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Past the Popcorn: <i>Moana</i> is Disney’s Delightful Animated Ocean Getaway

Past the Popcorn: Moana is Disney’s Delightful Animated Ocean Getaway

by Jeff Walls The new Disney animated film Moana may just be the movie that finally proves once and for all that Dwayne Johnson can do anything.  The wrestler-turned-actor has done action well, he’s... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Mel Gibson Wows Again with Bravura <i>Hacksaw Ridge</i>

Past the Popcorn: Mel Gibson Wows Again with Bravura Hacksaw Ridge

by Jeff Walls Mel Gibson’s career as a director reached a high point in 1996 when the director took home both the directing and producing Oscars for just his second film, Braveheart.  He returned to... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>The Birth of a Nation</i> Deserves All the Oscar-Bait Hype

Past the Popcorn: The Birth of a Nation Deserves All the Oscar-Bait Hype

by Jeff Walls Having already been much talked about on the film festival circuit and after taking home both the grand jury prize and the audience award at Sundance, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Marky Mark Hits All His Marks in <i>Deepwater Horizon</i>

Past the Popcorn: Marky Mark Hits All His Marks in Deepwater Horizon

by Jeff Walls In April 2010, the off-shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, leaving oil gushing from an underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico for eighty-seven days.  It is considered to be the biggest... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Oscar Bait is Not Enough to Make <i>Light Between Oceans</i> Shine

Past the Popcorn: Oscar Bait is Not Enough to Make Light Between Oceans Shine

by Jeff Walls Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans is being adapted for the big screen by writer/director Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films Blue Valentine... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Pete’s Dragon</i> is a Different Movie, Not Just a Remake

Past the Popcorn: Pete’s Dragon is a Different Movie, Not Just a Remake

by Jeff Walls Disney has no shortage of movies in their catalogue to remake and it appears as if they plan to go through them all.  The animated Jungle Book was given an update earlier this year and... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Jason Bourne</i> Is Back, But Is That Such a Good Thing?

Past the Popcorn: Jason Bourne Is Back, But Is That Such a Good Thing?

by Jeff Walls The first film to introduce moviegoers to the character of Jason Bourne was 2002’s The Bourne Identity, directed by Doug Liman.  That movie was moderately entertaining, but the series... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: No, the <i>Ghostbusters</i> Reboot is NOT a Complete Travesty

Past the Popcorn: No, the Ghostbusters Reboot is NOT a Complete Travesty

by Jeff Walls The new reboot of Ghostbusters is the second movie this year to get totally trashed by Internet commenters prior to anyone actually seeing the movie.  Whereas Batman v Superman: Dawn of... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Spielberg Finally Finds a Way to Film <i>The BFG</i>

Past the Popcorn: Spielberg Finally Finds a Way to Film The BFG

by Jeff Walls Author Roald Dahl published his children’s novel The BFG in 1982, the same year filmmaker Steven Spielberg released his classic film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.  Now thirty-four years... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Disney and Pixar Get a Sequel Right with <i>Finding Dory</i>

Past the Popcorn: Disney and Pixar Get a Sequel Right with Finding Dory

by Jeff Walls Unless they star a toy cowboy and his space ranger pal, sequels to Pixar movies have been somewhat underwhelming.  Cars 2 and Monsters University were both moderately entertaining, but... [Read more]

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]