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New on Blu-ray: South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) – 4/5 Stars

I love the older movies coming to Blu-ray these days. Honestly, I think there are two special effects shots in this entire movie. Even so, are paper cut-outs going to look that much better in high-def? Whatevs, it was an excuse to post this. There’s one problem with television: You can’t say &#*%, or $@&%, […]

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Archive Review: Moulin Rouge! (2001) – 4/5 Stars

If there was an ultimate and absolute antonym for “Moulin Rouge!” it would be the adjective “shy.” Hundreds of gorgeous costumes, lavish studio sets, a digitally reproduced city of Paris and an abrupt and cartoonish comedic style make this movie musical a one-of-a-kind spectacle. From the very first musical mash-up number in the Moulin Rouge […]

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Weekend Recap: Some Paranormal Activity at the box office

I don’t know what’s better: super-low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity breaking insane box office records or the fact that I don’t have to talk about Couples Retreat because of it. If you haven’t heard of Paranormal Activity yet, don’t worry. It only means that you don’t follow trending topics on Twitter, which is acceptable. Believe […]

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Toy Story 3 trailer up!

After Disney pulled the leaked versions of the much-awaited Toy Story 3 trailer off various movie websites, the first trailer is officially up today! Much of what I talked about when I posted news from the D23 convention is in the trailer. View the Apple trailer here The trailer is very carefully planned. It doesn’t […]

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On DVD: The Brothers Bloom

“The Brothers Bloom” sounds like a traditional con movie: two talented con men brothers are known for their epic, almost literary cons, when one brother wanting out leads to a concession that the next one, cheating a lonely heiress out of a million or so, will be their last. There’s a bit of the classic […]

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Archive Review: Midnight Cowboy (1969) – 4/5 Stars

Forty years later, it’s much harder to call John Schlesinger’s film “Midnight Cowboy” avant- garde, but the greatest X-rated film of all time is as much a reflection of the ’60s as it is a study of unusual and pitiable characters. Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is a cowboy by attitude, hustler by trade who travels […]

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Weekend Preview (10.9.09)

What happens when you get a date comedy mega-giant like Couples Retreat released with virtually no competition? Put it on top and slide the rest down. That’s my strategy for predicting this weekend’s box office. There are tons of quadruple-booked weekends this month, (take last week’s films for example) yet none wanted to compete with […]

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Rankings: Best and Worst of Vince Vaughn

I like Vince Vaughn. He’s a Chicago man (Cubs fan) and there’s no one I’d rather listen to complain. Few people are actually funny when they rant or complain, and Vince Vaughn is one of them. Then again, Vince is one of those comedians who have gotten stale lately. It started with Fred Claus back […]

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Review: Zombieland

What’s most admirable about this most recent zombie-crushing comedy is that it knows exactly what zombies are meant for: killing. Funny, creative and most of all low-budget killing. Rookie director Ruben Fleischer and Columbia Pictures capture that essence in the quick but fun “Zombieland,” a post-Zombie infection apocalypse action comedy with a small cast and […]

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Admit it, we all could use another good "Vacation"

Well folks, it looks like the Griswolds are coming back. Don’t worry, apparently it’s not another sequel, but more like a reboot that will harken back to the original a bit. The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision spoke with New Line recently and they’ve given the producing and possibly directing reigns to David Dobkin (Director of […]

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Archive Review: American Splendor (2003) – 4/5 Stars

Comic book writer Harvey Pekar would probably be the first to tell you that he only agreed to a movie about himself for the money. He denounces all things glamorous or idealistic and a moving biopic about his life would contradict him entirely. That’s why Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s choice to do an […]

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Weekend Recap: I should be paid to do this

If predicting box office winners were baseball, I’d be batting 1.000. In my fifth week, I’ve done it again, picking Zombieland, which made nearly $25 million this weekend — plenty good enough for first place. But more impressively, do you recall the rest of my Top 5? Nailed it. So, movie media, where’s my big […]

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Archive Review: Se7en (1995) – 4.5/5 Stars

Murder mysteries don’t often indulge their audience’s intellectual capacity. They generally believe they can get by on suspense, intrigue and our inherent and insatiable need to find out ‘whodunit.’ But “Se7en” is a philosophical thriller that addresses a much bigger part of our nature – the age old question of whether or not humans are […]

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Archive Review: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – 4/5 Stars

Trying to beef up my archives here on the site. I watched this classic earlier in the summer. Though it would later be cemented when they re-teamed with George Roy HIll in 1973’s “The Sting,” Paul Newman and Robert Redford create one of the greatest film duos in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” You’d […]

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Archive Review: Wild Strawberries (1957) – 4/5 Stars

To compare “Wild Strawberries” to a story that’s a bit more grounded (yet still part fantasy), what instantly comes to mind is “A Christmas Carol.” Though that classic is much more exaggerated, it shares that reflective spirit, sense of personal regret and un-fulfillment and the desire to make amends. The difference is that in “Wild […]

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