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NOW ON DVD: 2 of My Favorites “Ex Machina” & “It Follows”

I was cruising Amazon’s new releases today and realized that 2 of my FAVORITE MOVIES from 2015 are now available on DVD. Ex Machina and It Follows are BOTH out and you’ve got to see these movies. (They’ve actually been out for a while but I’ve been on a mental-vacation all summer and am just now catching up.) Ex Machina in particular is STILL in my Top 5 Movies of 2015. Here’s the Boozy Movies Podcast we did for it, if you missed it the first time. WARNING: There’s extensive talk about body-hair. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “American Ultra” with Me for FREE!

You might think that the whole Sleeper-Super-Agent idea but has been done to death, but Hollywood found a legitimate way to update it. What if the Sleeper-Agent in question grew up to be a slacker-stoner who lived with his girlfriend and smoked out all day? Jesse Eisenberg plays Mike, who works at a convienent store until the day he is activated. Imagine his surprise when he discovers he’s a deadly weapon who can kill people with little more than a spoon. Kristen Stewart plays his girlfriend Phoebe, who has to call on her own inner-tough-girl to help Mike survive when he becomes the target.

I can’t help but get excited about this because I’ve loved Jesse Eisenberg since Zombieland. I also relish any moment that Kristen Steward seems likeable. Sorry but I couldn’t stand her as “Bella.” I always wonder if the reason everyone hates Stewart so much is because “Bella” was such a crappy character. Maybe she’s awesome in real life but was simply forced to play an awful role for too long. Well, it’s not like she and I will have a “Girls Night” anytime soon so I guess I’ll never know.

The point I’m trying very poorly to make is that I have free passes to see American Ultra next week! Click HERE for those and then take a minute to watch the trailer. See you at the screening and I’ll let you know if that Julie/Kristen Date-Night happens anythime soon.

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NEW MOVIE TRAILER: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt in “By the Sea”

The trailer for Angelina Jolie’s latest movie By the Sea looks…well, GRIM is an understatement. Not that Jolie (who wrote and directed this AND stars in it with Brad Pitt) likes upbeat material to begin with. She directed Unbroken last year, with all those agonizing torture scenes, and In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011. She also wrote that one and I really liked it, even though it was also a bummer of collosal proportions. Now we have By the Sea opening November 13th, which might also be a strange form a couple’s therapy for Brangelina. Take a look at the trailer, then please send Angelina Jolie a cute kitten picture or a funny animal video to cheer her up. Maybe the one with the screaming goats?

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “Fantastic Four” Is The Anti-“Avengers”

Take the Avengers movies and remove everything you liked about them. Take out the witty banter, the intriguing backstories, and the great special effects. Also, suck out as much charisma and sex-appeal as possible from the sexy and charismatic actors. Then insert awkward silences, angry stares and copious plot holes. Voila! You have Fantastic Four! Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Ricki and the Flash” Gives Meryl Streep Her Biggest Challenge Yet

Ricki and The Flash is written by Diablo Cody, directed by Jonathan Demme and it stars Meryl Streep. You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger pedigree but unfortunately, the sum of this film doesn’t equal its parts.

Ricki was rock star who left a family behind to pursue her music. Now her career has stalled and her grown children are scarred from their abandonment. Ricki is summoned home when her daughter suffers a major loss but must mend fences before she can be of any help. It’s clear early on where the movie will go from here.

I hate to say it but we might have found the ONE role Meryl Streep can’t easily slip into. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Can the new “Vacation” Top The Old One?

