Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Giveaway: Life of Crime Fandango Gift Card – Enter by September 3, 2014

Sponsored by Life of Crime – coming to theaters, On Demand, and iTunes August 29th!

In celebration of the new Elmore Leonard adaptation Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, and Isla Fisher, we’re offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a $15 Fandango gift card! See Life of Crime in theaters, on demand, or on iTunes beginning August 29th!

Enter by midnight September 3, 2014 using the Rafflecopter form below (U.S. only, must 18 and over, no P.O. boxes).

Life of Crime Synopsis: When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

Each household is only eligible to win $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

One lucky winner will be drawn at random and notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our notification with their complete name and U.S. mailing address (no PO Boxes). Failure to respond within 48 hours will result in forfeiture and another winner will be selected. For complete giveaway rules, click here.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

By Chaz Lipp

Recently Disney delivered a mother lode of mostly animated classics on Blu-ray, ranging from the 1941 The Reluctant Dragon (live-action/animation combo) to the 2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. The good news for consumers is that there are actually only four separate Blu-rays to purchase in order to collect them all, thanks to the super-bargain, triple-feature that includes Dragon (perversely relegated to “bonus feature” status) with Fun and Fancy Free and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) on the same disc. There’s also Disney Renaissance features Hercules (1997) and Tarzan (1999). We’ll take a look at all of them.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Movie Review: The Expendables 3

Delivers exactly what it promises – if you like these action vets, that’s great news.  

By Chaz Lipp

The Expendables 3 is a crowd-pleasing, action rave-up that’s very arguably the best of Sylvester Stallone’s late-career hit franchise. Though its 126-minute running time is more indulgent than its tighter-paced predecessors, it basically had to be. Ex3 packs in the biggest, rowdiest, heaviest-hitting cast yet – screenwriter Stallone and director Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) had to add time just to fit everyone in. In addition to the core group as seen in parts one and two, Stallone reunites with Demolition Man co-star Wesley Snipes and Assassins co-star Antonio Banderas. We also get Mel Gibson as the mega-baddie (and former Expendable), Harrison Ford as a grizzled CIA op, and Kelsey Grammer as a mercenary recruiter. With a cast like this, it’s easier to get through an occasional dull stretch (of which there honestly aren’t many) with the promise of another star appearance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops

The pleasant surprise of this summer? You bet!  

By Chaz Lipp

Here’s what Let’s Be Cops has in common with the summer smash 22 Jump Street. Both are action-comedies about two best friends pretending to be something they’re not. Both feature Rob Riggle in a supporting role. Now, what do they not have in common? Let’s Be Cops is consistently funny and centers on a fresh premise while Jump Street peters out quickly after rehashing its vastly superior predecessor. Let’s Be Cops also displays a surprising amount of craft, with writer-director Luke Greenfield and co-writer Nicholas Thomas instilling a real sense of suspense and danger in their action scenes. The trailer suggested a one-joke movie, but Let’s Be Cops has enough laughs, heart, and energy to make it the surprise of the summer.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Divergent

by Sherry Lipp

With the huge success of The Hunger Games, it’s no surprise movie studios would be searching for the next teen sci-fi adventure. Divergent based on a book series by newcomer Veronica Roth, fits the bill nicely. The Hunger Games tells the tale of a teenage girl who must rise above her meager beginnings to outsmart the oppressive government of the oppressive and dystopian society in which she lives. The same basic description could be applied to Divergent. Let’s face it, the same description could be given to a great many sci-fi tales (just substitute teen girl for teen boy, loner outcast etc) since the dawn of storytelling. That’s fine. New ground doesn’t have to be broken if we have a well-told story. Full disclosure, I haven’t read the books, but in this film we don’t have a well-told story. It’s not horrible, it’s just kind of boring.

Giveaway: Bitten: The Complete First Season DVD – Enter by August 25, 2014

CLOSED - winners to be announced soon. 

On August 12, the debut season of the Syfy series BITTEN arrives on DVD (also available on Blu-ray) – see Amazon for ordering info – featuring all 13 uncut Season One episodes, including footage not seen on U.S. Television, plus never-before-seen bonus features. We’ve partner with Entertainment One to offer our readers the chance to win the four-disc Bitten: The Complete First Season DVD set. Three lucky entrants will win!

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below by August 25, 2014 for your chance. Giveaway is open to participants 18 years of age and older who reside in the U.S. or Canada (no P.O. Boxes).

Official Synopsis: “Based on the Otherworld novels by #1 New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN is an emotionally-charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence.

Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. However, when bodies start turning up in her pack's backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves' ancestral domain. And now, torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that - when push comes to shove - she'll stop at nothing to defend her pack.

BITTEN will return to Syfy with 10 new episodes for its eagerly awaited second season in 2015.

Three lucky winners will be drawn at random and notified via email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond to our notification with their complete name and mailing address. Failure to respond within 48 hours will result in forfeiture and another winner will be selected. For complete giveaway rules, click here.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Movie Review: Into the Storm (2014)

By Chaz Lipp

With the majority of its 89 minutes devoted to intense tornado sequences, Into the Storm arrives as a perfectly functional, late-summer time killer. If you’re behind on summer movies this season, by all means get caught up on superior fare like Guardians of the Galaxy. But if you want a big slice of brainless entertainment, Into the Storm provides a decent, if immediately forgettable, fix. The “drama” amongst an ensemble of truly uninspired characters provides little of interest, but once it gets going, director Steven Quale and a team of talented F/X techs take us on a pretty wild ride.