Movie Review: HARDCORE HENRY

HARDCORE HENRY poster | ©2016 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Tim Roth, Andrei Dimentiev Writer: Illya Naishuller Director: Illya Naishuller Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: April 8, 2016 Even viewers who came unscathed through the camera moves of, for instance, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and CLOVERFIELD may exit HARDCORE HENRY feeling like they’re disembarking from a rough ocean voyage. The film was shot with body-cam and handheld GoPros to emulate the p.o.v. of a first-person shooter. However, the problem with this science-fiction/fantasy/action thriller isn’t so much that it’s shot like a videogame, but rather that it’s plotted like one, and not […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 17: SUPERMAN V. BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

After a week off, the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante is back and so is Anthony after wrapping up his work on SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS. Anthony was nice enough to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes of the film. We also have a review of SUPERMAN V. BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and how it polarized basically the world and if critics still matter considering its wild success at the box office. Sit back and enjoy. Listen and Subscribe to the POP SHOW PODCAST on iTunes! POP SHOW PODCAST on other podcast outlets (coming soon)! Related: POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

THE HATEFUL EIGHT | © 2016 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

I love me a good Western. Even those that happen to be filled with more talking than what’s found on the Congressional floor. Of course, that’s what you get with Quentin Tarantino. To say the guy doesn’t like long-winded dialogue is like saying a mouse doesn’t like cheese. But that isn’t a knock against him. That’s his bread and butter and you know it going in. It worked during INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS a film set in World War II and it works here in a Western about a group of nasty individuals that all find themselves trapped during a terrible blizzard […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 1 – Season Premiere – Twelve newfound duos debut

Nyle Dimarco and Peta Murgatroyd in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Geraldo Rivera, Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Doug Flutie, Wayna Morris, Von Miller, Nyle Dimarco, Jodie Sweetin, Mischa Barton, Marla Maples, Paige Van Zant, Kim Fields Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: March 21st, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 22 began with a blast of glitter, silver confetti splayed on the audience and bursts of spray tan dripping onto the dance floor. Over half the newfound dance duos received 21 and above in scores, while Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Sliwinska settled on the best worst dance of the night with a measly 13 points out of 30. On top […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES movie poster | ©2016 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, Lena Headey Writer: Burr Steers, based on the novels by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith Director: Burr Steers Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: February 5, 2016 It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a zombie movie in possession of a PG-13 rating must be in want and perhaps need of guts, both metaphorical and literal. True, there are some peculiar edits in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, director/writer Burr Steers’ film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s undead-enhanced rewrite of Jane Austen’s original […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAIL, CAESAR!

HAIL CAESAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Heather Goldenhersh, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 5, 2016 The writing/directing team of the Coen Brothers, Ethan & Joel, isn’t known for being especially sentimental. However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Coens are bringing forth HAIL, CAESAR! their own idiosyncratic love letter to making movies that does everything but belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (There are several musical numbers, just not that one.) It turns […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE 5TH WAVE

THE 5TH WAVE movie poster | ©2016 Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur, Ron Livingston, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe Writers: Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner, based on the novel by Rick Yancey Director: J Blakeson Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date (theatrical): January 22, 2016 One wants to judge a movie entirely on its own merits, but THE 5TH WAVE does appear to be the latest contestant in Hollywood’s own Hunger Games, trying to replicate the success of a certain other young adult science-fiction/action franchise. This said, THE 5TH WAVE has the benefits of moving at a fast […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INTRUDERS

INTRUDERS movie poster | ©2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy, Joshua Mikel, Timothy T. McKinney, Letitia Jimenez Writers: T.J. Cimfel and David White Director: Adam Schindler Distributor: Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One Release Date (theatrical and VOD): January 15, 2016 INTRUDERS – not to be confused with the 2012 horror/fantasy of the same title – has a good cast and a decent premise that gets somewhat undermined when one character has to deliver a boatload of third-act expository dialogue. The movie is reasonably creepy and weird, but it isn’t quite creepy and weird enough on the one hand and doesn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FOREST

THE FOREST movie poster | ©2016 Gramercy Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken Writers: Ben Ketai and Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca Director: Jason Zada Distributor: Gramercy Pictures Release Date: January 8, 2016 In Japan, the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji is known both as “the Sea of Trees” and “the Suicide Forest.” In ages past, elderly and/or ailing people were left in the forest to die. More recently, it has become a destination for those seeking to end their lives, so much so that there are patrols specifically for the purpose of dissuading the still-living from killing themselves […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE CAR

THE CAR - Blu-ray | ©2015 Shout! Factory

Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson Writers: Dennis Shryack & Michael Butler & Lane Slate based on a story by Shryack & Butler Director: Elliot Silverstein Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 You have to hand it to Universal Pictures in 1977. Still reeling from the blockbuster success of JAWS in 1975, they were clearly anxious to replicate that success. Instead of immediately dipping back into shark-infested waters, they tried something else with THE CAR. Taking the major beats from JAWS and replacing the shark with a demonic car, it seemed as if this would be […]Read On »

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