CherryPicks Offers Movie Lovers ‘a View from the Female Perspective’

Miranda Bailey, a prolific indie movie actor, director, and producer noticed a void in film criticism and stepped up to fill it with TheCherryPicks.com, her cutting-edge new website.

Bailey describes the website as a “new media platform bringing you unique and nuanced perspectives on film with reviews, ratings, and high-quality original content, all through a female lens.”

More than a film review site, Bailey calls TheCherryPicks.com a new kind of film-loving community. …

Mary Poppins Returns

 

Directed by Rob Marshall

Starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda

Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams

Based upon the Mary Poppins Novels by PL Travers

 

Wow!!!  That says it all after seeing the sequel to the 1964 Walt Disney Studio hit Mary Poppins.  Mary Poppins Returns is a marvelous magical musical movie, and where Disney returned to it’s roots with The Little Mermaid back in the early 90s. now …

The House With A Clock Built IN ITS Wall

The House with a Clock Built in its Wall

Directed By Eli Roth

Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Kyle McLaughlin

It is awesome when Autumn comes around and the film industry offers us more than scary slasher flicks or remakes of horror movies that have been done more than is necessary.

The House with a Clock in its Wall is something truly unique.  It is part Harry Potter and Part Hocus Pocus.  …

Falling in Love with Author Kevin Kwan and his Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is an Engaging and Hilarious Film About Zany Families and Young LoveEven though Kevin Kwan is an international best-selling author whose brilliant romantic comedy is opening on the big screen, this master wordsmith still has family members who don’t quite understanding his high-profile writing career.

All of this makes a great deal of sense when it comes to his mega-hit 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians, and the colorful, romantic and poignant …

Christopher Robin A Review

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Produced by The Walt Disney Studios

Directed by Marc Foster

Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen and Toby Jones.

Christopher Robin will soon join the ranks of such movies as Hook, Finding Neverland and Saving Mr. Banks.  This movie is not a bio-pic.  It is a fantasy.  It is not even a movie on the life of Christopher …

Come Witness The Magic of Aladdin with Michael James Scott As The Genie

Philadelphia’s Upcoming Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin Is Everything You Could Wish For

When watching the vibrant production of Disney’s Aladdin it is difficult to divert your eyes for one moment.

Everything about this fantastical show is dazzling, colorful, thrilling, memorable and romantic, and a key ingredient of this success is the infamous role of the Genie, being performed by Michael James Scott for three weeks, from Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, July 1, at the …

British Actor Billy Howle Turns Heads in On Chesil Beach

Exploring Love, Loss and Romance On Chesil Beach With British Actor Billy HowleHaving a chat with British actor Billy Howle about his film, On Chesil Beach, is a perfect way to spend a moody spring afternoon across the pond.

Nestled at home in the British countryside, just blocks from the coast, he is eager to talk about On Chesil Beach, his latest movie with Academy Award-winning actress Saoirse Ronan, who is best …

Super Dark Times Review

 

 

Netflix has always been a place where you can find something to watch. I was super excited to hear that Super Dark Times was going to be available on Netflix, and so I made it a point to check it out. I’m glad I did.

Super Dark Times is a 2017 thriller that does an amazing job at telling a gritty story through the eyes of teenagers in pre-day Columbine. I had heard …

‘Gremlins’: A Review From Childhood To Adulthood

(PCM) Recently over Christmas break my girlfriend and I watched Gremlins. The movie came out way back in 1984. We both haven’t seen the movie since we were kids. So, we thought it would be a good idea to check it out and watch it, and give a quick review.

When I think back to watching Gremlins as a child I can remember being scared, but not at the little green guys running around and …

Dina and Scott’s Romance in ‘Dina’ – an Award-Winning Documentary

Director Dan Sickles’ Wild Ride With “Dina” His Award-Winning Documentary

When director Dan Sickles was a boy he met a remarkable young woman named Dina, who despite a myriad of difficulties, would later transform his life, and the lives of other who crossed her path in his new award-winning documentary that proudly wears her name.

