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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the …Read On »

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I, FRANKENSTEIN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

I FRANKENSTIEN | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: I, FRANKENSTEIN – Some major blockbusters are not meant to be anything more than just a popcorn flick where you sit and see what they present to you and whether it is good or bad, it is at least enjoyable. I, FRANKENSTEIN is definitely one of these …Read On »

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Movie Review: GODZILLA

GODZILLA movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins Writer: Max Borenstein, story by Dave Callaham, based on the character created by Toho Studios Director: Gareth Edwards Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 16, 2014 No movie can be all things to all people, but GODZILLA would seem to have an especially rough time in this regard. The original 1954 Japanese film GOJIRA is about a giant monster that arises and decimates cities in response to the testing of nuclear weapons. The message was sincere, but the effect (if it ever wasn’t) is now …Read On »

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Movie Review: MILLION DOLLAR ARM

MILLION DOLLAR ARM movie poster | ©2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Darshan Jariwala, Tzi Ma Writer: Thomas McCarthy Director: Craig Gillespie Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 16, 2014 Based on a true story (photos of the real people involved and a postscript indicate the verifiable facts), MILLION DOLLAR ARM tells the story of what happens when a pair of U.S. sports agents, desperate for a new angle, hit upon the gimmick of popularizing baseball in India by bringing two young Indian athletes to America to try out for the major leagues. …Read On »

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Movie Review: DEVIL’S KNOT

DEVIL'S KNOT movie poster | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Alessandro Nivola, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Martin Henderson, Kevin Durand, James Hamrick, Kristopher Higgins, Seth Meriwether Writers: Paul Harris Boardman & Scott Derrickson, based on the book DEVIL’S KNOT: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE by Mara Leveritt Director: Atom Egoyan Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date: May 9, 2014 Most of us would like to think that something as outrageous, unfair and blatantly ignorant as the Salem witch trials couldn’t happen in modern America. However, when three little boys were murdered in Arkansas in May 1993, there was …Read On »

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Movie Review: LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN

LEGENDS OF OZ movie poster | ©2014 Clarius Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty Writers: Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam, based on the book DOROTHY OF OZ by Roger Stanton Baum, based on THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum Directors: Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn Distributor: Clarius Entertainment Release Date: May 9, 2014 If your only exposure to Oz has been the 1939 MGM musical, you’ve missed the terrific children’s book that inspired it, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum. Baum wrote twelve-and-a-half more Oz …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Fiore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, screen story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, based on the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Marc Webb Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: May 2, 2014 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 puts together two different, significant villains from the comic book series, plus a back story about Peter Parker’s parents and with a version of a very famous incident that anyone familiar …Read On »

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THE LEGEND OF HERCULES Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES – Obviously there are a lot of Hercules movies coming down the pike of late. I suppose it is a follow up to all of the superhero and God type movies that have come along of late. So why not take one of …Read On »

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Movie Review: POSEIDON REX

POSEIDON REX | © 2014 ITN Distribution

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Brian Krause, Anne McDaniels, Steven Helmkamp, Candice Nunes, Berne Velasquez, Gildon Roland Writer: Rafael Jordan Director: Mark L. Lester Distributor: ITN Distribution Release Date: Theatrical, April 18, 2014; DVD/VOD, May 13, 2014 Low-budget creature features have a formula. The best ones either find ways to play with it or else embrace it to the hilt. POSEIDON REX simply abides by the formula without sprucing it up, goofing on it or doing anything to stand out from the pack. This would be okay if it were at least livelier, but whenever the title beast is off-screen, things …Read On »

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Movie Review: TRANSCENDENCE

TRANSENDENCE | © 2014 Warner Bros.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman Writer: Jack Paglen Director: Wally Pfister Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 18, 2014 TRANSCENDENCE tackles some huge ideas. What is consciousness? Can consciousness be proved? How can we prove our identity? What, for others, constitutes acceptable, valuable proof? And that’s before Jack Paglen’s script takes on the huge issues of whether some loss of autonomy is an acceptable trade-off for life and health. These issues don’t just get lip service but form much of the narrative spine of TRANSCENDENCE, and for the better part of the film, it …Read On »

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