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Pixar’s Colorful ‘Inside Out’ is Thought-Provoking

posted by jtotey

When it comes to Pixar films, the question really isn’t, “Is it any good” but rather, “How good is it?” Since the beginning with Toy Story, the studio has created such an image for itself that audiences expect greatness with […]

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‘Jurassic World’ IS this Summer’s Blockbuster

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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios helped create the term “summer blockbuster” with the release of Jaws. This summer he is the executive producer of this summer’s blockbuster, Jurassic World, also produced by Universal. […]

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‘Spy’ is More Fun than it Should be

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The beloved Melissa McCarthy seems to have as many hits as she does misses when it comes to her choices of movies that she appears in. She is a very funny lady with a talent that Hollywood hasn’t pin-pointed how […]

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‘Age of Ultron’ is Over-the-Top Fun

posted by jtotey

What do Avengers do for fun on their time off? They attend parties and play party games like who can pick up Thor’s hammer: Tony Stark: “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” Thor: “Yes, of course.” […]

‘Insurgent’ Carries on the Story with no Point

posted by jtotey

I have never read the Divergent series of books by Veronica Roth, but I have been told that the third book in the series, “Alliegiant” is very disappointing. After seeing Divergent the movie and now Insurgent, I think I can […]

‘Divergent’ is a Good Movie Without a Point

posted by jtotey

What is it with teens and dystopian thrillers? They are depressing, full of teen angst and the storylines are obsessed with death. But the books have been huge hits so therefore movies must be made. When viewing Divergent, it is […]

‘Cinderella’ is an Improved Masterpiece

posted by jtotey

Sometimes Disney outdoes Disney. When news broke that Walt Disney Pictures was going to  make a live action version of one of their most popular animated movies, many were skeptical. The original is such a classic, how could it be […]

The Vampire Documentary You Have Been Waiting For

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If you are a fan of vampire movies (not those like Twilight but more like the classic Dracula) and mock documentaries (like Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman), What We Do in the Shadows is for you. This mockumentary […]

‘McFarland, USA’ – Better than ‘Hoosiers’

posted by jtotey

I am always amazed when a movie that is “based on a true story” can change so many details. It’s as if the real story wasn’t good enough. In an interview with The Christian Chronicle, Jim and Cheryl White, the […]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ is Better than the Title Suggests

posted by jtotey

This Sunday, the UP Network will premiere Corbin Bernsen’s romantic faith-based comedy, Christian Mingle: The Movie. Despite the terrible title, the movie is pretty good and may surprise a few people. The the flick does feature a few Christian Mingle […]

‘Black or White’ is More Grey – but in a Good Way

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Kevin Costner is a busy actor these days playing everything from a superhero’s father (Man of Steel) to a dying CIA agent (3 Days to Kill). Next month he’ll play a high school cross country coach in McFarland, USA, but […]

Paddington Will Win Over Your Heart

posted by jtotey

The TV commercials for the new Paddington movie do not do the movie any justice. The images of the little bear riding a bathtub down the stairs and the bewildered Mr. Brown look like the film Beethoven that replaces a […]

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

posted by jtotey

Ben Stiller’s first Night at the Museum (2006) was a fun and clever movie about a museum security guard who is surprised to find on his first night that all of the artifacts come to life when the sun goes […]

Exodus: Good Movie, Wrong Story

posted by jtotey

One has to wonder why some in Hollywood feel like they have to improve on stories based on the Bible. Perhaps it has to do with the idea that if you present a Bible story on screen, people will already […]

‘Saving Christmas’ is Full of Useful Stuff

posted by jtotey

Some may view actor Kirk Cameron as a hyper-religious, ultra-conservative Christian, so it may surprise you that his latest venture, Saving Christmas, is the polar opposite of what you might expect. In fact, this film is actually aimed at those […]

‘Big Hero 6’ will be Huge

posted by jtotey

All those naysayers, (myself included), who thought that Disney was making a big mistake purchasing Marvel, thinking that the two entities would not be able to mix well should be able to relax now. Yes, the traditional Marvel movies bases […]

Science Nerds will Love ‘Interstellar’

posted by jtotey

Christopher Nolan’s latest is one of those movies that makes me feel like I’m missing something. It’s Christopher Nolan! You know, the guy who wrote and directed the Dark Knight Trilogy and the mind-bending Inception! You have to love it! […]

‘Stonehearst Asylum’ is an Example of Old Fashioned Storytelling

posted by jtotey

With a title like Stonehearst Asylum and the spooky-looking poster promoting it, you might be inclined to think that this movie would be another horror film out just in time for Halloween, but you would be wrong. You won’t find […]

Believe Me: Comedy or Cringe-Inducing?

posted by jtotey

  A new kind of faith-based film came to movie screens a couple of years ago called Blue Like Jazz which was based on the book by the same name by Christian author Donald Miller. It featured college kids drinking, […]

‘Alexander’s Bad Day’ is Good for Everyone Else

posted by jtotey

Finally, this weekend you can find out for yourself why Steve Carrell is chasing a kangaroo and what that has to do with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. And it will be a good excuse […]

Gone Girl Leaves You Speechless

posted by jtotey

“Huh.” That is what I said at the end of Gone Girl. I couldn’t really believe that that was the end of the movie. Like many others who hadn’t read the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who […]

