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Review: ‘Nightcrawler’
Friday, October 31 by

If Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo, then Gyllenhaal is the goddamn Kuz’kina Mat in Nightcrawler

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Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’
Friday, October 24 by

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the best movie we’ve seen this year, last year, three years before that, and maybe ever.

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Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Thursday, August 7 by

Despite all the fanboy hand-wringing, TMNT is not the childhood-defiling catastrophe that so many people predicted it would be. It’s also not a very good movie.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Friday, August 1 by

Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970′s Jock Jams mixtape (and that’s a good thing).

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The Film Cult Presents: Crumb
Friday, March 14 by

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! When I was a teenager, my neighbors let my parents borrow a bootleg VHS tape of Crumb, the documentary of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. The cassette was…

6 Reasons Why Gif Recaps Are Better Than Normal Television Reviews
Monday, March 26 by Joseph Gibson

Ah, the gif recap. In case your parents have banned you from the internet since 2007, here's what it means: Instead of a boring old TV recap utilizing "text" or…

Who would have thought this ham-fisted toddler comedy would have ever played outside the Borscht Belt? Not me.
Armond White Thought ‘Jack And Jill’ Was Just Great, Thank You
Tuesday, November 15 by

He also thought the war in Iraq was our nation’s finest hour and P.F. Chang’s has pretty authentic Chinese food.

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Review: FX’s Wilfred
Tuesday, June 21 by

“Wilfred” is off to a rough start.

DVD Releases for May 24th
Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: May 31st
Tuesday, May 31 by

DVD releases for May 31st, 2011

What's playing? Pirates 4!
What’s Playing This Weekend?
Friday, May 20 by

You look like you need to know what’s playing! You also look a little jaundiced.

Hey, what's playing? Bridesmaids, ya dummy!
Hey, What’s Playing This Weekend?
Friday, May 13 by

Below you will find a list of new films that are being released this weekend, along with the best and worst reviews we could find. I hope you’re happy.

5 Famous Movie Critics
Tuesday, January 25 by Victorino Sianghio Jr.

The 5 best famous movie critics are all those critics who have succeeded at making an impact on the way that audiences view and interpret films. These are critics who…

DVD Review: ‘Scrubs’ Season Nine
Sunday, October 17 by

I can’t believe they cancelled “Scrubs” after only nine seasons. I loved the show the whole way through, and I really liked what they were doing with the new medical…

DVD Review: ‘Community’ Season One
Sunday, October 17 by

Remember when we had to wait until a show was a perennial classic, and then they’d start putting out a season at a time on DVD? Heck, remember when they…

Review: ‘Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment’
Thursday, September 30 by

“Partial Terms of Endearment” is “Family Guy’s” notorious abortion episode that Fox refused to air. If you’re a “Family Guy” fan, you’ll probably agree it’s just another case of overreacting. “Partial Terms” is just an average episode, not even as offensive as previous abortion references have been.

Most of the episode isn’t even about abortion. It begins with Peter going to Lois’s college reunion and meeting Naomi, the one girl she experimented with. The first act is about Peter thinking he’s going to have a three way, which only entails typical porno cliché jokes. Of course, being “Family Guy” they still manage to get an SS reference in with the porno jokes.
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Review: ‘Running Wilde’
Monday, September 20 by

I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like.

Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble.
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Review: ‘Raising Hope’
Monday, September 20 by

“Raising Hope” is the kind of edgy comedy I want to see on TV. I don’t want to spoil anything because you should experience it fresh like I did, but I could not believe what I was watching. They’re putting this on TV?! And they should. It’s the same half hour whether they go crazy or play it safe, so just go crazy.

The setup it takes to make Jimmy (Lucas Neff) a single dad is outrageous. By about 10 minutes in, I couldn’t believe how far they took it. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do this every week, but I hope so. Aside from the shocking dark comedy, the humor is just joyfully immature. They say “wiener” and that makes me smile. The characters’ behaviors are so outrageous and politically incorrect, only Fox would put this show on.

