IT Chapter Two Review

We went and saw a movie I have been waiting all year to see, IT Chapter Two. The movie will hit theater’s this week and will surely be a delight for fans of Stephen King and his killer clown creation Pennywise. The movie was well worth the wait, and don’t be surprised if you see more Pennywise costumes this Halloween.

Pennywise has returned after a twenty-seven-year slumber and begins feasting on the children of Derry …

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Blu-Ray Review

The Movie

Ever since the release of the original How To Train Your Dragon back in 2010, the unlikely animated series has remained Dreamworks Animation’s flagship franchise. As a result, the series – based on the popular children’s books written by Cressida Cowell – has become one of the most rewarding trilogies that Dreamworks Animation has ever created. Although the first film is a modern animated classic, the second was a slight disappointment, even though …

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Blu-Ray Review

The Movie

Ever since the release of the original How To Train Your Dragon back in 2010, the unlikely animated series has remained Dreamworks Animation’s flagship franchise. As a result, the series – based on the popular children’s books written by Cressida Cowell – has become one of the most rewarding trilogies that Dreamworks Animation has ever created. Although the first film is a modern animated classic, the second was a slight disappointment, even though …

Captain Marvel Blu-Ray Review

Captain Marvel

The Movie

In terms of 2019 superhero releases, Captain Marvel is perhaps one of the most culturally relevant films this year. It also happens to be one of the most divisive. This isn’t a fault of the movie itself, but it just happens to be from the circumstances surrounding it. Aside from this non-controversy, Captain Marvel remains a solid entry in the MCU. It’s not perfect by any means, but the film remains notable for …

Aquaman Is DC’s Most Profitable Movie Because It’s Their Best Movie

Aquaman’s Exciting Hero’s Journey Origin Story  Is DC’s Best Movie

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(DM) — Aquaman Is DC’s Most Profitable Movie Because It’s Their Best Movie, not Superman, not Batman, not Wonder Woman, none of DC’s trinity own that title. All of them pale in comparison to Aquaman. Who knew Aquaman would be the best movie in the DC Extended Universe? Long time DC comic book writer Geoff Johns delivered an epic journey.…

Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass Starts Off Strong, But Fails To Connect

After just returning home from the theater and sitting with our thoughts we can’t help but feel a bit robbed after much anticipation for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film “Glass”. The film gets off to a strong start as we are re-introduced to fan-favorite characters from both 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s  “Split”, but later the film takes a turn that leaves us both baffled and bewildered. Overall, it just runs out of steam.

From “Unbreakable”, …

DangerMan Movie Review of Female Powered Superhero Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel Movie Review

DangerMan Movie Review of Female Powered Superhero Captain Marvel Has No Spoilers

Spoiler Free Review(DM) — Do you like uncomplicated, spoiler free movie reviews? Good. This is where you will find your best review of the Female Powered Superhero Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel’s official movie release date is March 8, 2019. Captain Marvel’s superhero power is supported by a modest budget of 152 million. Need more female superhero power? It’s directed by Anna Boden and Ryan …

Meta New Age Animation Earns Into the Spider-Verse a Best Movie Review

Spider-Man Goes Meta

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Into the Spider-Verse is a Meta Loaded New Animation

(DM) — Let’s get one thing straight. Best movie reviews are hard to get. Into the Spider-Verse is not your typical animated film. There is a ton in it to distinguish it from other Spider-Man stories, animation and superhero movies. Into the Spider-Verse is loaded with meta references. Blink and you’ll miss a meme or Easter Egg.

Spider DropHighly intricate and deep …

Netflix Spreads The Holiday Cheer With The Christmas Chronicles

I want to thank Netflix for creating a new tradition in my life, and that will be watching the Netflix original The Christmas Chronicles every Christmas from here on out. If you have been wondering what Kurt Russell has been up to, this movie is for you. Kurt Russell has been quietly stuffing his tummy full of Christmas cookies and getting ready to deliver a great performance as a cool hip, Santa Claus.

The movie …

‘The Answer’ Review

After a death, a group of friends set out to the woods in search of adventure and the bonding of great friendships. No, this is not a Stand By Me remake, it’s The Answer.

Following the tragic and sudden death of a spouse, a group of friends take their recently widowed friend out on a camping trip to the woods in hopes of bringing him back from the deep hole of depression.

