This week, the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was dropped on us. The official trailer on the Star Wars YouTube page has already surpassed 29 million views so there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen it unless you’re under a rock (or my brother who still doesn’t get Star Wars). So, rather than just post the trailer and hope to piggyback a few clicks, I thought it would be more interesting to go back and watch all (okay, not all because the films have had multiple trailers) of the trailers from the first 7 movies along with the new one and rank them. Here’s how the trailers rank from worst (The Phantom Menace) to first (Now, you have to read further because I’m not just giving the whole list away!):Read More →
Hot Take: Character driven Netflix Original that somehow forgets there’s a plot that needs attention until it’s too late. It’s still pretty good, though.
Most films about gambling get it wrong. Outside of Let It Ride and Rounders (I haven’t seen Mississippi Grind yet so that one is excluded from the conversation), the rest typically have some fatal flaw that causes it to lose credibility. Hell, even Rounders has a villain with the most obvious and ridiculous tell a poker player would ever have. Win It All avoids those fatal flaws by focusing on the main character, small time gambler Eddie Garrett (Jake Johnson) and his struggle with gambling addiction rather than the gambling action.Read More →
Hot Take: Earns a golf clap.
If there were a Mount Rushmore of golf movies, three spots would have to be reserved for Caddyshack, Tin Cup and Happy Gilmore. As for the fourth spot, a friendly 19th hole argument could be made for a handful of flicks. In a few years, once Tommy’s Honour makes the rounds, it wouldn’t be surprising for someone to tee this one up as a possible deserving candidate to complete the foursome.Read More →
Hopefully, April 18th isn’t causing you too much pain. If you waited until the last minute to file your taxes, I think there might be a chance that the day is causing you more stress than necessary. There’s potentially good news since there are 7 home video releases this week to help you relax. Unfortunately, they all don’t look great. Here’s MHT’s best effort to help find something to buy, rent, stream or skip for April 18, 2017:Read More →
Hot Take: This cash cow should have been called The Predictable and the Tedious.
As much as I am not a fan of this franchise, damn if it isn’t highly successful. Knowing the entire movie slate was cleared for the 8th installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, I finally buckled in for a full fledged start to finish watching of my very first full taste of the franchise with The Fate of the Furious. Having seen bits and pieces of many of the other installments in the series, I knew there would be at least one spectacular chase or race scene I would enjoy. I was right. There was one. Unfortunately, it was the opening race sequence when Dom (Vin Diesel) races a Cuban street racer for his ride in Havana to come to the defense of his cousin. This is all while Dom is on his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodríguez). After a somewhat entertaining race which (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Dom wins, it’s all downhill from there.Read More →
Hot Take: Adam Sandler loves to make turkeys… Loves to make tur-ur-ur-keys!
How much money does Netflix have? Three films into an eight film deal with Adam Sandler, it’s pretty obvious they had at least a little to burn. The epic-length Sandy Wexler is Sandler’s latest. It’s basically a roast disguised as a feature film of Sandler’s talent manager Sandy Wernick who signed Sandler when he was 22 and well before his breakthrough as an SNL regular. With most of Sandler’s movies, the question isn’t whether or not Sandy Wexler is bad but how bad is it? It’s pretty bad. It’s watchable though so there’s a win.Read More →
Hot Take: Sure looked like a lot of fun but this overly talkative mess is too tasteless. It’s a Tarantino or Shane Black knock-off with an untimely facetious approach to police brutality without a big enough entertainment yield.
It isn’t that War on Everyone is completely void of entertainment. When a movie opens with a pair of cops running down a mime, you might set your hopes high for something truly different. Wait, people actually think mime jokes are still funny? The pair of cops — Terry (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bob (Michael Pena) — are as bad as they want to be. They’re experts when it comes to blackmail and extortion of criminals. There’s the obligatory sit down with the police chief (Paul Reiser) where they promise not to be so bad and the immediate obligatory follow up scene where they’re doing coke in a pool hall bathroom with a perp they are trying to turn informant. Read More →
Hot Take: Sweet film with its heart in the right place. Chris Evans shows a little range and Mckenna Grace steals the show as Mary. You’ll laugh, you might cry, you’ll smile.
2017 has been an odd year for movies. So far, there haven’t been many home runs. MHT hasn’t given any movie more than 4 stars with Logan at the top of the heap. There haven’t been many complete strike outs, either. While Rings, Sleepless, Collide and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter were all awful, they all somehow managed to squeeze out a 1/2 star rating. While 2017 hasn’t produced anything that’ll be hanging around in the top 15 movies of the year so far, there have been plenty of above average movies worth seeing that would be considered a single or double if we continue the baseball analogy. Gifted is one of those above average movies.Read More →
Hot Take: A silly cartoon in an age where animated films are usually far from silly. It’s dumb one joke premise wears thin but it also has the occasional moment in the sun.
We’re in a different age of cartoons. There was a time when almost every animated film felt like The Boss Baby. While it might not be as madcap as the Looney Tunes series but it definitely has a Tiny Toon Adventures feel about it.Read More →
This week’s BuRStS features two Oscar nominated films (Hidden Figures and Lion) which are both excellent choices to add to any home video collection. It also features two dump month releases (The Bye Bye Man and Monster Trucks) which took less than 3 months to find their way into the home video market. The remaining 6 releases earned $3.5 million at the box office combined. Here’s MHT’s list of what to buy, rent, stream and skip for the week of April 11th:Read More →