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That’s right, your favorite geek conglomerate website is now doing audio movie reviews! The cast of reviewers is subject to change even movie to movie, we have a whole rogues gallery of cinema outlaws, but one thing you can always count on is that these funny and insightful film reviews will always be, in some way, Highly Suspect.
Tom Hardy plays both of the infamous Kray twins in the 60s as they tore through London with their mobstery ways. Beau and JC describe the madness for your listening pleasure.
The Good Dinosaur
A lost dinosaur named Arlo and a small cave boy (yes, this is established as an alternate timeline) team up to survive in a rather hippy version of the alternate past where even the T-Rexes are just farmers. It could only be made in California. Brian and Elliot review.
In this revisionist bro-mance, James McAvoy plays the titular Victor, filled with genius and madness, spitting his passionate lines into the camera while Daniel Radcliffe is a (eventually) much cuter and quieter Igor than we’re traditionally accustomed to. Together, in an extended prequel type of fashion, they work (somewhat reluctantly on Igor’s part) towards the modern Prometheus. But does this version of Mary Shelley’s classic tale give it new life? Chris, Sarah, JC and Diva tell the tale.
Or, come on…Rocky VII. Which is fine with me as… #1: All but one of the Rocky films are eminently watchable and re-watchable (I’m looking at you, V), #2: The last Rocky film, Rocky Balboa, was one of the best, #3: Michael B. Jordan is a great young actor with a big future in front of him and whatsay we all forget about Fantastic Four, eh? #4: Ryan Coogler directed this latest entry, who also worked with Jordan on the wonderful Fruitvale Station, #5: Just listen to the review already. You people and your lists. Jeez. Chris, Sarah, Joe, Herman, JC and Diva review.
Michael Keaton is back and he’s heading up another film sure to hit many of the top spots at award ceremonies this year. Spotlight is the story of a small group of reporters at the Boston Globe who are tasked with long-term investigative pieces and uncover a giant conspiracy to cover up child abuse on the part of Catholic priests. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci also star in the film that may be our pick of the year. Sarah, Chris and Herman reporting…
The Night Before
Three old friends, played by Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, have been ritually going out every Xmas eve together and partying like crazy. It became tradition the year Levitt’s parents died in a car accident and he was left all alone. 14 years later and Rogen is married and his wife is about to pop their first child, Mackie has become a sports super-star, and Levitt….is about the same, only now mourning for the one that got away, his ex (Lizzie Caplan). But the three agree on one last blow-out and with Rogen having a box full of drugs, Mackie having the sweet hookup to stuff like a limo paid for by one of his sponsors, and Levitt having come across three tickets to the mysterious party to end all parties that they’ve been searching for all these years, how could it go wrong? (spoiler: it does). All this and Michael Shannon too!
Secret in Their Eyes
Chris Herman and JC got to see this remake of the Best Foreign Language Film award winner, now starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman and they can’t quite come to consensus. So Chris (cox) is there to referee. Listen up!
The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2
The Hunger Games franchise comes to a close (at least for the time being) with this final chapter that brings all the rebels together in a final stand against the capitol and President Snow. And it brings Chris, Brian, Herman, JC, and Elliott together in a final stand to ask…why did they split this up into two movies again? Warning: This is a SPOILER review, so if you don’t want the events of the film revealed, wait to listen till after you’ve seen it
Bryan Cranston steps into the shoes of the bigger than life Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, telling the story of how one of the most respected creators of his time was forced to work anonymously because of the red scare in the 1940s. Filled with other great actors playing significant characters of the time (Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Louis C.K., etc), Trumbo was met by our reviewers with…a decidedly mixed reaction. Click the link and listen to Chris, Joe and Sarah disagree on this one.
Daniel Craig returns for the fourth time as super-spy James Bond in the film that finally returns the evil organization SPECTRE to the franchise…and NO ONE is more excited about it than Brian Salisbury who joins Chris and Sarah on this review. WARNING: There are spoilers.
Appropriately we put up our review on the 5th of November because this new film Suffragette is about people blowing stuff up in political protest. More specifically, it follows the story of the women of England in the early years of the 20th century who had just about had it with not being able to vote. Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter star in the film and Chris, Richard and Sarah star on this review.
Our Brand Is Crisis
Sandra Bullock goes head to head with old rival Billy Bob Thornton as political campaign strategists for competing candidates in the Bolivian presidential elections. Things get wackier than you might expect and at least one llama dies horribly. Chris, Elliott, Diva, and Richard check the polls to see how it is.
Brie Larson and her five year old boy have been held prisoner in a garden shed for five years. Well, she’s been trapped in there for seven but…well…anyway. To comfort her child, she describes ROOM as all there is. Even having a tv in there with them she tells him TV people aren’t real. But when an opportunity to escape comes, the kid will need a crash course in scary reality. Beau, Chris and Sarah suss this one out for your amusement.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Paranormal Activity is back with its sixth film and the final movie in the franchise (and if you believe that, I have a Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter to sell you). Another family, another house, same location, same camera, same goddamn ghost, only now, with the help of that camera that keeps popping up, you can see him…in crapola 3D. None of which helps Ashley or Chris have anything good to say about this movie. Except breasts. Listen to the review.
