Today:  11/18/2018

Review: 'Air Force One' gets the 4K Presidential treatment

Posted November 14,2018 - 04:52 PM


Thanks to Die Hard, most of the 1990s action films shared a very particular look and feel to them. Heck, they basically shared the same plot with terrorists hellbent on taking over something and using hostages to leverage their negotiation.

Air Force One is no exception to this trend. Released in 1997, this movie was Harrison Ford's Die Hard moment and he embraces the corny action cliches every chance that he gets. It also helps that he's got a wealth of riches in his supporting cast that more than pull their own weight during the few minutes that he's not onscreen.

After delivering a zero-tolerance speech on terrorism in Moscow, the President becomes a hostage when Russian neo-nationalists hijack Air Force One. Now, the President has to either negotiate with the terrorists or prove...

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Review: Emma Thompson elevates 'The Children Act'

Posted November 13,2018 - 04:55 PM

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There are few treasures in the world greater than watching Emma Thompson chew the scenery with great material behind her. Thankfully, we are treated to both a fantastic Thompson performance and a story that is equally up to snuff.

It's always tricky when you attempt to mix politics and entertainment. More often than not, the end result is a preachy piece of rubbish that feels more like a condemnation of your life rather than an entertaining discourse.

But, The Children Act is different.

From the previews, the film seems to be just another court drama in which great diatribes are thrown back and forth, but the film is so much more. In fact, most of the trailer is taken from the first act of the film and it's in the back half where the movie really takes off.

Emma Thompson plays a...

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Review: Dave Bautista is the best save of 'Final Score'

Posted November 13,2018 - 03:59 PM

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You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Well, if that saying is true then Jean-Claude Van Damme and Sudden Death should be extremely flattered by Final Score.

As I started to watch the film, I was immediately taken aback by how similar these films were. In fact, I had to search the Internet just to make sure that this wasn't some sort of remake of Sudden Death. If you exchange hockey for soccer, then you basically have the exact same movie.

What Sudden Death doesn't have though is Dave Bautista and that makes every difference in the world. Don't get me wrong, I loved Sudden Death when it first came out. What can I say? I'm a tried and true hockey fan and there's just not that many hockey movies out there, let alone one filled with so much action.

But it is...

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Review: 'Rambo' trilogy explodes onto 4K

Posted November 13,2018 - 03:03 PM

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I was eight-years-old when First Blood debuted in theaters in late 1982. To say that I was the key demographic for the Rambo would be an understatement.

The bombastic explosion of gaudy action films in the 1980s was driven mainly by Sylvester Stallone and his Rambo films and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These films provided the lynchpin for an entire generation's obsession with things that blow up. It probably helps explain Michael Bay. I guess not everything turned out for the best then, eh?

All kidding aside, these first three Rambo movies helped to define a generation and still stand the test of time (to varying degrees). This week, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood, Part II and Rambo III all debut on 4K UHD and it is a day that I have been waiting for since this new format was announced....

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Review: Reality and fame converge in 'Dating Game Killer'

Posted November 13,2018 - 01:45 PM


Without a doubt, I have a soft spot in my heart for true crime stories. By looking at the proliferation of true crime podcasts and the recent capture of the Golden State Killer, it's obvious that I'm not the only one.

With the advancement of technology, in particular, DNA evidence, we are finally able to shed some light of crimes from a bygone era. Speaking of a bygone era, the late 1970s was a bizarre time and I'm glad that I was too young to remember much from it. Rodney Alcala was a serial killer active during this time, but he was later known by his more catchy moniker Dating Game Killer.

Rodney Alcala was a serial killer active in California during the late 1970s with at least five known victims. He was given the moniker Dating Game Killer after it was discovered that he appeared...

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Review: Fantastical martial arts rule in 'The Four Heavenly Kings'

Posted November 13,2018 - 11:15 AM

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When HBO's reign ends next year as Game of Thrones finishes its final season, one might wonder where the cable TV Goliath will set its sights next. There's no short list of contenders as HBO seemingly has plenty of plates spinning in the air, including Game of Thrones spinoffs, but allow me to offer a suggestion, Dynastic China.

In the most recent season of Westworld, HBO dipped its foot in this milieu, but there's so much potential to be had here. Sure, Shogun World is not the same as Dynastic China, but the mystique and fantasy of the Far East belie plenty of opportunity for the right storyteller.

After watching Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, I'm convinced more than ever that this right storyteller is indeed Tsui Hark. Tsui famously catapulted to prominence with his Once...

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Review: 'Incredibles 2' touches the superhero in all of us

Posted November 06,2018 - 04:54 PM

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Pop quiz, hotshot. What Pixar film has grossed the most money at the North American box office?

If you said Finding Dory, your information needs an update. A couple of months ago Incredibles 2 surpassed $600 at the box office and eclipsed Finding Dory's previous record-setting mark by over $125 million.

For a company that long dragged its feet on sequels to its massive hits, its top three top-grossing films are all sequels and half of its top ten movies. In a day and age where we routinely hear about a film's sequel getting a green light before the first film is even released, Pixar was once hailed for their reluctance to make a "quick cash grab."

The thing is that unlike most sequels, Pixar took their time and gave them the same loving detailed attention as the original films and...

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Review: 'Superman' flies magnificently onto 4K

Posted November 06,2018 - 04:08 PM


There are some days that are better than others when it comes to reviewing movies. This is definitely one of those good days. Ever since Warner Bros. announced that it was releasing Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie on 4K UHD, I was excited to see how the film would translate to the new format.

I will admit though that I did have some trepidation about the film that was originally released in 1978. Would the film hold up after 40 years? Would the technology from the late '70s even justify an upgrade buy of Superman on 4K UHD?

The answers are yes and most definitely.

Of course, I also had one other nagging thought in the back of my head. My five-year-old son adores Superman. Heck, he loves all superheroes, he's five, but he has grown in a world where the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

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Review: Vampirina 'Rocks' in her new collection

Posted November 06,2018 - 02:37 PM

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My daughter is about to turn seven years old next month (where has the time gone?), but she has a soft spot in her heart for Vampirina. While she has mostly graduated to Monster High to fill her funny monster needs, I still catch her watching Vampirina every now and then.

There's just something enjoyable about this show from Disney Junior that continues to capture my daughter's imagination. The show follows Vampirina, aka Vee, who tries to fit in when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a local bed and breakfast that caters to the frightful crowd.

In this most recent compilation of episodes, Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock, Vampirina, Poppy and Bridget start a rock band called Ghoul Girls! and travel to Transylvania for their first-ever "Scream Factor Talent...

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Review: 'Mara' will put you to sleep

Posted November 06,2018 - 11:20 AM


... Permanently.

That sounds like a good tagline for an interesting horror film, right? Well, it would be if the film in question didn't result in heavy eyelids for its audience.

It's never a good sign when a movie induces a slumber state, but it's really bad when a horror film built around sleep paralysis does the trick. Unfortunately, this is the case for Mara which looks deceptively good from its trailer but settles for mediocrity when it could have done so much better.

Olga Kurylenko (where have you been?) stars as Kate, a criminal psychologist who is brought in to investigate a mysterious death that they believe might be a homicide. When the victim's young daughter, who witnessed the murder, claims that the killer is Mara, Kate gets sucked through a rabbit hole of sleep...

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