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 »

Movie Review: “The Pyramid”

Oh joy… ANOTHER found-footage film featuring ANOTHER group of smartypants intellectuals with poor decision-making skills getting trapped in endless dark tunnels as their flares, flashlights and fleeting hopes for survival dwindle ever so slowly. Oh goody… ANOTHER genre pic featuring an increasingly ridiculous story that becomes more and more implausible with every corridor traveled. Oh more »

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 »


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 »