Movie Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

KONG SKULL ISLAND | © 2017 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jing Tian, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary Writers: Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 10, 2017 If King Kong and the Viet Nam War haven’t yet merged in your mind, they will now, for at least as long as you remember KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The new movie is mostly set in 1973. This may be because this is the era closest to our own when there could […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SING

SING | © 2016 Universal

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll Writer: Garth Jennings Director: Garth Jennings Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 21, 2016 Given the amount of time it takes to make an animated film, it seems almost certain that SING was developed with no knowledge of ZOOTOPIA. However, both movies seem to be set in the same universe, where animals of all kinds live and work together, wearing clothes, driving cars, constructing buildings, etc., with no humans in sight. It is SING’s misfortune to be released later, by […]Read On »

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

MUPPETS MOST WANTED | © 2014 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: MUPPETS MOST WANTED – I appreciate that the creators of the MUPPETS are down to create something so incredibly different that it actually makes a franchise that has been around for more than three decades relevant again on the pop culture stage. Just look at the attention […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIFE AFTER BETH

LIFE AFTER BETH | © 2014 A24

Rating: R Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Eva La Dare Writer: Jeff Baena Director: Jeff Baena Distributor: A24 Release Date: August 15, 2014 There are more of them out there, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll just name SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WARM BODIES and now LIFE AFTER BETH. It’s official – the zomromcom or romzomcom (i.e., romantic zombie comedy) is now its own subgenre. LIFE AFTER BETH, written and directed by Jeff Baena, uses a new (or at least new-ish) zombie mythology as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Matthew Gray Gubler on CRIMINAL MINDS Season Nine

Matthew Gray Gubler in CRIMINAL MINDS - Season 8 - "Alchemy" | ©2013 CBS/Sonja Flemming

The special agents of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit – BAU – on CBS’ CRIMINAL MINDS have had a rough time of it lately, what with their colleague Emily Prentiss, played by Paget Brewster, going to work in England when Brewster left the series at the end of Season 7 and Assistant Director Erin Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) being tortured and murdered by the evil Replicator at the end of Season 8. However, arguably Dr. Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler, has had the rockiest year of all. In Season 8, it took him ages to work up the nerve […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: WRECK-IT RALPH – ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

WRECK IT RALPH - Bluray

Rating: PG Stars (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Writers: Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, story by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Director: Rich Moore Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Release Date: March 12, 2013 Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 Hands down, WRECK-IT RALPH was one of the best animated films of the year. And this was a year that also had such exceptional entries as FRANKENWEENIE and PARANORMAN. That said, I was a bit disappointed that the inferior BRAVE (good, not great) bested all of them for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. Thankfully, […]Read On »

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WRECK-IT RALPH Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

WRECK IT RALPH | (c) 2013 Disney 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: WRECK-IT RALPH – Another winner from Disney and a pretty unique animated film about a bad guy in a video game called Fix-It Felix that yearns to be something more than the guy who just does damage to a bunch of 8-bit characters home and longs to […]Read On »

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Interview: WRECK-IT RALPH star John C. Reilly wrecks it

Ralph in WRECK-IT RALPH | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

John C. Reilly voices the title hero in Disney’s WRECK-IT RALPH. He’s a real-life hero to the press attending the WRECK-IT RALPH premiere, because after every single one of his colleagues has disappeared inside the theatre, Reilly comes back out to make sure that every reporter who has been waiting for a quote gets one. In short, Reilly is the epitome of a class act. ASSIGNMENT X: Obviously, WRECK-IT RALPH isn’t motion-capture, but did you give the animators any sort of motion reference? JOHN C. REILLY: No, it’s not motion-capture. That’s like a dirty work at Disney Studios. The animators […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: WRECK-IT RALPH voice actor Gerald Rivers on M. Bison’s guest appearance

M. Bison in WRECK-IT RALPH | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

In the venerable videogame franchise STREET FIGHTER, M. Bison is a Boss, aka top villain, character. M. Bison appears as himself in Disney’s new 3D animated hit WRECK-IT RALPH. Without providing big spoilers, let’s just say that we see a very different side of M. Bison in RALPH than we see in STREET FIGHTER. Actor Gerald Rivers has been the voice of M. Bison for any iterations of STREET FIGHTER. We caught up to him on the WRECK-IT RALPH red carpet, where he was extremely cordial and friendly in discussing voicing M. Bison’s guest turn in RALPH. ASSIGNMENT X: How […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRECK-IT RALPH

Wreck it Ralph | (c) 2012 Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk Writers: Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, story by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Director: Rich Moore Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: November 2, 2012 TOY STORY was far from the first tale of playthings coming to life once humans were out of sight. The movie’s success owed everything to its execution and details. WRECK-IT RALPH likewise starts with this notion – although in this case, the “toys” are the video characters in arcade games – and goes to wonderful, funny, touching places. Less briefly, […]Read On »

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