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MOVIE REVIEW- “Alien: Covenant” Sorry, But I Don’t Get It

Seriously, what am I missing with this franchise?
I’ll admit that I loved the first Alien movie, like pretty much everyone else in the world. I never understood the need to tell that story over and over again though, or the thrill of repeatedly watching astronauts run around a doomed spacecraft (not even when Predator got involved). I DID get excited when I found out Ridley Scott was making the movies again, and that he had a whole new backstory for the monster. Promethus might not have been a great movie (it deserves props for Michael Fassbender’s freaky David and the do-it-yourself C-section), but it did set up an exciting, updated chapter to the Alien story. We were promised trips to new worlds and the introduction of an advanced race that might explain our very existence. Continue reading →

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Chatting About MAY MOVIES on “Good Morning Texas”

I know what you’re asking yourself today.

What am I supposed to do AFTER I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Well, you could go see another movie (after you’ve seen GOTG2 a second and third time, of course). Believe it or not, there ARE other films opening this month and some of them look fantastic. I was on Good Morning Texas last week, discussing the phenomenon of movies that AREN’T Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and you can watch that by clicking HERE. I didn’t get a chance to cover every interesting movie that’s opening this month, so I made a handy list for you with links to purchase tickets. Find that below, and remember that we won’t judge if you panic and just go see that new Guardians movie again. Continue reading →

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Reviewing December Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about all the best movies December has to offer. Interested in seeing La La Land, Office Christmas Party or Sing? I can tell you if they’re worth your time. Want free passes to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers, or Collateral Beauty? I can help with that, too! Just click HERE to watch the segment, then check out my Free Movie Passes page to see what’s available.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Light Between Oceans” (the Joy of Feeling Sad)

Why do we enjoy sad stories?

You know, like the ones about abandoned baby monkeys who get adopted by cats or those military dads who surprise their kids at school after months apart. Just this morning, I was bawling over a Major League Baseball player who got his first home-run after his dad died. We see these stories on social media and, even though we know it’ll leave us with swollen eyes and snotty noses, we click that PLAY button every time.

Why? Does the monotony of LIFE leave us so numb that we need a piglet in a homemade wheelchair to feel again?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know I love a good cry and the best ones come from movies.

Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, and Somewhere in Time are some of the best ones to cry through, but my all-time-FAVORITE is The Color Purple. I’ve been known to rewind and watch certain scenes repeatedly, just so I can keep crying. Ooo, like this one where Celie is reunited with her family.

And now my nose is running. Continue reading →

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” & The Curse of the TRILOGY


Being the third in a trilogy is kind of like being the youngest kid in an over-achieving family. You’ll always be compared to your siblings and no matter what you do or how well you do it, you’ll never quite live up to them. This effect is magnified if you happen to be a slacker who lives in the basement and smokes pot all day.

X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t exactly the basement dwelling pot-smoker, but it’s no Eagle Scout either. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Chatting Movies with Trudi & Jim at WCSX (“The Choice,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride Prejudice & Zombies”)

I just talked to my buddies Trudi & Jim at WCSX Detroit about all the movies that are coming out this week. Well, we got a little sidetracked talking about Michael Fassbender’s unit, but we mostly discussed The Choice, Hail, Caesar! and Pride Prejudice and Zombies. You can listen to that by clicking HERE, then take a minute to cruise the website for Free Movie Passes. I can hook you up with Zoolander 2 and How To Be Single freebies, so don’t leave without grabbing those!

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PODCAST: Oscar Chat with Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, MI

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, Michigan for having me on yesterday. I had a blast talking about the 2016 Oscars with him, but I was totally WRONG about a few things. First of all, Jennifer Lawrence DID win the Best Actress Golden Globe this year, but it was for a “Comedy or Musical.” I always forget that they break up the categories. Also, Idris Elba CAN’T be an African American because he’s BRITISH! Man, I’m repeatedly smacking my head over that one. Please listen to the podcast below and feel free to tell me what else I was wrong about, except my Oscar picks. We all know I’m right about those. Thanks Again Mike!