Comedy Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Comedy legend, and star of such timeless classics as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder died today at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Wilder’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman issued the following statement to Variety regarding the passing of his uncle: “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest [...]

Cinema Vortex: New In Theaters for the Week of August 28th

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Looking to hit up the theaters this week? Vortex Effect has you covered. Here’s a look at the movies releasing the week of August 28th including the drama Max Rose, which sees the legendary Jerry Lewis making his big screen return with his first starring role in over two decades. Action fans get Kickboxer Vengeance which stars Alan Moussi, Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre and Jean-Claude Van Damme. [...]

New on Blu: Blu-ray Releases for August 30th

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Looking to expand your Blu-ray Collection? Well here's the complete rundown of new Blu-ray releases hitting stores on August 30th. For the TV fanatics, Arrow, Shameless, and Star Wars Rebels each have their latest season hitting the Blu. For the movie lovers, there's The Jungle Book, Me Before You, and Barbarosa amongst others. It's all inside in the latest installment of New on Blu. [...]

Cinema Vortex: New In Theaters For The Week of July 10th

July 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Looking to hit up the theaters this week? Vortex Effect has you covered. Here's a look at the movies releasing the week of July 10th including the reboot of "Ghostbusters," the latest from Woody Allen, and Bryan Cranston going undercover in the the drug world to take down Pablo Escobar in "The Infiltrator." [...]

In Theaters This Week: April 17th – 23rd

April 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Looking to hit the theater this week but don’t know what to see? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the new releases hitting the big screen this week. April 22nd: Nina – She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took [...]

New Blu-ray Releases For April 17th – 23rd

April 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week may be lite on quality releases, but I don’t think that matters considering a big hitter is finally landing on Blu-ray this week with the release of The Revenant. The Revenant of course racked up many awards, including finally getting Leonardo DiCaprio his Best Actor Oscar. The based on a true story drama brought in over $183 million during its run in theaters. The only other item of note, in my opinion, is the Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection, but that’s really just because I like Doris Day. Here’s the full rundown of new Blu-ray releases for [...]

New Blu-ray Releases For March 27th – April 2nd

March 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Here’s the rundown of new Blu-ray’s releasing this week: March 29th: Concussion The Hateful Eight (Combo Pack) Point Break 3D (Combo Pack) Life Story The City of the Dead Humans – Season One Archer: The Complete Sixth Season The Pearl Button Forsaken Frightmare Cherry Falls The Sicilian: Director’s Cut The Gong Show Movie Exposed Corruption Pigs Murders in the Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror Sex World Code 7, Victim 5 / Moazmbique Blue [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: Lord of the Flies (1963)

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, March 12th @ 11:00 am CT. Director: Peter Brook Writer: Peter Brook (screenplay), William Golding (book) Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman Studio: Two Arts Ltd. Release Date: August 13, 1963 Runtime: 90 minutes Trailer: Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Patriot’s Point: Now here’s a classic film that I haven’t seen in years, and will definitely be setting my DVR. In my opinion, this 1963 black [...]

Weekend Box Office Report February 5th – 7th: Hail, Caesar! Debuts At #2

February 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Coen brothers comedy “Hail, Caesar!” released in theaters this week and took the second spot with an estimated $11.4 million. That’s the lowest grossing wide release for the Coen brothers, even though the film has received positive scores from critics. For the second week in a row, the animated family comedy “Kung Fu Panda 3” held on to the top spot with a respectable $21 million. Both “The Revenant” (#3) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (#4) managed to stay ahead of debuting films “The Choice” (#5) and “Pride and [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Nun’s Story (1959)

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT. Director: Fred Zinnemann Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 18, 1959 Runtime: 149 minutes Trailer: Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list. It’s a wonderful drama and arguably Audrey’s finest performance. Instead of yammering on about it though, I’ll [...]

Weekend Box Office Report January 8th – 10th: Star Wars On Top, Revenant Soars To Second

January 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

For the fourth straight week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens reigns on top of the weekend box office bringing in an estimated $41.6 million bringing its domestic total to  $812,011,043 ($1,733,411,043 world wide total). However the big one this week was Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant, which expanded to over 3,300 theaters and surged all the way to second (23 last week) with an estimated total of $38 million. Daddy’s Home continues to fare well, slipping to third place ($15 million), while The Forest debuts at number four ($13 million). Sisters rounds out the top five with an [...]
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