Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Review)
Jun24

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Review)

CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP (6/24/11; Documentary) Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Scott Healy, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark Pender, Richie Rosenberg DIR: Rodman Flender 1 hour 29 mins MPAA: R for language. BOX: $262,734 Fascinating peek behind the curtain at a guy who waited five years for his dream gig, only to have the whole thing blow up in his face. A brief history: In 2004, NBC announced that...

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Dennis Willis Movie Reviews on KGO Radio – 6/24/11
Jun24

Dennis Willis Movie Reviews on KGO Radio – 6/24/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the Disney-Pixar sequel Cars 2, the raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher, and the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. He also hypes his upcoming 6/25 appearance at Florey’s Books and the recently-released Flick Nation: 2011 Movie Guide. Hosted by Bret Burkhart. CLICK TO...

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Bad Teacher (Review)
Jun24

Bad Teacher (Review)

BAD TEACHER (6/24/11; Comedy) Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins SCR: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg DIR: Jake Kasdan MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use. 1 hour 32 mins BOX: $100,292,856 Diaz devours her best role in years as Elizabeth, a gold-digging, pot-smoking teacher dumped early by her nebbishy fiancée (and his shrewish mother), forcing...

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Cars 2 (Review)
Jun24

Cars 2 (Review)

CARS 2 (6/24/11; CGI Animation, Comedy, 3D) Voices: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Paul Dooley, John Ratzenberger, John Turturro, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis SCR: Ben Queen DIR: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis MPAA: G 1 hour 53 mins I really, really want to give the...

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THE BALCONY IS OPEN: Film critic Dennis Willis presents ‘Flick Nation: 2011 Movie Guide’
Jun22

THE BALCONY IS OPEN: Film critic Dennis Willis presents ‘Flick Nation: 2011 Movie Guide’

By Jean Bartlett The ambient sound in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” made film critic (and Pacifican) Dennis Willis feel like he should be dodging bullets. In the sci-fi suspense film “Moon,” directed by Duncan Jones, a man meets his clone on Earth’s only natural satellite and Willis writes in his cliff-hanging review — “the clone thinks he’s the real deal. Is he insane?” The...

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Dennis Willis Movie Reviews on KGO Radio – 6/17/11
Jun19

Dennis Willis Movie Reviews on KGO Radio – 6/17/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the comic book adventure Green Lantern, the Jim Carrey comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the Steve Coogan comedy The Trip, drama Beautiful Boy and the Norwegian mockumentary Trollhunter. CLICK TO...

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Dennis Willis and Flick Nation on KGO Radio’s John Rothmann Show – 6/10/11
Jun11

Dennis Willis and Flick Nation on KGO Radio’s John Rothmann Show – 6/10/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis is the guest on KGO Radio’s John Rothmann show. The subjects range from 3D movies and summer blockbusters to how streaming is changing everything about the movie industry. Willis and Rothmann also talk extensively about Willis’ recently-released Flick Nation 2011 Movie Guide! Don’t miss it! CLICK TO...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 6/10/11
Jun10

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 6/10/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg coming-of-age sci-fi adventure Super 8, the Christopher Plummer-Ewan McGregor comedy Beginners, the popular kid adaptation Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer and quirky British comedy Submarine. PLUS: Dennis chats up the recently-released Flick Nation 2011 Movie Guide! CLICK TO...

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Ward, The (Review)
Jun06

Ward, The (Review)

WARD, THE [aka JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD] (6/08/11; Horror) Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris, Mamie Gummer, Mika Boorem, Reila Aphrodite, Sean Cook, Laura-Leigh SCR: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen DIR: John Carpenter MPAA: R for violence and disturbing images. Carpenter’s first film since Ghosts of Mars (2001) is a return to the type of psychological horror that defined much of his early...

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Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 6/03/11
Jun03

Dennis Willis on KGO Radio – 6/03/11

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis reviews the superhero prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class; also David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has a trailer, The Hangover Part III has a writer, and Terrence Malick just wants his movie projected the right way. Bret Burkhart and Chris Brecher host. CLICK TO...

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Flick Nation, Episode 11 – Critical Thinking
Jun01

Flick Nation, Episode 11 – Critical Thinking

CLICK TO LISTEN: Dennis Willis welcomes Bay Area film critic Sara Vizcarrondo to discuss her show Look of the Week, and the finer points of objective critical analysis. It’s a funny and revealing chat between colleagues who often sit in the same screening rooms, yet have wildly different criteria for what makes a movie good or bad. Plus, the official release information for the Flick Nation: 2011 Movie Guide! CLICK TO...

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