Movie Review: ‘Deadpool’ Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin
Feb 2016 12

You’ve watched the trailers. You’ve seen the billboards. You downloaded the leaked footage. You read the tweets. You listened to the interviews.

Deadpool Movie PosterBy now, if you haven’t heard there is a Deadpool movie coming out, I’m not sure how you are reading an online review (unless your grandma printed it out at the library and sent it over via carrier pigeon). Yes, that Deadpool. The “Merc With a Mouth,” Wade Wilson. If you aren’t a huge comic book fan, but the name sounds familiar – that might be because you watched the horrifically terrible 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Although if you are saying, “wait, where was his iconic red costume, and didn’t that Deadpool have his mouth sown shut,” then you would be as puzzled as the rest of us who had to sit through that debacle. Yes, they sewed the mouth shut of a guy nicknamed “The Merc With a Mouth.” But I digress.

Luckily for hopeful comic book fans everywhere, THIS is the Deadpool we expected. Scratch that; this is the Deadpool that dreams are made of. That’s right. This movie gets it right, where so many failed attempts at bringing superheroes to life get it wrong. But as Deadpool himself says in the film, “you’re probably thinking, this is a superhero movie but that guy in the suit just turned that other guy into a f****ng kebab. Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero movie.” And he’s one hundred percent correct.

Deadpool is a HARD R. That means when the MPAA says it’s rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity – they aren’t messing around. Which means two things. One: if you are easily offended, this isn’t the movie for you. And two: it makes the movie extremely awesome, true to the source material, and one of the most fun times you’ll have at the theater.

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Movie Review: “Ip Man 3” starring Donnie Yen, Zhang Jin, and Mike Tyson
Feb 2016 05

ip-man-3-2It’s been five years since Hong Kong’s action superstar Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip brought us the first installment of the Ip Man franchise, a story based on the creator of the Wing Chun style of martial arts and made famous by the legendary Bruce Lee (one of Ip Man’s students in real life).  The newest installment has some stand outs:  the addition of Zhang Jin (who stared in another Ip Man biopic called The Grandmaster) and the rather strange addition of Mike Tyson (yes, that Mike Tyson). This was probably the weakest entry into the series, but it was still a solid flick.

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Disney NEWSIES Delivers at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis (January 19-31)
Jan 2016 23

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Newsies National Tour Poster 2012 Tony AwardIt has been probably twenty years since I watched the 1992 film Newsies, starring a 17-year-old Christian Bale as Jack Kelly – the leader of what would become known as the “Newsboys Strike of 1899.” Aside from starring the future Oscar-winning actor, and being directed by Kenny Ortega, there isn’t much I remember about the box office failure – which recouped less than $3 million dollars of its $15 million budget. However someone at Disney believed in the potential of the story, and the fantastic music of Alan Menken, and in 2011 it opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse to critical acclaim. In 2012 it would land on Broadway, winning Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography. And now the national tour is making its way around the country, and has landed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

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153: ’13 Hours’ Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, David Denman
Jan 2016 22

13 Hours PosterJohn Launius is back to talk about 13 Hours.

He spends the bulk of the time explaining the C.I.A. to us like we’re third graders (which is for the best). It might get a little “Art Bell” this week but it’s a fascinating conversation about how the government might (or might not) work.

And if this episode draws the attention of the NSA, we’d kindly request that they rate and review us on iTunes. Just because you’re on the clock doesn’t mean you can’t show some love.

It’s Reel Spoilers 153: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. You’ve been warned.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: John Launius, Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney
Run-time: 1hr 17min

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152: ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ Box Office Report
Jan 2016 19

152-13-hoursWe’re joined by John Launius from Vidzu Media and formerly of The John & Kane Show and 105.7 The Point’s Joe & John Show. We turn in our most concise box office report effort… also, Joe is out this week. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Also, Star Wars is the box office champ no more, why The Revenant is making money, while ‘13 Hours‘ isn’t, and just how in the hell did Avatar end up making almost $3 billion?

It’s Reel Spoilers 152: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: John Launius, Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney
Run-time: 42min

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