Movie Review: VICE

VICE movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alfred Molina, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe Writer: Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Annapurna Release Date: December 25, 2018 VICE is writer/director Adam McKay’s biodrama about former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. Cheney is played here by Christian Bale, giving a terrific performance in some bravura makeup by Greg Cannom. There’s no arguing with Bale’s work as the quiet, shrewd, manipulative figure, who managed to stay very private even at his most public. The film takes Cheney from a young man in 1963 (about the only point where […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WELCOME TO MARWEN

WELCOME TO MARWEN | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monae, Merritt Wever, Leslie Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 21, 2018 WELCOME TO MARWEN is the story – sort of – of real-life artist Mark Hogancamp. In 2000, when he was thirty-eight years old, Hogancamp was set upon and beaten by five men. Hogancamp was injured so severely that he was in a coma for nine days. When he woke, his brain damage was such that he had no memory of most of his life before […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the DESPICABLE ME 3 World Premiere

Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell at the premiere of DESPICABLE ME 3

Illumination and Universal Pictures held the World Premiere of DESPICABLE ME 3 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 24th. The film introduces Dru, the long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother of Gru (both voiced by Steve Carell). Dru wants to team up with Gru for one last criminal heist and the is where the fun starts. The stars of the film walked the carpet on this hot sunny day, which included: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Jenny Slate, and Pharrell Williams (Original songs and themes by). Joining them were guest, which included: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DESPICABLE ME 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Directors: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, co-director, Eric Guillon Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 30, 2017  In DESPICABLE ME 3, there’s a moment when Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) mutters, “I miss the Minions.” Well, yes. So likely will most of the audience. Although the little yellow hench-beings are heavily promoted in the DESPICABLE ME 3 trailers, they are largely missing from this third entry in the animated series. In the original 2010 DESPICABLE ME, Gru was a professional super-villain, supported by his mad […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 29: The We Make the Golden Globes Good Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast, we talk about Sunday night’s Golden Globe nominations. LA LA LAND won all the awards, but Meryl Streep won the night. We’re going to talk about our favorite and least favorite moments of the show, and share how the winners affect our Oscar picks, because we take our Oscar predictions VERY SERIOUSLY. Then Smith talks about the ridiculous exercise of giving awards to artistic achievements as though they were trophies at the end of a baseball season. You can’t score LA LA LAND or MANCHESTER BY THE SEA like box scores. He’s got some interesting […]Read On »

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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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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 | © 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: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 – I found it particularly interesting that they really took THE HUNGER GAMES franchise is a crazy direction with MOCKINGJAY. Up until this point, the two previous films were centered on the annual games where a bunch of people fight to […]Read On »

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ALEXANDER … Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, NOT GOOD, VERY BAD DAY | © 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: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY – There are a number of family movies that have come out over the past few years that try to merge entertaining the parents while giving the kids something to pay attention to as well. ALEXANDER AND THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FOXCATCHER

FOXCATCHER movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Writers: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman Director: Bennett Miller Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 14, 2014 FOXCATCHER is a disturbing film, and not only because of the true-life events it depicts, though those are certainly unnerving and dismaying. Director Bennett Miller, working from a screenplay by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, creates an atmosphere of unhappiness and shame that works as an emotional fog. However, through all the sweat, tears and finally blood that appears here, we feel as though we’re watching at […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

ANCHORMAN 2 - THE LEGEND CONTINUES movie poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Release Date: December 18, 2013 Distributor: Paramount Pictures It’s a given that it’s getting harder to create funny mainstream comedies with the bar so heavily skewed in the direction of lowest common denominator crass, potty humor. That kind of humor is the easy way, but something like ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES does things the hard way, trying to create a world filled with word play, crazy situational comedy and some actual satirical moments thrown […]Read On »

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