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Movie Review: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT | © 2016 Paramount

Rating: R Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Charles Writer: Robert Carlock, based on the book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN by Kim Barker Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Distributor: Paramount Release Date: March 4, 2016 WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is a fictionalized dramedy about war correspondent Kim Barker’s nonfiction book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. Her onscreen counterpart here, Kim Baker (Tina Fey), stays with the story in Afghanistan. The movie, written by Robert Carlock and directed by the team […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 13: Academy Awards review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome to another edition of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante, but with Anthony on set location, once again Ryan Mitchelle, Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@peterbrownAX) helm the show in a general discussion about the big show that happened on Sunday: the Academy Awards. We discuss Chris Rock’s performance, the general theme of the show, the winners, the losers and how those big nerds Chris and Sonia did in their Oscar pools. We also have a look at the Razzies and the finale of THE X-FILES. Come have a listen, won’t you? Listen and […]Read On »

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Feb. 23, 2016

THE GOOD DINOSAUR | © 2016 Disney Home Video

Movies: THE GOOD DINOSAUR – Pixar has been rolling out the good stuff for over a decade and they continue that hot streak with THE GOOD DINOSAUR, a new take on animated films that changes history presenting a world where life wasn’t wiped out by an asteroid but a world where dinosaurs lived on and evolved into more intelligent beasts and humans remain as animals. When Arlo the dinosaur goes on a journey, he hooks up with a human friend and the two travel the harsh landscape meeting a slew of unlikely allies in the process. The two get into […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EDDIE THE EAGLE

EDDIE THE EAGLE | © 2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken Writers: Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, story by Simon Kelton Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 26, 2016 EDDIE THE EAGLE is a movie that shouldn’t work. This isn’t because the subject matter isn’t engaging – a late-coming rookie to a death-defying sport who makes the Olympics is perfectly cinematic in narrative and visual terms. However, the fictional treatment of how real-life Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards achieved fame is so broad that there a character literally does a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRIPLE 9

TRIPLE 9 | © 2016 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet Writer: Matt Cook Director: John Hillcoat Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: February 26, 2016 TRIPLE 9 – that is, 999 – is the U.S. police radio code for “officer down” (it’s also the British equivalent of dialing 911). When the signal is sent out, virtually every officer in the city converges on the site of the incident, leaving very few cops to deal with other crimes that may be happening at the same time. In TRIPLE 9, a gang of Atlanta, […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 12: Impact of DEADPOOL on other Comic Book Movies

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. After a week off, Anthony comes back to talk about one of his latest projects involving virtual reality devices as well as the impact of DEADPOOL on other super hero movies moving forward, specifically SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN: DAWN OF VENGEANCE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. We also discuss Ryan’s love of chicken nuggets, the 70s version of product placement in SUPERMAN, the changing service oriented McDonalds and the run of the THE X-FILES limited run on television. This week Anthony (@acferrante) is joined by Ryan Mitchelle and myself (@peterbrownAX) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WITCH

THE WITCH | © 2016 A24

Rating: R Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson Writer: Robert Eggers Director: Robert Eggers Distributor: A24 Release Date (theatrical): February 19, 2016 Set in the 16th-century British colonies in North America, or more precisely, in the vicinity of the colonies, THE WITCH pulls us in with a straight-faced authority. Director/writer Robert Eggers, basing what the ads call his “folk tale” on writings of the period, creates a marvelous sense of atmosphere and imbues it with genuine dread. William (Ralph Ineson) is so strict in his religious faith that even his fellow Puritans can’t […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 11: DEADPOOL and THE WALKING DEAD

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to another edition of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante … except without Anthony C. Ferrante this week as he is off working or something. A likely story. In an event, Sonia Mansfield, Ryan Mitchelle, Chris Smith and myself discuss all the big pop culture news of the week. This is a special Valentine’s Day edition filled with loving topics such as zombies from THE WALKING DEAD, the merc with a mouth DEADPOOL, the new STAR TREK series being developed with Bryan Fuller and the new HARRY POTTER book coming soon. So sit back and enjoy […]Read On »

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CRIMSON PEAK highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release for Feb. 9, 2016

CRIMSON PEAK | © 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

A slow week, which is probably to be expected after such a huge roll out of films and TV last week. Unfortunately, not that great of stuff but sometimes that’s how it goes. Movies: CRIMSON PEAK – There is something to be said about ghost movies and period pieces. They sometimes work and can be fairly amazing to look at. On the other hand, it risks becoming too bloated with so many costumes and crazy beautiful images that it derails the storyline. CRIMSON PEAK, unfortunately, falls into this category. It is a beautiful movie with vivid images, costumes, set pieces […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ZOOLANDER 2

ZOOLANDER 2 | © 2016 Paramount

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Cyrus Arnold, Kristen Wiig Writers: Justin Theroux & Ben Stiller and Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg, based on characters created by Drake Sather & Ben Stiller Director: Ben Stiller Distributor: Paramount Release Date: February 12, 2016 Ben Stiller’s epically airheaded supermodel character Derek Zoolander, created by the actor and his then-writing partner, the late Drake Sather, began life in the ‘90s in sketches created for the VH1 Fashion Awards. In 2001, ZOOLANDER got his own movie, with the character jockeying for position with fellow male supermodel Hansel, played by […]Read On »

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