Film

“The Secret Life Of Pets” Not Bad

HOLLYWOOD—We are in the midst of a sort of golden age of animated films. How can we not count ourselves lucky that we live in a time where the intellectual, surrealist sci-fi of “The Congress” exists alongside the stunning beauty of Hayao Miyazaki and the wonderful charm of Pixar. It’s to this high standard that “The Secret Life of...

“The Purge: Election Year” Makes One Think

HOLLYWOOD—Man, was I a fan of the 2013 thriller “The Purge” which introduced audiences to an idea that left so many people speechless. Could you imagine a government that allowed its citizens one-time during the year to commit murder and get away with it, without facing any consequences? Yes, this was the premise of the flick, and it was...

“Hotel Transylvania 2” Brings Heart

HOLLYWOOD—Many people may not remember the 2012 flick “Hotel Transylvania” about a vampire who owns a hotel that allows some of the world’s most notorious monsters to escape from the world. The flick was a hit at the box-office, which in Hollywood terms is cue for sequel. “Hotel Transylvania 2” unlike its predecessor does it best to make a stronger...

“Star Trek Beyond” Falters A Bit

HOLLYWOOD—It’s hard to fathom that just 7 years ago J.J. Abrams totally rebooted the “Star Trek” Franchise with a fresh approach and new faces. While that chapter was a massive hit at the box-office, and its sequel was quite entertaining as well, I wish I could make the same argument for the third chapter, “Star Trek Beyond.” The narrative...

“Kung Fu Panda 3,” Still On Top At Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—For the second consecutive week “Kung Fu Panda 3” remained in the top spot at the box-office with $21.2 million. So far the third installment in the franchise has already grossed over $70 million. The Coen Brothers didn’t fair too good with an all-star cast for “Hail, Caesar” which debuted with a dismal $11.4 million. With names like George Clooney,...

“10 Cloverfield Lane,” A Thrilling Surprise

HOLLYWOOD—If you saw J.J. Abrams thriller “Cloverfield” back in 2013, you might suspect that “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a direct sequel, but you’d be wrong. None of the characters that appeared in that flick make a reappearance in this thrill ride. One thing that separates “Cloverfield” from “10 Cloverfield Lane” is the use of the camera. This is a flick...

“Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip” Delivers Laughs

HOLLYWOOD—It is hard to fathom that in a short span of 8 years we have had a total of FOUR, yes count it, four “Alvin and the Chipmunks” flicks. Yeah, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the notion of how I got stuck taking my nieces and nephews to see the latest installment each time it arrives...

“The Shallows” Is A Thrill-A-Minute!

HOLLYWOOD—Let’s just be honest, it has been quite some time since audiences have been treated to a thrill-a-minute shark flick in the essence of the great classic “Jaws.” While no flick will ever live-up to the direction and the suspense-laced blockbuster that Steven Spielberg helmed, the film “The Shallows" will indeed make Americans question yet again rather it’s safe...

Actress Patty Duke Dead At 69

HOLLYWOOD—Actress Patty Duke died on Tuesday, March 29, at the age of 69. She died in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She leaves behind three children, Sean Astin, Mackenzie Astin, and Kevin Pearce, and her husband Michael Pearce. Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York. She began her long...

“Poltergeist” Will Scare You Senseless

HOLLYWOOD—I have seriously been waiting for quite some time for a movie to come along to deliver some wicked thrills something to scare me unlike anything before. Well that wait might finally be over. “Poltergeist,” a new interpretation on the 1982 classic that was helmed by Tobe Hooper, much debate has said that Steven Spielberg was responsible for the...
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