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I am a freelance writer and lover of all things geek, chic, and Brit petite. Dr. Who? Love it. Tank Girl? Awesome. DC/Marvel Universe? Rock On! Follow me on Twitter at @anicho01 and check me out on Google Plus!

Review: 'Think Like A Man Too' Disappoints

June 21st, 2014 7:20am EDT
Review: 'Think Like A Man Too' Disappoints
'Think Like a Man Too' is the sequel I most looked forward to this year. Unfortunately, it's terrible, terrible, terrible. The writers, director and entire production staff took everything brilliant, witty, and smart about the original, tossed it out the window and gave us 'Hangovers 4.' Unlike the first film that transcended rom com and cultural boundaries to provide three-dimensional characters with hilarity that supported the plot, 'Think Like a Man Too' ignores the first film's character growth and reduces everyone to over the top anime characters without any type of plot to coherently ...
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Review: 'Obvious Child' Is A Seth Rogen Film With Brains

June 19th, 2014 11:02pm EDT
Review: 'Obvious Child' Is A Seth Rogen Film With Brains
The 'Obvious Child' exemplifies why Hollywood needs more female writers and directors. Rather than the typical Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow vehicle that reduces the female lead to shrillness (*cough, cough* 'Knocked Up'), 'Obvious Child' demonstrates that women can be randy, obnoxious kids without overtly sexualizing its lead, making her 'the girl,' or reducing the narrative to the basic chick lit formula.

Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and starring former-'SNL' one-termer Jenny Slate, 'The Obvious Child' surrounds female comic Donna Stern. With her babyish voice, childish face, an...
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'Think Like A Man Too' Philly Red Carpet Premiere

June 17th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
'Think Like A Man Too' Philly Red Carpet Premiere
Meagan Good, Michael Ealy and Simon 'One Punch' Carr hit the red carpet at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater this past Thursday night, June 12th, to kick off the Philly screening for 'Think Like a Man, Too.' I loved the original 'Think Like a Man' (2012) for its humour, intelligence and writing. So, of course, I asked my two favorite stars about my two favorite items in the initial film - its three-dimensional writing and its amazing actor chemistry.

Despite having two male writers and one male director using a self-help guide written by a man, the original film avoided reducing the fem...
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'Belle': Portrait Of A Good Film

May 9th, 2014 10:48am EDT
'Belle': Portrait Of A Good Film
If you love Jane Austen, 19th century novels, 'Downtown Abbey' or anything BBC, 'Belle' is for you. 'Belle' surrounds an actual 18th century bi-racial heiress who dealt with issues of class, courtship and race. Directed by British director Amma Asante ('Grange Hill'), written by Misan Sagay ('Their Eyes Were Watching God') and starring Oxford-born Gugu Mbatha-Raw ('Undercovers'), 'Belle' is an incredibly well-researched, witty, period appropriate British film.

Because I wrote my dissertation on Dido Elizabeth Belle, of course, I had to review this film. Between her childhood and adulthood,...
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Review: 'Neighbors' Is The Funniest Movie So Far This Year

May 8th, 2014 9:55pm EDT
Review: 'Neighbors' Is The Funniest Movie So Far This Year
Who would have thought a film starring Zac Efron is the mother effing funniest thing this season? Directed by Nick Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen ('40-Year-Old-Virgin') with former '40-Year-Old-Virgin' production assistant Brendan O'Brien, 'Neighbors' is basically what happened after the 'Knocked Up' couple got married, had the baby, bought a house and started fighting with the frat next door. Like my two favorite 30-something films, '40-Year-Old-Virgin' and 'Knocked Up,' the movie takes something potentially two-dimensional, and creates multi-dimensional layers of endless comedy throu...
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Does 'Game of Thrones' Reverse Sexism in 'Lion and Rose'?

April 16th, 2014 10:59am EDT
Does 'Game of Thrones' Reverse Sexism in 'Lion and Rose'?
After last week's "Two Swords" and watching every single female sexually offer herself to a man or have a man threaten to sexually assault her, I wrote 'Game of Thrones' off as a sexist piece of misogynistic garbage. But, then, this week's "Lion and Rose" happened. Rather than watching women define themselves through marriage or through sexual relationships with their guardsmen/twin brothers/dwarf lovers/vengeance-oriented lovers while baring their breasts, I received an AWESOME hour of TV. Warning - there be spoilers ahead!

This week improved not only because it didn't show female nudity,...
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Marvel's 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Hits The Sweet Spot

April 4th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
Marvel's 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Hits The Sweet Spot
After the hideous 'Punisher', 'Ghost Rider', and 'Fantastic Four' movies, Marvel Studios clearly realized that releasing comic films wasn't sufficient to attract and maintain fans. The stories needed strong actors and excellent writing. 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' continues the recent tradition of well-crafted Marvel films. Like its 2011 predecessor, 'Winter Soldier' hits the same sweet spots concerning character, nostalgia, writing, fight choreography, and casting. How much did I love it? Like candy, I want to watch it again and again and again and again. 'Captain America: Winter Sol...
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'Once Upon a Time' Recap 'Quiet Minds': Will Emma EVER Catch a Break?

April 1st, 2014 9:20am EDT
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Day-Umn, 'Once Upon a Time'! Will Emma EVER catch a break? In 'Quiet Minds,' the gang discovered that Snow's mid-wife was the Wicked Witch (considering they never saw her before and she always wore green, it shouldn't've been a shock). Plus, we learn Mr. Gold survived his mid-season sacrifice because the Witch tricked Neal into resurrecting the Dark One in a life-for-life type spell.

At this point, Emma's the black widow of StoryBrooke. She meets a hot guy/Calvin Klein model; they fall in love; he dies; she goes into hibernation. She meets another hot guy; he becomes a 12-year-old boy; she...
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'Bad Words': Jason Bateman At His Finest

March 17th, 2014 9:43am EDT
'Bad Words': Jason Bateman At His Finest
How do you spell awesome? J-A-S-O-N B-A-T-E-M-A-N. I haven't seen a kickass indie film since 2011's '50/50' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. While 'Bad Words' isn't as brilliant as 'I'm with Cancer' (original title), Jason Bateman is. I have never seen him more invested, more witty, or more deadpan. Watch out, Bill Murray, Jason Bateman's coming for your throne.

'Bad Words,' written by Andrew Dodge and directed by Bateman ('Arrested Development', 'Teen Wolf Too'), surrounds bitter 40-year-old elementary school dropout Guy Trilby (Bateman). After discovering a spelling bee loop...
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'Mr. Peabody And Sherman': The Best Animated Reboot Ever

March 6th, 2014 8:00pm EST
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After willingly watching terrible animated reboot after TERRIBLE animated reboot ('Garfield', 'Smurfs', 'Transformers', 'G.I. Joe 1', 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'), I've finally found a film that understands, respects and updates the primary material without effacing its original wonder and pandering to the lowest common denominator. Pulitzer Prize nominated writer Craig Wright ('Six Feet Under') and Director Rob Minkoff ('Lion King') introduce the punniest, wittiest, and smartest 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' animated reboot ever.

Growing up, I LOVED sardonic, know-it-all Mr. Peabody and his aca...
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