Dorking Out – Episode 55: The Spider-Man vs. Glow Edition

Dorking Out Podcast | © 2017 Dorking Out Show

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast, Ben Weddell from Big Ben’s Movie Show joins Chris for a review of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Where’s Sonia? She has a life, you guys, and she didn’t have time for yet another SPIDER-MAN movie. (Narrator’s voice: It was a simple scheduling conflict.) In our second segment, Chris and Sonia review the new Netflix series, GLOW, starring Allison Brie and Marc Maron. And we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including our movie swap. Sonia picked BRING IT ON for Chris, and Chris picked RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES for Sonia. […]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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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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News: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES teams up with the Jane Goodall Institute

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

While they both focus on chimpanzees, the PLANET OF THE APES film series and real-world primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall aren’t generally thought of together. However,20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14. Chimpanzees are hunted by humans in some areas for food, they are losing enormous amounts of habitat and some are unwisely kept as pets (great apes are very powerful and can, even unintentionally, inflict great bodily harm). Spread out […]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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Movie Review: THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise

THE MUMMY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnston Writers: David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, story by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet Director: Alex Kurtzman Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 9, 2017 THE MUMMY isn’t a remake of the ‘30s Boris Karloff version, the ‘50s Peter Cushing edition or the ‘90s/’00s trilogy starring Brendan Fraser. It has its own mythology and its own look, both of which are very strong. The two big problems here are first that this MUMMY doesn’t know how to lay out its narrative so that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WONDER WOMAN

WONDER WOMAN poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Said Taghmoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis Writer: Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on the DC Comics character created by William Moulton Marsdon Director: Patty Jenkins Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 2, 2017 After all of the DC Comics/Warner Bros. big-screen darkness of the past decade or so, it is a pleasure to report that, while it is completely serious, WONDER WOMAN has a sense of joy that feels genuine and earned. […]Read On »

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