Okay, so

The Tragedy of “Bohemian Rhapsody” Isn’t How Freddie Mercury Died, It’s How (It Thinks) He Lived and the Man Behind the Camera

If polls were run to see who the most iconic personality in music is, the results would certainly lean towards Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the bastion of beautifully flamboyant, unchecked and unmatched opulence. Decades after his untimely passing from AIDS and his presence is one both widely felt and deeply missed. Of course that means a life as flashy, defiant and legendary as his would make for a great movie, as its taken near thirty …

The Darkness is Ours to Take in Luca Guadagnino’s Hellish, Operatic and Unapologetically Feminist “Suspiria” Update

“How the hell do you remake Suspiria?!” A valid question all fans of scary movies have wondered since David Gordon Green announced he would repurpose Dario Argento’s legendary Technicolor-soaked supernatural giallo about the sinister events taking place inside an esteemed ballet academy into an all-new experience last decade – an announcement made all the stranger as the project was following his 2008 hit Pineapple Express, though one can argue how a transition from …

‘The Best of The Three Stooges’ DVD Review

The Three Stooges have been making families laugh for decades. Larry, Moe, and Curly were the three kings of slapstick comedy and paved the way for many comedians for years to come. Time Life has honored the iconic trio by releasing an exclusive The Best of The Three Stooges set.

Time Life’s The Best of The Three Stooges set is a 13 disc set which includes the 87 Columbia Pictures shorts 1934-1945, 14 Shemp Howard …

‘The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)’ Review

You want an old fashioned drama? Look no further, The Guardians is here.

The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) is a film set during World War I about love and loss. While the men are out fighting the war, the women of the Paridier farm have to maintain the land as they also have to worry if their husbands, brothers and sons will return home. The drama begins to pick up when an outsider, Francine

Hush Hush, Hush, Here Comes the Boogeyman… A Worthy “Halloween” Forty Years Later

When it comes to slasher movies, the gold standard is undoubtedly John Carpenter’s Halloween, something other legends and veterans in the scary movie industry openly attest to. Back in 1978, no one could predict that an independent film about a masked serial killer going after babysitters on All Hallow’s Eve would thrust itself into the proverbial stratosphere the way Halloween did and continues to with endless sequels, remakes, comic books, action figures, countless conventions …

‘Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection’ Review

Nostalgia is such a great thing. It brings us back to a time where we all enjoyed the simple things and didn’t have to pay bills! Am I right? Well, teen comedy turned Saturday morning hit series, Saved By the Bell is one of the shows that bring back all of the nostalgia, especially if you’re a product of the 80s and early 90s like myself. Saved By the Bell ran from 1987 under its …

‘The Death of Superman’ Review – What ‘Batman v. Superman’ and ‘Justice League’ Should Have Been

Warner Bros. Animation has brought one of the most iconic moments in comic book history to the animated DC Universe. Death of Superman retells the story from issue #75 of Superman (1992) when Superman met his demise to the hands of Doomsday. DC has told this story once before in another animated film with Superman/Doomsday (2007) in which it was loosely based on the original story. It forever changed the comic book world – could …

‘Dead Night’ Review – An Homeage to the Horror Genre

Zombies, Murder, and Gore – Oh my! I’ve never been much of a horror buff and I’m not one to get excited when a new horror film comes out unless it’s some sort of a psychological thriller. That being said, I do have a few favorite films from the genre and I do appreciate what the genre has done for the industry, so I hope you readers can hear me out. Dark Sky Films’ Dead

‘Skyscraper’ Spoiler-Free Review: Exactly The Film It Needs To Be

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Whether it was intentional or not, it’s kind of a shame that the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle ‘Skyscraper’ is being released on the eve of ‘Die Hard’s 30th anniversary. It’s a film that will inevitably draw comparisons to ‘Die Hard’, but on the eve of film’s 30th birthday, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the comparisons. The curcular nature of the Hollywood machine is an interesting thing. Since it’s …

‘Wonder Wheel’ or: When Autopilot Woody Allen Goes on Autopilot

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When Woody Allen makes a movie these days, it’s akin to watching a dart in midair as it readies to hit the board. When he makes a hit, it hits (‘Midnight in Paris, ‘Blue Jasmine, ‘Café Society’, even older hits such as ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors); when the project flops, oh boy, does it flop (‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and …

Erikka Innes ‘Unicorn Dance Party 2’ – A Unique Comedy Special

I have loved standup comedy every since I was a child. Back then, you only got to see comedians you had some movie channel or heard it on a comedy album. These days it’s a lot different. Now you can hear and see comedians anywhere or anytime via internet, podcasts and streaming services. This gives comedians an all-new platform. Netflix has made a killing with their ability to give comedians a platform to express themselves. …

‘The Problem with Apu’ Has A Few Problems Itself

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has had a problem with The Simpsons character Apu. So much so that he decided to make a documentary about it. The documentary is called The Problem with Apu and airs nationwide on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10PM ET/PT and will be available on all VOD but there are somethings that you might want to know before going into it.

