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Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Tag” EARLY & FOR FREE

Think for a minute about some of the stupid things you did with your friends when you were a kid? Now image that you continued that nonsense into adulthood and raised the stakes even higher. Well, that’s exactly what Tag is about and, believe it or not, it’s based on a true story.
Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson star as classmates who’ve been playing the same game of Tag for thirty years. This continuous battle has taken them all around the world, but one of them is ready to retire. Will his buddies let him? Does it really matter if you’re seeing Tag EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Digging For Fire” & Why It Pissed Me Off

Married couple Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemaire DeWitt) are staying at a friend’s mountain home when they discover a gun and what might be human remains buried nearby. Tim is intrigued and wants to dig further while Lee wants to put the gun back and forget they found anything. She leaves with their child for the weekend and Tim invites friends over to continue searching. Digging for Fire on the surface is about these mysterious bones, but underneath lies a serious study of marriage, aging and the ever present spectre of mortality.

Digging for Fire was directed by Joe Swanberg and co-written by he and Jake Johnson. The script was essentially a 3-page long outline so actors were required to improvise most of their dialogue. Swanberg is known for this style of movie-making but when it comes to a film like this, I think it works against him. This is a very personal story about spouses who have hit an unpleasant plateau. That said, they never register as people who’ve EVER been in love. Tim and Lee barely connect with each other and seem so focused on their own dissatisfaction that they never stop to think about the other. Instead, they barrel forward, making horrible and potentially marriage-killing choices. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Boozy Movies Reviews “Jurassic World” & Totally Disagrees

Finally saw Jurassic World last night, which is a movie I’ve been anxiously anticipating ever since I heard they were making it. I just about lost it when they announced CHRIS PRATT would be the leading man. What could possibly go wrong?

I sat down with Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers and Richie Whitt after the movie and we discussed our thoughts. Our reviews were mixed, much like our drinks. Continue reading →