Dina Buno, now 50, was a high school student of Sickles’ father, Ed, and active in the Kiwanis Aktion Club, …

‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

The year is 2017. Homosapians live in a heavily nostalgic society always looking to MAKE what MADE them happy as kids MAKE them happy as adults.  Specifically all you mid-20 year olds and beyond looking for nostalgia for your comfort food.  Never has there been so many fat 29 year olds with matching Batman socks looking to relive simpler times.  Before work.  Before bills.  Before the world turned into whatever chaos engulfs our news cycles …

‘Baywatch’ – Movie Review

(AOTN) Many kids born in the early to mid 1980’s will remember watching the oceanic rescue television show, Baywatch. It had been a few years since David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider had come to an end but he eventually found more small screen fame when he became the main star once again running up and down a Californian beach in slow motion. The show lasted on air until 2001, a time when audiences probably finally realised …

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Film Review

(PCM) Going into the theater with doubts about whether or not we were going to enjoy the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film “Kong:Skull Island” we came out pleasantly surprised by just how much we ended up enjoying this film. When taking a look at other critical reviews of the film, we almost have to wonder if we were watching the same film as some of these other guys. Many were complaining that there was not enough …

Funny Or Die’s Hilarious Interview With The Cast Of Horrible Bosses 2

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(PCM) Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman of the hilarious film “Horrible Bosses 2″ discuss texting while driving and hypothetical meals with the very strange Andre Hyland.

Recently, we were able to attend an early screening of “Horrible Bosses 2″ and if you thought the first film was hilarious that you are going to absolutely adore the sequel.

There are certain times in a comedy film that the jokes and/or comedic moments can feel …

Director David Dobkin Talks To PCM About ‘The Judge’

(PCM) The dramatic new film, The Judge, tackles major issues: the complex relationship of fathers and sons, hidden truths, and whether or not you can go home again.

In the hands of a less masterful director, The Judge, might be cliché. But director David Dobkin, (Wedding Crashers, and Shanghai Knights), was up to the challenge… and then some.

JudgeTheThe Warner Bros. film, which opened on Friday, October 10, begins with a well-written script, evoking a …

The Effects Of A Fincher-Thon! Gone Girl Opening Soon!

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(PCM) We were absolutely thrilled with director David Fincher’s latest film “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The film tells the story of a man whose wife has disappeared and the entire case has become a media circus. The man finds himself as one of the top suspects in the case and things turn out to be not exactly as they seem.

The film is filled with so many unbelievable …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Review

TMNT3(PCM) This movie is without a doubt facing an up-hill battle. Since production on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has begun the film has been the center of criticism and speculation. Some people hear Michael Bay’s name attached, even as a producer and immediately discredit the film. These criticisms have without a doubt been preemptive, but are they unjust? Does this new age era of turtles give over-enthusiastic fanboys a film they can enjoy while providing …

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: No Spoilers – Best Marvel Release Yet

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Best Marvel Release Yet - no spoilers- spoiler free(PCM) Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studious yet. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character …

Jersey Boys: The Music Makes The Movie

Jersey Boys FilmHaving seen a great number of movie musicals and movie biographies, not to mention movie musical biographies, I am sad to say that Jersey Boys did not live up to its much hoped for expectations.

The movie, which begins in New Jersey in 1951, and chronicles the story of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a sad tale whose only bright moments come with the musical performances, which are brilliant in themselves but …

‘Maleficent’ Review

Maleficent manages to put an entertaining spin on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, by attempting to tell the story from the villains perspective. Early scenes of the character, and later interactions between Malificent and Aurora successfully add depth and intrigue, but overall falls short in creating a unique backstory for the character. Despite the immersive visual effects and Angelina Jolie’s excellent performance, there is really nothing all that compelling about Maleficent.

Based on Disney’s …

VOD: ‘Non-Stop’ Review

Non-Stop is an action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, an alcoholic US Federal air marshal on a nonstop flight from New York to London.  Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Neeson on the 2011 thriller Unknown, Non-Stop brings Liam Neeson in the air and forces him against an anonymous threat, who promises to kill someone every 20 minutes unless he is paid $150 million dollars.  Bill, slightly drunk and …

X-Men Days of Future Past Film Review: A Bright Future Ahead for the X-Men Franchise

(PCM) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of X-Men Days of Future Past. X-Men’s Days of Future Past is far from canon depicted in the original Marvel comic two part series The Uncanny X-Men #141 & #142. Unlike Spider-Man’s convolution of canon, the changes in the celluloid X-Men universe work on many levels. Perhaps most intriguing is that it changes the outcome of past X-Men movies without making them obsolete. In comic books this …