Review: ‘Bones’ Season 6 Premiere
Monday, September 20 by

I know from previous writing experience that “Bones” fans hate spoilers, yet they love to read about “Bones.” I respect that. I don’t want to ruin anything for you, but I know you want to know about the season premiere, so I’ll be as vague as possible and just try to tell you what’s good so you can look forward to it.

Seeing some different settings in the opening of the show is cool. Fans probably know where the characters have gone off to, but just in case I’ll leave that up to the imagination. Wherever they are, it adds a little epic feel, even if it was shot locally. It adds some action and a chance for characters to bring their unique qualities to a different world. The ladies get a chance to be sexy too.
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Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0′
Saturday, September 18 by

When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?”

Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret.
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Review: ‘The Event’
Friday, September 17 by

Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.
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Review: ‘The Cleveland Show’ Season 2 Premiere
Thursday, September 16 by

If minor spoilers frighten you, turn back now. “The Cleveland Show” season premiere opens with Cleveland behaving really inappropriately with children. Donna even joins him. Probably the best development of Cleveland’s character in his spinoff is that he’ll get really angry and swear. He’s not the harmless neighbor anymore, but his anger is really only personal frustration.

This is another Kanye West episode. You may remember, or you may be hearing for the first time right now, that he plays local rap artist Kenny West. He seems to have a good sense of humor, giving voice to Kenny’s self-referential comment on the women in his videos, and dissing Rock of Love.
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Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 6 Premiere
Tuesday, September 14 by

“How I Met Your Mother” is a comedy with as many secrets as “Lost.” I can’t really spoil anything that happens in the season premiere, so I’ll just try to talk about the comedy and tease the cool stuff that develops in the plot.

It opens with something that a new viewer to the show might think is a big reveal. Of course we know they never get right to the point. They like to set up some future event and then go back and slowly lead back up to it until we realize what we thought we were seeing wasn’t actually what we were seeing.
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Review: ‘Outsourced’
Tuesday, September 14 by

I had an interesting experience with “Outsourced.” I watched it over the summer and wasn’t impressed. It just didn’t make me laugh. I didn’t care if it was offensive or not, it just wasn’t funny. Then I saw it again with an audience at a public screening and it got more laughs, and was endearing. I had the same experience with “Community” last year, although “Outsourced” isn’t as good as “Community” even the second time around.

It’s a weird conundrum. What good is playing well to a crowd on TV? Most of the time we’re going to watch it by ourselves. I guess it can give you a quicker sense of the elements that might grow on you in repeat viewings. It won’t take several episodes to realize Abed and Troy are the funny ones if you see people laughing at them right away. That’s “Community” though. “Outsourced” still doesn’t have an Abed and Troy.
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Review: ‘The Simpsons’ Season 22 Premiere
Tuesday, September 14 by

I’m always happy when I get an episode of “The Simpsons” early. I haven’t missed one in 22 years. It was appointment viewing and VCR taping long before there was DVR. Now getting a screener just gives me a bonus treat, since I’m so up to date I’m jonesing for the newest one.

This season’s premiere is really guest star centric and the best jokes are courtesy of the guests. That’s unusual because usually guest stars play minor roles, or at least they’re in on the “Simpsons” joke. This one really depends on them.
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Review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Tuesday, September 14 by

Where the roaring 1920s lights of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel meet with the violent crime sagas of a Scorsese classic, this what you can find in the fast-paced and explosive new gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.”

On the eve of 1920 with his pockets full of cash and liquor in a high demand due to prohibition, Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (played with tough talk and weak posture by Steve Buscemi) is at the top of his game as the Treasurer over the swinging and swindling lights of Atlantic City. Thompson has everything in place to create Atlantic City as the speakeasy capital of the world but as high stakes prove he has a lot more coming this way as the infamous decade will come of age in gangster warfare, political upheaval, and a crash and burn economy.
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