#ThrowbackThursday – Frost/Nixon

Original US release date: December 5, 2008 Production budget: $25,000,000 Worldwide gross: $27,426,335 There are timely films and then there are films that are before their time.  Ron Howard is probably seen by most as a director who frequently makes good or very good films and occasionally makes a great one.  Most recently, a lot... Continue Reading →

Review – A Simple Favor

I can't immediately recall a time when there were so many (three, to be specific) mysteries in theaters.  First, just a few weekends ago, we got the mediocre The Happytime Murders (review) and the spectacular Searching (review) and, now, from "the darker side of Paul Feig" (as the marketing states) we get A Simple Favor. ... Continue Reading →

Review – The Predator

Here we are with yet another classic film franchise struggling to find a foothold in today's marketplace.  The Predator series has always been more of a cult favorite than a genuine pop culture phenomenon.  Not a single film featuring the creature(s) has cracked $100 million in domestic box office receipts, including the two films shared... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Poltergeist (1982)

Original US release date: June 4, 1982 Production budget: $10,700,000 Worldwide gross: $121,706,019 Horror films are among the most common, being both extremely popular and inexpensive to produce.  That's a great combination and, when one really hits, it pays off in a major way.  In the years preceding 1982, moviegoers had been treated to many... Continue Reading →

Review – Peppermint

It was just early this year when Marvel's Black Widow was essentially appropriated for a Jennifer Lawrence vehicle you probably remember entitled Red Sparrow (click here for that review).  Now, from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, comes another let's-pretend-it's-not-a-Marvel-character movie starring Jennifer Garner, this time by the name of Peppermint.  Morel hasn't really done... Continue Reading →

Review – The Nun

In the well-documented wake of the success of Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe, we've seen many others attempt to duplicate the model and achieve the same levels of both critical and commercial success that has blessed Marvel over the last decade.  Of those who have tried, none have risen to Marvel's heights.  Warner Brothers has come... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Scarface (1983)

Original US release date: December 9, 1983 Production budget: $25,000,000 Worldwide gross: $65,884,703 There can be any number of reasons why a given film may go on to live forever in the public consciousness, achieving legendary status.  Sometimes, it's due to the story.  Sometimes, it's the property.  Sometimes, a film may represent a giant leap... Continue Reading →

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