Fifty Shades of Grey

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Given the enormous popularity of the book series and the incredible level of anticipation leading up to its release, I felt it necessary to do a few things different with regard to reviewing “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I didn’t read the books. Outside of leafing through the pages for about twenty minutes while I was at Costco last spring, all …


Black Or White

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Kevin Costner has had one of the most puzzling careers I can think of. One one hand we’ve seen him turn in memorable, Oscar-level performances in films like “Dances With Wolves,” “Field of Dreams,” and even some cable mini-series projects for which he was praised and rewarded. And then there are the stinkers. Bad movies…bad performances…bad ideas from the start. …


American Sniper

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While I’m aware most critics don’t work this way, I prefer to do nearly all my research on a new movie after, not before I see it. It’s may way of looking at the film the way the audience will look at it, without the influence of studio hype and carefully placed newspaper, magazine and Internet pieces designed to sway …



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Kids are smarter than Hollywood often gives them credit for. “Paddington” assumes its audience is smart, and the payoff is one of the best family and kids’ movies to come along in quite some time. Interestingly, the story isn’t particularly unique or original, but the presentation is. A mixture of live action and startlingly vivid animation, it’s the proverbial fish-out-of-water …

Support – App Update

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Hey Gang – we’ve made a few updates to our servers and a few to the Digital Showgram app. For some users, this update may cause the LIVE, LOOP, and BACKTRACKS audio streams to appear to be broken. If you experience this, simply QUIT the app, and then relaunch it. You may need to do this a couple of times, …



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Movie-making is a difficult thing to do. Good movie-making is even more difficult to do. In recent years, certain biopics have come under scrutiny because their directors have taken occasional creative liberties with their respective screenplays that don’t always follow the subject matter’s storyline to the letter. This is all a fancy way of saying that sometimes directors make stuff …

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The Day I Saved KSHE

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I remember it like it was yesterday.  The afternoon of December 18th, 1984…a whopping THIRTY years ago this week.  The picture seen here is from my planner calendar from that year (Yes…I still have it…) and shows the date.  The company brass was in town from Indianapolis, I thought, to attend the annual station Christmas party.  After all, Jeff Smulyan’s …


Thanksgiving’s Best Ninety-Two Minutes.

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If it’s true that one of the great, Christmas traditions is squeezing in a viewing of the Frank Capra masterpiece, It’s a Wonderful Life, then I think it’s also true that one of the great Thanksgiving traditions is to make time for the John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. I love every, single frame of this movie. The film …



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I took my five year-old daughter to see the Saturday morning screening of this nice, kids movie about penguins. You know…cute, arctic, non-flying birds frolicking in the ice and snow, chasing one another on great adventures? If you ‘re lucky, maybe the movie even educates the kids in a way that enriches their appreciation of things like animals and the …



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It’s fairly well known that this is the time of year we critics spend a lot of time in movie theaters. In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to see two or three movies in one day. That’s because Hollywood believes releasing films late in the year gives them a better shot at Oscar consideration. The voting members of the …