Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/29/11
Apr29

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/29/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the action sequel Fast Five, the German-language thriller The Robber; and covers Hoodwinked Too and Dylan Dog: Dead of Night; also coverage of the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Fast Five (Review)
Apr29

Fast Five (Review)

FAST FIVE (4/29/11; Action) [aka FAST AND THE FURIOUS 5: RIO HEIST] Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Joaquim de Almeida, Dwayne Johnson SCR: Chris Morgan DIR: Justin Lin MPAA: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language. 2 hours 10 mins BOX: $198,556.076 Picking up where 2009’s Fast and Furious (Part...

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Cinema Verite (Review)
Apr23

Cinema Verite (Review)

CINEMA VERITE (4/23/11; Drama, Biopic) Tim Robbins, Diane Lane, James Gandolfini, Kathleen Quinlan, Thomas Dekker, Patrick Fugit, Lolita Davidovich SCR: David Seltzer DIR: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini 1 hour 31 mins An American Family (1973) was the landmark PBS documentary series that inadvertently created reality TV, a genre that so manufactured, it’s very name is an oxymoron. But when producer Craig Gilbert set out to...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/22/11
Apr22

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/22/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the Tyler Perry comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family; and previews the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival, with festival director of programming Rachel Rosen. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Flick Nation, Episode 10: That’s Entertainment!
Apr21

Flick Nation, Episode 10: That’s Entertainment!

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis and Steven Kirk debate the hotly contested Premium VOD platform; Plus, behind-the-scenes with Director of Programming Rachel Rosen on the 54th annual San Francisco Film Festival. CLICK TO...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/15/11
Apr15

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/15/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the sequel Scream 4, the CGI-animated family flick Rio, and the romantic crime comedy Henry’s War. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Back to Space-Con (Review)
Apr14

Back to Space-Con (Review)

BACK TO SPACE-CON (4/14/11; Documentary) Joe Ferrara II, Ernie Fosselius, Robert Napton, John Stanley, Gary Tomsic, Bob Wilkins SCR/DIR: Tom Wyrsch 1 hour 14 mins Affectionate doc caters to a very specialized audience: anyone who might have fond memories of attending any of the Space-Cons between 1975 and 1981, the Star Trek and Star Wars-themed conventions that were the precursor to mammoth pop culture gatherings Comic-Con and...

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Arthur [2011] (Review)
Apr08

Arthur [2011] (Review)

ARTHUR (4/08/11; Comedy) Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzmán, Geraldine James, Nick Nolte SCR: Jared Stern, Peter Baynham; based on the 1981 movie written by Steve Gordon DIR: Jason Winer MPAA: PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content and some drug references. 1 hour 50 mins BOX: $39,219,065 Why remake the classic 1981 Dudley Moore comedy? Well, because Russell Brand was looking for a...

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Ceremony (Review)
Apr08

Ceremony (Review)

CEREMONY (4/08/11; Comedy, Drama) Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman, Reece Daniel Thompson, Lee Pace, Jake M. Johnson SCR/DIR: Max Winkler MPAA: R for some language, sexual references and drug use. 1 hour 29 mins Sam (Angarano) coerces his estranged friend Marshall (Thompson) into a road trip to crash the seaside wedding of Zoe (Thurman), an older woman he had a fling with. It would very easy to list the ways Ceremony cribs from early Wes...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/08/11
Apr08

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/08/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the Russell Brand remake of the comedy classic Arthur, the Saoirse Ronan action thriller Hanna, the Uma Thurman coming-of-age indie Ceremony and the stoner comedy Your Highness. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Henry’s Crime (Review)
Apr08

Henry’s Crime (Review)

HENRY’S CRIME (4/08/11; Crime, Comedy) Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Judy Greer, Peter Stormare, Fisher Stevens, Bill Duke SCR: Sacha Gervasi, David N. White DIR: Malcolm Venville MPAA: R for language. 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $173,194 Henry (Reeves) is a laid-back toll-booth worker in Buffalo, New York, under pressure to have a baby with wife Greer. He gets out of the conversation when shady pals show up for a “softball...

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Flick Nation, Episode 9: Nerd Tsunami
Apr03

Flick Nation, Episode 9: Nerd Tsunami

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis and Steven Kirk officially announce the Flick Nation: 2011 Movie Guide (and a contest). They also talk about their adventures at WonderCon; and debate whether fan-based conventions are the studios’ best options for launching expensive franchise films. Plus, the different ways DC and Marvel are developing their superhero film series, from inception to promotion. From Elvira to new Superman Henry Cavill,...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/01/11
Apr01

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 4/01/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi thriller Source Code, the Easter Bunny comedy Hop and the killer tire flick Rubber. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Insidious (Review)
Apr01

Insidious (Review)

INSIDIOUS (4/01/11; Horror) Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Andrew Astor, Leigh Whannell, Ty Simpkins SCR: Leigh Whannell DIR: James Wan MPAA: PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language. 1 hour 40 mins BOX: $48,309,912 Renai and Josh Lambert (Byrne and Wilson), and their three kids have recently moved into a big new house. They’re not even unpacked yet when...

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