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In the spirit of “Big Hero 6″ — A cinematic tribute to “gentle giants” (Part Two)

As Baymax and “Big Hero 6″ slowly inches toward the $200 million mark (hey, it could happen) with a $137 million domestic box office take to date, here is, as promised, the continuation of my cinematic tribute to all those who are large and in charge and have hearts that are equally large as well. The more »

Movie Review: “Horrible Bosses 2″

If there’s one thing the world will NEVER run out of it’s awful, awful, soul-sucking, horrible bosses. Hence the concept behind “Horrible Bosses,” the surprisingly successful 2011 comedy starring Jason Bateman, then-Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis and one-third of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “gang” Charlie Day. In that film, which made close to $120 more »

Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″

Well, it’s official. Katniss Everdeen is no longer playing around. She is now fully immersed in the battle against President Snow and his Capitol cronies. She is putting all of her efforts into making sure he pays dearly for all the pain and suffering he’s caused all of the poor people in the districts. She has more »

In the spirit of “Big Hero 6″ — a cinematic tribute to “gentle giants” (Part one)

“Big Hero 6” is a touching techno-fairy tale about a boy and his squishy, blob-like, inflatable, robot healthcare companion. I guess the concept of “a boy and his dog” is just too boring these days and I, for one, am seriously glad that it finally is. Disney’s 54th animated film is loosely based around a more »

Movie Review: “Dumb and Dumber To”

Before I begin talking about “Dumb and Dumber To” itself, I have to start with how genuinely excited people seem to be to finally see this movie. Prior to the screening, two different reps, both hailing from a local classic rock radio station, made two separate announcements to an eager audience that they’ve both been more »

Movie Review: “Laggies”

Nobody really WANTS to become a grown-up, but in the immortal words of the Mr. Mick Jagger himself, “we can’t always get what we want.” Or can we? “Laggies” is the story of one young, brave woman who dares to defy the trappings and conventions of “normal” society by resisting the urge to “sell-out and more »

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Movie Review: “Interstellar”

Space… the final frontier. Actually, when it comes to the movies, this “final frontier” has gotten a tad crowded throughout the years. The thing is, the topic of space travel has been explored on a cinematic level quite a few times during the past few decades. In fact, some of the most talented and well-known more »

Stay scary: Post-Halloween horror highlights

I believe Jack Skellington was speaking straight from the heart (I’m pretty sure he has one) when he uttered these pitch perfect words in Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s holiday-melding masterpiece “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Just like Jack, I happen to love this time of year, but it’s for completely different reasons. That’s probably pretty more »

Movie Review: “Before I Go to Sleep”

When taking into consideration how utterly boring it actually is, never before has a film been given a more appropriate title. The best words I can use to describe “Before I Go to Sleep” are tired, lethargic and devoid of all energy. Ironically enough, these words could have been used to describe my mood after more »

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Movie Review: “Ouija”

The calender is inching closer and closer to October 31st, which can only signify one thing — Halloween is almost here. And with this pseudo-holiday comes all of the annual traditions that make it so much fun for you and your whole family. Pumpkin carving, corny decorations, trick-or-treaters with pillowcases full of candy, hot cider, more »

Movie Review: “John Wick”

Revenge… I have to say. If you absolutely, positively have to kill every [person] in the room, except no substitutes. Seriously though. Is there a BETTER reason than revenge to perpetrate a major killing spree? Well, IT IS the most popular reason. At least when it comes to movies anyway. The filmmakers behind “John Wick” more »

Movie Review: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Style vs. substance… This argument has been made by thousands upon thousands of critics, cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike throughout the years. Basically, it all boils down to which side viewers believe to be more important regarding the success of a particular film. Should a film’s accolades rely on a director’s visual style and/or its technical more »