“Disaster in the Making” ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot actually looks promising

For months now, we’ve been hearing that the Fox’s reboot of their part of the Marvel Universe, The Fantastic Four, is shaping up to be an unqualified disaster. A bomb. A flop. A big fat embarrassment. While fans have been fuming over the casting, the supposed changes to the characters, and all other elements of more »

Movie Review: “The Boy Next Door”

It looks like J-Lo has officially reached a NEW low. Maybe she should just accept it and go with J-Low from now on. Or maybe she should actually read the scripts that come to her and she might be able to avoid ending  up in horrible movies like “The Boy Next Door.” Well, I can’t more »

The trailer of ‘The Clouds of Sils Maria’ offers actresses behaving ambiguously

It’s directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, perhaps best known for making ‘Irma Vep,’ ‘Demonlover,’ and ‘Summer Hours.’ It stars Juliette Binoche, Oscar winner for ‘The English Patient,’ Kristen Stewart of ‘Twilight’ fame, and Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s called ‘The Clouds of Sils Maria‘ and it’s being touted as a bit of a comeback for more »

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 »

Sharknado 3 is a go, with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid

Will whoever it is at Syfy that keeps losing bets over the Sharknado series stop taking them, please? We are all very much impressed by the longevity of the joke that is Sharknado. We know the joke is on us (it always is). Yes, we saw all the Sharknado tattoos (this one is the best) more »

Hulk and Iron Man square off in new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer

The latest trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has dropped in anticipation of its fast-approaching May 1 release date, and while it’s mostly just variations on the themes established in the first trailer (literally, the music is the same slowed, haunting version of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Disney’s “Pinocchio,” which was used as a more »

Liam Neeson and Ed Harris are aging mobsters in ‘Run All Night’

What’s better than one sixty-plus year old action star? Can you say TWO? That’s the apparent hook for the upcoming Liam Neeson/Ed Harris thriller ‘Run All Night.’ Yet another attempt to extend the ” actor’s cinematic shelf life beyond a certain set of skills, our story centers on two mobsters and the adult sons that more »

If ‘Robocop’ and ‘Short Circuit’ had a baby, it’d be called ‘Chappie’

The older I get, the more I realize how limited the ideas are coming out of Hollywood. Even those who seemingly function outside Tinseltown’s mainstream seem locked in a desire to deconstruct the past, piecing it back together to make their various cinematic statements. Some can do it with plenty of style and panache (see more »

The trailer for ‘The Lazarus Effect’ raises Olivia Wilde from the dead!

It’s a horror trope as timeless (and tired) as the genre itself. It’s the basis for everything from old school monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula to new age mumbo jumbo like ‘Flatliners.’ Now, the concept of everlasting life, of bringing someone back from the dead, is getting a moody reboot thanks in part to ‘The 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 »

The trailer for Disney’s live-action ‘Cinderella’ is fancy, if overly familiar

Of all the current cinematic trends that need to die a distinctly disrespectful but still quick death, Disney’s desire to turn its back catalog of cartoon classics into live action eye candy has to be one of the most egregious. Sure, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ banked a billion dollars (and an upcoming and wholly unnecessary sequel) more »

“Nailed” lives, sort of: Abandoned David O. Russell film has a trailer

The strange case of “Nailed” may finally be headed for a resolution. Possibly the most notorious unfinished film of the past decade the film, directed by David O. Russell, was begun seven years ago, ran into considerable financial difficulty, and was ultimately abandoned by its director, just short of completion. The film- co-written with Kristin more »