Movie Reviews

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Principal'

August 29th, 2014 12:45pm EDT
Principal
Since demand for good movies at the end of summer is tough, we felt it was time to fight fire with fire with our own hard hitting selection to end the season off right – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s blast from the past puts a notorious funnyman in the hard guy hot seat and pits him against a school of baddies looking to protect their turf and rep. When hard luck high needs someone to clean up the hallways who do you call? Who else..."The Principal."

Rick Latimer is a drunk and it’s not hard to understand why. He’s works as an uninspired job as a high school teacher, sha...
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'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life and Death

August 25th, 2014 11:20am EDT
'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life
R.J. Cutler’s teen drama If I Stay has the pretentiousness you’d expect from a movie about people from Portland, Oregon. That’s because it embodies the holier-than-thou Portland attitude frequently skewered on the hilarious show Portlandia. Since If I Stay shares this arrogant mindset, it’s hard to watch it without laughing, especially when the lead character grapples with insignificant problems instead of serious ones.

Mia Hall (Chlöe Grace Moretz) is a talented cellist caught between worlds. She doesn’t fit in with her peers, but she doesn’t identify with her family either. Things chang...
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‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks Creativity

August 23rd, 2014 5:42am EDT
‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks
If you’ve seen 2005's Sin City, there’s not much that will surprise you about its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Aside from using 3D and telling two new stories not found in Frank Miller’s pulp comic series, Robert Rodriguez covers almost exactly the same ground he did in his previous movie. There are more subtle differences between A Dame to Kill For and its predecessor, although they’re not positive ones.

A Dame to Kill For’s strongest segment is its opening “Just Another Saturday Night,” because it perfectly captures the comic’s brutal sarcastic tone. This funny tale featuring Mic...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Girl Next Door'

August 22nd, 2014 11:18am EDT
The Girl Next Door
With "Let’s Be Cops" still holding its own at the box office, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at Cops Director Luke Greenfield’s past work and there’s a hidden gem waiting to be brought to justice...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection seems on the surface to just be a steamy salacious romp, but nothing could be further from the truth. Cool comedy, colorful characters and surprisingly real romance are at the heart of a film that frankly deserves its due. I remember the 2004 film..."The Girl Next Door."

Matthew Kidman is a high school senior with ...
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1951-2014: A Movie Tribute To Robin Williams

August 12th, 2014 9:22am EDT
1951-2014: A Movie Tribute To Robin Williams
Robin Williams' sudden death has shocked the world of fans that loved him. As both a constant comedian and deeply dramatic performer, Williams built a long career of amazing performances that lingered long after the credits rolled. From English nannies ("Mrs. Doubtfire" dear!) to wise psychology doctors (his Oscar winning work in "Good Will Hunting") to even Russians looking to defect (see the hidden gem "Moscow on the Hudson") Williams provided moviegoers with a lot of laughs and a ton of heart. So in tribute to the work of Robin Williams I present five of my favorite films that come ri...
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Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado

August 8th, 2014 1:52pm EDT
Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado
The best part of Steven Quale’s disaster movie Into the Storm can be summed up in two words: fire tornado. Seeing a massive explosion transform into a flaming twister is fantastic because it’s an entertaining visual and the most unique trick that this picture attempts. It’s too bad that everything else in it has been done before and done better by other films.

Usually when judging disaster movies, there are concessions you make ahead of time, which make it easier to accept their foibles. Since most films in the genre devote the majority of their budgets to special effects, you can assume t...
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Encapsulated Reviews: ‘Beneath’ / ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’

August 6th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
Encapsulated Reviews: ‘Beneath’ / ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’
We’re catching back up with some new flicks hitting theaters, VOD and iTunes with our specialized encapsulated reviews this time featuring the horror hits "Beneath" and "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero" – check them out below!

Title: "Beneath"

Stars: 2

Genre: Horror / Drama

Cast: Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Joey Kern

Director: Ben Ketai

Running Time: 89 Minutes

Release Company: IFC Midnight

Kind of a cross between "The Descent" and "The Divide" with a pinch of George Romero, "Beneath" is an odd egg. The film claims to be inspired by actual events, which has a group of coal miners...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Zero Effect'

August 1st, 2014 11:30am EDT
Zero Effect
With the genuinely unfunny and uninspiring "Sex Tape" continuing to limp at the box office, I felt it was time to remind folks of the genius side of Tape director Jake Kasdan and in turn give some love to a past flick that has unfairly been given lukewarm status...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection is one of my all time personal favorites. A combination of an incredible screenplay, decent direction and some career best performances, it’s a film that fell through the cinematic cracks and truly earns the right to be called a hidden gem. Quirky detectives, captivating blac...
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel Movie, See This One

August 1st, 2014 5:20am EDT
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel
Once upon a time a young boy named Peter Quill, who just lost his mother, was abducted by aliens and taken to a galaxy far, far away. The boy grows up to become Chris Pratt, well not really but that's the actor who plays Peter (aka Starlord), a lovable intergalactic thief.

Peter winds up stealing an Orb - we all know what an Orb can do right? In case you don't know (I certainly didn't) this Orb is all powerful and can destroy a civilization faster than you can tweet ‘you must see this film.’

Through a series of events, Peter finds himself in prison, where he teams up with some of Marvel's...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Must For Fans

July 29th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Mu
The day has come that all "Twin Peaks," coffee, cherry pie and Michael J. Anderson dancing in the red room fans have been waiting for – the arrival of the 10-disc Blu-ray set "Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery...And The Missing Pieces" is here. (Out today July 29 from Paramount / CBS Home Entertainment) So the big question right off the bat is does this set finally put all others to rest (including the previously decent Definitive Gold Box DVD Edition!) while exceeding expectations and thus warrant the purchase of a Blu-ray set in the day and age of digital downloads? The answer - you betc...
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