Posts tagged "summer"

2014 Summer Movie Season Superlatives

2014 Summer Movie Season Superlatives
Well, folks, that’s a wrap.  Oh sure, this weekend marks the official end of the summer movie season, but when the only new releases are a stale Pierce Brosnan spy caper (The November Man) and a cheapie horror flick (As Above So Below), you know we’ve reached the end of the line.  Now seems like... Read more »

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Genre: Comic Book Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: When the galaxy is threatened by the evil Ronan the Accuser, five criminals (including an outlaw who calls himself Star-Lord, a green-skinned mercenary, musclebound revenge-seeker, talking raccoon, and humanoid tree) must put aside their differences to team up and work together... Read more »

Hammering Out... Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Hammering Out... Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. JOHN: Three years ago, I was hugely surprised by how much I enjoyed the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Having been burned so... Read more »
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Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Genre: Animated Fantasy Adventure Rating: PG Running Time: 105 mins. Premise: 5 years after the first film, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless, face off against the evil Drago and his army of brainwashed dragons.  Along the way, Hiccup reunites with his long lost mother (voiced... Read more »

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street
22 JUMP STREET Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 112 mins. Premise: Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are charged by their superior officer to do the exact same thing they did last time, so they infiltrate a college, posing as students to bring down an illegal drug operation. Behind-the-Scenes: The whole gang is... Read more »

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow
EDGE OF TOMORROW Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 113 mins. Premise: A public relations officer (Tom Cruise) is forced into an epic war with alien squid creatures, and finds himself caught in a time loop, living and dying and repeating the same day over and over.  As he faces the same battle scenarios,... Read more »
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Hammering Out... The Fault In Our Stars

Hammering Out... The Fault In Our Stars
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. JOHN: Two things must be mentioned before we delve too deep here.  First, I’ve read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.  I read it for the first time... Read more »

Hammering Out... Neighbors

Hammering Out... Neighbors
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: NEIGHBORS. JOHN: This summer promises to be a good one for the R-rated comedy.  With so many superhero films and sequels clogging the release schedule, the R-rated comedy is like the last bastion of... Read more »

Summer Movie Forecast 2014: Predicting the Biggest Hits and Misses

Summer Movie Forecast 2014: Predicting the Biggest Hits and Misses
This Friday’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 marks the official start of the summer movie season.  Oh sure.  It may seem like we’re already in the throes of summer blockbusters, what with the April 4 release of the hugely profitable (and hugely awesome) Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  But, that was just a warm-up. ... Read more »
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28 Hot Movies That Will Help You Escape The Chicago Weather

28 Hot Movies That Will Help You Escape The Chicago Weather
Public transportation is a mess.  Medical experts are warning about frostbite setting in after 5 minutes outside.  The freezing temps are setting records.  Schools are closed and kids are home playing Skylanders.  Businesses are closed and parents are working remotely from home.  And, all the news can report right now is this: It’s bleeping cold... Read more »