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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 »

“American Sniper” wins box office; “American Snipper” wins Twitter

“American Sniper,” the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of sniper Chris Kyle, is a certified box office phenomenon, earning $90 million in its opening weekend of wide release. According to Variety, it broke several records: It’s the largest opening ever in January, on the Martin Luther King Day weekend and of Clint Eastwood’s career. “The Wedding Ringer” 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 »

Does ‘The Interview”s $15 million VOD haul mean anything?

It cost around $44 million to make. It features actors who have had massive hits (‘This is the End,’ ‘Pineapple Express’) and sullen failures (‘The Green Hornet,’ ‘Your Highness’). It’s been lumped in with the whole Judd Apatow/dick joke style of comedic scatology and has been praised as inventive and criticized as…well, as crap. Then more »

Adam Sandler again leads Forbes’ most overpaid actors list

Adam Sandler must not enjoy being at the top of Forbes’ most overpaid actor’s list, but after being such a sore subject of the Sony hack (and so often coming up!), Forbes couldn’t leave him off. Plus Forbes devised metrics to arrive exactly at who the most overpaid actors in Hollywood are this year. Don’t 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 »

“The Hunger Games” repeats as box office camp 

The third “Hunger Games” film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” unsurprisingly repeated as box office champion over the Thanksgiving weekend, earning a weekend gross of $56.875 million to bring its two-week total to over $225 million. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring young adult novel adaptation easily beat out the weekend’s top opening, the DreamWorks cartoon 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 »

“Mockingjay, Part I” dominates box office with $123 million  

In perhaps the year’s least suprising box office result, the third “Hunger Games” film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I,” took the number one spot at the domestic box office over the weekend, earning a total of $123 million, on 4,151 screens. (All figures are courtesy of Box Office Mojo.) Impressive as that number may more »

“Dumb and Dumber To” outsmarts box office 

“Dumb and Dumber To” may have been a 20-years-later sequel, featuring a couple of men in their 50s being dumb, with two stars who hadn’t had a hit in a long time. But it still took the #1 spot at the box office, beating out both of the high-profile releases that came out the week 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 »

Robot beats astronauts as “Big Hero 6″ upsets “Interstellar” 

When “Interstellar” was first announced I assumed it would go down as a huge critical hit, a major box office smash and a surefire Oscar contender. It’s fallen just short so far on the first two, though who knows about the third. “Interstellar,” sporting a Tomatometer score of 73 percent- just shy of my review, more »