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The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Starring Christian Bale & Anne Hath...
"Mmmph blrrg grug Batman glogg freedom raaar!" –Christian Bane, The Dark Knight Rises The movie's gimp mask-wearing, MMA fighter-like villain no doubt has many profound things to say. But he talks like he's got an Egg McMuffin lodged in his trachia, so you're left to guess as to his motives for destroying a city, trapping Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘Casa de mi Padre’ Starring Will Ferrell
Casa de mi Padre — This bizarre, Spanish-language-with-subtitles mockery of Telemundo-style soap operas stars Will Ferrell as a Mexican rancher who struggles with his drug dealer brother (Diego Luna) for the favor of their father and the dealer's bride-to-be (Genesis Rodriguez). Ferrell shows considerable Spanish-speaking ability, but many of the jokes don't connect because they Read More
The PhilmGuy's DVD Review 'Margaret' Starring Anna Paquin & 'American Reunion' St...
American Reunion — The year is more than half over, and surprisingly this stands as not only my favorite comedy of the year so far, but my favorite movie, period. The entire cast from the original movie comes back — Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott at the core — and brings the Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone...
"Is this Spider-Man 4?" my 5-year-old son, Luke, whispered as the movie started. "No, it's Spider-Man 1," I replied, bracing myself for the inevitable follow-up. "But there already was a Spider-Man 1," he shot back, dissatisfied. "And Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3." "Yeah, well, some people didn't like the other Spider-Mans so they're starting over." Read More
The PhilmGuy's DVD Review 'Mirror Mirror' Starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins
Barbarella Blu-ray — Jane Fonda's saucy 1968 space caper casts her as a super-sexual futuristic adventurer who faces off against the vile Durand Durand, which inspired the band Duran Duran. Fonda is a riot to watch, and the movie flows with camp value and bizarrely entertaining visuals, but its tone gradually wears thin. The Blu-ray is Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘Ted’ Starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis
Seth MacFarlane is a clever bastard. He knows that the only way to get away with transferring his Peter Griffin voice to a walking, talking teddy bear in a movie is to acknowledge the party foul with a self-deprecating joke. So he uses a one liner two-thirds of the way into the movie and he's Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: '21 Jump Street’ starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum...
Deliverance Blu-ray — The stomach-turning 1972 horror flick probably permanently harmed rural Southern tourism. Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox play a group of city-slicker pals who brave the not-so-great outdoors, only to fall victim to the unforgiving elements and even tougher-to-handle residents, a cruel band of backwoods predators. Tension and suspense simmer Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ Starring Keira Knigh...
It would really suck if we found out a meteor was careening toward earth, set to end all life in a matter of days. But as Seeking a Friend for the End of the World teaches, there would be a silver lining for lonely dudes. Ladies would get crazy desperate, dropping their standards lower than they Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘Wanderlust’ Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston & Ju...
Big Miracle — The earnest-to-a-fault family flick recounts the true 1988 story of the rescue of whales trapped under an ice shelf in Alaska. John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore provide the star power and romantic intrigue, as a TV reporter and animal rights activist who dedicate themselves to the cause. Ted Danson and Kristen Bell Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘That’s My Boy’ starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Leighton...
Way back in the olden days, Adam Sandler was the funniest man alive. He was so talented that he actually made Saturday Night Live a show that you looked forward to each week. Then he went and made Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Bulletproof, The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy, which were all phenomenal enough to Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘Episodes’ starring Matt LeBlanc, ‘Entourage,’ ‘Sherlock Ho...
Entourage: Season 8 — HBO's comedy about a superstar actor (Adrian Grenier) and his buddies living the Hollywood dream hit its peak a couple seasons ago, but manages a soft, fairly satisfying landing as it wraps up its run. Stealing the show this time out is Andrew Dice Clay, of all people, who plays himself Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘Prometheus’ starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender & Ch...
A note to future space explorers: When searching out the galaxy for intelligent life, steer away from planets filled with aliens with mouths inside of mouths who like to pop out of peoples' bellies. Stuff your ship's air ducts with enough insulation to prevent creatures from scurrying around and dropping on your head.  And for Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Reviews: ‘John Carter’ starring Taylor Kitsch and 'Breaking Bad'...
Breaking Bad: Season 4 — In the latest season of AMC's drama about a meth-dealing, cancer-stricken teacher (Bryan Cranston), the plot abandons the dual-life issue it juggled for each of its first three seasons, shifting squarely into brutal crime drama. I missed the feel of the previous seasons, but there is plenty to love in Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘True Blood: Season 4’ Starring Anna Paquin
Goon — In a departure from his usual cutup roles, Seann William Scott plays a directionless thug who stumbles onto a tryout with a local minor league team. He evolves into a popular player, copes with his disapproving parents and weighs the risks of getting his face bashed in with pursuing his dreams. The movie Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘Men in Black 3’ Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh B...
Men in Black 3 is not only a time travel movie, but a time machine that takes you back to when a Men in Black movie could actually be good. Too bad it can't erase Men in Black 2. But it does manage to counteract that movie's awfulness, sealing up the franchise's spot in the Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘This Means War’ Starring Reese Witherspoon
Red Tails — Executive produced by George Lucas, this by-the-numbers war film tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of black World War II pilots who fought for their country and civil rights by battling the Axis. The cast is strong, with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard leading the charge, but the Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: 'The Dictator' Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
A lot of brilliant movie comedians blow their loads early in their careers with their best stuff, collecting enough fans to stick by them as they get less funnier with each movie. It's happened to Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen, and now, with the OK-but-not-mind-blowing The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen. One thing that's Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘The Vow’ starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum
The Big C: Season 2 — In the Showtime series that seems to be the feminine answer to Breaking Bad, Laura Linney plays Cathy, a cancer patient who re-examines all facets of her life as she seeks experimental treatment, tries to live her life to the fullest and shepherds her wacky family and friends. Hugh Read More
The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘New Year’s Eve’ starring Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher and Kat...
Clueless Blu-ray — In this subversive 1995 satire of teen solipsism, based on The Taming of the Shrew, Alicia Silverstone plays a popular high school girl who befriends an outcast (Brittany Murphy) in hopes of lifting her to popularity. The entire cast follows along on the obliviously self-obsessed note that Silverstone establishes. The movie elevated Read More
The PhilmGuy Reviews: ‘The Five Year Engagement’ Starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt...
There’s got to be more than just one of Jason Segel. There’s no way one dude can juggle a starring role in a sitcom along with writing, producing and acting in multiple movies a year. If there is a Segel cloning machine out there, that’s a good thing for the movie industry. Maybe they should Read More