Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Wild Horses" B June 5, 2015

Chickens come home to roost in Texas

Robert Duvall has settled nicely into the Lovable Old Coot phase of his career, but he doesn't seem to be slowing down. The 84-year-old living legend wrote, directed, and stars in "Wild Horses," a sturdy Texas-set drama about an old rancher settling his affairs at the end of his life. Duvall acquits himself well enough behind the camera, but it's his onscreen work that's most impressive. He gave himself a difficult role that requires him to be alternately grandfatherly and malicious, and darned if he isn't convincing both ways.

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Movie Review: "Entourage" D+ June 3, 2015

Have they always been this boring?

I never watched HBO's "Entourage" series, and seeing the movie does nothing to make me want to go back and catch up. Of course, the movie was intended to satisfy current fans, not woo new ones, and maybe those fans will enjoy it. Who knows? All I can do is report that it produced maybe two or three mild chuckles from me, and that I didn't find any of the characters likable, sympathetic, relatable, funny, or interesting.

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Eric's Blog June 2, 2015

New song: 'Give Me a Call (A Song for Mom)'

I have recorded a new song that you can listen to! It's called "Give Me a Call (A Song for Mom)," and the link is below.

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Movie Review: "San Andreas" B May 29, 2015

Saving the world, or at least his family

Let me tell you up front that I held my breath and gripped my armrests during most of the action scenes in "San Andreas," just like the movie wanted me to. I had fun with it. The Rock is a high-wattage movie star, and the special effects are perilously convincing. But at the same time ... here's the thing:

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Movie Review: "Poltergeist (2015)" C May 22, 2015

Just another generic, forgettable remake

You probably remember the tragic fire at the MGM archives, where every single copy of the 1982 horror classic "Poltergeist" was destroyed, including, somehow, all the DVD and digital versions. I don't recall the event myself, but it must have happened, because now there's a "Poltergeist" remake, and why else would it exist? What other possible justification could there be?

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Movie Review: "Tomorrowland" B- May 22, 2015

Talks about dazzling, but doesn't dazzle

In the future, science will be able to produce a Steven Spielberg movie without any awe. The future is now! "Tomorrowland," from animation whiz turned live-action director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"), is a square-jawed, optimistic, all-American sci-fi adventure with a kid protagonist and George Clooney, for heaven's sake. With more heart and less pontificating, it could have been one for the ages.

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Movie Review: "Pitch Perfect 2 [AUDIO]" C May 15, 2015

The Bellas are back, but less so [AUDIO]

I didn't love the first "Pitch Perfect" -- it was fine, OK? -- and the sequel is more of the same, but less so. The story meanders and is stuffed with irrelevant subplots and tangents.

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Movie Review: "Far from the Madding Crowd [AUDIO]" B May 15, 2015

Lush period romance done right [AUDIO]

Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel "Far from the Madding Crowd" is lush and chaste, like a Victorian romance ought to be. Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen all give sympathetic performances, expressing a lot of restrained emotion with their faces.

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Movie Review: "Mad Max: Fury Road" A- May 14, 2015

Waging war while speeding in the desert

Noted Australian madman George Miller may have distracted himself (and amused us) with films like "Babe: Pig in the City" and the two "Happy Feet" toons, but now it's time to quit goofing around and get back to the dusty, post-apocalyptic wasteland that launched his career. "Mad Max: Fury Road" reboots Miller's cult-favorite franchise with all the intense, explosive energy you'd expect from a passion project that's been some 20 years in the making. Which is to say: it is straight-up, wall-to-wall BONKERS.

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Snide Remarks: "Eric D. Snider: Boy Journalist (Part 2)" May 13, 2015

More pieces from my 5th grade archives

I kept these newspaper clippings in a photo album. To make maximum use of the space in the album, I would sometimes cut the columns up and rearrange the layout. Over time, some of the smaller clippings of clippings fell out of the photo album and were lost forever. Also, there were a few columns that I didn't save at all, out of sheer negligence.

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