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‘Inception’ is challenging and fun

July 28, 2010 Can a challenging and philosophical film entertain at or above the level of a straightforward action, mystery or horror production? Obviously, my answer will be in the affirmative. more »»

Essential college films

July 28, 2010 You have committed to earning your degree here in the Mountain State. more »»

Predators: Interplanetary Survivor Injects Mystery, Intrigue into Franchise

July 28, 2010 Raise your hand if someone pushed you out of an aircraft and you awoke grasping for a ripcord? Guaranteeing an instant rush through the beginning third of its running time,... more »»

Upcoming buzz flicks

July 28, 2010 Having discovered that Salt (a.k.a. more »»

‘Knight and Day’ implausible

June 30, 2010 What do Wichita, Austria, Boston and Spain have in common? About as much as Roy and June. more »»

‘Grown Ups’ is good, not exceptional

June 30, 2010 Thirty years ago a good natured coach (Blake Clark) told his winning team of grade schoolers, “When the final buzzer of life goes off, have no regret. more »»

Characters unbelievable in ‘Jonah Hex’

June 30, 2010 What do crows, hounds and dirt have in common? For the cursed back from the dead bounty hunter, Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), they each represent a medicine man’s semi resurrection of his body. more »»

‘Iron Man 2’ largely succeeds

May 26, 2010 Do you want to be a hero on the silver screen? Get in line. more »»

‘Southern Gothic,’ a cult horror flick with W.Va. ties

May 26, 2010 Vampires have an allure no matter what the setting or the generation. After a two-year delay due to a convoluted distribution rights odyssey, “Southern Gothic” has arrived at DVD counters. more »»

A rare parody that mostly flies

April 28, 2010 What boy or girl has not at some point imagined themselves as a super hero? How many have looked for a way to achieve a portion of their dream as a costumed, but (super) powerless hero by being a... more »»

Hot tubs and nerds fall short

March 31, 2010 “She’s Out of Your League” Nerds and nice guys, pay attention. Attractive women are considered too intimidating for many men. They often go dateless. more »»

‘Valentine’s Day’ suffers from ensemble casting

February 23, 2010 Often, I have similar opinions with critics on romantic comedy, but on “Valentine’s Day,” I have to dissent on some’s harshness. more »»

Hollywood ushers in the Apocalypse

January 26, 2010 Having viewed three post-Apocalyptic films in 10 days — “The Road,”  “Book of Eli,” and “Legion”  — I found two out of three superbly acted... more »»

WV native a leading man in the extras

January 26, 2010 Call him an experienced extra. Call him a featured extra. He’s appeared on screen in major motion pictures that he is now SAG (Screen Actors Guild) eligible. more »»

‘Avatar’ peaks into garden of Eden

December 29, 2009  Deep blue tweaking the old cowboys versus Indians genre with the white hats battling to drive the natives off their own land, director James Cameron has essentially won a cinematic battle of... more »»

Punt, pass and kick: Cinematic football

December 29, 2009 As the crowd swarms into what will be a packed stadium, cheerleaders and mascots promote their favorite teams while vendors push pop, popcorn, hotdogs, and beer. more »»

WEB ONLY: Top Football flicks

December 29, 2009 ”Any Given Sunday” (1999): Oliver Stone has often provided provocative suggestions of real events with his politically incorrect vantage (“J.F.K. more »»

'ARMORED': Just a hint of war in mostly standard crime/action drama

December 7, 2009 Two of the films’ opening in cinemas last weekend grappled with a former almost automatic box office doom to the film’s chances — characters who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and... more »»

West Virginia’s film image

November 23, 2009 West Virginia has a ‘horror’ flick image that it frankly shares with Texas, the Lone Star State. more »»

West Virginia related films

November 23, 2009 PSYCHOTRONIC WEST VIRGINIA FLICKS (Taking its name from the flick, “Psychotronic Man,” this genre represents low budget independent horror and spaghetti western... more »»



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