Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is Nostalgic

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is the perfect way to offer closure to the series should there never be a reboot.  I said as much on Twitter during the world premiere at Tribeca in April. In just over an hour, Brent Hodge manages to reunite the cast and crew of Freaks and Geeks by way of contemporary interviews while revisiting the set of the 1999-2000 series.  As the series did so on September 25, 1999,…

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Skyscraper: A Nerve-Inducing Thriller

Whether or not you believe that Dwayne Johnson can save the day, Skyscraper will have the audience on the edge of their seat. A brief prologue introduces us to Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) when he was a FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader.  We’re taken to the snowy cold of Ash Lake, Minn. where a a hostage situation is underway.  One moment in time paves way for what happens in the future.  We get a glimpse…

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Avengers: Infinity War set for Home Video Release

After breaking box office records, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War can be yours when it arrives on Digital on July 31, 2018, and 4K and Blu-ray/Digital on August 14, 2018. For those consumers who purchase the digital release, they can experience 30-minute roundtable with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi.  All eight directors will speak to how their movies contribute to…

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Shock and Awe stands up for Journalism

Director Rob Reiner gets political once more with Shock and Awe revisiting the politically charged lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. The film tells the story of four journalists with the Knight Ridder News Service.  The media wasn’t challenging the Bush Administration on Iraq’s lack of evidence when it came to Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Knight Ridder, for what it’s worth, rose to the occasion when nobody else was challenging the administration.  It’s something that’s…

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Dark Money: A Thrilling Political Documentary

Taking the battle to the frontline in Montana, Dark Money examines the consequences of the Citizens United v. FEC ruling. When the United States Supreme Court announced their Citizens United ruling, the effects were devastating for American politics.  Once prohibited to donate to political campaigns, corporations were handed the free reign to spend as they pleased.  It’s because of this that tax-exempt “organizations” set up shop without any requirement to record their donors.  This results in money…

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Wizard World Chicago is Coming in August

With Wizard World Chicago set to take over the Rosemont suburb next month, it’s time to start making plans for who to see during the Comic Con.  Whether it’s movies, television, or comic books, there’s something for everyone when Wizard World Chicago takes place August 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. This year’s installment of Wizard World Chicago marks the 20th anniversary in Chicago.  What better way to celebrate than bring in Sebastian Stan…

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Eating Animals: A Thought-Provoking Documentary

Eating Animals is a thought-provoking documentary that will make people think twice about the food they put in their mouth. Oscar-winning actress Natlie Portman narrates the film, which could double as a horror feature.  Christopher Quinn directs adapts the film from Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name.  To say that the documentary is provocative would be an understatement!  Just as with the book, the film seeks to answer the same question of where…

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Fantasia 2018: Four Films I Want To See

The 2018 installment of the Fantasia International Film Festival is just around the corner.  Here are some of the picks that Solzy at the Movies anticipates. One of the films I’m most looking forward to is The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot.  The film stars Sam Elliott, who delivered an astonishing performance in The Hero last year, as a World War 2 veteran.  Not just any old veteran but the one who…

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Jaws: A Quintessential American Film

One of the greatest films of all time, Jaws is a quintessential American movie. With one of the most iconic scores in all of cinematic history, an innocent swimmer, Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie), getting attacked by a shark would change the beach forever.  Police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) had the right idea to close the beaches following Chrissie’s autopsy.  However, Amity mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) re-opens the beach out of fear of losing money.…

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Aladdin kicks off Tuesdays with Robin

While Aladdin holds up as a beautifully animated motion picture with awesome songs, there’s a major flaw in casting non-Persians. Fresh off of The Little Mermaid, directors Ron Clements and John Musker went to work on Aladdin.  Walt Disney Animation Studios had offered the pair a choice between Swan Lake, Aladdin, and some film about lions in the jungle but they were like, “Who would want to see that?”  The latter of which went on…

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