Dina and Scott’s Romance in ‘Dina’ – an Award-Winning Documentary

Director Dan Sickles’ Wild Ride With “Dina” His Award-Winning Documentary When director Dan Sickles was a boy he met a remarkable young woman named Dina, who despite a myriad of difficulties, would later transform his life, and the lives of other who crossed her path in his new award-winning documentary that proudly wears her name. […]

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‘Baywatch’ – Movie Review

Fans of the original show may, and I do stress, may check out Baywatch. For the rest of you, there are plenty of other more appealing movies on offer right now and one would be wise to look elsewhere unless they really have seen everything else. Or preferably wait until the film inevitably hits the bargain bin on DVD/Blu Ray.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Film Review

(PCM) Going into the theater with doubts about whether or not we were going to enjoy the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film “Kong:Skull Island” we came out pleasantly surprised by just how much we ended up enjoying this film. When taking a look at other critical reviews of the film, we almost have to wonder if […]

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Funny Or Die’s Hilarious Interview With The Cast Of Horrible Bosses 2

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(PCM) Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman of the hilarious film “Horrible Bosses 2″ discuss texting while driving and hypothetical meals with the very strange Andre Hyland.

Recently, we were able to attend an early screening of “Horrible Bosses 2″ and if you thought the first film was hilarious that you are going to absolutely adore the sequel.

There are certain times in a comedy film that the jokes and/or comedic moments can feel forced, but this is not the case with “Horrible Bosses 2″. It is a true statement to on-screen chemistry of the cast and just how much they appear to be able to feed off one another throughout the entire film.

There is absolutely nothing that is off limits with the jokes and stunts that are portrayed in this film. It is certainly not a film for the easily offended and those of us with our minds … Read more

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Director David Dobkin Talks To PCM About ‘The Judge’

(PCM) The dramatic new film, The Judge, tackles major issues: the complex relationship of fathers and sons, hidden truths, and whether or not you can go home again.

In the hands of a less masterful director, The Judge, might be cliché. But director David Dobkin, (Wedding Crashers, and Shanghai Knights), was up to the challenge… and then some.

JudgeTheThe Warner Bros. film, which opened on Friday, October 10, begins with a well-written script, evoking a powerhouse of emotion, and also portrayed by a stellar cast.

Henry “Hank” Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), is a successful lawyer, who returns to his hometown of Carlinville, Indiana, for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer, (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murdering a local man he once sentenced, who was recently released from prison.

Hank, trying to adjust again to small-town life and reacquainting with his long lost high … Read more

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The Effects Of A Fincher-Thon! Gone Girl Opening Soon!

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(PCM) We were absolutely thrilled with director David Fincher’s latest film “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The film tells the story of a man whose wife has disappeared and the entire case has become a media circus. The man finds himself as one of the top suspects in the case and things turn out to be not exactly as they seem.

The film is filled with so many unbelievable twists and turns and without a doubt keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It is a film that we would almost rather not review, not because we didn’t enjoy it, but more so to leave that air of mystery alive and well for audiences heading out to catch this amazing crime thriller in theaters without any prior knowledge of what to expect. It is pertinent that if you have … Read more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Review

TMNT3(PCM) This movie is without a doubt facing an up-hill battle. Since production on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has begun the film has been the center of criticism and speculation. Some people hear Michael Bay’s name attached, even as a producer and immediately discredit the film. These criticisms have without a doubt been preemptive, but are they unjust? Does this new age era of turtles give over-enthusiastic fanboys a film they can enjoy while providing an movie aimed at children that is possibly fun for the whole family? The short answer: sort of?

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil … Read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review: No Spoilers – Best Marvel Release Yet

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Best Marvel Release Yet - no spoilers- spoiler free(PCM) Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studious yet. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character oriented, with a sensational blend of Marvel personalities that do not come off as Star Wars cantina oddballs.

Voiced by Bradley Cooper Characters such as Rocket Raccoon will keep you in stitches and at no time do you hear Bradley in the character. Without knowing he is the voice, you could never pick him out. On the trivia front, Bradley cites Rocket’s voice based on Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in 1990′s Goodfellas.

Vin Diesel … Read more

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Jersey Boys: The Music Makes The Movie

Jersey Boys FilmHaving seen a great number of movie musicals and movie biographies, not to mention movie musical biographies, I am sad to say that Jersey Boys did not live up to its much hoped for expectations.

The movie, which begins in New Jersey in 1951, and chronicles the story of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a sad tale whose only bright moments come with the musical performances, which are brilliant in themselves but are many times cut short so favorite songs are brought down to snippets of songs instead of full length performances.

