An Interview with “Black Sea” director Kevin Macdonald: There’s no substitute for a good “sub” genre… literally.

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s newest film “Black Sea” manages to resurrect a long-forgotten SUB-genre (more on this particular pun later) — the submarine movie. While films like “Below,” “Das Boot,”Crimson Tide,” “U-571,” etc. frequently “surfaced” (sorry, I just can’t help myself) during the 1980’s, 1990’s and even the 2000’s, this forgotten style of action-thriller has more »

Movie Review: “Project Almanac”

Ya know, I REALLY didn’t know what to expect from “Project Almanac.” Sure, I’d seen the same trailers and commercials as everybody else did, so I vaguely knew what the film was about. However, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an interesting sci-fi thriller about time travel OR a run-of-the-mill, watered down more »

Movie Review: “Black Sea”

Stale, hot, tepid air mixed with the cold pressure of inky seawater as it slyly attempts to enter and turn your oceangoing abode into a watery grave… That incessant drip-drip-dripping playing havoc with every, single one of your five senses… Ideals, goals and personalities clashing as those around you scramble to keep their sanity intact; more »

Movie Review: “The Boy Next Door”

It looks like J-Lo has officially reached a NEW low. Maybe she should just accept it and go with J-Low from now on. Or maybe she should actually read the scripts that come to her and she might be able to avoid ending  up in horrible movies like “The Boy Next Door.” Well, I can’t more »

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

Raunchy, audience-friendly comedies are the cinematic equivalent of top 40 pop songs. They’re insanely predictable. They take very little or NO chances with the production and/or the content. Finally, the most maddening similarity is that most (if not all) of the parties involved are usually FAR too talented to be involved with such an uninspiring more »

Movie Review: “Paddington”

“Paddington” isn’t just a great movie for kids, but it’s a great movie, period. It’s a creative ball of glee topped with a dollop of sweet, golden marmalade. Not only does it have a compelling story, but it doesn’t dumb down the narrative for the many children that will no doubt be filling every other seat more »

Movie Review: “Selma”

If there’s one public figure who has been LONG overdue to get their own cinematic biopic, it’s definitely Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much like Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Selma” focuses on the life of a great man – a man who changed the life of everyone around him, as well as the world as we more »

Movie Review: “Into the Woods”

There’s no denying the fact that composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim has had an absolutely stellar career. He’s taken home Tony Awards and his EIGHT wins are a record for composers. He’s won an Academy Award – taking home the 1990 Best Original Song Oscar for a song from the otherwise disappointing “Dick Tracy” movie. He won more »

Shawn Kotzen’s 14 “most bestest” movies of 2014

The biggest misconception the general public seems to have regarding us movie critics is that we’ve somehow watched EVERY movie that’s ever been created. I mean let’s be real, there’s only so much time that one has in a day. Even the chosen few VERY lucky souls who get to watch hundreds of films and more »

Shawn Kotzen’s bottom ten movies of 2014 (aka: “The Worst”)

If there’s three things I learned from watching movies in 2014 it’s gotta be this: When in doubt go with an Egyptian theme. Greek demigods are no longer viable options as superheroes. As much as it pains me to write this, there’s just no getting around it — horror movies can very rarely (if ever) more »

Movie Review: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Okay, so most of you are going to be fairly surprised by this, but that’s why movies are so great, because they are so unpredictable. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is one of the funniest films I’ve seen in quite some time. There, I said it. Seriously though, the third entry in more »

Movie Review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

So, it has all come to this. All the hard work, time and effort that has gone into finally putting the works of JRR Tolkien onto the big screen can be cinematically summed up with this last action-packed, special effects-laden extravaganza… … which is ultimately what makes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” more »