Category: Reviews & Trivia

Hanks, Eastwood fly high with ‘Sully’

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By Livingston Brees As we discussed last week, the long, arduous trek through the end of summer movie season is finally over. The kids are back in school and we’ve got a few months of “movies for grown folks,” or “Oscar bait” movies. Our first offering is the Clint Eastwood directed flick starring Tom Hanks,…

Biopics, action, horror highlight the fall movie season

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By Livingston Brees   I tried to go to the movies last weekend, honest I did. I even went so far as to pick a show time for “Hands of Stone,” the new Roberto Duran biopic starring Robert DeNiro, but I heard it was so terrible that I decided to pass. The more I agonized over…

The world is less bright without Wilder

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By Livingston Brees “Anything you want to, do it. Wanna change the world? There’s nothing to it.” — Willy Wonka As if losing David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, George Martin, Kenny (R2D2) Baker, David (The rBig Lebowski) Huddleston, Anton Yelchin, Scotty Moore, Prince, Merle Haggard and many, many more this year wasn’t bad enough,…

‘Stranger Things’ trumps box office

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By Livingston Brees There aren’t too many things that can kill the momentum of movie season like the month of August, especially when this summer’s blockbuster season seemed to actually peak in May with the release of “Captain America: Civil War.” August is usually a “dumping ground” for studios, and with trash like the megaflop…

Leave the kids at home to fully enjoy this ‘Sausage Party’

By Livingston BreesOne of my favorite things to do in this mean ol’ world is to go to the movies. Be it an action, adventure, documentary, comedy or art house flick, going to the movies is a time-honored tradition in my family. While the usual Hollywood blockbuster flicks were always top of the list growing up,…

The frustratingly fantastic fun of ‘Suicide Squad’

By Livingston BreesIt has been a long time since I remember being so torn about a movie. Even though I was thoroughly entertained by “Suicide Squad,” which demolished the “Guardians of the Galaxy” August opening weekend record take of $94.3 with a staggering $135.1 million, the flick is far from perfect. As cool as most…

Damon, Greengrass get ‘Bourne’ again

By Livingston BreesAs if we needed any more proof that today’s Hollywood is a land where the franchise is king, look no farther than “Jason Bourne,” this week’s No. 1 movie. The “Bourne” film franchise began in 2002 with the excellent “Bourne Identity,” which also marked the first time Matt Damon headlined a bona fide blockbuster (“Saving…

New ‘Star Trek’ goes ‘Beyond’ expectations

By Livingston BreesGrowing up you were either a “Star Wars” guy or a “Star Trek” guy. While my allegiance to Han Solo and the “Star Wars” flicks has never come into question, I did always have a soft spot for the “Star Trek” movies, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the original show.…

I ain’t afraid of no (girl) Ghostbusters

By Livingston BreesAfter much deliberation, I finally saw the “Ghostbusters” reboot last weekend, and I must say I didn’t hate it. I also didn’t hate myself for watching it. While it is a far cry from being “good,” I found myself entertained for the entire flick, although I do have several different reasons for my…

Should we ‘answer the call’ of the new ‘Ghostbusters’

By Livingston Brees“Back off, man. I’m a scientist.” This weekend, one of the most divisive movies in recent memory will open at the local movie house when the all-female reboot of the iconic 1984 flick “Ghostbusters” hits the silver screen. Since the first trailer dropped earlier this year, the new “Ghostbusters” has become the most…

‘Tarzan’ falls off the vine, the return of Mel

By Livingston BreesYou know, it shouldn’t be all that hard to make a good “Tarzan” movie, should it? All you need is a dude who was raised by apes swinging around in the trees wearing a loincloth, and communicating with animals using awesome “jungle calls,” helping to keep the Congo safe from poachers, cannibals and…

A Summer Tour de Suck

By Livingston BreesAt the risk of sounding like a cantankerous old man, I have to say I sure do miss going to the picture show during the “Summer Blockbuster Movie Season.” Remember back in the day when there were so many “must-see” movies that the decision of what to see was almost agonizing? Take 1986…

Pixar is back with ‘Finding Dory’

By Livingston BreesWhen the title character in “The Big Lebowski” said “Strong men also cry,” I took that to heart. Well, after watching “Finding Dory” this week, I must be one of the strongest men in the world. “Finding Nemo” was one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time, and to this day, I…

Jesus returns and other Hollywood headlines

By Livingston Brees With the less than stellar content currently playing at our local cinema, I thought we’d take a look at some Hollywood news, as well as what’s starting this week. The Prince of Peace is back in “Passion of the Christ 2” Last week, “Braveheart” (one of the greatest films of all time)…

Time for ‘Turtles’ to go back in the ‘Shadows’

By Livingston BreesI can’t remember the last time there were so few options at the box office during the first week of June, but that was the case this weekend when I was “forced” to see “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows.” As the lackluster box office returns show, it was not…

‘Apocalypse’ may signal an end (or reboot) for X-Men flicks

By Livingston Brees“At least we can all agree, the third one is always the worst,” Jean Grey said to her fellow X-Men after watching “Return of the Jedi” in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” While that quote from “X-Men: Apocalypse” is intended to poke fun at the much-hated-but-really-not-all-that-bad “X-Men: The Last Stand,” it is also very fitting for…

These “Nice Guys” deserve to finish first

By Livingston BreesBefore we get into this week’s review, I must confess my “man crush” for Shane Black, the co-writer and director of “The Nice Guys.” From the time I was 10 years old, Black’s films have played a huge part of my life. I remember how much I loved the Black-penned “Monster Squad” as…

Key, Peele bring on the laughs with ‘Keanu’

By Livingston BreesThe long wait from “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” to “Captain America: Civil War” was filled with mediocre fare, the likes of which I hope to never see again. With only “The Jungle Book” thrilling crowds and critics alike, Thursday’s “Civil War” opening couldn’t come soon enough for most of us. Luckily we got…

‘Winter’s War’ is a bore, soon we get ‘Keanu’ and more

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By Livingston BreesLike the rest of the movie-going world, I’m in the midst of a movie slump. I actually went to see a movie I had no desire to see, something that hasn’t happened since I was duped into watching “Paul Blart Mall Cop.” But take heart, fellow cinephiles, the long drought is almost over.…