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DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 6/2: "PEOPLE JUST DON'T LIKE TEACHERS BLOWING UP THEIR KIDS!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"This roundup of recently released home video titles includes a slew of remakes--one of them even watchable--and the Blu-Ray debut of one of the landmark American screen comedies of all time. Enjoy." (more)
CAPSULE REVIEWS: GODZILLA, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST & POMPEII
by Daniel Kelly
"Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, Warner Bros, 2014) After a vigorous marketing campaign and the promise of a fresh, talented director at the helm, “Godzilla” ends up disappointing. After a moody opening act, the film simply becomes a protracted globe-trotter, sending Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s supremely boring Ford Brody (not the only Spielberg reference, but perhaps the most egregious) after the title character and a pair of giant MUTOs. Director Gareth Edwards’ continues to show a knack for seamless digital wizardry, but his continuation of the “Godzilla” brand is sluggish and devoid of personality, especially when it comes to a roster of impossibly vacant human vessels. Great actors like Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche and Elizabeth Olsen are left stranded in parts that require practically nothing from them. When the monsters finally do clash and Godzilla emerges from the shadows, he’s an impressive CGI creation, incurring the opportunity for some spectacular shots. However by that point the film’s dead in the water, with only a handful of inspired sequences (the HALO jump from the trailer is still thrillingly edited and scored) to recommend it. This attempt to drag the world’s foremost celebrity Kaiju into a post 9/11 world deserves plaudits for maturity, but ultimately the vehicle grows more ponderous and disinteresting with each mechanised plot twist and zombified Taylor-Johnson expression. Underwhelming. Ken Watanabe also pulls a Jeong and sets the depiction of Asians in Hollywood back about 50-years. Grade - C" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: MINA DAMER OCH HERRAR! DEN FANTASTISKA FLäCKAR
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Chinese Puzzle," "Maleficent" and "We Are The Best"" (more)
CRITICWATCH - WARNER BROS. & THE BLENDED EDGE OF TOMORROW
by Erik Childress
"As we head into what was once the beginning of the true summer movie season (before The Mummy came around and just about officially made it the first weekend in May) there are a number of things that we can count on. In the season that film critics and movie lovers take with a grain of salt and occasionally apologetic recommendations we can expect passionate splits (Godzilla) and passes given to outright junk (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). We also know that this is the feeding ground for the nation's junket attendees getting their 15 minutes (or 1.5 seconds) and no one provides a greater buffet for these bottom feeders than Warner Bros. It's a shame that the studio of Gravity and The Lego Movie still feels beholden to this gaggle of giggleheads to promote the films that occasionally sell themselves even without the tune of 96-97% approval ratings from critics happy to write justifiable hyperbole when warranted. Yet they are the ones often told to shut their mouths until the movie comes out. And who does that leave the studios with?" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: THE COOK, THE KIDS, THE ARTISTS AND THEIR LOVERS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton," "Chef," "For No Good Reason," "Palo Alto" and "Young and Beautiful."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: GET THEM FROM THE GREEKS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Fading Gigolo," "Locke" and "Neighbors." However, if you are looking for something really good to see, why not check out the 2nd Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which kicks off today and lasts through Thursday. To see what they are showing, go to www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com" (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 5/4: "IF YOU DON'T BETRAY ME, YOU'LL FIND A WAY TO JOIN ME."
by Peter Sobczynski
"Back from a brief absence, your humble columnist is delighted to discover that while things may be somewhat weak in terms of top-name titles, there are a few wonderful obscurities, a couple making their disc debuts, that are absolute must-sees." (more)
INTERVIEW: DAVID GORDON GREEN ON "JOE"
by Peter Sobczynski
"One of America's best filmmakers discusses his latest work, the haunting drama "Joe."" (more)
INTERVIEW: JONATHAN GLAZER ON "UNDER THE SKIN"
by Peter Sobczynski
"The director of "Sexy Beast" and "Birth" discusses his latest project, the bizarre and brilliant sci-fi exploration "Under the Skin"" (more)
INTERVIEW: NICK FROST ON "CUBAN FURY"
by Peter Sobczynski
"The popular comic actor discusses his latest film, the dance comedy "Cuban Fury."" (more)

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