Overpaid Jerks: 2/13/17-2/19/17
An incredible victory streak, an assault arrest, All-Stars and a batting practice guest appearance. Here's our sports trivia recap quiz for the 8th week of 2017.
Hidden Gems: Shattered Glass
Ace screenwriter Billy Ray's 2003 directorial debut Shattered Glass is kind of a throwback to movies from the 1970s.
A flurry of final guild activity over the weekend has provided final valuable clues as to the direction of the Oscars next week.
2017 Calvin Awards
Over the past 16 years, more than 100 contributors have shared their thoughts on the finest motion pictures, television series, and acting performances as well as a few other signature categories.
Something seems missing at the box office over this President’s Day long weekend - moviegoers.
Friday Box Office Analysis
Three new releases all perform poorly even as all of last weekend’s releases drop heavily, leaving LEGO Batman to stay on top for the weekend.
This is So Last Week: 2/10/17-2/16/17
Swimsuits, a Grammy surprise, an assembled superhero and a surprise Congressional witness. Up on your recent entertainment news? Test yourself with our pop culture quiz for the 7th week of 2017.
If there were some way to get Hollywood to start spreading out its actual successful releases, I think we should encourage that.
Review: John Wick 2
As John Wick Chapter 2 unfolds, we are reminded how narrow the line can be between a very good film and a very bad one.
Oscar voters have had their ballots since Monday, and the Oscar race is in its last ten days.
How Well Do You Know: Annie Hall
Ranked as number 4 in AFI's greatest comedy films list and 28 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Films list, Annie Hall is considered to be Woody Allen's career highlight. He plays a neurotic comedian who goes on a date with the titular character.You think you can ace this one? La-dee-Dah, lah-dee-dah.
Movie Review: The Comedian
Scrolling down the repertoire of director Taylor Hackford, one finds there are more hits than misses...
Review: John Wick Chapter Two
After enacting brutal and exceptionally well-photographed revenge in the 2014 film, Wick (Keanu Reeves) is hoping to once again re-exit the criminal underworld.
Ah, the shorts. The three obscure little Oscar races that most prognosticators just take crazy stabs at, and that you basically have to pray to get right on Oscar night.
How Well Do You Know: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is a 30-something Greek-American who does not seem to be in a place to "marry Greek boys, make Greek babies, and feed everyone" like every other woman in her Greek community. Despite her family's misgivings, she leaves her job at the family restaurant and takes steps towards a more independent future, which leads her to Ian Miller (John Corbett). Ian's wonderful - but he's *gasp* not Greek, which scandalizes Toula's large, close-knit family. Will Ian be accepted in the Portokalos clan? This movie was the surprise sleeper hit of 2002, grossing $368.7 million worldwide. How well do you know My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
Top Chef Recap
It’s crunch time... though, to be fair, it’s felt like crunch time for the last four episodes or so.
This week’s highlights include the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World and 30th anniversary of Mannequin.
Overpaid Jerks: 2/6/17-2/12/17
An inspiration speech gone awry, an NBA ban, Durant returns to OKC and the passing of a great owner. Here's your sports recap quiz for the 7th week of 2017.
Review: Fifty Shades Darker
A significant chunk of the dialogue in Fifty Shades Darker consists of relationship clichés.
Unless you’ve been living under an Awards Season rock, you know that La La Land is one of those clear, runaway favorites to win Best Picture at the Oscars in two weeks.
Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
It was almost inevitable that The LEGO Batman Movie would serve as an uproarious parody of the Caped Crusader.
We've got another "sequel weekend" where somehow, all three openers are the second film in their respective franchises.
Friday Box Office Analysis
We've got good news for the Joker on how to defeat Batman. Simply add lots of gratuitous sex scenes. The next Harley Quinn movie basically writes itself.
Movie Review: Silence
Let there be no doubt that Martin Scorsese is a man for whom faith has been a lifelong pursuit.
January 2017 Box Office Recap
Think fast! What’s the most interesting month for movie box office?
While a large portion of the continent deals with a winter blast, the winter box office doldrums are definitely a thing of the past.
This is So Last Week: 2/3/17-2/9/17
Blasts from the past, Super Bowl festivities, an award-winning director and a sci-fi hero. Wake the neighbors and call the kids, here's our pop culture recap quiz for the 6th week of 2017.
We continue with our handicapping of the Oscar categories, this time by completing the picture of the “below the line” or technical races.
How Well Do You Know: Me Before You
Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) is looking for a new job when she comes across an offer too good to be true - a position as a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Will has been paralyzed due to an accident and needs constant care. Cheerful Lou and bitter, angry Will clash initially but eventually change each other's lives. How well do you know the film adaptation of Me Before You?
How Well Do You Know: The Last Emperor
Today we'll be talking about an important figure in Chinese history. His name is Puyi, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty during his childhood and the Emperor of Manchuria at his adulthood. During the last parts of his life he was imprisoned by Chinese communists and forced to confess his collaboration with the Japanese. Here is The Last Emperor.
Movie Review: Rings
The tale of Samara Morgan should function as a sort of litmus test for human gullibility.
Top Chef Recap
Assuming that only three chefs will be advancing to the finale (per Top Chef’s usual practice), there will be three chefs taken down, and three allowed to go.
Overpaid Jerks: 1/30/17-2/6/17
The Super Bowl, an NBA war of words, the final appearance of a legend and college basketball milestones. Here's our review of sports news for the 6th week of 2017, presented in a pleasing quiz format.
Movie Review: La La Land
La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, is a magical Hollywood treat that doesn’t aim to just entertain.
This week’s film anniversaries include February record setter Dante’s Peak, and the 25th anniversary of Medicine Man.
The Directors Guild of America awarded La La Land’s Damien Chazelle this year at their ceremony...
What a sorry sack of openers we have for Super Bowl weekend.
Friday Box Office Analysis
Super Bowl Weekend is still one of the few remaining times Hollywood generally takes a pass, tossing out a ridiculously late horror sequel and aiming something at teens.
This is So Last Week: 1/27/17-2/2/17
SAG Awards, a gaming loss, a horror movie victim and a billionaire. Impress friend, colleagues and lovers alike by acing our pop culture quiz for the 5th week of 2017.
The winter doldrums continue as we head into February with a couple of quickly forgettable niche-targeted films...
The Oscar are just three and a half weeks away, so we'd better get a jump on analyzing the race category by category...
February 2017 Forecast
The January tradition of dishing out exactly one horror movie per week proceeds at full speed ahead.
How Well Do You Know: Bridget Jones's Baby
Over a decade after we last saw her, Bridget Jones - and her diary - are back. While her professional life is going well, her love life is still in a bit of a rut. Bridget is surprised to find herself pregnant at 43, and also confused about the identity of the baby's father. How well do you know Bridget Jones's Baby?
In honor of the recently passed John Hurt, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the opening moments of 1979’s Alien.