AUTHOR: Eric Walkuski

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Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage

PLOT: Former extreme sports athlete and NSA spy Xander Cage is lured out of retirement when a powerful, globe-threatening device is stolen by a group of highly-skilled thieves. After cobbling a team together, Xander must track down the device. But is he playing for the right team? REVIEW: xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE makes the first xXx look like SKYFALL. The FAST & FURIOUS...

Review: Sleepless

PLOT: An unethical cop only has a few hours to rescue his son from the ruthless gangsters he recently stole drugs from. REVIEW: I haven't seen SLEEPLESS NIGHT, the 2011 French film SLEEPLESS is a remake of, but now I feel I must. I'd like to see a good version of this story. There's obviously fun to be had with the concept, which sees a possibly dirty cop...

Review: The Bye Bye Man

PLOT: Three students move into a house and accidentally unleash The Bye Bye Man, a supernatural being who feeds on your fear and causes you to see and do terrible things. REVIEW: Hoping to cast a creepy spell along the same lines as CANDYMAN or SINISTER, Stacy Title's THE BYE BYE MAN instead stumbles immediately out of the gate and exposes us to a hopelessly silly series of...

Eric Walkuski's Best Movies of 2016

2016 is just about in the books and it's time to look back at one really good year for movies. (Bad year for everything else, of course.) It's always near impossible to do one of these Top 10 lists because different movies strike you at different times, and something that's #10 on this day might be #2 or #3 in a few months - or not on the list at all. Still, it's fun to look back at the films...

We talk Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and more!

Live action adaptations of video games are notoriously difficult to pull off. Will ASSASSIN'S CREED break the curse? That question gets answered by audiences this holiday season, when 20th Century Fox, Ubisoft and director Justin Kurzel bring it to life on the big screen. Starring Michael Fassbender as Cal, a criminal who is abducted by a mysterious organization run by a feuding...

A Monster Calls Interviews: Sigourney Weaver, J.A. Bayona & Lewis MacDougall

Prepare to have your heart punched this holiday season by A MONSTER CALLS, the exemplary fantasy drama based on Patrick Ness' book about a young boy named Conor attempting to cope with his mother's rapidly approaching death. It's an impressively mounted film, from a visual and emotional standpoint; good luck trying to keep yourself composed throughout. Recently I was fortunate to talk to...

Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Eric W.'s Take)

Check out Chris Bumbray's review right HERE . PLOT: A small group of insurgents is sent by the Rebel Alliance to find the plans to the Empire's recently-completed planet-destroying weapon, the Death Star before it becomes fully operational. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS, BUT VERY FEW PLOT DETAILS. REVIEW: ROGUE ONE is a fairly good movie until it...

Review: Man Down

PLOT: After serving an emotionally-devastating tour in Afghanistan, a soldier returns to America to find his home has become a different kind of war zone. REVIEW: MAN DOWN is an admirably ambitious but hopelessly muddled examination of the effects of PTSD on soldiers traumatized by what they've seen and done overseas. Something of a much darker and demanding cousin to Ang...

Review: Jackie

PLOT: In the days following her husband's assassination, Jackie Kennedy barely has time to mourn before she has to reckon with the political ramifications of his death and the reality of her shattered new life. REVIEW: Grief is a thing anyone can understand, or at least relate to, which makes JACKIE something of an experience that should prove universal. Director Pablo...

Review: Moana

PLOT: A teenage Polynesian girl teams with a cocky demi-god in order to fulfill her destiny as the savior of her tribe. REVIEW: It can be argued that the domination of Pixar over the past two decades in the animation (and just pure storytelling) field has spurred Walt Disney Animation Studios to step up their game in a major way these last few years. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG,...

Review: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

PLOT: A young soldier named Billy Lynn is caught on camera dragging his fallen comrade out of harm's way in 2004 Iraq. Weeks later, he and his unit are brought to Texas on a media tour that will prove just as taxing on his emotions as the war itself. REVIEW: I don't need to tell you that Ang Lee is an accomplished filmmaker. From THE ICE STORM to CROUCHING TIGER,...

Review: Shut In

PLOT: A widowed child psychologist struggles to maintain her sanity when unexplainable things begin to occur in the isolated New England home she shares with her paralyzed stepson. REVIEW: One has to wonder what would possess an actress of Naomi Watts ' considerable talent to take part in a movie like SHUT IN. I suppose it's a part that plenty of leading ladies could...

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