I’m not a fan of what I call “Disaster Comedies.” You know, those movies where everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong? The original Vacation of 1983 set the Gold Standard of “Disaster Comedies” for me and no others (including the Vacation sequels) have been able to top it. If you go back and watch the first one again though, you’ll remember how truly ridiculous it was. We forgave it at the time because the rest of the movie was so darn funny. The new Vacation follows that same pattern, with each plot twist growing more outlandish than the last.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), is now grown, married and the father of two quarreling boys. He and his wife (an adorable & totally underrated Christina Applegate) are in a rut so for something new, he decides to take his family to Wally World. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything of course. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “Pixels” With My Kids

You know what’s great? Seeing a movie you THINK is going to be mediocre and then you end up having a blast. You know what’s even better? When you go with your KIDS and they experience the EXACT SAME THING. My girls weren’t excited about seeing Pixels. Why? I don’t really know. They don’t suffer from the same Adam-Sandler-Migraine their mother does so I don’t have a good answer. They ARE self-proclaimed gamers however and consider the games I played as a kid (Pac-Man and Tetrus specifically) as “OLD SCHOOL.” They also like the way I cringe whenever they call it that. But even they (the jaded-little-monsters that they are) walked out of Pixels with a smile on their face and a skip in their step. It’s hard NOT to when you see a movie that’s this much FUN! Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEWS (from other people): “Ant-Man” & “Trainwreck”

I didn’t see ANY movies this week. I went to the lake with some friends and this is what most of my week looked like.
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The only problem with that is some really big movies just opened and people have been asking me about them. I’ve been wondering about these flicks as well so I decided to share reviews from some of my favorite Film Critics WITH you. Makes me seem generous…instead of just lazy.

I’ve been excited about Ant-Man because Paul Rudd can do no wrong in my eyes. I also can’t help but get excited about anything MARVEL does these days. I decided to share Robert Wilonsky’s review of it because he’s my favorite combination: Smart, funny & easy on the eyes. He also likes to share movies with his kid, which I can relate to. His review of Ant-Man got me pretty excited to see it so read that by clicking HERE.

I want to be best friends with Amy Schumer. I want to get drunk with her and run amok and end the evening by prank calling Katie Couric. I’ll have to settle for just seeing her movie Trainwreck. My friend Chase Whale saw this movie at SWSX and he’s been gushing about it ever since. I think he might have even shed a tear or two while writing this review, which is why I simply HAD to share it. You can and ABSOLUTELY SHOULD read his review by clicking HERE.

So THANKS FELLAS for doing the work for me this week. I will be back at it NEXT week though when Pixels hits theaters. I’ve got free passes for that one so make sure you grab those by clicking HERE. I’ll be at that screening with my kids, as well. Just look for the lady with the sunburned face and boat-hair.

MOVIE REVIEW: “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot”

You’ll notice immediately that this documentary about Dirk Nowitzki is unlike any other sports story you’ve seen before. The music is what gives it away. It’s light and almost comical (I think I even heard a mouth-harp at one point). It’s quite a change from the dramatic music and camera shots we see on sports shows here in the U.S. That’s because Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot was made by German Filmmakers Sebastian Denhardt and Leopold Hoesch. It’s appropriate because Dirk Nowitzki is quite unlike most sports stars anyhow. He is already a basketball legend, but he stays out of the spotlight and directs attention away from himself. So much so in fact, that this movie ABOUT Dirk actually features his peers. The whole first half of Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot focuses on other people, like Dirk’s family and his mentor, Holger Geschwindner. It’s amazing to think that an accomplished athlete like Dirk Nowitzki still listens to the man he trained with as a teenager, but it’s a relationship forged in years of trust. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “MINIONS” (Where Are The Girl Minions?)

Am I the only one who thought Gru created the Minions?

Well, we were wrong because according to Minions the movie, they evolved like everything else. They even walked out of the sea speaking their own weird language, which appears to be a mix of French, Spanish, English and Drunk. It’s unclear if the Minions procreated over time (I couldn’t find a single female in the bunch) but they spent the rest of their existence on Earth searching for a Bad Guy to serve. Minions the movie, you see, takes place pre-Gru, so they have yet to find their ultimate Master. A few scouts are sent in search of one, which is why Kevin, Stuart and Bob end up in 1960’s London, courting Scarlet Overkill as their new Villain. Continue reading →