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Movie Review: MARSHALL

MARSHALL movie poster | ©2017 Open Road

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell Writers: Jacob Koskoff & Michael Koskoff Director: Reginald Hudlin Distributor: Open Road Release Date: October 13, 2017 Going into MARSHALL, knowing only that it stars Chadwick Boseman as legal legend Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, one can be forgiven for supposing it’s a biopic. In fact, MARSHALL is based on a very small slice of biography. Set in 1940, when Marshall was the top lawyer for the N.A.A.C.P., the film turns out to be a mixture […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 10/3

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES | © 2017 Disney Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Supposedly this is the last film in the franchise, the fifth film based on a freaking amusement park ride in Disneyland. Don’t get me wrong, these films have been fun from the get-go but after five of them, it has become a little long-in-the-tooth to see Captain Jack Sparrow continually get into trouble, fumble his way through problems for two hours only to have it all work out in the end. This time Sparrow must once again deal […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BLADE RUNNER 2049 poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto Writers: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, story by Hampton Fancher, based on characters from the novel DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? By Philip K. Dick Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros/Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2017 BLADE RUNNER 2049 is set thirty years after the events of the original 1982 BLADE RUNNER. It is a sequel that honors and expands on its predecessor. Directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US movie poster| ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet Writers: Chris Weitz and J. Miles Goodloe, based on the novel by Charles Martin Director: Hany Abu-Assad Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October 6, 2017 The following observation is totally sincere: one thing THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US has going for it is that it does not lose track of the dog that is essentially the third lead character. Most movies with a similar set-up wrongly assume that much of the audience isn’t invested in animal companions, and make us worry that the characters, the filmmakers or both have simply left the poor […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN MADE

AMERICAN MADE movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Tom Cruise, Domnhall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Alejandro Edda, Fredy Yate Escobar, Mauricio Mejia Writer: Gary Spinelli Director: Doug Liman Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 29, 2017 AMERICAN MADE feels a little like a fever dream, especially for those who have been watching both the documentary THE VIETNAM WAR and the fact-based drama NARCOS. AMERICAN MADE certainly stands on its own, but it is set temporally between the events covered in those other two projects, and there is a feeling of cause and effect flow from one to the other. Barry Seal, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 movie poster | ©2017 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): September 22, 2017  The original THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, released three years ago, was a modest but solid found-footage horror movie. Its premise was that five friends – Bobby Roe (who directed and co-wrote the script), Zack Andrews (also a writer on the film), Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson – set off during Halloween season to find and document extreme haunted house events. Since this is a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIEND REQUEST

FRIEND REQUEST movie poster | ©2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ayicia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Nicholas Pauling Writers: Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch & Simon Verhoeven Director: Simon Verhoeven Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: September 22, 2017 Not to be confused with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, the new movie FRIEND REQUEST is a tale of quasi-online horror. It has one idea about characterization that’s so good that it somewhat excuses lapses in logic. Directed by Simon Verhoeven from a screenplay he wrote with Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch, FRIEND REQUEST begins with a college classroom announcement […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 9/17

WONDER WOMAN | © 2017 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. WONDER WOMAN Regardless of how you feeling about the DC Cinematic Universe, it is easy to say that getting a franchise off the ground has not been an easy thing to accomplish. Now whose fault that is a whole other story whether it is the big Whigs from Warner Bros, Zach Snyder, or a combination of the two. Luckily, they got it right with WONDER WOMAN, a true origin story that does a good job of mixing classic Diana Amazonian roots with storyline that helps move the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REMEMORY

REMEMORY movie poster | ©2017 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Evelyne Brochu Writers: Mark Palansky & Mike Vukadinovich Director: Mark Palansky Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 8 (theatrical), August 24 (VOD) REMEMORY revisits a versatile sci-fi premise: what if memories could be recorded and played back? Films as diverse as TOTAL RECALL and STRANGE DAYS have utilized this idea. In REMEMORY, scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has developed a device that does this, which he intends to use for therapy. However, there are some unintended side effects that make some of his test subjects very unhappy. […]Read On »

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