Crowd Surfing Jesus

Coming Attractions/News:

All the Money in the World – Trailer
Red Sparrow – Trailer
The Shape of Water – Red Band Trailer
Jamie Lee Curtis Returns to Halloween

New Movies

American Assasin – A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. (35% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_assassin_2017

mother! – A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (69% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mother_2017

Undisputed Classic

Rosemary’s Baby – A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (99% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rosemarys_baby

Top Five: Worst Romantic Chemistry in a Movie

1987

The Pick-up Artist – A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia. (55% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pickup_artist

Maurice – After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maurice

The Principal – A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school. (50% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/principal

In the Mood – Based upon the true story of “Sonny” Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to women everywhere) Eventually being taken to court by the local authorities. He was only 15. (64% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_the_mood

Fatal Attraction – A married man’s one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (78% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1007141_fatal_attraction

Hellraiser – An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hellraiser

Amazon Women on the Moon – A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amazon_women_on_the_moon

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Movie Review Home Again

Home Again is a vacuous and inane movie that is otherwise an inoffensive and forgettable romantic comedy about characters who have no problems. It’s the kind of vacuousness that you would think even Hollywood would be tired of by now and yet there still seems to be an appetite for it. I think it’s called lifestyle porn, wherein the poor watch movies like Home Again and fantasize about the architecture and accoutrements without a care for whether or not the characters’ lives are worth enduring. Click the poster for the full length written review.

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Movie Review The Wilde Wedding

The Wilde Wedding has the chance to be a pretty great movie but lacks the courage to pull it off. The film brings together the talents of Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Patrick Stewart for a wedding comedy and the charm factor would be off the charts except that writer-director Damian Harris can’t resist mucking up the works by having the younger cast too often crowd out the more interesting veterans. Click the picture for the full length review…

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Classic Movie Review Requiem for a Dream

With Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Mother starring Jennifer Lawrence arriving in theaters across the country this week, now is the perfect time to look back on the best of Aronofsky’s career thus far. You can hear more about Mother and the style of Darren Aronofsky on the next “Everyone Is a Critic Movie Review Podcast” available on iTunes every Monday Morning.

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Classic Movie Review The Pick Up Artist

The Pick Up Artist is a bizarrely bad movie of the kind only James Toback seems capable of. This mess of a romantic comedy and a gangster movie attempts to be both conventional and unconventional. Toback’s thing has always been arthouse style talky existentialism with a healthy dose of New York. Watching him try to cram that unusual sensibility into a mainstream movie would be unwatchable were it not for Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald who, at the very least, remain likable even as they struggle against a director lost in his attempt to serve the commercial and the arty.

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THE PICK-UP ARTIST, from left: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., 1987. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

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Holy IT!

Coming Attractions/News:

The Snowman – Trailer
Lady Bird – A24 Trailer

New Movies

Home Again – Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (34% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/home_again_2017

IT – A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. (87% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/it_2017

Undisputed Classic

Killer Klowns from Outer Space -Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. (71% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killer_klowns_from_outer_space

Top Five: Evil Clown/Evil Clown Movies

1987

The Curse – When a meteorite lands near his family farm during a storm in Tennessee, the son of a struggling farmer believes it’s connected to strange plague-like events afflicting the crops, the farm animals and even the family themselves. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_curse_1987

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Truckers in Space

Coming Attractions/News:

Goodbye Christopher Robin – Trailer
Victoria of Abdul – Trailer
The Current War – Trailer
Force Friday

New Movies

Tulip Fever – An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. (10% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tulip_fever

I Do… Until I Don’t – An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony. (31% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_do_until_i_dont

Undisputed Classic

Lust For Life -The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.(100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1012920_lust_for_life

Top Five: Blue Collar/Union Movies

Streaming Challenge

A Boy Called Po – When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called ‘Po,’ is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he’s close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he’s bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he’s just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po. (33% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_boy_called_po

The Assignment – After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible. (31% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_assignment_2017

Chuck – A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. (80% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chuck

Wakefield – A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months. (74% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wakefield

1987

A Man in Love – An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_in_love

Hamburger Hill – A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hamburger_hill

The Boys Next Door – Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002996_boys_next_door

A Prayer for the Dying – Martin, an IRA hitman, is seen by a catholic priest while carrying out a hit. He grows a bond with the priest and his niece. But his past and his former employers put all their lives in danger. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_prayer_for_the_dying

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Classic Movie Review Lust for Life

Our classic this week on the Everyone is a Critic movie review podcast is Kirk Douglas and director Vincent Minnelli’s portrayal of the life of troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh, Lust for Life. If the film illustrates one thing more than anything else it is that acting has changed a great deal since 1956. While Douglas and co-star Anthony Quinn, as fellow painting legend Paul Gaugin rage at each other, it’s not hard to see why the directors of the next generation began to strive for something more natural and genuine from their actors. Lust for Life seems to me to be among the last films for which theatrically trained actors were the vanguard of the cinema. Click the poster for the review

 

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Movie Review: I Do Until I Don’t

Lake Bell is quickly proving herself as a jack of all trades. She started her career in the role of the slightly less gorgeous best friend in movies before taking a major U-turn from pursuing movie stardom. When her What Happens in Vegas co-star Rob Corddry pitched the idea of the then web series Children’s Hospital, it was an unlikely choice, one I’m sure her agent wasn’t exactly excited about. Then the series became a cult hit, earning a place on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup it showed Hollywood that Lake Bell was more than just the pretty face. Click the picture for the full review. Also you can now support my writing via donations. Check the bottom of my review of I Do Until I Don’t where you can show your support by donating a dollar or more. Every bit helps to support independent writers succeed and thrive.

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By the Eyebrows of John Saxon

Coming Attractions/News:

The Florida Project – A24 – Trailer
Tulip Fever – Red Band Trailer
Last Flag Flying – Trailer
Joker stand alone movie produced by Martin Scorsese written by Todd Phillips
Christian Bale in Hostile
TIFF raising money for female film critics
RIP Tobe Hooper

New Movies

Leap! – An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. (37% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leap

Wind River – An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. (85% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wind_river_2017

Birth of the Dragon – Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend. (23% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/birth_of_the_dragon

Undisputed Classic

Enter the Dragon – A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enter_the_dragon

Top Five: Kung Fu Movies

1987

The Fourth Protocol – John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries. (71% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fourth_protocol

Hamburger Hill – A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hamburger_hill

House II: The Second Story – The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. (0% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/house_2_the_second_story

Matewan – A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/matewan_a_luta_final

The Rosary Murders – A priest is put in a dilemma when the serial killer who has been murdering priests and nuns confesses to him. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rosary_murders

End of the Line – When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president. (60% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/end_of_the_line_1987

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