Stephen Silver’s ten worst films of 2014

A note about this list: Unlike some critics, I have some say in the movies I get to see and review, so therefore there’s a natural bias at work in favor of films that I think are going to be good. Though, as you’ll see below, my intuition is far from perfect. For this reason, more »

Blu-ray Review: Under the Dome Season Two

It’s time to go back out to our favorite trapped village, Chester’s Mill, as our friends at CBS Home Entertainment sent out a copy of “Under the Dome Season Two” for us to review. This bizarre yet insidious title will keep giving us everything the first season did, complete with a few new twists. “” 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 »

5 movies that mocked active dictators and were released anyway

In light of Sony and the movie exhibitors’ decision to pull the release of its upcoming movie “The Interview,” which depicted an assassination plot against Kim Jong-Il, many have pointed out that Hollywood has a long history of making fun of real-life tyrants, contemporary to the time of the films. And in every one of more »

Fin: In defense of “garbage,” the forgotten “Avatar” and recalling Mr. Hankey

Apparently now it’s a no-no to refer to things as “garbage.” I admit it’s become somewhat overused- I try to only use “garbage” 2 or 3 times a year in reference to movies, and only once or twice in regards to people. But come on, there’s nothing wrong with the word itself (The Atlantic) I more »

GE readies streaming documentary on breakdancing- minus the electric boogaloo

The latest high-profile streaming documentary is coming from an unlikely place, and it’s on an unlikely subject. According to Reuters, General Electric is planning to release an original documentary about breakdancing, called “Shake the Dust.” The doc, executive-produced by rap star Nas, will debut Dec. 24, running on such streaming platforms as Roku and Apple more »

The pulling of “The Interview”: Ten observations, the day after

1. The decision of  movie theater chains, and later Sony itself, to stop the release of the film is gutless, weak, and totally indefensible. On this the left and right are united, as are people who love Hollywood and hate it, and those who are fans and detractors of Seth Rogen/James Franco films. Part of more »

FX’s younger shows will stream exclusively on Hulu

Hulu and FX Networks have announced a deal that gives Hulu exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to FX’s original series, the ones produced by FX’s own production arm. The deal covers such series as Tyrant, The Strain, Married, and You’re the Worst, as well as a long list of FX and FXX shows set to debut in 2015 more »

Fin: Barack and Boyhood, Hitler and @dogboner and “Jeopardy” in Jeopardy

“Boyhood” is President Obama’s favorite movie on the year. And come on, it’s obviously because of the scene where that lady gushes over him (Hollywood Reporter) I enjoyed the AV Club’s list of the best movie scenes of the year, and it contains some good ones, but come on: The best movie scene of the more »

Twitter on the “Interview” decision

From a quick look at social media following the decisions by every major movie theater chain to delay or cancel the release of the movie “The Interview,”  it doesn’t appear that anyone agrees with the decision. It may be the most one-sided reaction in the history of Twitter. I’ve seen no “it’s a tough call, more »

Gutless theater chains drop “The Interview”

It looks like poorly spelled terroristic threats have won the day, and “The Interview” won’t be released next week after all. In a move of breathtaking gutlessness, the top five U.S. movie theater chains- Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment- have all announced plans to drop the film, according to the Hollywood more »

Blu-ray Review: The Dark Half

There are some things in life that always combine well. Chocolate and peanut butter, for example. Coffee and donuts. Even ham in beef chow mein, to quote Bloom County. But one great combination gets exemplified today with “The Dark Half,” a copy of which our friends out at Scream Factory sent out for review. That more »