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Thursday, August 25
This is So Last Week: 8/19/16-8/25/16
Girls kissing, Olympic fall-out, the century's greatest and highly paid actors. Put on your pop culture thinkin' cap, here's our entertainment review quiz for the 34th week of 2016.


Thursday, August 25
How Well Do You Know: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10
The Paddy's gang is back and busy sinking to new lows. Dee, Dennis, Charlie, Mac and Frank try to break a record mid-air, implode while on a nationally televised game show, try their luck at online dating and get involved with a cult. How well do you know Season 10 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?


Thursday, August 25
Movie Review: War Dogs
The discomforting thing about War Dogs is that even if it wasn't based on a true story, our current regulations system leads us to believe it still could be.


Wednesday, August 24
Viking Night
One of the unexpected pleasures of revisiting old sci-fi classics is getting to see what we thought space travel was going to be like before space travel actually existed. Back then, nobody had any idea what space was going to be like. A writer could literally dream up anything, and who was to say whether it was plausible?


Tuesday, August 23
How Well Do You Know: Storm of the Century
From the warped mind of Stephen King to the small screen comes Storm of The Century. A great storm is brewing for the island folks of Maine, the kind of people that can keep a secret. A stranger comes to town, bringing death with him and revealing everyone's truths. You may know that pushers get pushed... but do you know, The Storm of the Century


Tuesday, August 23
Review: Hell or High Water
For the most part, the western genre seems content to be the realm of occasional throwbacks and modern re-imaginings.

Movie Review: War Dogs
War Dogs establishes and maintains an aura of pitch-black, mordant cynicism from the opening frame until the end credits roll.

Review: Florence Foster Jenkins
One looks at Florence Foster Jenkins with persistent curiosity...


Monday, August 22
Overpaid Jerks: 8/15/16-8/21/16
Olympic wrapup, NFL changes, a fired stadium DJ and college football top 5. Say goodbye to Rio and hello to football as we present our sports recap trivia quiz for the 34th week of 2016.


Monday, August 22
Movie Review: Sausage Party
Sausage Party is notable mostly for being a shocking R-rated satire, and it is neither shocking nor very trenchant in its satire.

Movie Review: War Dogs
Where does moral culpability end in times of war?

Movie Review: Anthropoid
There have been countless movies made about World War II, both from Hollywood and studios abroad...


Sunday, August 21
Weekend Wrap-Up
The good news this weekend is that we have six films earning more than $10 million.


Saturday, August 20
Friday Box Office Analysis
The Summer of Meh continues as three newcomers fail to light up the box office, leaving a film in free fall at the top for a third weekend.


Thursday, August 18
This is So Last Week: 8/12/16-8/18/16
Celebrity Olympic surprises, a terrific musical, TV firings and a Star Wars bummer. Impress friends and neighbors by acing our pop culture recap quiz for the 33rd week of 2016.


Thursday, August 18
How Well Do You Know: Ed Wood
He's been called the worst director of all time. He's a man with a passion but great naivety for film. He has a huge cult following among movie fans everywhere. How well do you know Tim Burton's Ed Wood?


Thursday, August 18
Review: Pete's Dragon
A children’s storybook figures heavily into the mechanics of the plot in Pete’s Dragon, and I refuse to believe that this was coincidental...

Oscar Watch 2016
When Christmas rolls around, I get a feeling, not quite deja vu, that it never has not been the holiday, like, isn’t it always Christmas?

Weekend Forecast
It's a typical mixed bag slate of releases for this lonely August weekend...


Wednesday, August 17
Review: Pete's Dragon
Trying to figure out why Disney bothered rebooting Pete's Dragon is a baffling endeavor.

Viking Night: Westworld
Westworld harkens back to a time when a movie could get away with looking like a television show, as long as the story scratched the right itch.


Tuesday, August 16
How Well Do You Know: Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan stars in the sweeping coming-to-America epic Brooklyn. A young Irish woman is sent to the United States in search of a better life, finding homesickness, heartbreak, opportunity and love along the way. You may hope your kids grow up to be Dodgers fans, but how well do you know Brooklyn.


Monday, August 15
Overpaid Jerks: 8/8/16-8/14/16
Dominance in the pool, the loss of a sports journalist, a jettisoned closer and poor bobblehead design. We'll spare you the inspiring story of the OPJ staff and what motivates us to perfection - here's this week's edition of Overpaid Jerks.


Monday, August 15
Review: Sausage Party
Sausage Party, the very adult animated comedy, had no reason to try to engage in either commentary or satire.

Hidden Gems
The Babadook is a movie I've heard about since it was first released at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.


Sunday, August 14
Weekend Wrap-Up
I hate to say I told you so, but Suicide Squad fell 67% in its second weekend, much like Batman v Superman’s 69% drop.


Saturday, August 13
Friday Box Office Analysis
It’s a virtual tie on Friday as extremely hard R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party earns $13.5 million.


