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Movie Review: PANDEMIC

PANDEMIC | © 2016 New Artists Alliance/XLerator Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer, Paul Guilfoyle, Danielle Rose Russell Writer: Dustin T. Benson Director: John Suits Distributor: New Artists Alliance/XLerator Media Release Date (theatrical): April 1, 2016; (VOD) April 5, 2016 Although it’s been way overused, the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT super-shaky, handheld camera approach still makes sense for some movies. Unfortunately, PANDEMIC isn’t one of them. A decent premise – a small military squad attempts a rescue of survivors in a pandemic (read zombie) infested  Los Angeles with a good cast has to do unnecessary battle with the decision to shoot the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: DEATH WALKS TWICE

DEATH WALKS TWICE | © 2016 Arrow Video

Arrow Video has putting out some really good titles over the past couple of years digging dip into the bowels of moviedom and coming out with rare gems that have been converted into high definition. Unfortunately, DEATH WALKS TWICE isn’t one of these gems but isn’t half bad either. The double disc set includes two films from director Luciano Ercoli—DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT and DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS—both starring Italian actress Nieves Navarro (billed under the name Susan Scott). In the first film, DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, Navarro plays a cabaret dancer that is being hunted by someone […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: EXPOSED

EXPOSED | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Apparently EXPOSED actually made it to theaters, which after watching it is a bit of a joke to itself. While it may not have made it to the screens in the U.S., it made it to the U.K. where it made $122. You read that right. $122. It could be a lack of promotion, I don’t remember seeing anything about it promoted. Could also be because it sucks on so many levels, no one in their right mind would pay money for it. There are essentially two plotlines going on simultaneously. The first deals with Keanu Reeves character trying to […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FORSAKEN

FORSAKEN | © 2016 Entertainment One

UNFORGIVEN is one of my favorite movies of all time because it paints a picture of bad man trying to go good but he is just soooo damn good at being bad that he falls back into his old ways with the flip of a switch. FORSAKEN tries hard to be a clone of this storyline (at least in some degree) with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), er wait, John Henry Clayton coming home to his father’s town after years of being a gunslinger in the hopes of leading a simple, quiet life away from violence. But come on, this is […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: POINT BREAK

POINT BREAK | © 2016 Warner Home Video

This should probably be called X-GAMES: THE MOVIE because we get just about every extreme sport rolled into one film in POINT BREAK. I will say, however, that if you are going to do a remake or re-imagining or whatever you’d like to call it, this is the way to go. The original POINT BREAK focused on a group of bank robbers that also happened to be surfers and an FBI guy gains the group’s trust to bring them down from the inside. The same plotline is here but instead of surfers, they are all extreme sports people from snowboarding, […]Read On »

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Trailer Park: LEGO BATMAN, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY And More

THE LEGO BATMAN Movie | © 2016 Warner Bros

By SONIA MANSFIELD / Contributing Writer Are you completely burned out on BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE? If so, I’ve got good news for you. This week’s TRAILER PARK only features one of those guys. I also highlight a horror movie, a romantic comedy and a movie based on a video game. How’s that for variety? Let’s get to it. Let’s review some movie trailers. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) For those of us that like our superhero movies to have a sense of humor, we have THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, which released not one – but two movie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: I SAW THE LIGHT

I SAW THE LIGHT | © 2016 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt Writer: Marc Abraham, based on the book HANK WILLIAMS: THE BIOGRAPHY by Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen Director: Marc Abraham Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: March 25, 2016 Playing the legendary country singer/songwriter Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT, Tom Hiddleston displays so much joy in some of the performance scenes that the movie has flashes of being wonderful. True, Hiddleston, born in 1981, doesn’t exactly look like he’s 23, the age at which we meet Williams at the start […]Read On »

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Trailer Park: BEN-HUR, TARZAN, JUNGLE BOOK And More

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN | © 2016 Warner Bros.

It’s springtime, so you know what that means, right? It’s time for summer blockbuster trailers. I’ve got a couple of the big summer movie trailers below, plus an actual spring release. Madness I tell ya. The big movie this weekend is BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. I wonder who will win. Probably Wonder Woman. I’m super curious to see what trailers they show before BATMAN V SUPERMAN starts. If you see it this weekend, let me know what trailers you saw in the comments. In the meantime, let’s review some movie trailers. BEN-HUR (August 12) Remember GLADIATOR? This remake […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 16: Indiana Jones 5 breakdown

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

The POP SHOW PODCAST with Anthony C. Ferrante is back. Unfortunately, Anthony is not back because he is still off shooting SHARKNADO 4. So once again it is Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens), Ryan Mitchelle and myself (@PeterBrownAX) that man the store again to talk all about the issues in pop culture on the entertainment front. This week we breakdown the news of a new INDIANA JONES 5 movie coming starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg. We also discuss if franchises, such as INDIANA JONES (among others including THE X-FILES, Middle Earth, STAR WARS, STAR TREK), should be […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM | © 2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace Writer: John Hodge, inspired by the book SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: Momentum Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 18, 2016 THE PROGRAM begins with a lone cyclist on a paved mountain road, clouds billowing to one side of the cliff as he determinedly pushes forward. This is a fitting introduction to seven-time Tour de France winner/disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong, as played here by Ben Foster. For those who weren’t paying much attention at the time, Lance Armstrong survived cancer in […]Read On »

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