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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Blu-ray and DVD Reviews for the Week of July 14, 2015

EX MACHINA | © 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: EX MACHINA – There have been a number of interesting films that delve into the artificial intelligence/robot aspect and how they would act if they ever became self-aware. EX MACHINA does a great job of not treading on any of the territory that these other films have […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHAPPIE

CHAPPIE | © 2015 Sony/Columbia

Rating: R Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret Writers: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell Director: Neill Blomkamp Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 6, 2015 Although CHAPPIE is clearly a product of present-day filmmaking – the motion capture is state of the art – it harks back to the kinds of stories that filmmakers were telling in the early ‘80s, like E.T. (minus the alien element), ROBOCOP and TERMINATOR. Director Neill Blomkamp and his co-screenwriter Terri Tatchell have a lot of love for the first sentient, self-aware robot they depict […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALEFICENT

MALEFICENT movie poster | ©2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Tom Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Isobelle Molloy, Michael Higgins Writer: Linda Woolverton, based on Walt Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY and Charles Perrault’s story LA BELLE AU BOIS DORMANT Director: Robert Stromberg Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 30, 2014 Almost everyone who saw Walt Disney’s animated SLEEPING BEAUTY as a child, regardless of when that childhood was, had the crap scared out of them by the villainess Maleficent. An evil fairy who cast a death spell on an innocent baby, had green vapor surrounding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLDBOY

OLDBOY movie poster | ©2013 FilmDistrict

Rating: R Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the 2003 film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the manga comics by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi Director: Spike Lee Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: November 27, 2013 Sometimes, translation isn’t just a matter of words. Events and actions and motives that play one way in one culture look and feel very different when transposed to another country where sensibilities are different. This is likewise true of changing mediums – something that works gangbusters on the page may not translate to live-action and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE LONE RANGER World Premiere

Johnny Depp at the World Premiere of THE LONE RANGER | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films held the World Premiere of THE LONE RANGER at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland in Anaheim on June 22nd. It was a huge premiere between all the press, fans, guests and the stars of the film. Having two pens for just the photographers, I was in pen A. It was a very hot day on top of a long trip to Anaheim, but it was a lot of fun! The carpet ran down the Park’s iconic Hollywood Blvd. and screened in two theaters – Hyperion Theater and The Silver Theatre. If you are old […]Read On »

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