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I am a freelance writer and lover of all things geek, chic, and Brit petite. Dr. Who? Love it. Tank Girl? Awesome. DC/Marvel Universe? Rock On! Follow me on Twitter at @anicho01 and check me out on Google Plus!

'Mother's Day' Is Like A Hallmark Film

5/1/2016 12:38pm EDT
Mother's Day
'Mother's Day' is like a Hallmark movie. It's charming, inoffensive and fun. It is the film that you can take your grandmother, mother, kids and grandkids to without fearing nudity, excessive sadness, overt sensuality, adult affection, or inappropriate words. But, like a Hallmark flick, it's also bland, toothless and just plain vanilla (a lot like its stars). While the film's self-censoring removes its gritty pulp, it is still enjoyable, funny, and a film you can watch with your girlfriend, romantically inclined best friend or your chick flick loving self without losing IQ points.

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Key & Peele's 'Keanu' Is Warm-Hearted

4/29/2016 9:44am EDT
Key & Peele's 'Keanu' Is Warm-Hearted
What happens when two middle-class guys go on a drug-fueled murder spree? Well, you get 'Keanu,' the latest pop culture contribution by comedy duo Key and Peele (K&P) about one man's love for his cat. 'Keanu,' written by Jordan Peele and former K&P writer, Alex Rubens, is smart. While it isn't as funny as expected, it returns to the heart of improv comedy. You don't have to make the audience laugh all the time, but you SHOULD make them care about your character. Like 'The Neighbors'' (2014) multi-layered fratboy portrayal, it avoids blatant stereotypes of the gangster characters our heroes ...
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Is 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Worth Checking Out This Weekend?

4/22/2016 2:14am EDT
Winter's War
'The Huntsman: Winter's War,' sequel to the 2012 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' is a covert homage to the 1970s/1980s free-wheeling, fantasy adventure tales like 'Conan,' 'Red Sonja,' and 'Beastmaster.' However, in the post-Marvel film universe, I now have higher expectations for fantasy/sci-fi/comic flicks than just great CGI and kickass fighting, I also desire strong acting, cohesive narrative and well-defined characters. Unfortunately, 'The Huntsman' provided only one out of those three.

'The Huntsman,' executive produced by Sarah Bradshaw and Palak Patel, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Tro...
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Ryan Reynolds Is Killer Fun As 'Deadpool'

2/12/2016 1:17pm EST
With cutting edge satire, 'Deadpool' is whimsically irreverent, insanely quirky, and balls deep hilarious. As a bloody valentine to fans, the film is a joyful celebration of Deadpool's bat shit crazy insanity.

Through an asynchronous, non-linear storytelling format, 'Deadpool' (starring Ryan Reynolds, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Tim Miller) tells the origin story of Marvel Universe's wise-cracking super assassin Deadpool. While I wasn't crazy about Deadpool's early 90s Marvel 'X-Force' comic introduction (as a pseudo-seeming-knock-off of DC Universe's super-assa...
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Is 'Trainwreck' The Best Comedy Of The Summer?

7/21/2015 7:44am EDT
'Trainwreck' Is A Hilarious Anti-Romantic Comedy
‘Trainwreck’ (starring Amy Schumer, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow) is the best film of the summer. The script is well written; the lead is well acted and the film is full of cameos/co-starring roles featuring comedy insiders (Tim Meadows, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Matthew Broderick). ‘Trainwreck’ is an anti-romantic comedy and commentary on the current post-Millenial focus on physical connection over emotional and intellectual ones.

‘Trainwreck’ follows Amy, a writer for a trendy lad magazine, as she juggles work responsibility with her father’s aging. Along the way, it...
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Does Marvel Make Ant-Man Cool?

7/17/2015 8:35pm EDT
Ant-Man
I had giant sized hopes for ‘Ant-Man,’ but this film was a series of failed expectations. It had everything going for it – everyman hero Paul Rudd as the lead; hilarious comedienne Judy Greer as a co-star; the hilarious screenwriters of ‘Hot Fuzz’ (Joseph Murray Cornish, Edgar Wright) and ‘Anchorman’ (Adam McKay) on staff; the same production team that oversaw previous Marvel hits - ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘; as well as the most imaginative director possible, Peyton Reed (check out his uber-ironic directing style in ‘Down With Love’). I figured that if anyone could make a one...
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Does ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Have The Magic Of The First Film?

7/2/2015 10:30am EDT
'Magic Mike XXL' Review: Fun And Heartwarming Despite The Flaws
Despite myself I enjoyed 'Magic Mike XXL.' While the dialogue's terrible, the acting's questionnable and, the writing's disjointed, I still left the movie feeling happy, bouyant and free.

'Magic Mike XXL' picks up where 'Magic Mike' ends with the men at their careers' end. As their looks decrease and their ages increase, what happens to a former stripper with no discernible skills or capabilities? Under the guise of a 'last hurrah' stripper convention road trip, the film's first half surrounds the men's need to grow including Big Dick Richie's (Joe Manganiello) quest for love, shaggy-haire...
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McCarthy Is Spectacularly Awesome In 'Spy'

6/5/2015 1:18pm EDT
Melisa McCarthy Is Spectacular In 'Spy' - Proves To Be The Stron
There are two things I love: comedy and good comedy. Luckily, 'Spy,' has both in spades. Directed by ‘Bridesmaid’’s Paul Feig and starring the eff-tacular Melissa McCarthy, ‘Spy’ asks what if Miss MoneyPenny stepped from behind her desk to save James Bond? Although '24' and ‘Chuck’ briefly touched on that, it doesn't hurt to re-visit it again. Like the parody homage films before it, 'Spy' is part 'Bad Boys' and part 'Hot Fuzz,' paying deference to the spy and action films before it, while establishing its own incredibly high action standard yet maintaining non-stop hilarious humour.

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Philly Comic Con 2015 is Coming - See Who Will Be There

5/5/2015 10:30pm EDT
Philly Comic Con 2015 is Coming
I love Philly Comic Con. Love It! I'm totally grateful to Wizard World for continuously returning to the area and putting up with the issues of the convention center.

Last year was awesome for multiple reasons. I interviewed the original hulk, Lou Ferrigno (who is as charming, gentlemanly, open and awesome as you'd expect), I was ignored by a power ranger, watched the amazing Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ('Doctor Who') chat British with each other, smiled as the awesome Nathan Fillion (who really is ruggedly handsome) and amazingly talented Alan Tudyk (who literally gave his own items away ...
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Are You Watching 'The Royals'?

4/26/2015 11:20am EDT
The Royals
No matter how ridiculous, insane and utterly unbelievable E's new drama, 'The Royals' is, it's still dirty sexy fun.

'The Royals' follows the fictional Henstridge monarchy led by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) and the heir apparent, Prince Liam (William Moseley). You might know William better as King Peter in Disney's 'The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe.'

'The Royals' is an unabashed, oversexed mash-up of the contemporary British royal family with American celeb life thrown in. If you watched FOX's now-cancelled 'I want to Marry Harry,' and hoped/thought it was real, then this is for you.
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