The movie could have been bettered titled The Angry Jersey Boys as the story revolved again and again around lies and deceit as well as extra-marital affairs and constant fighting among the four characters. There were very few smiles even at the highest points of the boys’ careers. There always seemed to be a grudge … Read more

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‘Maleficent’ Review

Maleficent manages to put an entertaining spin on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, by attempting to tell the story from the villains perspective. Early scenes of the character, and later interactions between Malificent and Aurora successfully add depth and intrigue, but overall falls short in creating a unique backstory for the character. Despite the immersive visual effects and Angelina Jolie’s more »

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X-Men Days of Future Past Film Review: A Bright Future Ahead for the X-Men Franchise

(PCM) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of X-Men Days of Future Past. X-Men’s Days of Future Past is far from canon depicted in the original Marvel comic two part series The Uncanny X-Men #141 & #142. Unlike Spider-Man’s convolution of canon, the changes in the celluloid X-Men universe work on many levels. Perhaps most intriguing is that it changes the outcome of past X-Men movies without making them obsolete. In comic books this is called re-birth, in this film franchise it’s brilliant.

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This is the seventh film in the X-Men franchise since 2000. (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine).

After 14 years the franchise has made the most of all the preceding good and bad X-Men films. With Bryan Singer back at the helm, great care and regard for the X-Men characters has resulted … Read more

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Godzilla Film Review

Godzilla1The name Godzilla roars in the streets worldwide.  He is known from Japan to L.A., and even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  But, after appearing in more than 28 films for the Japanese production company Toho, and three American productions (one of which was the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version), Godzilla deserved the proper big-screen treatment.  Gareth Edwards has given fans a reason to cheer, as he has successfully brought everyone’s favorite daikaiju to the twenty-first century.  The technological advancements in cinema have allowed Godzilla to become more than a man in a suit and fully demonstrate the brute force and power of the one-and-only Godzilla. Director Gareth Edwards’ only other work was the 2010 small-budget hit Monsters, so he seemed like a risky yet fitting choice.  On a micro-budget, he was able to write and direct a film that much like Godzilla, featured a Read more

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Film Review: The Amazing Truth, See It But It’s Not Canon

(PCM) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of Spider-Man 2.

Spider-Man is now The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield as the hero Peter Parker. In the first reboot we were encouraged by what appeared to be a more accurate retelling of Spider-Man in the Marvel universe. In this second episode we find many elements such as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jamison are missing and while it has not entirely diverged from canon, The Amazing Spider-Man reboot is falling apart as a faithful representation. There are homage’s to the comic book series such as the iconic time of (1:21 am) for those in the know. There is also Gwen Stacy being dressed in film and standing in settings exactly as drawn in comic book panels giving the impression director Marc Webb wants to deliver a Spider-Man that true believers will accept.

Spider-Man 2 released in 2004 where Spider-Man took … Read more

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Hey Marshmallows! A Look At The Veronica Mars Movie

(PCM) The Veronica Mars Movie opens today and are you ready? Fans have been waiting patiently for over six years for their beloved characters and story to make their comeback and now their wishes have come true. When plans for the film were first announced series creator Rob Thomas was … Continue reading

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Ator l’invincibile Movie Review

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Ator goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers at he hands sorcerer/emperor Dakkar, and rescue his sister/bride from the evil regime. Dakkar has ruled for a thousand years with the help, it seems, of less than a dozen horse-riding warriors, who sound like drunken cowboys when they set upon the helpless townsfolk.

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Ator: I love you.
Sunya: And I love you.
Ator: Why can’t we marry?
Sunya: Ator, we are brother and sister.
Ator: I’ll talk with our father

The father, upon hearing this from Ator, expresses his happiness since Ator was adopted anyway. Of course we needed this scene for Ator to find that he was the son of Torren (Toren?) and Ator has a destiny to fill and what-not.

His journey includes a walk through the “Forest of the Walking Dead,” but nothing happens there, threatening music notwithstanding. The best action takes place in the well-lit cave where the blind warriors live. He ends up fighting his(?) shadow in the basement. In the mix there is the hot blonde Amazon thief named ‘Roon’ and his Yoda-like trainer, Griba.

Add an ugly witch who casts a spell to look beautiful … More…

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Winter’s Tale Movie Review – Hollywood’s Sour Valentine’s Day Film

(PCM) – This is a spoiler free detailed oriented review that relies heavily on the reviewer’s understanding of the 1983 novel Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. If you have not read the book, use it as a reason to either bypass the film initially and read the book first, or to understand that … Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks, Might Just Save Us All

(PCM) There are times when words fail. When an experience is so engrossing and captivating that you can’t quite find the way to put what happened to you into nouns verbs adjectives sentences and paragraphs. Such is my dilemma here as I write about seeing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks Saving … Continue reading

