Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes, Not Rated
Featuring: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Zach Braff, Nolan Bushnell, Donald Faison, Chris Hardwick, Chloe Dykstra, Hideo Kojima, Wil Wheaton
Written & Directed by Jeremy Snead (feature-length film directorial debut)
Any lover of video games will find themselves intrigued by the new documentary, Video Games: The Movie (available today On Demand and by download). But the film is not without several glitches, deciding to blindly celebrate all that is gaming instead of really breaking any new ground.
We get it: It has become "cool" and more mainstream to be a video gamer, even though we are delivered this message in the film by several self-proclaimed dorks, geeks and nerdists (Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist.com and host of TV shows like The Talking Dead, is one of the film's talking heads). Video games are there own cultural phenomenon that will continue on as part of the fabric of human culture.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
It is rare for a film to truly make you enraged. It is rarer still - nearly impossible these days it seems - to come across a movie that leads to real social and political change. Fed Up (opening today) aspires to do both. It's a new documentary that also is a call to action in regards to our nation's obesity and food problems. It made me truly enraged. Time will tell if our nation is ready for some real change.
Co-produced and narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up attempts to change the way America thinks about food and consumption. Forget what you think you know, it tells us.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Run Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes, Rated R
Featuring: Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, A.O. Scott
Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Head Games)
Life, itself, is strangely funny sometimes. Life Itself, the documentary, to me is so much more.
How funny and surreal, for example, that I am writing a movie review of a film whose subject is the legendary, influential and larger-than-life film critic, Roger Ebert. A man, whose syndicated TV show, "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies" was a staple of my childhood, whose occupation, I considered the ultimate dream job.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Run Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes, Rated PG
Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reeses Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford
Directed by Dave Green (feature film directorial debut)
Just stop it with the comparisons to Steven Spielberg's E.T. (the Extra-Terrestrial). The new, lame, exhausting, senseless Earth to Echo(opening today), is about a group of kids who find and befriend an alien being and then attempt to get him back to his home planet (speaking of intentional similarities they hope you draw on, check out the "extended finger" imagery on the Earth to Echo poster). But Earth to Echo doesn't deserve any other mention to Spielberg's classic family film. It's not nearly even in the same league, category, or (pun intended) universe when it comes to spirit, acting, purpose, story-telling or even watch-ability.
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