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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: RAISING CAIN

RAISING CAIN Blu-ray | ©2016 Shout! Factory

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen Writer/Director: Brian De Palma Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.93 I was never a huge fan of Brian De Palma’s 1992 thriller RAISING CAIN. Bringing the director back to his early thriller roots (like DRESSED TO KILL and BLOW OUT) that were drenched deeply in Alfred Hitchcock suspense and callbacks, CAIN came off as a trainwreck of a movie mixing tones and themes but never truly satisfying. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A thriller? A black comedy? A parody of other De Palma films? While there was an […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Director: Tate Taylor Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 7, 2016 On the upside, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starts out as being truly unpredictable. Those (a group that includes this reviewer) who haven’t read the source material, Paula Hawkins’ novel, will not only not know who done it, but won’t even know exactly who it’s been done to until it happens, and then not know why for a […]Read On »

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WARCRAFT highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Sept. 27, 2016

WARCRAFT | © 2016 Universal Home Entertainment

  Movies: WARCRAFT – When a movie gets so universally panned by critics and fans alike, you go into it with very low expectations. That probably helped in my viewing of WARCRAFT because shockingly I actually found it not half bad. Yeah, the plot is basic and rambling with dialog and nonsensical elements along with literally nothing being explained other than bad orcs, good humans. But the special effects, which looked atrocious in the trailers, holds up alright and the action sequences are pretty good and at times brutal. But something had to make this become the highest grossing video […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 30, 2016 To the terms “super,” “powered,” “mutant,” “meta-human,” “Inhuman” and “magical,” we can now add “peculiar.” In MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is has the same meaning as those other words popularized by the likes of DC, Marvel and especially the HARRY POTTER franchise. MISS PEREGRINE doesn’t have the consistent sense of wonder that HARRY managed to achieve, […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 12: The Prequels Strike Back Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. You know how much we love to talk about STAR WARS, so this week’s podcast is extra exciting. We have the guys behind the documentary “The Prequels Strikes Back,” director Bradley Weatherholt, producer Kyle Brodeur and executive producer Alex Kane. The documentary examines one of the most talked about film trilogies, THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH. While a vocal majority of original “Star Wars” fans dismiss, and downright loathe, the prequels. There is a less vocal community of fans. We have a really fun and interesting discussion about STAR WARS […]Read On »

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CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Sept. 13, 2016

CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR | © 2016 Disney Home Video

  Movies: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – One of the best movies of 2016 is indeed a comic book movie. And it is a doozy in a lot of ways. First it is one of the last movies of Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it does a tremendous job of wrapping up everything that has come before it. Not only is CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR a continuation of the previous Cap film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, but it also serves as a sequel to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The film straddles the line of showing the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN | © 2016 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant Writers: Kieran Fitzgerald & Oliver Stone, based on the books by Anatoly Kucherena and Luke Harding Director: Oliver Stone Distributor: Open Road Release Date: September 16, 2016 SNOWDEN, per its title, dramatizes the story of Edward Snowden, played here by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Moving between the years 2004 and 2013, the film uses a pivotal set of interviews as a framing device. Snowden starts out as a conservative young aspiring military man who gets recruited into the NSA. Snowden’s computer skills earn […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

BRIDGET JONES' BABY | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey Writers: Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on the novels and characters created by Helen Fielding Director: Sharon Maguire Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 16, 2016 In 2001, we had BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding about a London “singleton” who worried incessantly about her weight and getting a boyfriend, not always in that order. In 2004, the main characters from DIARY returned in BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON. That film saw the title heroine, played by Renee Zellweger, apparently happily paired […]Read On »

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Sept. 6, 2016

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Movies: NOW YOU SEE ME 2 – The first NOW YOU SEE ME was a fun romp that mixed high profile magic with the possibility it was real mixed up in a caper involving good and bad magicians as well as some revenge elements. It ended with a finality of any one-off movie but this being Hollywood, something that becomes successful usually means it gets a sequel and here we are. Luckily, it isn’t bad albeit quite a bit different from the first. Instead of grand magic acts that are complex and amazing we instead get some tricky and slight-of-hand. […]Read On »

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