#ThrowbackThursday – Village of the Damned (1960)

Original US release date: December 7, 1960 Production budget: $200,000 Worldwide gross: $2,175,000 There's something special about old-fashioned, black-and-white horror, isn't there?  Without reliance upon grisly and grotesque images, profanity, or nudity, horror used to stay firmly focused on delivering compelling stories, characters, and atmosphere.  There are still horror films that accomplish those feats, today,... Continue Reading →

Review – The Darkest Minds

Based upon Alexandra Bracken's novel of the same name, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's The Darkest Minds is the latest attempt at a dystopian young adult franchise starter, hoping to follow suit and tap into the same audience that made the Hunger Games series such a massive success. Bracken's series of novels has proven popular enough to... Continue Reading →

Review – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

I have never watched a single second of the "Teen Titans Go!" animated series.  As a result, I wasn't especially pumped for this theatrical adaptation/continuation of the show.  The potty-humor-centered trailer then took it one step further and not only failed to sell me on the idea, but actually made me want to avoid the... Continue Reading →

Review – Leave No Trace

It has taken me far longer to see Debra Granik's (Winter's Bone) Leave No Trace than I had either hoped or intended. The buzzy independent film has been a festival darling and garnered rave reviews all around the industry (it currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) but out-of-town trips, local weekend events, and a... Continue Reading →

Review – Eighth Grade

I don't think there's a human being alive who liked eighth grade.  For me, it was better than seventh grade, but that's like saying that horse radish is better than mayonnaise; it's all horrible. For a brief moment, I was surprised to see that this movie was rated R, but then I actually . .... Continue Reading →

Review – The Spy Who Dumped Me

Spy movies are seemingly about as common as any other genre - Bond, alone, has had twenty-six films - and spy spoofs are growing in number, as well. Whether they come in the form of Mike Myers's classic Austin Powers series, Rowan Atkinson's Johnny English, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence, or any... Continue Reading →

Review – Christopher Robin

Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh?  Created by English author A. A. Milne (and artist E. H. Shepard) for the aptly-titled 1926 anthology Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh and his cast of characters have been delighting children of all ages for over ninety years, now.  We all have a character in the Hundred Acre Wood that we can... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – (500) Days of Summer

Original US release date: July 17, 2009 Production budget: $7,500,000 Worldwide gross: $60,722,734 It's hard to believe that (500) Days of Summer is now over nine years old (that's 3,304 days of (500) Days of Summer, to be exact).  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film was the first to be directed by Marc... Continue Reading →

Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

"(FALLOUT) fires on all cylinders, then takes those cylinders, supercharges them, fills them all with nitroglycerin, puts each one in its own microwave within a nuclear power plant, sets the timers for 5 seconds, and then yells, 'RUUUUUUN!' just to see what happens."

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