Weekend Roundup (11/30/15)

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend. Two of the three new releases did great, that third one landed in the 12th spot. The Hunger Games still has the top spot with The Good Dinosaur and Creed all rounded out the top three.


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Trailer News – Captain America: Civil War

May 2016 is going to be a good month. -Alex

  • Chris Evans
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Paul Rudd
  • Paul Bettany
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Tom Holland

Weekly Round-up (11/23)

The column is back from a short delay…so let’s get this party started!!

Three new movies crack the top five for the weekend as the final entry into The Hunger Games took the number one spot with Seth Rogan’s latest, The Night Before opening in the number four spot and the new thriller staring Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, Secret in Their Eyes rounded out the top five.


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Comic Book Review: Zacharia Thorn #1

Zachariah Thorn 1An intriguing premise hobbled by a lack of exposition or real character introduction.  Events happened 10 years ago that changed Zack and made him a super demon hunter…but readers are pulled along with the story, rather than being able to sink in and get lost in the vibe.  Thorn #1 reads like a halfway point, rather than a brand new series.

Still, Scott Reichert looks to have stumbled on a cool story; Thorn feels like Constantine and Buffy got together and partied in the local graveyard.  Bonkz Seriosa’s artwork is on-point, coupled with Robert Reichert’s vibrant colors. One misstep in the art department: Seriosa’s inclusion of his own name on a prominently placed gravestone during the climax of the issue feels amateurish.  It’d have been cute if that stone was far in the back; a nice shout-out for fans to swoon over.  But loud and proud thisclose to a main monster?  Yanked me right out of an already flighty narrative.

In another issue or two, Thorn could be a series worth watching.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing how they flesh out the story, and these characters.  But #1 is a halting look at the tale, and those wrapped up in it.  Luckily it’s a damn pretty view.  Grade: C+

[NOTE: I received a copy of this title thanks to the graciousness of the creators.  I received no compensation for my review.]

Weekend Round-up (11/2)

Another weekend is in the books and again The Martian took the top spot while  the newbies this weekend all didn’t fare well.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse failed to even come near the top 10 (finished in 12th place) while Burnt and Our Brand in Crisis both landed in 5th and 8th respectively.


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Review: Our Brand is Crisis

our brand is crisisBullock and Thornton have great frenemy chemistry as competing political stragegists in Bolivia, and the setting and story are captivating.  But the plot feels random, with some hits and some near misses when it comes to connecting with the audience.  Then there’s the “Blond White American Chick Saves Bolivia” ending, complete with slow-mo walking and Bullock’s temp-blond mane blowing beautifully in the breeze.

Not to say that Crisis doesn’t have anything to say.  There are some serious topics here, including how far someone should go to win, and the consequences of one’s actions.  Add in a no-foolin’ look at the political instability of Bolivia, and the idea that perhaps US spin-doctors shouldn’t try to stir things up just for a buck.  But Crisis skims over these ideas, as if showing an unhappy, rioting mob is enough to get the feel of what’s really going on down there.

Crisis is fun to watch, with believable dialogue and a cast that’s eager to dig into their roles.  Bullock does some great work here, hopping from comedic to dramatic with ease.  Thornton’s rival politico is practially a shaved-head Snidley Whiplash, complete with inappropriate sexual comments and lots of disingenuous posturing.  Then there’s Zoe Kazan, who does a remarkable job as the enigmatic LeBlanc, a political dirt-digger that’s so talented she’s almost an Inhuman.  And speaking of the MCU, let’s not forget Marvel’s Falcon, Anthony Mackie, as Bullock’s 2nd in command/confessor/guy who got her to come to Bolivia in the first place. We like him.

But there’s not enough depth in this film, which leaves this film in the ranks of kinda-true-story entertainment lite rather than hard-hitting satire.  Check out the documentary if you want to really dig in.  Hit this film if you’d like to see Bullock kick ass and take names.  Grade: C

Weekend Round-up (10/26)

The Martian jumped back to the top spot while Goosebumps slid from first to second. Steve Jobs meanwhile went nation-wide on it’s release but didn’t fare well at the box office.  Vin Diesel brings his D&D character to life for a fourth place start in The Last Witch HunterPan and Crimson Peak keep sliding down the charts and Bill Murray can’t even crack the top 10 with Rock The Kasbah.


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Trailer News – The Night Before (Red Band Trailer)

From the guys who brought you Neighbors, This Is The End, and ALMOST The Interview…This holiday season, don’t miss these 3 dudes, bros, and ride or die homies have the ultimate last Christmas night out as 3 childhood friends become 3 wise men.

Staring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell, Kanye West, and Lizzy Caplan!

Release Date: 11/20/2015