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Pixels is the classic Hollywood tale of something interesting and new shoved through the Hollywood meat-grinder, mangled and twisted into something horrifyingly repulsive. Seriously, the only thing the Adam Sandler Pixels movie is good for is helping you get a nap in on a lazy Sunday afternoon. An afternoon so lazy you can’t bring yourself to exert the energy to reach for the remote to change the channel as you drift off into sleep. I found myself nodding off just watching this Honest Trailers look at the disaster that is Pixels. (more…)

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On the cusp of the all important Oscar nominations tomorrow morning, the nominations for the highly-influential (though for entirely different reasons) 36th annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. The “Razzies,” as they’re more commonly known, seek to honor (sarcastically) the worst movies of the year, and the 2016 race features a log-jam of frontrunners including a sci-fi opus, a mall cop comedy, an erotic drama based on Twilight fan fic, and the ubiquitous Adam Sandler entry. As usual, this year’s Razzie noms include previous Oscar winners, those currently in contention for Oscars, and those who just continually make bad decisions when choosing movies to make. (more…)

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As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.

Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)

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Millions of fans reached the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and thought, “I wonder what comes next for Harry and friends?” The book’s epilogue offers some insight, but there was still an 18 year gulf between the Battle of Hogwarts and the gang seeing their kids off on the Hogwarts’ Express. Pottermore‘s tried to fill in some of those blanks a couple of thousand words at a time, but let’s cut the chase, wouldn’t it be nice to have another Harry Potter movie with an adult Harry, Ron and Hermoine having an adventure as twentysomethings? It turns out that filmmaker Chris Columbus has had the same thought. (more…)

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Like the “average” summer movie fare, Pixels has good stuff and bad stuff.  Like most films that want to be profitable and seen as a “hit” in the eyes of the public, the question must that must be asked is “does the good stuff outweigh the bad stuff?”  If you’re an eager pre-teen movie-goer, a parent of an eager pre-teen movie-goer, or a thirtysomething who really digs some deep-reaching retro references, then Pixels is probably right up your alley.  And if you don’t fall into one of those categories?  Well, let’s just say that your princess might be in another castle.

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Hollywood’s retro-love is still in full swing, even if it takes some projects a little longer than others to complete the process from concept to completion.  Long-time writer and director Chris Columbus is out on the press tour for his new movie, Pixels, that opens this week (look for my review at Noon EDT Wednesday here on the site), and he gave us media types a little more info on where the reboots of two major 1980s products – Goonies and Gremlins – stand.

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Video games and movies are being taken to the next level with the upcoming flick, Pixels. The movie is set to take video game characters and bring them into the real world to cause all sorts of chaos, with only a group of gamers able to save the day. And whether you like the idea or not, it looks like they’ve picked up a new star, one that people might want to see – Peter Dinklage. (more…)