Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Steve Jobs" B+ October 16, 2015

Apple boss walks and talks before launch

Steve Jobs was a computer nerd who invented apples, alienated his friends, got cancer, and died. Some of these facts are explored in the movie "Steve Jobs," which, like its subject, eschews the usual formula in favor of something innovative. In this case, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin encapsulates Jobs' life and career by checking in with him at three specific moments: as he's about to unveil the Macintosh (1984), as he's about to unveil NeXT (1988), and as he's about to unveil the iMac (1998). On each occasion, he's visited by ghosts of launches past who help him (sort of) see the error of his ways.

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Movie Review: "Goosebumps" C+ October 16, 2015

What if Goosebumps books were real?

If there's one thing I know about the Goosebumps books, it's that they came out in the '90s and I never read them. They are spooky/funny/gross stories for tweens, yes? And there are like a hundred of them (Goosebumps books, not tweens)? OK, then I'm caught up.

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Movie Review: "Experimenter" B+ October 15, 2015

Let's all go electrocute some strangers

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Movie Review: "Knock Knock" D+ October 9, 2015

A man's fantasy turns into a nightmare

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Movie Review: "Goodnight Mommy (German)" B+ October 7, 2015

Twins are creepy: an exhaustive report

Fact: Identical twin children in movies are creepy. (In real life, too, if we're being honest, but never mind.) "Goodnight Mommy," a quietly alarming thriller from Austria, puts this truism to good use immediately, starting with scenes of young Elias and Lukas (played by Elias and Lukas Schwarz) running through cornfields (!) and whispering secrets to each other.

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Eric's Blog October 6, 2015

Some things I've written lately

Ahoy, Internet friends! Just a little update on what's been happening at EDS HQ lately.

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Movie Review: "Hotel Transylvania 2" B- October 1, 2015

Stay animated and we're cool, Sandler

"Hotel Transylvania 2" confirms what its predecessor gave us reason to believe: that Adam Sandler can still be funny and likable; he just has to be a cartoon.

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Movie Review: "99 Homes" B+ September 25, 2015

Buying and selling houses, your own soul

The very first thing we see in "99 Homes" is the brain-spattered wall of an Orlando bathroom where a man has committed suicide rather than be evicted from his home. The evictor, a Florida-twanged foreclosure vulture named Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), stands with his back to the body, yelling into his phone about how this complicates the process of preparing the house for resale.

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Movie Review: "Black Mass [AUDIO]" C+ September 21, 2015

Johnny Depp in Scorsese-lite crime story

You know how there's crime? Especially in Boston? And how the cops and gangsters all grew up together? Sure. You've seen the Martin Scorsese movies -- "The Departed" for Boston specifically, but "Goodfellas" and "Casino" for the general vibe of violent, fact-based mob stories about sociopaths who say the F-word a lot. "Black Mass," directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart," "Out of the Furnace"), is the Whitey Bulger story, with Johnny Depp as Boston's notorious '70s and '80s crime boss. Depp is intense, and worthier of being taken seriously as an actor than he has been in quite some time. But it's actually John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the FBI agent who protects Bulger by taking him in as an "informant," who's the protagonist. The film never really gets inside either man's head.

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