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Movie Review: THE BIG SHORT

THE BIG SHORT | © 2015 Paramount Pictures

Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt Writers: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Paramount Release Date (theatrical): December 11, 2015 For many of us who are neither economists nor involved in the financial industry, the details of the 2007-2008 mortgage crisis that also decimated a lot of banks and a notable chunk of Wall Street remain a bit blurry. THE BIG SHORT is now here to bring much of that into sharper focus, and if the film doesn’t answer every single question, it still makes a lot […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – December 1, 2015

COOTIES | © 2015 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: COOTIES – This is one of those movies that is fun on a number of levels and not just because multiple zombie children are murdered in it. COOTIES is about a virus that breaks out as a result of some chicken poisoning and affects just children that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KRAMPUS

KRAMPUS movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler Writers: Todd Casey & Michael Dougherty & Zack Shields Director: Michael Dougherty Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): December 4, 2015 While KRAMPUS is far from the first movie to use the mythic anti-Santa of legend as its villain, it’s arguably the best of the bunch, and indeed, up there with GREMLINS as a Christmas horror movie that deserves to become a tradition. Krampus, for those who’ve never heard of him, is a figure who possibly predates Christianity, but certainly showed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox Writer: Max Landis, screen story by Max Landis, based on Mary Shelley’s novel FRANKENSTEIN Director: Paul McGuigan Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 “You all know the story,” Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) observes in voiceover just as VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN begins. Well, in this version, scripted by Max Landis and directed by Paul McGuigan, we do and we don’t. As promised, there’s an eponymous mad genius (James McAvoy) and eventually a lightning storm and a monster. However, this is the story told from Igor’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR

THE GOOD DINOSAUR movie poster | ©2015 Disney/Pixar

Stars (voices): Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Jack McGraw Writer: Meg La Fauve, story by Peter Sohn & Eric Benson & Meg LeFauve & Kelsey Mann & Bob Peterson Director: Peter Sohn Distributor: Disney Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 Pixar’s latest offering, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, gets off to a promising start, with a huge, fiery asteroid missing Earth 65 million years ago. Consequently, it’s dinosaurs that evolve into the dominant species, though mammals (including humans) do exist. Think of the possibilities! And then forget them, because THE GOOD […]Read On »

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Movie/DVD Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT movie poster | ©2015 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Gaius Charles, James Wolk, Nelsan Ellis Writer: Tim Talbott, based on the book THE LUCIFER EFFECT by Dr. Philip Zimbardo Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Distributor: IFC Films Release Date (home video): November 17, 2015 THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book THE LUCIFER EFFECT, chronicles a real-life event that was supposed to be a psychological study that morphed into something so disturbing that practically everybody has heard of it, albeit perhaps not by name. In 1971, Zimbardo, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: #HORROR

#HORROR movie poster | ©2015 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Chloe Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthasar Getty, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindberg, Mina Sundwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst Writer: Tara Subkoff Director: Tara Subkoff Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date (theatrical & VOD): November 20, 2015 #HORROR is rightly likely to cause a stir, partly because its protagonists are twelve-year-old girls and partly because writer/director Tara Subkoff has an ear for what girls of that age sound like, especially when they’re being mean. Subkoff also displays visual style to burn, setting her story in a uniquely-structured house […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SECRET IN THEIR EYES

SECRET IN THEIR EYES movie poster | ©2015 STX Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham Writer: Billy Ray, based on the screenplay for EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS by Juan Jose Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri Director: Billy Ray Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2015 The 2009 Argentinean film EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS was well-reviewed and well-respected. Now an English-language adaptation by director/screenwriter Billy Ray, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, is here, and something seems to have been lost in translation. A lot of key plot points are the same, but whether it’s due to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LEGEND

LEGEND movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palmintieri Writer: Brian Helgeland, based on the book THE PROFESSION OF VIOLENCE by John Pearson Director: Brian Helgeland Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): November 20, 2015 As biographical gangster films go, LEGEND is good enough. This isn’t the first feature to tackle London’s notorious Kray brothers – actual brothers Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp starred in 1990’s THE KRAYS, which had a fairly different take on Ronnie and Reggie, twins from London’s East End who ruled the crime scene there in the 1960s. LEGEND, adapted by writer/director Brian […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE 33

THE 33 | © 2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin Writers: Mikko Alanne and Craig Borten and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar Director: Patricia Riggen Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date (theatrical): November 13, 2015 This whole review may or may not need a spoiler alert, depending on what draws people to the theatre in the first place. THE 33 dramatizes an incident that received worldwide coverage for months in 2010. It is one of those stories that, if […]Read On »

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