Massive Character Changes at Marvel Comics
Jul 2014 19

Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters.  They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960’s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena).  Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.

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Movie Review: ‘Sex Tape’ Starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz
Jul 2014 18

sex-tapeSex Tape is yet another film that is destined to be panned by critics, but reasonably enjoyed by audiences. Most moviegoers will head to their local cinema, enjoy a popcorn, and have a few laughs and wonder why critics hated this movie so much. At the time this review is being written, the film sits at a score of 16% on the movie review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com. Many will find this score low for a movie that entertained them for a bit of their free time. Sure, a few will share the derision of the critics, but most people will be able to find enough to enjoy. There are a number of laughs, a couple outlandishly funny characters, and enough racy humor for most adult moviegoers. So, why do critics hate it so much?

Let’s start at the beginning. Sex Tape follows Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel), a couple fast approaching middle age, who like many people with children, find their sex life almost non-existent. This is in stark contrast to the early portions of their relationship where sex was a driving force in their love for each other.  Annie’s thoughtful narration takes us through this early portion of their relationship, where she describes every scary detail of their sex life, including items like Jay’s constant erections. Their current situation of parenthood has robbed them of the time and energy, and most importantly the sex life they thought they would always have. This situation leads to an inspiration by Annie. A night away from the kids to rekindle the romance.  Despite many false starts, the couple finally spices up their life by creating a sex tape using their iPad.  Unfortunately for them, the video is uploaded to the cloud, and to numerous devices they’ve given people over the years.   The couple must quickly track down all their devices, and erase the video before their closest family and friends see their special moment.

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50: ‘Dawn of the Planet of Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
Jul 2014 15

Dawn Planet of the Apes Poster LargeThis week on the show we focus on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes but we’re a wounded beast. No Dan, No Blake, No Kevin…No problem. You get Tom and Joe but, more importantly, Rich Handley steps into save the day. Who’s Rich Handley you ask? He is our resident Ape expert. Not like in a “Dian Fossey” kind of way. But in a ‘he’s written multiple books about the franchise” kind of way.

Rich has written stuff like Timeline of the Planet of the Apes and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes. So if you have Ape questions, he has Ape answers. Do you have an entry on Wookieepedia? Well, he does. What have you done with your life?

It’s Reel Spoilers #50 – Dawn of the Planet of Apes.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Rich Handley
Run-time: 1hr 10min

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LUCY opens July 25! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Jul 2014 14

Enter for your chance to receive a pair of passes to a special advance screening!

lucy posterFrom La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Director: Luc Besson

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WISH I WAS HERE opens July 25! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Jul 2014 14

Enter for your chance to receive a pair of passes to a special advance screening!

wish i was here posterDirector Zach Braff’s follow-up to his indie breakout hit “Garden State” is a comedy telling the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.

Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Green, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad
Director: Zach Braff

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