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Movie Review: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | © 2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Karin Konoval, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary, Amiah Miller, Michael Adamthwaite Writers: Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: July 14, 2017 WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is the third film in the series begun with 2011’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and continued in 2014’s DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Andy Serkis stars for the third time as the intelligent chimpanzee Caesar, and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Spiderman Homecoming | © 2017 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, based on the comic books created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 7, 2017 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is, it can be argued, the most fun Spider-Man movie so far. This is the third retelling in the past fifteen years, after the […]Read On »

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CHIPS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for June 27, 2017

CHIPS | © 2017 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. CHiPS When I saw the original trailer for the CHiPS movie I thought it looked OK and it might have some funny moments but I thought about how many people actually will get the actual references to the classic television show. There’s an entire generation that has no clue about Ponch and Jon. So it already had some issues with people knowing what this was about. It showed as it didn’t perform well in the theaters. In the movie version, Ponch is an undercover federal agent investigating […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DESPICABLE ME 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Directors: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, co-director, Eric Guillon Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 30, 2017  In DESPICABLE ME 3, there’s a moment when Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) mutters, “I miss the Minions.” Well, yes. So likely will most of the audience. Although the little yellow hench-beings are heavily promoted in the DESPICABLE ME 3 trailers, they are largely missing from this third entry in the animated series. In the original 2010 DESPICABLE ME, Gru was a professional super-villain, supported by his mad […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BABY DRIVER

BABY DRIVER movie poster | ©2017 Sony/TriStar

Rating: R Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, CJ Jones, Jon Bernthal Writer: Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Sony/TriStar Release Date: June 28, 2017 BABY DRIVER has pretty much wall-to-wall music, and almost that much action to go with it. The tale of a very talented, reluctant young driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a crime boss, BABY DRIVER plays like a friendlier version of a Quentin Tarantino movie with more car chases and fewer words. The driver, who calls himself Baby, almost immediately gets a chance to show his stuff, chauffeuring three […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BEGUILED

The cast of THE BEGUILED | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Oona Lawrence, Emma Howard Writer: Sofia Coppola, based on the novel A PAINTED DEVIL by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by John B. Sherry and Grimes Grice Director: Sofia Coppola Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 23, 2017 The new film THE BEGUILED, directed and written by Sofia Coppola, is not the first film adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s novel A PAINTED DEVIL. In 1971, Don Siegel directed a screenplay by John B. Sherry (the pen name of Albert Maltz) and Grimes Grice (the pen name […]Read On »

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for June 13, 2017

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | © 2017 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE The DC Cinematic Universe has had a hard time getting its footing in the theater (and WONDER WOMAN will only help in this regard) but the animated universe from DC has been killing it for many years. And if you combine animation with LEGOs and Batman, that’s a recipe for success before anything has been filmed. And not surprisingly it is a fun time with numerous jokes and gags that go beyond just children. Of course, there is plenty here for them as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 47 METERS DOWN

47 METERS DOWN poster | ©2017 Dimension Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine Writers: Johannes Roberts & Ernest Riera Director: Johannes Roberts Distributor: Dimension Films/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: June 16, 2017  The original JAWS is rightly a classic, but since then audiences have learned to be wary of shark movies. SHARKNADO gonzo parody aside, they can be a cheesy bunch, with 2004’s destabilizing OPEN WATER a rare exception. Well, surprise. 47 METERS DOWN has most of the makings of a first-rate horror movie: a plausible set-up, multiple sources of jeopardy, an environment that’s terrifying all on its own, ace special effects and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BOOK OF HENRY

THE BOOK OF HENRY poster | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Lee Pace Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 16, 2017 THE BOOK OF HENRY is something of a return to roots for director Colin Trevorrow. Before helming JURASSIC WORLD (and yes, he’s also scheduled to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX), Trevorrow made his feature directing debut with the wonderful, unpredictable 2012 indie SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. THE BOOK OF HENRY has what looks like a slightly bigger budget than SAFETY, but it too zigs into some unexpected places. THE BOOK […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT COMES AT NIGHT

IT COMES AT NIGHT movie poster | ©2017 A24

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christopher Abbott, Riley Keogh, Griffin Robert Faulkner, David Pendleton Writer: Trey Edward Shults Director: Trey Edward Shults Distributor: A24 Release Date: June 9, 2017 IT COMES AT NIGHT is a perfectly respectable low-budget post-apocalypse character study – or it would be if it wasn’t so half-hearted about trying to add a horror element. This has the effect of making us wait for something that neither fully materializes nor adds meaningfully to the potent tension. In the world of IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unspecified but deadly plague has decimated the […]Read On »

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