Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEWS: “Blade Runner 2049” “The Mountain Between Us” & “My Little Pony”

There are 3 big new movies opening this weekend and if you’re interested in one of them, odds are you couldn’t care less about the other two. Let’s start with what will probably take over the #1 spot at the box-office, Blade Runner 2049.
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See the “My Little Pony” Movie EARLY & FOR FREE

There was a time when My Little Pony reigned supreme in my home.
The show was watched over and over again, while little girls played with their plastic Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash toys. They’d brush the horses’ manes and sing the theme song, but then they got old and stopped believing that “Friendship is Magic.”

My Little Pony is no longer on repeat in our home and the fancy horse figurines live in the back of our closets, but my girls still got excited when I told them a My Little Pony movie was coming out. They were really jazzed when I told them it had an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and especially Zoe Saldana, whom they ADORE as Gamora. Then my girls and I agreed that we HAD to see the My Little Pony movie, and that we might even bring some of their cooler friends with us.

If you know some little (or not-so-little) kids who’d love to see the My Little Pony movie EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

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PODCAST: “The Girl on the Train” Why Do ALL WOMEN Have to be CRAZY?

I saw The Girl on the Train yesterday with my buddy Rebekah Black. I think we were both expecting something like Gone Girl, but with a hint of Grrl Power. Man, we were way off. Listen to our podcast below to hear our thoughts and remember to grab those free movie passes when you’re done!

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My Review of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (& Why I’ll Never Show It to Anyone)

Sometimes a movie is so bad, you actually leave the theater a little depressed. Other times you get 15 minutes into the film and realize you can’t watch another second without some form of alcohol in your system. If a movie does both of these things, as The Huntsman: Winter’s War did to me, it’s an extremely bad sign.

Maybe that’s why Rebekah Black and I filmed a movie review afterwards that’s so vile, SO OFFENSIVE, it will never be seen by human eyes.

It started out the usual way, with me seeking out lighting that didn’t make us look like Sea Hags. We launched our review with gripes about The Huntsman‘s almost 2-hour run time, and how alcohol made it bearable but also rendered it very easy to sleep through. Then, we just went ahead and tore into The Huntsmen for being vapid.

The pre-Snow White story of evil Queen Ravenna and her sister Freya sounds interesting enough, but the flat writing wrings any excitement out of it. You’re left with a Frozen/Maleficent hybrid, but one that is sloppy and boring. There’s also the problem of truly terrible CGI, which is reminiscent of “Zuul” from the first Ghostbusters movie. Continue reading →

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WHAT TO RENT THIS WEEKEND: My Top 5

Not sure what movie you want to rent this weekend? Well, you can’t just stand there and hog the Redbox all night, while we wait for you to make up your mind. Want a little help? I’ve listed my Top 5 Renters for this weekend, just to hurry you along.

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SicarioHoly crap this is a good movie. It’s about a CIA Agent who is recruited into a government task force to fight drug lords. Emily Blunt AND Benicio Del Toro both deserved Oscar nominations for their roles in it but sadly, THAT didn’t happen. Pick this one up and then try not to bite your nails all the way through it. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Hashing Out the 2016 Oscar Nominations on WCSX

I love talking to Trudi & Jim on WCSX in Detroit because they just let me GO. Other radio stations that I review movies for keep me under 10 minutes, then go back and edit me down. Some people have even told me to keep it under 3 minutes, which is next to impossible. My friends in Michigan, however, don’t give me time constraints which is why this little ditty clocks in at a half-hour. IT’S CRAZY, RIGHT? We discussed the highs and lows the the 2016 Oscar Nominations, and I had to pull the soap-box out a couple of times. You can listen to that by clicking HERE and make sure you check out Trudi & Jim any time you’re in Detroit, on 94.7 WCSX.

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The DFW Film Critics Association Picks The BEST of 2015

Did I tell you that I’m a member of the DFW Film Critics Association? Of course I did, because I brag about it constantly. See, I started covering movies as a side-gig to my regular radio job. I never expected anyone to pay attention to my reviews, much less take them seriously. I was shocked when the DFW Film Critics Association approached me because some of my favorite critics EVER are members. I sit with them at the screenings now, and it feels like I’m sitting at the Cool Kids Table.

Anyhow, the DFW Film Critics Association voted over the weekend and released a list of our BEST of 2015. I’ll post them below, along with MY picks, which didn’t always make the cut. I’d like to add that we are presenting this list in honor of Philip Wuntch, a longtime critic for the Dallas Morning News who passed away this October. Track down The Lady Eve, one of his all-time favorite classics, and watch it with Wuntch in mind.

BEST PICTURE OF 2015- Spotlight
Okay, this one was tough for me because Spotlight was my favorite movie of the year until this past weekend, when I saw The Revenant. It did come in 2nd place and I was happy to see that one of my other favorites, Sicario also made it in the top 5. Continue reading →

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ON YOUR RADAR: “Sicario” & “Master of None”

So many new TV shows and movies are coming down the pipe, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. I’ve been digging through the press releases and picking out the ones that I personally am most pumped about. Take, for instance, Sicario from Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Sheridan plays Deputy Chief David Hale on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He’s apparently a writer in his spare time and a pretty damn good one, as well.

Sicario is about an anti-drug-cartel task force and stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Emily Blunt is at the heart of it all, playing an FBI Agent who is drafted into the group. When I saw Blunt’s name attached to Sicario, my first thought was, “What is SHE doing here?” I asked the same question about her role in Edge of Tomorrow though, and Blunt absolutely killed it in that movie. There’s already Oscar buzz around this one, specifically for Blunt’s performance so let’s keep our fingers crossed for her. Sicario will open in theaters September 18th. Continue reading →