March 4, 2015
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by Lauren McCombs posted Feb 27 2015 5:05AM
Mr. Turner (3 1/2 Stars) - An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (1 Star) - When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past - which is really the present.

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Drive Hard (3 Stars) -
A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.

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by Lauren McCombs posted Feb 23 2015 6:20AM
50 Shades Of Grey (1 Star) - Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Kingsman - The Secret Service (3 1/2 Stars) - A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

DVD Pick Of The Week

Don't Look Now (3 Stars) -
A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

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by Lauren McCombs posted Feb 19 2015 11:53AM
Still Alice (3 Stars) - Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Still Life (3 Stars) - A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

Jupiter Ascending (1 Star) - In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

DVD Pick Of The Week

Secret State (3 Stars) -
Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

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by Lauren McCombs posted Feb 9 2015 4:12AM
Birdman (3 1/2 Stars) - A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.

Project Almanac (2 1/2 Stars) - A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Match (1 1/2 Stars) - As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960's New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit.

DVD Pick Of The Week

Henry V (3 1/2 Stars) -
The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

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Location : New York
by Lauren McCombs posted Jan 30 2015 9:50AM
Black Or White (3 Stars) - A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

A Most Violent Year (3 1/2 Stars) - In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Mortdecai (1 1/2 Stars) - Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

Cake (3 Stars) - Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

DVD Pick Of The Week

On Golden Pond (4 Stars) -
The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea -- whom they haven't seen for years -- feels she must be there for Norman's birthday.

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Location : New York City
by Lauren McCombs posted Jan 26 2015 7:05AM
Blackhat (1 1/2 Stars) - A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

The Search For General Tso (3 Stars) - Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Whiplash (3 Stars) - A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

DVD Pick Of The Week

Fitzcarraldo (3 Stars) -
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

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by Lauren McCombs posted Jan 16 2015 9:31AM
Foxcatcher (4 Stars) - The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.

American Sniper (4 Stars) - Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Selma (3 Stars) - A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

The Wedding Ringer (2 Stars) - Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.

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A Most Wanted Man (3 1/2 Stars) -
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

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Top 10 Best Movies Of 2014

1) Foxcatcher
2) American Sniper
3) Boyhood
4) Mr. Turner
5) A Most Violent Year
6) A Most Wanted Man
7) Gone Girl
8) The Homesman
9) The Imitation Game
10) Birdman

Top 10 Worst Movies Of 2014

1) Tusk
2) That Awkward Moment
3) Exodus: Gods And Kings
4) The Best Of Me
5) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1
6) Maleficent
7) Hercules
8) Annabelle
9) I, Frankenstein And Dracula Untold
10) Ride Along

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by Lauren McCombs posted Jan 9 2015 9:20AM
Taken 3 (0 Stars... Yes 0) - Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.

Big Eyes (2 Stars) - A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Inherent Vice (3 Stars) - In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

The Imitation Game (3 1/2 Stars) - During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

The Gambler (2 Stars) - Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Goodbye To All That (3 Stars) - When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands.

Citizenfour (3 Stars) - A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

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by Biggie posted Nov 4 2014 9:41AM
St. Vincent (3 Stars) - A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Listen Up, Philip (2 Stars) - Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel.

Revenge Of The Green Dragons (2 Stars) - Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Last Days In Vietnam (2 Stars) - During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.

DVD Pick Of The Week

The Legend Of Lizzie Borden (3 Stars) -
A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

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by Biggie Josh Ellinger posted Jun 10 2013 12:00AM
In Theaters

The Internship

Forty-something Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are watch salesmen, a dying breed. After the guys learn that their company has folded Nick takes a job at a mattress store managed by his sister’s pervy boyfriend (Will Ferrell, in the film’s best cameo) but Billy gets the genius idea to google Google and finds out about their summer internship program. Seduced by nap pods and free food at the cafeteria, the boys discombobulate the interviewers just enough to land spots in the program.

The men find themselves on a Bad News Bears-type team of misfits that has to compete against other teams for coveted full-time spots within the company. Naturally, the adults give the young ‘uns an alcohol-soaked lesson in how to loosen up, and the guys get a little smarter by being around the kids.

The script very cleverly utilizes layers of pop-culture references: older folks will giggle at Flashdance and Back to the Future references, younger viewers will enjoy playing spot-the-Android, and quick shots of Google co-founder Sergey Brin cruising the campus.

And refreshingly, the film is very funny without being mean-spirited. There are just the right amount of PG moments to keep things edgy without being cynical. Billy and Nick are like a wise-cracking Bert and Ernie, even sharing a bed in one scene, but there’s no need to exploit the situation for cheap laughs. Ditto Billy’s attentiveness to a young hottie teammate: it’s fatherly, not creepy. The audience is permitted to laugh without feeling like they have to shower afterward.


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Opens with the Grimm’s fairy tale we all know, except that Hansel (Jeremy Renner) becomes a diabetic because he’s forced to eat all that candy. The orphans grow up to become mercenary witch-hunters with modern weaponry and slang. So when all the children in a village go missing right before an eclipse, the town calls Hansel and Gretel (former Bond girl Gemma Arterton) to take care of it, which puts them up against a beautiful leather-clad witch played by Famke Janssen. But while there’s a lot of bone-crushing, head-splitting going on, there’s just not enough witty lines or brother-sister camaraderie to make the film work. In the end there’s lots of fairy-tale gore but no magic.

Fan favorite Dwayne Johnson stars in this based-on-true events story about an 18-year-old (Rafi Gavron) who is thrown in jail just because he signs for a courier package. The package is drugs from his shady friend, and now Jason is facing 10 years minimum unless he frames someone else and reduces his sentence. Johnson stars as Jason’s dad, a construction business owner who agrees to go after a drug kingpin if the federal prosecutor (played by Susan Sarandon) will get his son out. Johnson is not going to win any academy awards but this is a fairly entertaining and informative film about minimum-sentencing injustices.

Oz the Great and Powerful
Oscar (James Franco) is a circus magician and charlatan who gets caught in a twister and finds himself plunked in the magical world of Oz, hailed as a savior by the people. The sidekicks this time around are a talking, flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff and a china doll girl, who is stronger than she looks. It’s Oscar’s job to decide which of the three witches is the evil one, save the good people of Oz from destruction, while finding the goodness within himself. Some of the CG work is underwhelming while others (the china girl) are fantastic. Some good performances here by Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz; James Franco, however, lacks the heft to play Oz convincingly, and in the end it’s not quite as enchanting as it should be. Great features including how a marionette was used for all the china girl work, one on the soundtrack, one on Franco’s experience, and much more.

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