There’s a lot of opinion and some facts.

So obviously going …

‘Justice League’ is a Fun, Flawed Superhero Smash

It’s been an interesting journey getting to ‘Justice League‘. When ‘Man of Steel’ opened in the summer of 2013, it was met with lukewarm reception by critics and an even more divisive response from fans. That wouldn’t even compare to the polarizing reaction ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ would receive three years later (you can read my review here). ‘Suicide Squad’ met an even ghastlier fate, but …

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” Goes for Dark Laughs with Faint Success

Ah, awards season; are we back at that special time of year already? As 2017 starts to wrap up, the major studios are getting their prestige titles prepped and ready to go, hoping to lure in both strong box office and, more importantly, critical/awards recognition. But there’s always a few titles that fall below expectations. And then there are the titles that really fall below expectations. One that’s already hit that point is Suburbicon – …

A “Babysitter” McG Tries With

Ah, the Halloween season. The weather’s cooling down, the sun’s setting earlier, the leaves are browning and pumpkins are being carved for decoration and pies. It also means you’re sure to find a couple of new scary movies trying to make their genre marks while holding their own against the classics. And while Hollywood is currently focused on the horror of lascivious producers, Netflix and director McG are focused on getting their fantastical little yarn …

‘Happy Death Day’ Repeatedly Misses The Mark

So a very simple premise. Much like 1993’s Groundhog Day and more recently 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, Happy Death Day has a protagonist reliving the same day on repeat. This type of story-telling can be incredibly clever and fun and after seeing the trailer for Happy Death Day, the idea of mixing this premise with the horror/slasher genre had me all sorts of excited.

Much to my dismay Happy Death Day is a …

‘M.F.A.’ Review – Masters the Art of Making a Star

M.F.A. touches a very sensitive subject. And the timing of the release comes at a time where rape and sexual assualt is now making the headlines in Hollywood more than ever. It’s a subject that needs to be talked about more and an act that should never have to be committed against anyone. To any victims out there, we sympathize with you. This film is a film that fantasizes on the consequences of those horrific …

‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Power of Cinema on Full Blast

This is going to be one of the shortest reviews one is certain to encounter when reading about Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049′ and with good reason: the power of it comes from how little you know going into the theater. Not only that, but, to take a moment of humility, I feel uncertainty in how to properly convey such a cinematic experience. But to overcome that and cut to the chase: ‘Blade Runner

The Enduring Power of ‘Psycho’ Lives On in ’78/52′

Picture it: any movie theater in the fall of 1960. It was the shower seen around the world, followed quickly and without warning by the screams of millions that reached the darkest recesses of space. Over a short period of time, it was a story that turned legendary, even without seeing the actual film: amateur thief Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), overwhelmed with guilt to return the $40,000 she’s stolen, goes to take a shower and …

‘Jeepers Creepers’, Where’d You Get That Bad Third Movie?

*before going into the review, let’s get the obvious out of the way: we at Age of the Nerd would like to take a moment to say we are fully aware of Victor Salva’s criminal history and the moral dilemma that is presented when discussing or financially supporting his movies.

The horror landscape has changed rather drastically in the sixteen years since controversy magnet Victor Salva first introduced slasher-starved audiences to “the Creeper” (Jonathan Breck) …

A ‘mother!’ of a Vicious Commentary

There’s no easy way to describe Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the appropriately titled mother! (appropriate once the pieces start crashing into place). It’s oppressively heavy on symbolism, it’s profoundly unsettling, it’s guaranteed to piss off practically audience member in one way or another. To be blunt: it’s pure Aronofsky and, if its reception from both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to the scathingly polarizing reaction its had in its first weekend of release are …

“IT” Review

(AOTN) The infamous killer clown known as Pennywise is making his return, this time to the big screen. Despite a slew of Stephen King adaptations over the past 30 plus years, “IT” being one of them, is this something that really needs to be revisited? The short answer: Absolutely. Despite nostalgic ties, it’s safe to the say the first adaption of “IT” was far from perfect, and left a lot to be desired, especially for …

‘Death Note’ Review From the Eyes of A Newbie

Okay. So you read the title and you clicked. By now you know what you’re getting yourself into. A review about a film that’s based on an anime which I have never seen. Yes, that’s right. I have never seen the original ‘Death Note anime. I have heard of it before and even know that Taylor Swift wrote a hit song based on it. With that being said, I will do this review …

Annabelle: Creation Review

(AOTN) Annabelle Creation, is an epic installment in the Annabelle series. The movie acts as a prequel to Annabelle which came out in 2014. The two Annabelle movies tie into the Conjuring universe. The movie revolves around a group of girls from a local Orphanage who move into an isolated farmhouse, and live with parents who are still dealing with the death of there daughter twelve years earlier.