‘Kelly & Cal’ is a Sad Self-Absorbed Tale

posted by jtotey

Though the title says Kelly & Cal, this indie film focuses a lot more on Kelly (Juliette Lewis) and her postpartum depression than it does Cal, her 17-year-old wheelchair-bound neighbor. Kelly has recently moved to a location that is close by […]

Boxtrolls: Incredible Animation, Charmless Story

posted by jtotey

All the work and detail that went into The Boxtrolls may never be fully appreciated. Though an early promotion featuring the making of the movie using the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” as a backdrop was […]

Does New ‘Fight Church’ Documentary Hit Below the Belt?

posted by jtotey

“The first time I ever watched Mixed Martial Arts was on television at a church-sponsored fight night party that my brother-in-law had invited me to while I was visiting family in Michigan,” says Bryan Storkel in a Daily Beast article […]

‘The Guest’- And You Thought Your Family was Bad

posted by jtotey

After a few minutes of watching The Guest, you’ll swear you’ve seen it before, and there is a reason for that. Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, the duo behind the horror film, You’re Next, were inspired by bad horror/thriller […]

‘The Identical’ is Not as Good as the Original

posted by jtotey

I used to think that Elvis impersonators didn’t arrive on the scene until late in the King’s career, but apparently they have been around since the mid ‘50s. The first was Carl ‘Cheesie’ Nelson who did his own versions of […]

‘When the Games Stands Tall’ Could be More Inspiring

posted by jtotey

This weekend, the faith-based film, When the Game Stands Tall, hits theaters. It is the true story about the De La Salle High School football team’s 151 winning game streak from 1992-2003, their devastating loss against a rival team and […]

A ‘Hundred Foot Journey’ to a Near Perfect Dish

posted by jtotey

It would be easy to excuse and skip The Hundred Foot Journey film as an artsy, fluffy movie that nobody wants to see. There’s no sex, violence, action or language. Nobody died while making the film and it isn’t surrounded […]

Your Little Ninjas will Love these Turtles

posted by jtotey

If your sons are getting tired of princess stories, they are going to love the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie storming into town this weekend. Don’t be surprised if you end up liking it too. While purist may take […]

‘Guardians’: Fanboys get Their Movie

posted by jtotey

Marvel Studios took a risk in 2008 with a big budget project called Ironman. At the time, the comic book character was considered a lesser-known or a second stringer unlike Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four or The Hulk. It was debatable […]

Film Misses the Highs and Lows of ‘Boyhood’

posted by jtotey

Some films are so impressively made that they are fascinating to watch but not great to recommend to others. Unfortunately, that is the case with Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” film. The movie premiered at numerous film festivals across the country and […]

‘Apes’ Movie Surprises Again

posted by jtotey

  Do you remember the ending credits to Rise of the Planet of the Apes from three years ago? It showed graphics on how a deadly virus was sweeping across America and around the globe. The beginning credits for Dawn […]

‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is Scary Stuff

posted by jtotey

There is an old joke that goes something like, “Can a Christian have a demon?” The answer of course is “Why would you want one?” A similar question, “Can a horror story be redemptive?” will be asked regarding the new […]

2nd ‘Dragon’ is Better than the First

posted by jtotey

In DreamWorks’ 2010 movie, How to Train Your Dragon, dragons and men were enemies. That all changed when Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the son of the Viking king Stoick (Gerard Butler) became friends with Toothless. Both are handicapped, but […]

‘Maleficent’ is Magnificent

posted by jtotey

I couldn’t wait to see Angelina Jolie’s performance as Maleficent in Disney’s upside down production of the Sleeping Beauty story, but I half expected to walk away being disappointed. Instead, I was thrilled. This movie is not for those who […]

Latest X-Men is More Wolverine than Man

posted by jtotey

In the X-Men universe, it can be difficult keeping up with the various storylines. It doesn’t help that the movie’s endings don’t always fit with the sequels beginnings. For instance, in last year’s The Wolverine after the end credits, Logan […]

‘Cold in July’ is a Chilly Thriller

posted by jtotey

Sometimes the less you know about a movie, the better. That’s the case with Cold in July, the new Indy film directed by Jim Mickle, which makes this review a bit tricky not to share too much. Based on the […]

‘Godzilla’ is Huge

posted by jtotey

In 1954, Godzilla made movies history is his first Japanese monster movie. This week, the beast made history again by making a $93.2 million debut with the new American made movie. There have only been two American made versions of […]

Million Dollar Arm Swings Wide

posted by jtotey

The name Thomas McCarthy may not mean much to you, and it apparently doesn’t to Disney as they seem to have misplaced it on the webpage for their latest movie, Million Dollar Arm. McCarthy wrote the screenplay for this movie, […]

‘Moms’ Night Out’: Made for Women, but Men will Like it too

posted by jtotey

The new faith-based comedy, Moms’ Night Out, is taking a real beating among critics which is a real shame as this is not only a very well done “Christian” film, but it is also very funny with a storyline that […]

Black Nativity is love song to Langston Hughes

posted by jtotey

There are a few misconceptions about Black Nativity, the holiday musical arriving in theaters this week. First, while it sports the same name and is loosely based on the seasonal theater show, it really isn’t the same production. Originally, Black […]

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