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Movie Review: FREE STATE OF JONES

FREE STATE OF JONES poster | ©2016 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell Writer: Gary Ross, story by Leonard Hartman & Gary Ross Director: Gary Ross Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: June 24, 2016 Rather extraordinarily, the broad facts of FREE STATE OF JONES are true. During the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer named Newt Knight brought together a small, multiracial militia and effectively seceded from the Confederacy. The story was previously fictionalized in the 1942 novel TAP ROOTS and its 1948 film adaptation. There remains a great deal of controversy about Knight’s motives and specific actions. In FREE STATE OF JONES, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SHALLOWS

THE SHALLOWS movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: June 24, 2016 THE SHALLOWS pits Blake Lively’s surfer, Nancy Adams, against a Great White shark that has taken up residence near a secluded beach in Mexico. No one should go to a summer shark attack movie expecting plausibility – once in a great while, something like the all-too-believable OPEN WATER comes along, but that’s the exception. It’s usually not a problem, except when the movie wants to be taken seriously on a number of levels. THE SHALLOWS aims […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FINDING DORY

FINDING DORY poster | ©2016 Pixar / Walt Disney Pictures

Stars (voices): Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver Writer: Andrew Stanton, story by Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse & Bob Peterson, based on characters created by Andrew Stanton Director: Andrew Stanton; co-director, Angus MacLane Distributor: Walt Disney/Pixar Release Date: June 17, 2016 FINDING DORY is a sequel faithful in both form and content to 2003’s FINDING NEMO. In the earlier film, little clownfish Nemo is scooped out of the ocean and put in an aquarium, leaving his distraught father Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARCRAFT

WARCRAFT | © 2016 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga Writers: Charles Leavitt & Duncan Jones, story and characters by Chris Metzen, based on the Blizzard Entertainment video game Director: Duncan Jones Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 10, 2016 First off, WARCRAFT is a movie. Not just in the sense that it’s getting a theatrical release, with projectors and ticket stubs and popcorn and all that good stuff, but also in the sense that its makers have worked at creating characters who have motivations and relationships and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING 2

THE CONJURING 2 | © 2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney Writers: Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 10, 2016 THE CONJURING 2 is a properly scary movie that makes no apologies. If it seems like invoking Freddie Krueger at a couple of points seems like it will work, then that’s what it does. If it simultaneously brings forth real-life photos and recordings to back up […]Read On »

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DVD Review: MONSTERLAND

MONSTERLAND poster | ©2016 RLJ Entertainment/Dread Central

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Josh LaCasse, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Writers: Kaspar Ainelo, Jan Andresson, Jack Fields, Kate Fitzpatrick, Erik Gardner, Cody Goodfellow, Dick Grunert, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Peter McCoubrey Directors: Graham Denman, Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Robert Mclean, the McCoubrey Brothers, Corey Norman, John Skipp, Frank J. Sudol Distributor: ©2016 RLJ Entertainment/Dread Central Release Date (DVD, digital video): June 7, 2016 MONSTERLAND is another horror anthology of the type that has come into fashion recently. Bucking the mini-trend, it is not “found footage” in the sense of someone running around recording everything against all […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: GODS OF EGYPT

GODS OF EGYPT | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Booth, Rachael Black, Elodie Yung, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless Director: Alex Proyas Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment My experience with GODS OF EGYPT differs quite a bit from the lambasting it has taken from the critics when it first arrived in theaters, but I may have those same critics to thank for it. I had such extremely low expectations going in and that may have contributed to actually enjoying an amazingly over-the-top CG laden film that fictionalizes the powerful deities place among mortals. When I first saw the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: VENOM

VENOM | © 2016 Blue Underground

Cast: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden, Susan George, Cornelia Sharpe Writer: Robert Carrington Director: Piers Haggard Publisher: Blue Underground Billed as the greatest snake-in-the-house movie of all time (Are there a lot of them out there? I’m asking for a friend), 1981’s VENOM begins as a kidnapping for ransom flick that quickly evolves into a fight for your life against the deadliest snake on the planet, the black mamba. A terrorist, his henchman chauffeur and a family maid strike a deal to kidnap a wealthy woman’s son but things go wrong quick as a mix […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 24: X-MEN APOCALYPSE Review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome to Episode 24 of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. This week we discuss the latest comic book movie hit X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and what’s next for the franchise as well as what went wrong in this movie. We also have a lively discussion about the recent James Bond news that it will need a new director and possibly a new star. We give our take on our favorite Bonds and what we would like to see in a new Bond. We also discuss some random items such as gas station TV content and why they are even […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE FINEST HOURS

THE FINEST HOURS | © 2016 Disney Home Video

Interesting that Disney has done something that doesn’t involve their fairy tale franchise, Marvel or LucasFilm. Not often we see a standalone movie from the massive corporation that doesn’t have any ties to the stuff that makes it the big bucks. But with THE FINEST HOURS we have an action film based on true events about the Coast Guard saving a merchant sea vessel after it gets split in half and those that survive are restlessly keeping it afloat. The visuals are pretty cool because how the hell does a boat stay floating after it has been sliced literally in […]Read On »

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