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

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)

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

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

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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151: ‘The Revenant’ Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

the-revenant-poster-leo-dicaprio-largeThis week’s show was recorded before The Revenant got all that love from the Academy Awards, so ignore all that “Will Leo get an Oscar nod stuff.” The film is set in the early 1820s, which explains why Joe talks about the advancements in SD card technology. We also have all sorts of questions.

How old is Leo’s son in this movie? What the hell is Tom Hardy saying? Did the bear wear a condom? They will be asked and answered in this week’s episode. Except for the Tom Hardy thing. I mean, c’mon. We’re only human.

It’s Reel Spoilers 151: The Revenant.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 19min

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150: ‘The Revenant’ Box Office Report (1/8 – 1/10)

150-the-revenantStar Wars is still number one at the box office, but that doesn’t mean The Revenant can’t make money too. We’ll drill down on how it did and what it means. Plus, in a burst of creative energy, Tom offers a movie deal to David O. Russell and suggests a Reel Spoilers spin-off.

And if that’s not enough for you – Creepy Joe is back at it, Tom & Dan remember a creepy kids show from the ‘70s (which is probably redundant), and we tell you why Sluggo is the best DJ on SiriusXM.

It’s Reel Spoilers 150: The Revenant Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 52min

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149: ‘Joy’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

joy movie poster largeKelly Manno is back to discuss Joy. Do you like patent law? Do you like mops? Then you are in for a treat. You know it was a rough one when we spend the first five minutes talking about other movies. This week you’ll learn one Tom’s least favorite film tropes and Joe learns the importance of Notary Publics.

All this plus Tom remembers to ask Dan about his Video Recovery.

It’s Reel Spoilers #149 – Joy.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Kelly Manno, Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 16min

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148: ‘Joy’ Box Office Report (1/1 – 1/3)

joyWe’re joined this week by Kelly Manno from the aptly titled Kelly Manno Show. It’s a freewheeling exchange as Star Wars is still #1, Kevin sullies the memory of Abbott & Costello only to then invite Joe to discuss both professional wrestling AND Rhonda Rousey. It’s like Kevin doesn’t even listen to this show sometimes.

All this plus we talk about just why Star Wars can catch up to Avatar so quickly.

It’s Reel Spoilers 148: ‘Joy’ Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Kelly Manno, Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 49min

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Top 10 Movies of 2015

Written by Jeremy Housewright

2015 was a great year for movies. Audiences around the world were treated to everything from a new Mad Max, to the return of Star Wars and dinosaurs in Jurassic World. Here are my top 10 films of 2015:

10. Trainwreck

Trainwreck PosterAmy Schumer was fantastic in this hilarious film.

Even funnier was WWE wrestler John Cena, even if he was only in the film for about 10 minutes. The film catapulted Schumer from Comedy Central star to legit film star.

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147: ‘The Hateful Eight’ Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight Movie Poster LargeTarantino is back with The Hateful Eight – another racially charged western.

We talk about the film’s treatment of Jennifer Jason Leigh, what Django might have looked like with Will Smith, and how you go about casting an actor for “that scene” with Samuel L. Jackson.

It’s Reel Spoilers 147: The Hateful Eight

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 15min

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