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

(PCM) Following the events of the first film, Catching Fire focuses on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The two victors briefly return to District 12 before they are forced to once again leave their homes and loved ones behind. After their unlikely success in the 74th Annual Hunger Games the winners are required to embark on a “Victory Tour” across all the districts to celebrate their triumph. During the hollow celebrations it becomes clear that their unique victory and seemingly impossible survival has sparked a rebellion amongst the Districts of Panem. The Capitol remains firmly in control, but President Snow knows he must extinguish all sense of hope in … Continue reading

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Thor: The Dark World Review

(PCM) Thor: The Dark World takes place in real time, so approximately 2 years after the events in The Avengers and the battle in Nw York City. This time Thor returns to silver screen for another solo outing, and as the universe grows and characters’ become more familiar we get to see what feels more a bit more like a follow up to the Avengers than just a straight-forward sequel to Thor. In Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his Asgardian forces have kept busy attempting to bring order to the nine realms – after they were thrown into warring chaos following the destruction of the Bifröst (in … Continue reading

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OldBoy at NYCC Roundtable Interviews

(PCM) Were just a few weeks away from the release of Spike Lee’s new film, Oldboy, a retelling of the foreign film of the same name. The original Korean version, created by Chan-wook Park was released in 2003 and over the years has become a cult-favorite, known for is brutal violence, deep character arcs and mesmerizing plot points. We got a chance to sit down with some of the cast at this years New York Comic-Con and talk about this modern remake and their experiences working on the project. Check out what cast member Michael Imperioli has to say about Spike Lee’s adaptation and his sixth time working with the visionary director. Check back soon … Continue reading

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Enders Game Review

(PCM) There are a lot of challenges included in adapting a book onto the silver screen, especially one of this caliber. Many consider the novel a serious philosophical and psychological character study, with deep moral and political undertones, heavily focusing on children. Not to mention takes place in an immersive, well imagined universe. From casting to set design, for many studios this project sounded like a production nightmare with too many risks involved. But director Gavin Hood (X:Men Origins: Wolverine) boldly took on the project, and I think its fair to say the final product is highly successful. Although i wouldn’t go as far as to say Enders Game is an … Continue reading

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Franco’s “As I Lay Dying” is Truly Remarkable

(PCM) James Franco has established a name for himself as one of the most innovative and brilliant writers, actors, directors and professors of the modern era, often handling difficult and tedious projects with the utmost care and passion, devoting himself to producing work that is groundbreaking and tackling subjects most others wouldn’t attempt.  Diving head first into his projects, Franco stated he enjoys all aspects of making a film. At the film’s opening weekend in New York, Franco spoke to the crowd about how invested he was in his work, stating, “I love choosing the actors…you get to make something with people you really care about and love.” His latest … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gravity

(PCM) After seeing Alfonso Cuarón’s new film “Gravity” I can certainly say it is definitely going to go down in history as being one of the most cinematically beautiful and thought-provoking films to be released this year. The film has an almost hypnotic element about it as you are clinging breathless waiting to see what will happen next and living the fear of dealing with a space disaster right along with the characters in the film. “Gravity” took over four years to complete and has succeeded in keeping audiences on their edge of their seats from beginning to end. The cinematography is frighteningly realistic and both Sandra Bullock and George … Continue reading

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Film Review: Metallica Through The Never

(PCM) I have seen many concert films over the years and none have in any way come to close to the cinematic brilliance that rockers Metallica have created with their new 3D IMAX film “Metallica Through The Never”. The film takes you closer to the band than you have ever been before and certainly gives the audience new and engaging way to experience the band’s music in a very fresh and innovative way. The core of this film features the entire Metallica live experience, however with the addition of a cinematic story line which features a young roadie named Trip, beautifully portrayed by actor Dane DeHaan, who embarks on a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Despicable Me 2

By:  Sean Mcaloon with Muriel Palanca (Munchie) (PCM) Despicable Me 2 picks right up where the first one left off, with Steve Carell reprising his role as the infamous “Gru” now a father to three wonderful girls, who are enjoying life and couldn’t be happier. But when Gru is recruited by the AVL (anti-villian league) his eyes get big at the thought of being back in game. The cars, the weapons and most of all, the chance to be a hero in front of his little girls, easily convince Gru to come out of retirement. But saving the world isn’t the only thing on our villains mind, as he struggles to…Read more

Man of Steel: Review – Deliberately Harder

(PCM) The once all-American fictional superhero of Action Comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 is once again rebooted in the most modern effort yet. With comic book movies shifting delicately from all action to dramatic character dynamics, storytelling mastery in a darker style similar to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is the vehicle delivering the goods in Man of Steel. If there is any challenge to a Superman movie it is making dry character like Superman relatable. Can a change be done without going too far? It’s hard to provide any spoilers as this story has been told many times in print, radio and celluloid of…Read more