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Friday Fast Five Film Reviews (12/5): 22 Jump Street, Lucy, The Family, The Judge, 3 Days to Kill

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It's Friday, so that means its time for Fast Five Film Reviews. Have the whole spectrum today; comedy, science fiction, drama, and action... something for everyone in theory. Let's get to it. 22 Jump Street (2014) 22 Jump Street is about as perfect a sequel as one could wish for the screwball farce comedy that its predecessor was. Not a single scene in this movie is played straight. Every single second someone is doing something to remind us that this movie is pointless and does not deserve to be taken seriously, and therein lies its greatness. There’s all sorts of great in jokes about everything being exactly the same as the first time around, and budget cuts etc… The best part of the movie by far is in the credits reel where they show previews for the next thirty or so entries into … [Read more...]

Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

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Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games Genre(s): Open World, Third Person Shooter, First Person Shooter Released: September 17, 2013 (PS3, X360), November 18, 2014 (PS4, XONE), January 27, 2015 (PC) Price: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Rockstar wowed the majority of us a year ago when they released Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and Xbox 360. Even on old hardware, it was an excellent looking game that still looks better than some games released on the new systems. Now that Rockstar has released the game for PS4 and Xbox One, it looks even better. For starters, there's increased detail for everything. Textures are better, overall image quality is greatly improved thanks to anti-aliasing. There's greater draw … [Read more...]

Friday Fast Five Film Reviews (11/21): The Equalizer, Transcendence, Amistad, Girl Most Likely, & Rush Hour 3

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It's Friday, and that means that it is time once again for another Fast Five Film Reviews. This time there is four of us (myself, Jules, Brian, and Snowman) and no set genre, so there'll be a range here from action to thriller and drama to comedy. Jules is up first with two films from this year starring some big name actors. The Equalizer (2014) Official Score: 2 ½ stars Denzel Washington has two different kinds of characters that he is known for (although he does stretch outside the box occasionally) that being sweet, caring, mentors or complete hardasses. This movie supplies him with both roles at the same time. Robert McCall works at one of those big box hardware stores like Lowes/Home Deport, and spends his idle hours reading through “The 100 books you must read before you die” … [Read more...]

Christmas 2014 Gift Ideas Review: Destiny The Poster Collection & Journal

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Christmas is right around the corner, so you may have already been purchasing some gifts or at least thinking about what you'll get someone. If you know someone who is a fan of the video game Destiny, you may want to consider these two Destiny themed items from Insight Editions. The Destiny: The Poster Collection paperback book retails for just $14.99 at Amazon ($24.99 MRSP) and it features 20 removable, high quality posters. The posters are big; they measure 12 x 0.4 x 16.1 inches. They're also great pieces of art for fans of the game (some of the posters may even appeal to folks who aren't fans of the game).  Prior to this, I had never seen a poster book from Insight Editions, so I didn't really know what to expect. I assumed it'd be a flimsy magazine style poster book with cheap … [Read more...]

Friday Fast Five Film Reviews (11/14): The Wedding Singer, Signs, Grandma’s Boy, Duplex, My Super Ex Girlfriend

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This week on Friday Fast Five Film Reviews I dig into my backlog of quick movie ratings. You won't see names under the reviews, as we usually do, because this week all of them were written by me. As I said, this is dipping into the backlog of reviews we have that haven't been published here, so all of these we written in 2006 or 2007. We've got four comedies, two of which co-star Drew Barrymore, and one "thriller" on tap tonight. On with the show. The Wedding Singer (1998) Official Score: 3 1/2 stars Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a local favorite as a wedding singer, who gets stood up at his own wedding. However, he soon falls for the new girl in town, Julia (Drew Barrymore), but unfortunately she's engaged to a man that thinks he's Don Johnson. Naturally, Julia falls for Robbie as … [Read more...]

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