Category Archives: Books

In Theaters This Week (2/17/2017): The Wall, A Cure for Wellness, Fist Fight

Fist Fight

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  February 17th is a four-day weekend for a lot of people in the States for Presidents Day (insert your own joke about the current one here), and there are three underwhelming choices to greet it.  Essentially, if you missed John Wick or Lego Batman (I’M GETTING TO THE REVIEW), that’s your best bet if you plan to head to the movies this weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/17/2017): The Wall, A Cure for Wellness, Fist Fight

In Theaters This Week (2/10/2017): LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick 2, 50 Shades Darker

John Wick Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  February 10th is considered Valentine’s Day weekend, so I suppose that’s the logic for releasing what will most likely be the three films that dominate the rest of the month all in one weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/10/2017): LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick 2, 50 Shades Darker

My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “The First Task”

With the triumphant return of The Wizarding World in the wake of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which just announced its Blu Ray Release), we’re running back through the Harry Potter series, examining the best of each in one “My Favorite Scene” column a month.  This month we come to the halfway point and the fourth film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “The First Task”

Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016) *Stop the Train; I Want to Get Off!*

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Blockbuster books used to be a prime source for Hollywood adaptations, and still are when they happen, but the sad fact is that there are a lot fewer blockbuster books than there used to be.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins certainly broke out and became that rare novel that everyone was talking about, and, therefore, because I happen to run in very literate crowd, I was peer pressured into reading it.  They sold me on, “Oh it’s even better than Gone Girl!”  No.  No it is not.  Gone Girl was written by Gillian Flynn, who is extremely dark and twisty, but is also one of the best, most-compelling authors writing today, and the film adaptation of that by David Fincher was fantastic..  The Girl on the Train is a slog as a novel and, in that respect, its adaption is a very faithful one.
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Trailer Time: The Circle (2017) *Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega*

Emma Watson, though she’s been globally recognizable most of her life thanks to Harry Potter, looks like she’s going to be breaking out in 2017 into one of the most in demand lead actresses in Hollywood. She’s got Beauty and the Beast in March, which would be enough, but the following month she shares the screen with Tom Hanks and John Boyega in the film adaptation of David Eggers’ acclaimed novel, The Circle.  This is a fantastic first look at the film, which will open April 28, 2017 (so it will have one week to be mulled over before Guardians Vol. 2 flattens the entire box office).  Synopsis below:
Tom Hanks, The Circle

A young female tech worker (Emma Watson) takes a job at a powerful internet corporation, quickly rises up the company’s ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation, which that involves privacy, surveillance and freedom. She comes to learn that her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity.