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1951-2014: A Movie Tribute To Robin Williams

August 12th, 2014 9:22am EDT
1951-2014: A Movie Tribute To Robin Williams
Robin Williams' sudden death has shocked the world of fans that loved him. As both a constant comedian and deeply dramatic performer, Williams built a long career of amazing performances that lingered long after the credits rolled. From English nannies ("Mrs. Doubtfire" dear!) to wise psychology doctors (his Oscar winning work in "Good Will Hunting") to even Russians looking to defect (see the hidden gem "Moscow on the Hudson") Williams provided moviegoers with a lot of laughs and a ton of heart. So in tribute to the work of Robin Williams I present five of my favorite films that come ri...
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Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado

August 8th, 2014 1:52pm EDT
Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado
The best part of Steven Quale’s disaster movie Into the Storm can be summed up in two words: fire tornado. Seeing a massive explosion transform into a flaming twister is fantastic because it’s an entertaining visual and the most unique trick that this picture attempts. It’s too bad that everything else in it has been done before and done better by other films.

Usually when judging disaster movies, there are concessions you make ahead of time, which make it easier to accept their foibles. Since most films in the genre devote the majority of their budgets to special effects, you can assume t...
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Encapsulated Reviews: ‘Beneath’ / ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’

August 6th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
Encapsulated Reviews: ‘Beneath’ / ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’
We’re catching back up with some new flicks hitting theaters, VOD and iTunes with our specialized encapsulated reviews this time featuring the horror hits "Beneath" and "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero" – check them out below!

Title: "Beneath"

Stars: 2

Genre: Horror / Drama

Cast: Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Joey Kern

Director: Ben Ketai

Running Time: 89 Minutes

Release Company: IFC Midnight

Kind of a cross between "The Descent" and "The Divide" with a pinch of George Romero, "Beneath" is an odd egg. The film claims to be inspired by actual events, which has a group of coal miners...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Zero Effect'

August 1st, 2014 11:30am EDT
Zero Effect
With the genuinely unfunny and uninspiring "Sex Tape" continuing to limp at the box office, I felt it was time to remind folks of the genius side of Tape director Jake Kasdan and in turn give some love to a past flick that has unfairly been given lukewarm status...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection is one of my all time personal favorites. A combination of an incredible screenplay, decent direction and some career best performances, it’s a film that fell through the cinematic cracks and truly earns the right to be called a hidden gem. Quirky detectives, captivating blac...
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel Movie, See This One

August 1st, 2014 5:20am EDT
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel
Once upon a time a young boy named Peter Quill, who just lost his mother, was abducted by aliens and taken to a galaxy far, far away. The boy grows up to become Chris Pratt, well not really but that's the actor who plays Peter (aka Starlord), a lovable intergalactic thief.

Peter winds up stealing an Orb - we all know what an Orb can do right? In case you don't know (I certainly didn't) this Orb is all powerful and can destroy a civilization faster than you can tweet ‘you must see this film.’

Through a series of events, Peter finds himself in prison, where he teams up with some of Marvel's...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Must For Fans

July 29th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Mu
The day has come that all "Twin Peaks," coffee, cherry pie and Michael J. Anderson dancing in the red room fans have been waiting for – the arrival of the 10-disc Blu-ray set "Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery...And The Missing Pieces" is here. (Out today July 29 from Paramount / CBS Home Entertainment) So the big question right off the bat is does this set finally put all others to rest (including the previously decent Definitive Gold Box DVD Edition!) while exceeding expectations and thus warrant the purchase of a Blu-ray set in the day and age of digital downloads? The answer - you betc...
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Review: While Sensual, Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Is Unsatisfying and Stoic

July 22nd, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Review: While Sensual, Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Is Unsatisfying
It’s funny that way back in 1965 filmmaker Roman Polanski had all but mastered drama in a single space. The picture was called "Repulsion" and featured French actress Catherine Deneuve as a gal who is driven to madness inside her small London apartment. It was a movie experience that in the hands of Polanski went way beyond the confines of one location – it was an asset not a burden. Which is why the last few films directed by Polanski, including the new "Venus In Fur," have been such a terrible disappointment. Not just because they’ve been based on Broadway plays (also see "Carnage") o...
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Review: Post-Apocalyptic Flick 'Aftermath' A Classic Case Of Been There, Done That

July 22nd, 2014 8:55am EDT
Review: Post-Apocalyptic Flick 'Aftermath' A Classic Case Of Bee
With post-apocalyptic films having been done to death, it’s hard for a film with such a subject to captivate with any sort of fresh perspective. Most recently it was surprisingly accomplished by filmmaker Xavier Gens who examined the after effects on the human animal with his dark and moody flick "The Divide." It’s what makes the arrival of the below average thriller titled "Aftermath" even less welcome. It’s yet another look at survivors after the use of nuclear weapons and comes off like "The Divide" light complete with characters we don’t care about and situations already seen – been ...
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Sneak Peek: Inside ‘Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery’ Footage!

July 17th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Sneak Peek: Inside ‘Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery’ Footage!
A few weeks ago I got a very large yellow envelope containing two cards with some very familiar images on one side (cup of coffee, slice of pie, blue rose!) and an invitation on the other. The event proposed was a rare exclusive treat for a David Lynch fan like myself – a chance to see the World Premiere Screening of The Missing Pieces which are a full 90 minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes from the film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" on the big screen. (And yes, considered to be the holy grail of "Twin Peaks" fandom!) As part of a lush new set hitting Blu-ray on July 29 titled "Twin...
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Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

July 14th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
You’d never expect to be emotionally engrossed by a film about computer-generated apes, which is why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes genuinely surprises you. Because it gets you invested in these characters early on and keeps them sympathetic throughout the picture, you unwittingly become wrapped up in their story. As a result, there are times when you’re shocked to realize that you’re rooting more for the apes than for the movie’s humans.

Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this film picks up in a world where disease wiped out most the Earth’s population. This same virus tu...
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