Movie Reviews

Forgotten Friday Flick – Do You Remember Christian Bale In 'The Machinist'

7/31/2015 12:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Machinist'
Having recently sat through the very fluffy ‘could have been directed by anybody’ Marvel flick "Ant-Man" (no Edgar Wright – what a waste!) it seemed a good time to highlight a past helming master of mood to remind folks that a good director does indeed make a difference – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re going back to the early work of a filmmaker who burst onto the scene with much picture prowess. A taunt little thriller about a guy who can’t seem to get his life on track and yearns to understand why, this fabulous flick features not only stark staging, but also a captivati...
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Forgotten Friday Flick: Do You Remember 'A Bronx Tale' From 1993?

7/24/2015 12:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Bronx Tale'
To counteract the bad acting juju of "Pixels" Adam Sandler and cleanse the performance palate the selection this week features top notch work from all involved – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! The movie below has quite a few notables besides being a kick ass five-star gangster flick. It is one of the rare times where a play gets turned into a film without feeling stagnate, it’s the first lead role by one actor and the directing debut of another. It’s definitely one of the great ones – it’s…"A Bronx Tale!"

Calogero Anello is a young Italian boy who lives in the Bronx in New Yor...
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Two Independent Films To Check Out

7/24/2015 10:00am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Dark Was The Night' / 'Synchronicity'
The two films we’re checking out today both seem to see the importance of character work even within a genre setting – meaning plenty of brooding and bravado within a fantastical setting. Reviews of both "Dark Was The Night" and "Synchronicity" below!

Title: "Dark Was The Night"

Stars: 4

Genre: Horror / Drama

Cast: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich

Director: Jack Heller

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Release Company: RLJ / Image Entertainment

Website: www.darkwasthenightmovie.com

What’s most impressive about "Dark Was The Night" is that it’s essentially...
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'Sharknado 3' Review: 'Sharknado' Has Officially Jumped The Shark

7/23/2015 6:27am EDT
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No
For a critic, reviewing a Sharknado movie is a dream come true. Today, life says to you that fateful morning, you will watch the movie where a tornado full of sharks threatens to engulf the entire East Coast. Life has led you to this moment. Enjoy it.

I tried, life. I really did. But as much as it pains me to say it, I couldn't bring myself to enjoy Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. It's awful. And not the giggly, inspired kind of awful you'd expect from a movie where tornado-propelled sharks eat Jerry Springer. The kind of awful that catches you yawning and checking your watch in the middle of a ...
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Reviews: 'Lila & Eve,' 'Mad Women,' & '10 Cent Pistol'

7/22/2015 11:55am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Lila & Eve' / 'Mad Women' / '10 Cent Pistol'
Today’s trio of flicks feature feisty females with more than a few issues on their plates. Gals out for revenge, mothers, and daughters who engage in unnatural behavior and femme fatales who can play their part when it comes to deception all inhabit this week’s cinema selections. We review "Lila & Eve," "Mad Women" and "10 Cent Pistol" – encapsulated opinions below!

Title: "Lila & Eve"

Stars: 1

Genre: Drama

Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham

Director: Charles Stone III

Rating: R

Running Time: 94 Minutes

Release Company: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Website: www.lilaande...
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Is 'Trainwreck' The Best Comedy Of The Summer?

7/21/2015 7:44am EDT
'Trainwreck' Is A Hilarious Anti-Romantic Comedy
‘Trainwreck’ (starring Amy Schumer, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow) is the best film of the summer. The script is well written; the lead is well acted and the film is full of cameos/co-starring roles featuring comedy insiders (Tim Meadows, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Matthew Broderick). ‘Trainwreck’ is an anti-romantic comedy and commentary on the current post-Millenial focus on physical connection over emotional and intellectual ones.

‘Trainwreck’ follows Amy, a writer for a trendy lad magazine, as she juggles work responsibility with her father’s aging. Along the way, it...
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Does Marvel Make Ant-Man Cool?

7/17/2015 8:35pm EDT
Ant-Man
I had giant sized hopes for ‘Ant-Man,’ but this film was a series of failed expectations. It had everything going for it – everyman hero Paul Rudd as the lead; hilarious comedienne Judy Greer as a co-star; the hilarious screenwriters of ‘Hot Fuzz’ (Joseph Murray Cornish, Edgar Wright) and ‘Anchorman’ (Adam McKay) on staff; the same production team that oversaw previous Marvel hits - ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘; as well as the most imaginative director possible, Peyton Reed (check out his uber-ironic directing style in ‘Down With Love’). I figured that if anyone could make a one...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - Do You Remember 'Into The Night' From 1985?

7/17/2015 11:30am EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Into The Night'
With the amazing free outdoor screening series titled Cinema Under The Stars: Red Carpet Series in Westwood, California featuring the famed big blockbuster classic Independence Day happening this Monday, July 20 (courtesy of Flicks For Fans and the Westwood Village Improvement Association!) it felt right to feature the underrated work of one of the unsung heroes of that film – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re going into the world of Jeff Goldblum and in this particular film a drab world it is. A man with a ho-hum existence gets a bit more excitement than he expected – and th...
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3 Odd And Interesting Movies To Check Out

7/15/2015 11:20am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?' / '
Some seriously odd and interesting flicks out and coming your way including docs on movies that weren’t meant to be, going home and finding skeletons in the closet and being abused and liking it. (Told you this was a kooky crop!) In any case check out reviews of "The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?," "Frank The Bastard" and "Tom At The Farm" below!

Title: "The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?"

Stars: 3 1/2

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Jon Peters

Director: Jon Schnepp

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Release Company: Schneppzone Inc.

Website...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Dead Bang'

7/10/2015 12:20pm EDT
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Things were beginning to feel a little too well known in recent selections of the end of the week featured film, so we’re heading back into unfamiliar movie territory – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s hidden gem is a product of an 80’s TV icon looking to do more work as a leading man in feature films. And said gent could not have picked a better starring vehicle with a great story, cool character and a director known for his stylistic action savvy. It’s an action detective yarn that has the captivated audience…"Dead Bang!"

Jerry Beck is a man whose life is currently in ...
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