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The Summer of '84: The Philadelphia Experiment by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 04, 2014)
Kids like to think of movies like The Philadelphia Experiment as “grown-up.” The kind of movie you want to see just because you’re certain the adults are flocking to it and gleaning some kind of secret grown-up knowledge that you too could share if o

Blu-Ray Review: The Ong-bak Trilogy by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 04, 2014)
A friend of mine once expressed his desire to see something he called Fight: The Movie: a single 90-minute action sequence devoid of plot or character, with one guy beating the crap out of a small army of opponents in countless different ways for the whole

Mania Review: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 01, 2014)
I wasn’t sure what to think about Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, given how little I liked the first film, and how much less I liked the (barely seen) second. Eli Roth’s movies never particularly appealed to me, nor did the torture porn movement they helped

Toy Review: Guardians of the Galaxy from Hasbro by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 31, 2014)
It is a perfect blending of properties. We have characters with a rich comic book history. We have an incredible movie that will dazzle and mystify audiences. Finally, we have a line of toys that will help kids carry on the story of these Guardians of the

Mania Review: Guardians of the Galaxy by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 31, 2014)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a rhythm all its own, owing to its unprecedented success and the uniquely open-ended nature of its source. As such, it has the luxury of pacing itself. Not every movie can knock the ball out of the park like The Winter Sol

Blu-Ray Review: Sabotage by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 28, 2014)
I missed Sabotage when it first hit theaters. It falls into that sort of no-man’s land of films that may or may not qualify as “genre,” and coupled with scathingly negative word-of-mouth, we weren’t too put out to see it pass on by. The recent Blu-

Mania Review: Hercules by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 26, 2014)
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone not at least a little interested in seeing The Rock play Hercules. In terms of casting, it’s as absolute a no-brainer as one can imagine, and even at its worst, the concept promises a little cheesy sword-and-sandal

Mania Review: Lucy by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 25, 2014)
Lucy is either the dumbest smart film or the smartest dumb film I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it would be quite as fabulous if it were anything else. Only Luc Besson could conceive of such a wild ride, crafted in the manner of high-end cheese, then sla

Book Review: Planet of the Apes Saga: The Poster Collection by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 23, 2014)

The Summer of '84: Electric Dreams by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 23, 2014)
No one born before the mid-1980s can possibly understand how terrifying home computers were at the time. No social change as fundamentally transformative as the computer revolution takes place without spooking the herd at least a little bit, and Hollywood

The Summer of '84: Revenge of the Nerds by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 22, 2014)
Nostalgia can be a tricky thing. Case in point: looking forward to re-experiencing a film you haven’t seen in twenty-five years, only to realize in one ghastly moment why you took a quarter century to get around to it again. Revenge of the Nerds is exact

The Summer of '84: The Neverending Story by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 21, 2014)
I didn’t realize that this film was about grief when I first saw it at the tender age of 12. Back then, it was about luck dragons! And racing snails! And a lonely kid (Barrett Oliver) who discovers the coolest book in the whole wide world! But even then,

Mania Review: Planes: Fire and Rescue by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 18, 2014)
“Disposable” never applied more aptly to a movie than it does to Planes: Fire and Rescue. Believe it or not, that’s actually a big step up from the first Planes, which wore its cheapness like a badge of honor. This one doesn’t actually have the gal

Mania Review: The Purge: Anarchy by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 18, 2014)
I want to kill that asshole. I want that fucker dead. The jerk who cut me off. That creep down the hall. My boss. My ex. That liberal sissy. That Tea Party lunatic. I’d make him pay. I’d make them all pay. Just one day is all I ask…

The Summer of '84: The Muppets Take Manhattan by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 15, 2014)
The most interesting thing about The Muppets Take Manhattan is the name on the directing credits. Jim Henson’s longtime creative partner Frank Oz took over the reins for the first time (though he co-directed 1982’s The Dark Crystal with Henson), which

The Summer of '84: The Last Starfighter by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 14, 2014)
The late Gene Siskel once opined of The Last Starfighter, “of all the Star Wars ripoffs out there, this one is the best.” It sounds like a backhanded compliment, but it actually proves to be the only praise that matters. The film took the Star Wars for

Mania Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 10, 2014)
When they do science fiction right, it takes the breath away. Even if you’re the sequel to a surprisingly effective reboot of a franchise whose origins are 40-plus years in the rearview mirror. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes demonstrates how much potenti

The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and CCritic
(July 05, 2014)

Mania Review: Life Itself by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 04, 2014)
Roger Ebert was a hero of mine (try to contain your surprise), but it was only in the waning years of his life that the full breadth of the man become publicly apparent. A philosopher, a humanitarian and a writer of breathtaking skill, he and his late par

Mania Review: Deliver Us from Evil by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 04, 2014)
Exorcism movies, it must be noted, are surprisingly common. And with one glorious exception, they don’t usually come off very well. Deliver Us from Evil can’t escape the clichés and silliness that the subgenre inevitably holds, though for a while, dir

Mania Review: Earth to Echo by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(July 02, 2014)
Earth to Echo suffers from the problems you might expect: namely, adhering to the E.T. formula a little too closely for its own good. It also uses found footage techniques, which means you should probably pack your Dramamine. Combining these two ideas make

The Summer of '84: Conan the Destroyer by Rob Vaux, Manua Critic
(June 30, 2014)
The original Conan the Barbarian displayed a fiendish paradox. It was geared towards adolescent boys, but the crux of its appeal – gratuitous violence and lots of boobies – barred those self-same boys from entering the theater. In an era where Netflix

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 28, 2014)
The Transformers movies present an eternal conundrum for me, one I’ve grappled with three times before and return again for a fourth. Rarely has criticism been more irrelevant that it has with this franchise. Look at the film’s Rotten Tomatoes page if

In the Blood: Blu-ray Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(June 27, 2014)

Mania Review: Snowpiercer by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 27, 2014)
I’m sure everyone is expecting a Transformers review, and we’ll have one presently, but we wanted to wait on it a bit… mostly because of the superior film opening opposite it. Snowpiercer deserves your money infinitely more than Michael Bay’s lates

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