VOD: ‘Nebraska’ Review

Rolling Midwestern flatlands are put on high display in Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska.  Nebraska stars Bruce Dern as Woody Grant, an aging and naive man who thinks he won $1 million in a sweepstakes no matter how many people tell him it is a scam.  The film begins with Woody walking on the side of the road as he attempts to travel from his home in Billings Montana to Nebraska, where he is …

VOD: ’12 Years a Slave’ Review

12 Years a Slave is the type of movie that tends to come out during Oscar season.  The film is an adaptation of the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C.  The film is directed by English director Steve McQueen, and stars Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, and Brad Pitt.  The film tackles …

VOD: ‘Her’ Review

In the new sci-fi tale Her, Spike Jonze introduces us to his vision of the near future where artificial and human intelligence interact and form relationships and the lines between the two are forever blurred.  Her, written and directed by Jonze, looks at the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence and is set in the not too distant future where society and technology are based off what we already have today, which makes for a …

Godzilla Film Review

Godzilla1The name Godzilla roars in the streets worldwide.  He is known from Japan to L.A., and even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  But, after appearing in more than 28 films for the Japanese production company Toho, and three American productions (one of which was the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version), Godzilla deserved the proper big-screen treatment.  Gareth Edwards has given fans a reason to cheer, as he has successfully brought

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Film Review: The Amazing Truth, See It But It’s Not Canon

(PCM) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of Spider-Man 2.

Spider-Man is now The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield as the hero Peter Parker. In the first reboot we were encouraged by what appeared to be a more accurate retelling of Spider-Man in the Marvel universe. In this second episode we find many elements such as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jamison are missing and while it has not entirely diverged from canon, The …

Divergent Review

Divergent is the most recent (and surely not the last) trilogy of young adult novels to get the big screen treatment.  We have already been blessed with Twilight, Percy Jackson, and The Hunger Games (which I actually enjoy), and now we get to see the world author Veronica Roth created in the widely popular series.  Divergent is the first story of the trilogy where we are introduced to futuristic post-apocalyptic Chicago.  Society has split into …

Bad Words Review

Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with Bad Words, an offbeat black comedy, raunchy and wrong, yet is able to show an incredible amount of heart.  Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old high middle school dropout, who after finding a loophole in the rules, embarks to win the presigous spelling bee.  The only trouble is, his competition are middle school aged children.  The premise is simple, but Bateman is able to shine as …

Bad Words Review

bad-words-jason-bateman-03-636-380(PCM) Jason Bateman (“Identity Thief”) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy BAD WORDS. He stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn of “We’re the Millers”) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya …

Hey Marshmallows! A Look At The Veronica Mars Movie

Veronica-Mars1(PCM) The Veronica Mars Movie opens today and are you ready? Fans have been waiting patiently for over six years for their beloved characters and story to make their comeback and now their wishes have come true.

When plans for the film were first announced series creator Rob Thomas was able to make crowd-funding history when he raised over $5.7 million dollars on Kickstarter from loyal fans who so desperately wanted to see this film …

Ator l’invincibile Movie Review

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Ator goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers at he hands sorcerer/emperor Dakkar, and rescue his sister/bride from the evil regime. Dakkar has ruled for a thousand years with the help, it seems, of less than a dozen horse-riding warriors, who sound like drunken cowboys when they set upon the helpless townsfolk.

Ator2Sample dialogue includes:
Ator: I love you.
Sunya: And I love you.
Ator: Why can’t we marry?…

RoboCop (2014) Review

2014_robocop(PCM) The original Robocop was an unexpectedly intelligent story, mocking our consumer driven society with shocking violence and self-referential humor. Like most of Paul Verhoeven’s films, Robocop was ahead of its time. Many elements of the 1987 film are still relevant today, in fact most of the sci-fi concepts from the original have become reality. This means director Jose Padhila and company had to take a different approach in an attempt to build upon the …

Winter’s Tale Movie Review – Hollywood’s Sour Valentine’s Day Film

winters-tale-570(PCM) – This is a spoiler free detailed oriented review that relies heavily on the reviewer’s understanding of the 1983 novel Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.

If you have not read the book, use it as a reason to either bypass the film initially and read the book first, or to understand that the screenplay is far and away a huge departure from the intended story.Unless you have no other romantic film options for Valentine’s