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Escape from Tomorrow (movie review, spoiler discussion, the ending)

NOTE: I don’t recommend watching this trailer.

Escape from Tomorrow is a guerilla made film shot at Walt Disney World and Disneyland initially centering around a father who decides not to inform his family that on the final morning of their vacation, he’s been fired via an early morning call from his boss. I thought the movie was going to be a drama, the director was saying it’s a black comedy and I’ve seen the flick billed as a horror picture… if you’re getting the impression people are mixed up about Escape from Tomorrow, you’re on the right track. Read the rest of this entry

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (quick movie review)

X-Men: Days of Future Past is, for me, fanservice of the highest order. It gives me a cast to squeal over while delivering a compelling story full of comic book lore. Read the rest of this entry

The Hundred-Foot Journey (quick movie review)

The Hundred-Foot Journey features great photography, color pallet and a marvelous cast that brings their A game, but as the movie drags on, its endless montages and meandering subplots turn a quality film into a movie that can’t keep your interest. Read the rest of this entry

Monuments Men (quick movie review)

How could a movie about a compelling subject with this cast have so little teeth? Monuments Men just doesn’t have any bite – the flick can’t hold an audience.
OK, I’m done with the weird mouth metaphors. Read the rest of this entry

Rocky II (quick movie review)

Rocky II is such a fascinating sequel. In some ways, it continues the story of the first flick in an interesting and dramatic way, yet on the other hand, it’s basically the exact same damn movie as the first one. Read the rest of this entry

Mr. Mom (quick movie review)

If the trailer isn’t evidence enough, Mr. Mom is positively dripping with 1980s situational comedy. It’s even got three 80s powerhouse names: John Hughes, Martin Mull and Teri Garr. It couldn’t be any more 80s unless He-Man was in it riding a flat nosed skateboard while singing "Thriller." Read the rest of this entry

Samurai Cop (movie review – so bad it's good!)

There’s the Worst Movies Ever, there’s Movies So Bad They’re Good, and then there’s Samurai Cop, which may be the action/buddy cop equivalent to drama’s The Room. I know, that’s a bold claim, but this movie has the goods to back it up. Read the rest of this entry

The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (tv movie review)

As a kid, I was a big fan of Saved by the Bell. It’s one of those things I could never verbalize – I just liked that show. It never made me laugh, cry or… anything, really, but I watched the hell out of that show. I guess I just identified with the characters… also, me and my buddy spent a lot of time leering at Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, but… you know, fifth grade. What can I tell ya? Hence, Dr. Girlfriend and I watched Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story for nostalgia’s sake. Read the rest of this entry

The Odd Couple (quick movie review)

I grew up watching reruns of The Odd Couple on TV. I’m a big fan – I even had a hamster named Oscar. Yet, I’ve just gotten around to seeing the film based on Neil Simon’s play this past weekend. Given the author and that the movie stars Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, my expectations were high as we settled in to watch a classic. Read the rest of this entry

The Railway Man (movie review)

The Railway Man is a little known drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman that no one liked except me. Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables 3 (movie review)

We saw the third (and final?) film in the franchise you didn’t ask for (or didn’t know you wanted, depending on your point of view) in The Expendables 3 this weekend and I must say that, for what it’s worth, this is the best film yet in the franchise. Read the rest of this entry

Frenzy (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

By 1972, Alfred Hitchcock was finally able to get some boobs into a movie in the shade of Frenzy, which I believe to be the only Hitchcock movie of the R rated variety. Read the rest of this entry

North by Northwest (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

Ah, North by Northwest – a quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie! Is it the most famous? The most memorable? The most popular? Is it the best of Hitchcock’s movies? One thing’s for sure – it’s certainly a great flick!

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Muppets Most Wanted (movie review)

At this point, it’s not news that Muppets Most Wanted is a gigantic disappointment, yet I was still shocked by the depths of its awfulness when we finally saw it this past weekend. Read the rest of this entry

The Deep Blue Sea (movie review)

One does not watch The Deep Blue Sea but rather, the viewer collides with it – it’s like a visual and auditory game of bumper cars. Read the rest of this entry

The 39 Steps (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

The 39 Steps is a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock spy movie and the subject of today’s Better Know Your Hitchcock! Like many Hitchcock movies, the flick is loosely based on a novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry

6 nitpicks of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (movie review)

We finally got around to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and… hm. It was good – not great, but certainly good. It’s complicated, but I can at least say it’s better than the first one. Follow me after the jump if you dare – it’s going to be all spoilers, all the time!

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Rocky (quick movie review)

I haven’t watched Rocky from start to finish in… I dunno, at least 10, maybe 15 years. Still, it’s on TV all the time, so I catch bits and pieces every once and while. For me, Rocky Balboa is the quintessential Sylvester Stallone character (sorry, John Rambo and… guy from The Expendables whose name no one knows) – it’s also the best underdog story to ever to grace celluloid.  (Sorry, Underdog.) Read the rest of this entry

Ender's Game (quick movie review)

Ender’s Game is part of the seemingly never ending young adult novel adaptation wave – they keep coming, one after another, some crashing against the rocks and others gliding all the way to shore. This is a case of the former. Read the rest of this entry

Divergent (quick movie review)

Each time I saw the trailer for this flick, my brain would go, “Divergent! So Divergent!” Is it just me? It’s probably just me.

Anyway, in the grand scope of young adult novel adaptations, Divergent was a better movie than Ender’s Game and Twilight, but that’s not exactly high praise. If you can get through the first 20 minutes or so, I think action/adventure fans will be pleased with the flick. Read the rest of this entry

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