Annabelle Creation was directed by David F. …

‘Alien: Covenant’ Blu-Ray Review

The Movie:

In concept, ‘Alien: Covenant‘ is what ‘Prometheus‘ should have been. In many regards, the film is a vast improvement over it’s predecessor. It’s also better than many people are giving it credit for. Instead of focusing more on the philosophical aspects of the story, this film is a straight up Alien movie, and that’s a good thing. Unlike it’s predecessor, ‘Alien: Covenant‘ feels like it’s a return …

‘Bond 25’ – Daniel Craig Will be Back One More Time

Since the release of the abysmal Spectre in 2015, people have been wondering if Daniel Craig would return for ‘Bond 25‘. For awhile, it seemed that Craig wasn’t interested in returning into the titular role. After nearly two years of speculation, it was rumored a few weeks ago that Craig indeed would return. But these were just rumors. Well folks, today that rumor has been confirmed.

A few days ago, when appearing on …

Physically “Naked” with Not Much Steam to Run On

 

(AOTN) There’s something about some of Marlon Wayans’ career choices this decade that could understandably be seen as “frustrating.” The youngest of the Wayans brothers has demonstrated a great knack for physical comedy (the first two entries in the Scary Movie franchise and even the goofy yet riotous White Chicks) and an equally impressive potential as a serious actor (his dramatic turn in Requiem for a Dream), but his latest – the …

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review

(AotN) The final installment to the Planet of the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes, has opened up to mostly positive reviews and an estimated $134,613,493 domestically (according to Box Office Mojo). What bad could another positive review do? War for the Planet of the Apes is not only a really great film, it’s the best film out of the trilogy and here’s why…

Matt Reeves pulls double duty as director …

‘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 …

The Dark Tower Film Review! Does It Live Up To The Hype?

(AOTN) ‘The Dark Tower”, the multi-decade work of master storyteller Mr.Stephen King, has, at long last, finally be made into a feature film. After having the opportunity to view the film I have come away with a couple of notions, most notably that much more work could have and should have been done to make the final product more appealing to the countless fans that have followed this book series throughout the years.

Stephen King …

“Person to Person” Review

(AOTN) Summer is a huge time for the film industry, mainly for big studios. Every studio wants the next blockbuster hit and biggest film of the summer. These days our summers are filled with superheroes, reboots and some over-the-top action flicks. Somewhere in between all of those very expensive special effects films are more of the “passion projects” and the lower-budget films that take some more risks when it comes to creativity. “Person to

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Review

July is here and that means Spider-Man is swinging into your local theaters with his first new solo outing, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Unfortunately this movie is immediately saddled with the challenge of getting the audience excited about a character that was just rebooted in 2012 with a lackluster sequel in 2015. Obviously fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are glad to see the titular character “returning home” if you will, but that’s not necessarily

OKJA REVIEW

(AOTN) The movie Okja delivers a solid cast and heartwarming story. The movie was released by Netflix on June 28, 2017, and competed in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d’Or. The film may not have  won the Palme d’Or award, but will win over fan’s hearts and that’s what matters.

Okja was directed by Bong Joon-ho who also directed The Host(2006) and Snowpiercer (2013). Bong Joon-ho was …

Was ‘Wonder Woman’ Just What The DC Universe Needed? We Think So And Here’s Why!

(AOTN) It seems that lately all we hear about is the laundry list of reasons why the films in the DC Universe do not seem to hold a candle to the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the first four films that they have released all received lackluster critical and fan review alike, that is until “Wonder Woman” came along. Talk about flipping the script. One of the main concerns among fans was the …

‘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 …

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Film Review

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Film Review

This is a spoiler free film review

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Four out of Five Dangers

(DM) — Rogue One doesn’t follow the standard Star Wars formula and for this the film goers are rewarded with a perfect 10 of a film. So many Star Wars questions get answered! Does it fill in the gap between Episode three and four? No.

Does it lead into Episode four of Star Wars, A New Hope? Absolutely. Rogue One even answers the question how the film gets its name. …

Guardians of the Galaxy Film Review

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s Strongest Film Effort To Date

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Guardians of the Galaxy Poster(DM) – Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studios to date. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. Our first to reach the top of all review scores.

More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …