“Muppets Most Wanted” movie review

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Disney snatches up anything that isn’t bolted down, and The Muppets have belonged to “The Mouse Almighty” for a decade now. The last Muppet movie was a big success. Loved by critics and audiences, the $45-million picture grossed more than $150 million and even brought home an Oscar for best original song. Now a bit(…)

Robocop movie review

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The original “RoboCop,” the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven, was a vicious, unrepentant foray into deep cultural fears about corporate domination, media corruption and the urban crime epidemic. Now in the 21st century we are neck-deep in the realizations of those fears: the movie’s native environment of Detroit has gone from a city in crisis(…)

Video: “Sabotage” red band trailer released

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We have just received the new trailer for David Ayer’s new Schwarzenegger action romp that comes out in March. From the studio: Director David Ayer brings his signature gritty realism to this story of an elite team of DEA agents, who find themselves in trouble after busting one of the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Arnold(…)

10 historical characters who need their own movies made

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Lincoln for real. Lincoln fake. Kennedys. Hitler about eight times. Roman Emperors. Mythic figures. The biopic is alive and well in 21st Century American cinema. We are interested in the lives of historical figures, in the fake lives of historical figures, and the non-lives of fake figures like Hercules. But we are missing some key(…)

Review: That Awkward Moment

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Freshman screenwriter and director Tom Gormican gets a lot of credit for getting financing for this movie. Not only is it a rom-com where the main characters are guys instead of clumsy, too-busy-for-men ladies, it’s also an original script that was somehow not adapted from a chick-lit novel or a self-help book. The mind reels.(…)

Amanda Knox Trial gets its movie — “Face of an Angel”

Amanda Knox Trial gets its movie — “Face of an Angel” 0

The dramatic thriller, “Face of an Angel,” a fictional adaptation of the Amanda Knox case, has just finished production. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, “Face of an Angel” stars Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne. The film was inspired by the non-fiction book, “Angel Face: Sex, Murder, and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox” by(…)

“Frozen” Sing-Along Coming to Theaters

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A sing-along version of the popular Disney movie “Frozen” will be released in select theaters on Jan. 31. One-thousand theaters will feature this special release.  The lyrics to all the songs will be displayed on screen with a bouncing snowflake to help the audience follow along. This development is not surprising, as the “Frozen” soundtrack(…)

Mourning Two Stars

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 This week, we lost both the actor Russell Johnson and Playboy Playmate Cassandra Lynn. Johnson, 89, was best known for his role as “The Professor” on the television show “Gilligan’s Island.” The show, which only lasted three seasons and was criticized during its run, found its revival in future generations after its cancellation in 1967.(…)

Review: “Ride Along” is shockingly not terrible

Review: “Ride Along” is shockingly not terrible 0

The first 40 minutes of “Ride Along” are awkward, poorly edited and acted, and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. None of this seems surprising- as stated before, January is Trash Duty. A cop comedy with Ice Cube and the infinitely marketable Kevin Hart (who appears to be in literally every comedy(…)

The Legend of Hercules movie review

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Well it’s January, boys and girls, and that means it’s Trash Time! For those not fortunate enough to know, the first two or three months of every year are dedicated to studios clearing their shelves of all their embarrassing-yet-profitable dreck for a tidy first quarter revenue stream. It’s beautiful, really- like watching black-hearted capitalism and(…)

The 10 worst movies of 2013

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There’s nothing like getting assigned a “Top Ten Movies” reflection story to make you realize just how much garbage you’ve consumed in the past year. I’ve just looked at my reviews from 2013, so please allow me a quick sidebar with my intrepid editor, John Guilfoil: John, dude- are you mad at me about something?(…)

J.K. Rowling Developing Harry Potter Stage Show

J.K. Rowling Developing Harry Potter Stage Show 1

Calling all young witches and wizards:  wands at the ready!  We will soon be heading to the West End and Broadway to catch the new Harry Potter stage show. Within the next two years, J.K. Rowling will be co-producing a new show based off her hit series Harry Potter.  Although she will not write the(…)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review 0

It’s a well-worn joke that Peter Jackson doesn’t know how to make a short movie. All of his major films have clocked in at 2.5 hours or longer (that’s before the special release director’s cut, and the DVD extras). He’s also a founding member of the Christopher Nolan All-Stars, a.k.a. Directors who Have Too Much(…)