Friday, August 12
Weekend Forecast
After last weekend, we are now through the period of expected mega hits for summer, and are settling down into our usual August doldrums.


Thursday, August 11
This is So Last Week: 8/5/16-8/11/16
One rapper quits rapping, another hosts a dinner party, a supermodel goes to Rio, as does a summer movie star. To the delight of... millions? dozens? thousands? here's our pop culture trivia quiz for the 32nd week of 2016.


Thursday, August 11
How Well Do You Know: Oliver & Company
For the late 80s offering Oliver and Company, Disney's take on Oliver Twist, the studio combined its trademark animation with a bit of rhythm, tempo, and beat, thanks to an impressive lineup of musicians. How well do you know Oliver and Company?


Thursday, August 11
A-List
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since the Fresh Prince took us to Bel Air with his cool rap and chill demeanor.


Wednesday, August 10
Viking Night
If you thought Disney’s John Carter of Mars was offbeat, you should try sitting through Robinson Crusoe on Mars.


Tuesday, August 9
How Well Do You Know: Stranger Things
A lost boy. A mysterious girl. A menacing facility. And something that goes bump in the night. Netflix's terrific summer 2016 series Stranger Things won fans over with its atmospheric, 1980s throw-back science fiction. You may know how to hang the Christmas lights in your living room just right, but how well do you know Stranger Things?


Tuesday, August 9
Movie Review: Jason Bourne
“He was always gonna come after me,” says CIA director Bob Dewey, speaking in regard to the super spy Jason Bourne.

Classic Movie Review
My education into the Monty Python universe continues.


Monday, August 8
Overpaid Jerks: 8/1/16-8/7/16
Heavy hitters, Hall of Fame highs and lows, a sudden retirement and the Rio Olympics. Enjoy your sports trivia quiz for the 32st week of 2016.


Monday, August 8
Movie Review: Suicide Squad
Ben Gruchow... disagrees.

Movie Review: Suicide Squad
Sean Collier liked Suicide Squad.


Sunday, August 7
Weekend Wrap-Up
Suicide Squad continues the bizarre summer of 2016, as the WB/DC combo lights up the box office...


Saturday, August 6
Friday Box Office Analysis
DC continued its inscrutable attempt to create their own comic book universe this weekend.


Friday, August 5
Weekend Forecast
At the start of the summer, most people circled this weekend as one of the most interesting and anticipated of the season. And, I mean, it made sense at the time, okay?


Thursday, August 4
This is So Last Week: 7/29/16-8/4/16
A Bachelorette, poor reviews, a long-awaited book and a controversial pageant winner. If some or all of these ring a bell, you're willing to take our pop culture recap quiz for the 31st week of 2016.


Thursday, August 4
How Well Do You Know: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9
Mac, Dennis, Dee, Charlie and Frank are back and more morally corrupt than ever in Season 9 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Paddy's crew gets involved in pyramid schemes, unsuccessfully attempts to repair relationships with those they have wronged, quarantine themselves in order to avoid getting the flu, and make the long-awaited Lethal Weapon 6. How well do you know It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9?


Thursday, August 4
Movie Review: Jason Bourne
Prior to seeing Jason Bourne, I made an effort to re-watch all four preceding “Bourne” movies just to re-familiarize myself with the character and premise

A-List
We close out our series of Best Picture slates with the best of the best.

August 2016 Forecast
2016 now has seven $300 million+ movies to its name, beating 2015's record by one, and we've got more on the way.


Wednesday, August 3
How Well Do You Know: The Meaning of Life
Why are we here? What's life all about? Is God really real? Or is there some doubt? Well, tonight, we are going to sort it all out. How well do you know The Meaning of Life?

Warning: Mature audiences only! NSFW!


Wednesday, August 3
Movie Review: Lights Out
Lights Out handicaps itself in the most favorable way it possibly can, and that way is to possess an antagonist that is never explicated.

Viking Night
This week you’re in for a treat, as it promises to be one of the very few times George Lucas gets mentioned in this column for something unrelated to Star Wars.


Tuesday, August 2
How Well Do You Know: Eddie the Eagle
Affable Englishman Eddie Edwards really, really wants to reach the Olympics, but he is far from your typical athlete. Finally settling on ski jumping, Eddie must overcome his physical limitations and other obstacles put in his way. Flap your arms when you reach of this quiz, but first let's see how well you know Eddie the Eagle.


Monday, August 1
Overpaid Jerks: 7/25/16-7/31/16
An rare triple play, the PGA Championship, a naked posting and a PR event gone very, very, very wrong. Here comes your sports recap quiz for the 31st week of 2016.


Monday, August 1
Review: Jason Bourne
The five films in the “Bourne” franchise have always been marked by a frenetic, chaos-first style of cinematography and direction.

Review: Bad Moms
There’s nothing wrong with the specific breed of pandering that Bad Moms, an alleged comedy directed by Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, engages in.




     


 
 

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