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Past the Popcorn: Crowe Plays Straight Man to Gosling in <i>The Nice Guys</i>

Past the Popcorn: Crowe Plays Straight Man to Gosling in The Nice Guys

by Jeff Walls Hollywood veteran Shane Black got his start writing the screenplays for the Lethal Weapon movies in the eighties and nineties before finally directing his first feature with 2005’s Kiss... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> Is the One You’ve Been Waiting For

Past the Popcorn: Captain America: Civil War Is the One You’ve Been Waiting For

by Jeff Walls Earlier this summer, movie audiences were treated to a long-awaited superhero matchup with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie which felt a lot like a desperate attempt by Warner... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Millennials (TV) Review by Greg Wright Only rarely have I gotten a credit on a TV series, so I won’t be bashful about tooting my own horn, so to speak. This Thursday on Ovation (Comcast channel... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Keanu</i> Features an Adorable Cat… But So Does Facebook

Past the Popcorn: Keanu Features an Adorable Cat… But So Does Facebook

by Jeff Walls Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have already had a success on the small screen with their sketch comedy show, but now that their television show has ended they have set their sights... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>The Jungle Book</i> is Disney’s Latest Spiffy Retread

Past the Popcorn: The Jungle Book is Disney’s Latest Spiffy Retread

by Jeff Walls Disney’s new live-action version of The Jungle Book says that it is based on the Mowgli stories written by Rudyard Kipling, but let’s be honest: it is really a remake of the company’s... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Forces of Nature Review by Greg Wright If you pay attention to movies at all, you’re aware that Ben Affleck stars as the Caped Crusader in the record-breaking blockbuster megaflop Batman v Superman. You’re... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Midnight Special</i> Delivers in a Big (if not Flashy) Way

Past the Popcorn: Midnight Special Delivers in a Big (if not Flashy) Way

by Jeff Walls Writer/Director Jeff Nichols has been making some of the most interesting independent films over the past few years. Take Shelter and Mud were both critical favorites, but neither really... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Batman v Superman</i> Promises Better Future Than Present

Past the Popcorn: Batman v Superman Promises Better Future Than Present

by Jeff Walls Perhaps a more appropriate subtitle for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be “Dawn of a Cinematic Universe.”  Although it is technically preceded by 2013’s Man of Steel, this... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Review by Greg Wright Let’s see… did I really need to watch this film a twelfth time? Apparently that answer was “yes.” And the fact that the answer... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Henry Poole is Here Commentary by Greg Wright For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. That’s a quote from the Bible. Is that offensive? Is my invocation... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Tina Fey Evokes Robin Williams in <i>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</i>

Past the Popcorn: Tina Fey Evokes Robin Williams in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

by Jeff Walls Actress and writer Tina Fey has already achieved great success on the small screen thanks to her wonderful work on Saturday Night Live as well as being the writer, creator, and star of the... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse and The Ties That Bind Commentary by Greg Wright Never get out of the boat. Absolutely g**damn right. Unless you were goin’ all the way. Kurtz... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Who Do You Root For in Dark Heist Film <i>Triple 9</i>?

Past the Popcorn: Who Do You Root For in Dark Heist Film Triple 9?

by Jeff Walls It features a star-studded cast that includes Casey Affleck, involves a heist, and has a number in the title, but by no means should you walk into Triple 9 expecting another Ocean’s Eleven. ... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Coens Miss Their Stride with <i>Hail, Caesar!</i>

Past the Popcorn: Coens Miss Their Stride with Hail, Caesar!

by Jeff Walls No director(s) in Hollywood so easily transition from drama to comedy and back again as the Coen Brothers.  The writing and directing duo take on old Hollywood in their latest comedy entitled... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: True Story of <i>The Finest Hours</i> Worth Seeing

Past the Popcorn: True Story of The Finest Hours Worth Seeing

by Jeff Walls Less than a month into 2016 and we have already gotten two movies with the word “hours” in the title that each tell stories about men who put their own lives in danger to save the lives... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Michael Bay Manages a Down-to-Earth <i>13 Hours</i>

Past the Popcorn: Michael Bay Manages a Down-to-Earth 13 Hours

by Jeff Walls Michael Bay certainly has a talent for directing action. But his movies have always been more popcorn-flavored, so taking on a sensitive subject like Benghazi seems like a risky move. ... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Concussion</i> Blows Up Pro Football Better Than Brady

Past the Popcorn: Concussion Blows Up Pro Football Better Than Brady

by Jeff Walls Professional football is not just a sport, it is an industry.  And the National Football League is so big that, as explained by Dr. Cyril Wecht in Concussion, they “own a day of the week…... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>In the Heart of the Sea</i> is Ron Howard’s Big Fish Story

Past the Popcorn: In the Heart of the Sea is Ron Howard’s Big Fish Story

by Jeff Walls The last time star Chris Hemsworth and director Ron Howard collaborated, the result was the thrilling racing drama Rush, one of the best movies of 2013.  They leave behind the racecars... [Read more]