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Never Heard of It: Stuart Saves His Family

This little seen Saturday Night Live inspired film has its charms

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With the feature Never Heard It, we take a look at filmic flotsam and jetsam–movies forgotten over time or right after opening weekend. From genre oddities to TV movies to wannabe blockbusters, we take a journey from the bottom of the bargain bin to the back of the streaming queue. Saturday Night Live Producer Lorne […]

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Film Review: Everly

Salma Hayek: Action Star?

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The new film Everly starts off with a camera angle inside a bathroom looking down on a closed door. Clearly, we, the audience, are meant to be the proverbial fly on the wall as a naked and tattooed Everly (Salma Hayek) comes running into the bathroom where she locates a cell phone and a gun […]

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Film Review: THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Flatlined Resurrection Horror Can't Re-Animate

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If this review is nothing special, that’s because it’s in keeping with the film it’s about. This being a resurrection horror flick, reviewers would ordinarily be bending over backwards looking for new ways to cleverly utilize back-from-the-dead wordplay, but in discussing a film as straight-up dull as this one, that kind of effort would betray […]

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Film Review: Focus

Has the past 10 years of Will Smith's career been "depression" or a con? Does Focus mean he is back?

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You might say that for the last few years, Will Smith hasn’t quite been himself.  From his resume of films the past decade, you might even wonder if he is depressed.  Spending so much time trying to help his children get their foot in the proverbial door of the entertainment world, Will has been choosing […]

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Film Review: Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith documentary offers a cursory look at the troubled singer's life

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Heaven Adores You is a Kickstarter-funded project about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. It was made by fans for fans and never goes beyond a surface-level understanding of the artist. Despite the film featuring multiple interviews with friends, family and collaborators of Smith, what we are shown of these interviews gives very little insight into […]

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service (Rob’s Take)

Money For Nothing, Chicks For Free When You're A Kingsman...

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The weekend of February 13th promised a movie that was sworn to be a transgressive and provocative film. Word of mouth revealed it’s not the one audiences were expecting. Of course I’m talking about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which recent gossip suggests was shockingly tame. The other film, which earns its hard-R rating, and will […]

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Never Heard of It: The Plague Dogs

Spiritual sequel to Watership Down tells harrowing tale of animals in peril

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With the feature Never Heard It, we take a look at filmic flotsam and jetsam–movies forgotten over time or right after opening weekend. From genre oddities to TV movies to wannabe blockbusters, we take a journey from the bottom of the bargain bin to the back of the streaming queue.  The Criterion Collection, the prestige […]

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Film Review: BLACK OR WHITE

Costner's Race Relation Drama Has Its Strong Points

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Dances with Wolves. Field of Dreams. JFK. And now, Black or White. That’s how Kevin Costner, who not only stars in, but financed this highly approachable light drama about contemporary race relations, is pitching the film. In his varied and overall successful career, Costner has pitched a number of things, mostly baseballs. But, as age […]