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Movie Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

Our Brand is Crisis | © 2015 Warner Bros

Rating: R Stars: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella Writer: Peter Straughan, inspired by the documentary by Rachel Boynton Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 30, 2015 “Inspired” by Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS explores what happens during and after a political campaign in Bolivia is run by American consultants. The fictional film, directed by David Gordon Green and scripted by Peter Straughan, is often insightful and thought-provoking. Unfortunately and perhaps ironically, this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY

A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY | © 2015 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoe De Grand Maison, Alex Ozerov, Shannon Kook, Amy Forsyth, Adrian Holmes, Olunike Adeliyi, Orion John Writers: James Kee, Sarah Larsen, Doug Taylor, Pascal Trottier Directors: Grant Harvey, Steve Hoban, Brett Sullivan Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical, VoD, iTunes): October 2, 2015 A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is actually several horror stories all set on Christmas Eve in the picturesque small town of Bailey Downs. For fannish folk, Bailey Downs is the name of settings in both the werewolf movie GINGER SNAPS and the TV sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK. Neither […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRIMSON PEAK

CRIMSON PEAK | © 2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins Director: Guillermo Del Toro Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date (theatrical): October 16, 2015 CRIMSON PEAK is as Gothic as it gets. Set in 1901 New York and northern England, it is not a ghost story, but rather, as our heroine Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) says of her own writing, “a story with ghosts.” This isn’t to suggest that the ghosts aren’t quite scary when they appear, but it’s the mortals who drive the unabashed melodrama forward. Edith is the devoted, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TALES OF HALLOWEEN

TALES OF HALLOWEEN | © Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Daniel DiMaggio, Barry Bostwick, Marcus Eckert, Christoph Zajak-Denek, Tiffany Shepis, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Marc Senter, Pollyanna McIntosh, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, Dana Gould, James Duval, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Nick Principe, Ben Woolf, John Landis, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sam Witwer, Kristina Klebe, Joe Dante Writers: David Parker, Clint Sears, Greg Commons, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Molly Millions, John Skipp & Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin, Neil Marshall Directors: David Parker, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Paul Solet, John Skipp & Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – October 13, 2015

SAN ANDREAS | © 2015 Warner Home Video

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: SAN ANDREAS – Oh the carnage. You gotta love the carnage. I’m a big fan of disaster flicks and the bigger the better. SAN ANDREAS is a huge disaster movie. The big one has long been predicted in movie lore as a big enough earthquake hits California […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NARCOPOLIS

NARCOPOLIS movie poster | ©2015 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Eliot Cowan, Molly Gaisford, Elodie Young, Louis Trefgarne, Jonathan Pryce, James Callis, Harry Lloyd, Robert Bathurst Writer: Justin Trefgarne Director: Justin Tregarne Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: Theatrical & VOD, October 2, 2015 NARCOPOLIS is one of those movies that, in narrative terms, ties its shoelaces together at the start and never fully finds its footing thereafter. This is a pity, because writer/director Justin Trefgarne has assembled a strong cast and has the beginnings of a good idea. At the start, a title tells us we’re in 2044 London. Drug company kingpin Todd Ambro (James Callis) […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – October 6, 2015

MAGIC MIKE XXL | © 2015 Warner Home Video

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: MAGIC MIKE XXL – So what happens when something surprises at the box office? You make a sequel of course. But that doesn’t mean it should actually happen. Take MAGIC MIKE XXL for instance. The first film wasn’t a powerful drama that challenged your thoughts and ideas […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 29, 2015

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | © 2015 Disney Home Video

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: MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2 – As amusing as it is that critics disliked AVENGERS 2, it is still a very good superhero movie from top to bottom that does a good job of delivering the action and building toward other plotlines for other movies. Some […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 99 HOMES

99 HOMES movie poster | ©2015 Broad Green Pictures

MPAA Rating: R Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax Writers: Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi Director: Ramin Bahrani Distributor: Broad Green Pictures Release Date: September 25, 2015 By now, it is widely accepted that one of the reasons for the 2008 U.S. economic recession was predatory lending practices by banks. One of the ugliest results of this was people getting turned out of their homes, often with no warning and sometimes when the house in question was the only one the residents had ever known. 99 HOMES takes this as a premise and turns […]Read On »

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