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Movie Review: “Poltergeist”

There’s no getting around it, every great memory from my childhood has now been altered beyond recognition or somehow stretched so thin that it’s almost become unrecognizable. Well, now “Poltergeist” — one of my favorite 1980’s-era horror flicks —  can be added to that soupy mix. Granted, I can’t really be mad at the fact that this once more »

Movie Review: “Tomorrowland”

When I was a wee lad there were two summer movies that I distinctly remember being genuinely excited for during the early 1990’s. Not surprisingly, both films were under some sect of the Disney logo, which meant that the mouse-eared machine was fully loaded and ready to unload action figures and fast food tie-ins at the rabid public. In more »

Movie Review: “Pitch Perfect 2″

“Pitch Perfect 2” is extremely similar to the pop music that it features so much —  a whole lot of style, but not much substance. Now, don’t get me wrong. This movie was entertaining as hell. Immediately after it ended, I was asked whether I liked it or not, as I normally am by a number more »

Movie Review: “Far From the Madding Crowd”

Let me start out by saying that this kind of film isn’t exactly my cup of English Breakfast. I’m not a huge fan of period pieces and I’m also not too fond of overly romantic, sentimental stories either. That being said, I guess I can say that I enjoyed “Far From the Madding Crowd” as more »

Movie Review: “Hot Pursuit”

If you take the framework from one of those old school comedy flicks in which two mismatched people are forced to take a (supposedly) hilarious road trip with one another and then you mix in a dash of the women-gone-rogue spirit of “Thelma and Louise” then what you’re SUPPOSED to get is “Hot Pursuit.” C’mon guys, it even more »

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” crosstalk: Silver and Kotzen, Part III: Joss the Juggler

“Juggling” Joss Whedon… I think we’ve finally found the guy a proper nickname. Am I right? I definitely agree with your sentiment that there’s quite a bit more going on than I can fathom in these Marvel movies. In fact, there’s WAY more going on in these films than any of the three original Star more »

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” crosstalk: Silver and Kotzen, Part I: Superhero opening

(On Thursday and Friday, Stephen Silver and Shawn Kotzen will be going back and forth discussing the new Marvel film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s Shawn with part one; the first two versions will contain only very minimal spoilers) Coming soon to a theater near you!! The Original Superheroes of Comedy… The Avengers!!!  All joking more »

Movie Review: “The Age of Adaline”

First and foremost, I find it hard to truly bash a movie as long as it attempts to do something different or unique. Therefore, I’ll really try to keep my negative cynicism to a minimum while reviewing the latest foray into romantic cinema, “The Age of Adaline.” However, “The Age of Adaline” isn’t THAT fresh more »

Movie Review: “Unfriended”

Finally, the horror movie NOBODY wanted to see… but EVERYBODY knew was coming. Eventually. It was inevitable. Horror flicks always seem to prey on our most primal fears and make us afraid to venture into seemingly safe places. I guess you could say it’s a “calling card” of sorts. Seriously though, let’s do a quick more »

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Movie Review: “Clouds of Sils Maria”

If you ever wondered what “Birdman” might have been like if you subtracted its creativity, dynamic style and flair for the unique and simply left it with a bare-bones structure and its core thematic elements — basically taking away its soul — then you needn’t look any further. “Clouds of Sils Maria” has provided THAT more »

Movie Review: “Backcountry”

There’s nothing scarier than being lost in the woods. Strike that. There’s nothing worse than being lost in the woods while being stalked by a hungry, territorial, severely agitated black bear. This is the premise behind “Backcountry,” a thriller/drama/horror hybrid about a pair of hipster, wannabe hikers who find themselves in the aforementioned situation. Apparently, it’s more »

Movie Review: “It Follows”

Shhhh… it’s around the corner. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that old, lame joke out of my system, let’s get down to business. Plus, there’s nothing remotely humorous about “It Follows.” In fact, it’s seriously one of the creepiest, most innovative films to hit the horror genre in years. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the hype more »