The Last Witch Hunter
Vin Diesel finally gets a chance to play Dungeons and Dragons again as he assumes the role of Kaulder, an immortal hunter of witches who has lived for 800 years and now, in the modern age, has to respect a truce with non-interventionalist practitioners of the art, a brand new wet-behind-the-ears priest assistant (Elijah Wood) and a young witch (Rose Leslie) who wants to help as he tracks down some nasty spell-casters with an eye towards ending the truce once and for all. Listen to Richard, Chris, Sarah and JC make their savings throw against silliness.
Jem and the Holograms
I said to myself, “Chris, go ahead and ask Harris and Cat if they want to go see and review this movie and if they say no, you’re off the hook, and you don’t have to go see it. This is short notice, they probably can’t do it”. And Harris and Cat said, “Yes”, or I believe Cat’s exact words were, “I am so in it’s not even funny”.
You see, Jem and the Holograms was originally a 80’s animated tv series and it had its fanbase. Cat was one of the members of that fanbase. I never would have heard of this thing if not for her. Dammit, Cat. Anyway, this theatrical live action adaptation is, as she says, “In name only”, and we proceed to thrash this thing down to an inch of its life. Come share our pain, won’t you?
Based on the insanely popular series of horror for kids books by R.L. Stine, this new film takes a meta approach to the material with the new kid in the neighborhood discovering that his next door neighbor (Jack Black) is in fact the author of the books. And then he accidentally releases all of his creations into the real world. Don’t ask. But Chris, Beau, JC, and Sarah will tell you anyway.
One thing you can say for Michael Fassbender: he’s no Ashton Kutcher…thank God for that. Because finally, after multiple attempts, we get a film about the Apple icon that’s pretty damn great. Even with all the talent in this new Danny Boyle film, we hold up screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to be the shining star of the movie. Listen to Chris, JC and Elliott describe it in words that, quite frankly, seem embarrassingly trite next to what Sorkin would have said.
Bridge of Spies
Tom Hanks the lead in a film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the Coen Brothers…yeah, sounds like that would probably suck, right? NO OF COURSE IT’S NOT GOING TO SUCK YOU FOOLS. Which is why I was a bit baffled I couldn’t drum up more interest with our critic group in going to see it. This true story with Tom playing the guy who negotiated the release of a American spy for a Russian one during the Cold War is just as good as it’s pedigree suggests. Listen to Chris, Elliot and JC cast shame on the others for not showing up in their review.
Guillermo del Toro has historically been at his best when telling ghost stories. Which is why, probably, there was so much excitement about his latest film. Perhaps the varying responses to del Toro’s previous work has shaped to some extent the wide divergence of opinion that Chris, Michael, Beau, JC and Sarah have on this hyper-gothic romance film. Listen to our review (and try not to get too angry…we lost track of ourselves and there are indeed some big spoilers in our review).
Andrew Garfield is just trying to save his family home but at every turn, he’s lied to, told contradictory things, having blockades put up, and before you know it…BANG, there’s Michael Shannon at his door with cops saying, “GET OUT”. At the end of his rope and running out of ideas of how to support his family, he goes to confront the company and people who forcibly moved him out only to be offered construction work for big pay and little work by Shannon. Slowly seduced into first a moral grey area then, just plain moral bankruptcy, 99 Homes is a look at one man’s soul disappearing. Chris, Beau and Sarah weigh in…
Poor Matt Damon. His team done and left him on Mars. What’s an astronaut to do? Well, to quote his character, he’s going to science the shit out of it. Ridley Scott directs this adaptation of the best selling book rounding it out with an all star cast of folks like Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig and many more. The Unusual Suspects bring Chris, Joe, JC, Elliott and Beau in to analyze the data.
Emily Blunt plays a FBI agent who finds herself in kind of a sketchy cross-departmental task force to not quite legally go into Juarez Mexico and deal with the terrifying cartels. Josh Brolin is the not-so-forthcoming leader of the task force and Benicio Del Toro is the team badass whose actual departmental affiliation seems to be…vague. Our feelings weren’t vague about this film though. Listen to Chris, Joe and Michael give their reviews.
Johnny Depp leads an a big cast as Boston gangster Jimmy Whitey Bulger, a frightening steely blue eyed killer who makes a deal with an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) to give him info on the Costa Nostra in exchange for being left alone by the feds. How could that go wrong? And how could a movie this cool looking (have you SEEN the trailers?) go wrong? Well, maybe a bit. Listen to Chris, Beau, Richard, JC and Joe give their review.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails
In this unwieldily titled sequel, our heroes find out that the corporation W.C.K.D. (seriously, who gives their company the acronym ‘wicked’?) are even more nefarious than they thought, as nothing as is it seems, the post-apocalypse is full of Last of Us zombies, and sadly, that it looks like Gus from Breaking Bad needs to start getting better offers than half-assed YA sequels. Check out Jenny and Chris on the review.
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