tulip struggles to find a...

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