Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Zoolander 2" C- February 11, 2016

14+ years is an eternity in fashion terms

When a hit movie doesn't get a sequel for more than 14 years, one is tempted to believe it's because they were waiting until they came up with a good idea for one. After all, if they were content to deliver a mediocre cash-grab, they'd have struck while the iron was still hot, right?

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Movie Review: "Deadpool" B February 10, 2016

Killing and swearing his way to justice

As I understand it from watching the movie, what separates Deadpool from other comic book superheroes is that he doesn't want to be a hero; he knows he's in a comic book; he's willing -- nay, eager -- to kill bad guys; and he swears a lot.

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Movie Review: "The Boy" C+ February 8, 2016

Being a doll's nanny presents difficulties

"The Boy" is an atmospheric thriller in the old style, short on sex and violence, long on making the most of its meat-and-potatoes horror premise. It's too simple a movie to be a blockbuster, and not quite good enough to compensate for its lack of pizzazz (and star power), but people who like mild funhouse scares and creepy puppets will find it well worth the rental fee at Redbox (assuming that fee is still somewhere in the $1 range).

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Eric's Blog February 5, 2016

Checkin' in - Feb. 5

Happy February, readers! Here are the new reviews I have for you this week:

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Movie Review: "Hail, Caesar!" B February 5, 2016

Coen bros. take us back to a simpler time

Joel and Ethan Coen are Jewish, but the only one of their films to focus on the subject of faith directly is "A Serious Man," in which the conclusion they reach is "accept the mystery" -- i.e., you're never gonna figure it out; whatever will happen will happen, so quit worrying. That theme is also found in "No Country for Old Men" ("You can't stop what's comin'") and "Inside Llewyn Davis," where the title character faces the fact that his difficult, uncertain life might not ever get any easier.

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Movie Review: "The Choice" C February 5, 2016

Nicholas Sparks again; you know the drill

Like most movies, "The Choice" is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. That means it's a romantic drama set near the ocean, everybody has a dog, and one of the principals is going to die. (Or almost die. Sometimes they only almost die.)

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Movie Review: "Fifty Shades of Black" D February 3, 2016

Hey, speaking of bondage and torture...

With "A Haunted House," "A Haunted House 2," and now "Fifty Shades of Black," Marlon Wayans has proven that he doesn't need any help from his brothers to make a truly awful spoof. This is probably a great source of pride for him at family gatherings. "Did you see how low the Rotten Tomatoes score was on that last one?" Marlon Wayans probably says to Damon, Shawn, and Keenen Ivory. "I did that without you."

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Movie Review: "Kung Fu Panda 3" C+ January 29, 2016

Po isn't the only panda, as it turns out

As you may recall, or as you may have looked up on Wikipedia just now to refresh your memory, "Kung Fu Panda 2" ended with the revelation that Po (Jack Black) was not the only panda left, and that his real father was living in a secret village full of them. "Kung Fu Panda 3" takes it from there, adding another energetic chapter to the story while also reminding us of the law of diminishing returns.

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Eric's Blog January 22, 2016

Just checkin' in on Jan. 22

Now that my movie reviews are being supported by patrons, I figured I should update this blog more often so you'll know what's happening, what's about to happen, and what will never happen.

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Movie Review: "The Hateful Eight" B+ January 20, 2016

Locked in a cabin with well-armed liars

"The Hateful Eight" calls itself Quentin Tarantino's eighth movie, but that's only true if you count the two "Kill Bills" as one or don't count "Death Proof" at all (either method is acceptable). Fudging the truth to make the story better is second nature to a raconteur like QT, and his populates his movies with people who reflect that. It's especially true of "Hateful Eight" -- which really has nine characters ("Hateful Nine" doesn't have the same ring to it) -- almost all of whom are fabulists, exaggerators, or flat-out liars. They're Tarantino's kind of people, and not just because they love the N-word.

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