Tag Archives: comedy

Family Night: ‘Ramona and Beezus’ true to Cleary’s books

9 Nov

Rated G for some thematic elements (appropriate for all ages)

Run time: 104 minutes Directed by: Elizabeth AllenWritten by: Laurie Craig, Nick Pustav  Starring: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Josh Duhamel, Sandra Oh Continue reading

Now Playing: Percy Jackson, Frozen and a pathetic excuse for Valentine’s Day

12 Feb

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Morning all. How’s it going? I just put up a review of the new Wolfman and have a few more treats coming up today, including a top ten, a Retro review and The Weekly Creepy. However, in an effort to give you a look see into a few more of the new films opening today, I’m putting up links to my work over at Atomic Popcorn where I take a look at Percy Jackson, Adam Green’s Frozen, and Valentine’s Day. I’ll  post a link and the trailers for each below, complete with the matching Cinematropolis rating.

Check them out! Continue reading

Movie Review: Hoffman, Nighy and Ifans struggle to keep ‘Pirate Radio’ afloat

13 Nov

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cinemagrade c+ Richard Curtis is a bit of a cheeky monkey.

Having written British quirk comedies like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Love Actually (which was his directorial debut), Curtis has specialized in making off-color movies that are always more wholesome than they want to be.  His second film as a director, Pirate Radio, is a tune-filled anthem to the renegade rock jockeys of the 1960’s who would broadcast continual music from off-shore boats functioning as floating radio stations. Continue reading

AMAD-Horror Edition: Trick ‘r Treat

4 Oct

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Oct 4th,2009–

cinemagrade b+I’d say that it has felt like I’ve been waiting for Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat for years, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. It hasn’t just felt like years, it has been. Dougherty made the film in 2006 and was grooming it for a 2007 fall release when WB pushed it back to the spring, then to the fall, and then just kept pushing. Now, in a move so belated that the film has built a cult following among festival goers, Trick is finally getting released, just in time for the season where it best belongs. Thankfully, it turns out that the movie was worth the wait. Continue reading

Bloglins #1: Pandorum, Baltimore Book Festival, Dollhouse 2.0, Weekend DVDs

25 Sep

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September 25th,2009–

Happy weekend everyone! Here we are on Friday night and consider me exhausted. I’ve got a Surrogates review to write and AMAD to cover before I hit the sack so I’ll keep this one short. One of the new features for Cinematropolis is Bloglins, a forum for mini-reader reviews and feedback related to current pop culture items. Below I’ve got four topics I want to hear more from you on. Just post or email me a 100 word or less review/comment/update on any of the below bits and I’ll publish them below with your name, website and any info you wish to be included. Enjoy! My email is  j_echo@hotmail.com. Continue reading

Now Playing: Henson and Blige shine in Perry’s ‘I Can Do Bad’

25 Sep

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I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) PG-13. 114 min. Directed by: Tyler Perry Written by: Tyler Perry Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight 

cinemagrade b-If you can say nothing else about Tyler Perry, you must concede that he truly understands his audience. With the broken/spurned women, the good guys and bad,and the loud, broad (in every sense of the word) Madea, Perry is aiming his films at a specific niche and community. He mixes a raucous, almost vaudeville-worthy sense of humor with sincere messages of hope and faith. In the past, those elements have strained against each other. Now, in ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ Perry pulls a neat hat-trick; he makes a film tailored perfectly to his fanbase while finally delivering something that can cross over to the mainstream. Continue reading

Want to see ‘Zombieland’ for FREE at Towson Commons tonight? Details here!

23 Sep

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September 23rd,2009–

Wow. Columbia Pictures has really ramped up the marketing on their new horror-comedy Zombieland. There doesn’t seem to be place on the internet where I can’t see that creepy zombie clown staring over at me. In addition, there have been numerous screenings for the movie and it doesn’t even release until Oct 2. This screening is actually the second screening in Baltimore. Check out the details.

On Wednesday September 23rd (tonight!) at 7:30 p.m., Towson Commons will be hosting a sneak screening of Zombieland. It’s a free screening but the only way in is either with a physical ticket or one printed from Facebook. And if you are hankering for some brains–or laughs–and you have a Facebook account, you can get access to a pair of tickets for tonight’s show. Continue reading

The Weekly Creepy: Nosferatu Family Values in ‘The Vampire Diaires’

22 Sep

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Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1 (2009) NR 86 min, Directed & written by: Phil Messerer Starring: Devon Bailely, Ellis Cahill, JoJo Hristova, Michael Strelow, Myles MacVane

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Leave it to the low-budget film scene to find a way to rejuvenate the modern concept of the vampire. And in the wake of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, which has firmly locked in the nosferatu as mopey, faux-Victorian super heroes, a bloodsucking makeover was indeed in order. Phil Messerer’s Thicker than Water  may be as low budget as they come but it’s also original, intelligent and legitimately funny. Unlike the current CW emo-vamp fiasco, this Vampire Diaries takes its titular creatures all the way back to their mythic roots and adds a few new wrinkles of its own. Most compelling among these fresh insights is that although they have given up solid food for the red stuff and prey often on the innocent, vampires do retain a fierce sense of mi familia. Continue reading

Cinematropolis Review: Woody and the gang bring the funny to ‘Zombieland’

18 Sep

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Zombieland (2009) R 85 min, Directed by: Reuben Fleischer  Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

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Let’s get one thing out of the way up-front: the zombies are starting to lose their luster.

Whether lurching, creeping, shambling, or sprinting, the living dead have more than worn out their welcome. Resuscitated by 28 Days Later, sustained by the Dawn remake and catapulted to stardom by Shaun, the genre has crawled from its grave and now runs amok eating the brains of indiscriminate horror fans everywhere. Fortunately, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland is about to come along and joyfully hammer the last nail into this cinematic coffin. Continue reading

The Senator is Showing First Run Movies Again? ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ Opens

11 Sep

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September 11th, 2o09–

Now this is interesting. For the first time since March 2009, The Senator Theater is showing a first run film. Starting today, the classic theater on York Road, that went up for auction over the summer only to be bought by the city, will be running I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Bad is the latest in the Madea chronicles from Tyler Perry. This one also features Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige. The tickets are back to the standard Senator price of 8 dollars, but I’ve got no clue what made this possible, or if it will follow over to other first-run films or not. Continue reading