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Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters Review
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‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Review

When 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' came out in 2010, it looked suspiciously as if the would-be franchise, based on Rick Riordan's best-selling teen adventure books, was going to get 'Golden Compass'-ed -- stopped after one installment and left to languish. But the first adventures of title hero Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) -- born to a mortal mother and the Greek God Poseidon made $226 million worldwide, never mind home video.

So, we get a second helping of Percy's adventures, which mix the home-away-from-home setting and grow-up-fast themes of 'Harry Potter' with some all-American gumption and a little Greek dressing on the side. With a new writer and director -- and what seems like a budget spent more on computer effects than human actors -- 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' is exactly the kind of film that was made for me to take my teen and tween nieces to, not for me to enjoy. There's some bloodless peril, not even a whiff of romance and plenty of spirited action.

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We're the Millers Review
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‘We’re the Millers’ Review

'We're the Millers' is a vexing film. It's just funny enough to keep from being truly bad, but too preposterous and predictable to be anything close to good. For every laugh there's something that will make you want to hurl an object at the screen. When it flubs, it flubs hard, allowing each of the four main characters a chance to embarrass themselves. And yet, if you wait 'til the next scene, there's the possibility that whoever just served up a would-be joke in a humiliating fashion will do something inspired. As such, 'We're the Millers' wins some respect for at least being a very odd moviegoing experience.

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Elysium review
Sony Pictures
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‘Elysium’ Review

Here's one of my favorite jokes of all time. There's no punchline, it's just a sentence. "I've been rich and miserable, and I've been poor and miserable. And I'll tell ya: rich is better."

I don't know if this is what director Neill Blomkamp had in mind as the ultimate message of 'Elysium,' his visually stunning follow-up to 'District 9,' but beneath the dazzling spectacle, there isn't much else beyond that aphorism to cling to.

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The Lone Ranger review
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‘The Lone Ranger’ Review

I loved 'Rango,' the last time Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski offered up a madcap spin on the Western. I basically enjoyed 'John Carter,' last year's Western-infused would-be space epic, which, not coincidentally, was the last time Walt Disney stock holders had to reach for a shaker of Tums.

However, 'The Lone Ranger,' this new spazzed-out Western from Depp, Verbinski and Disney, takes unusual and unlikely measures to ensure that audiences have a miserable time. There are momentary flashes of amusement, but it is jumbled, tone-deaf and uninteresting. If I wanted to be kind I'd call it dull and ephemeral, but there are long stretches that seem to strive to be annoying - almost anti-entertainment. The only thing 'The Lone Ranger' has going for it is a long life as to go-to description how not to make a blockbusters movie - this generation's 'Last Action Hero.'

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White House Down review
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‘White House Down’ Review

'White House Down' has the disadvantage of being the second 'Die Hard'-in-the-White-House movie of 2013 after 'Olympus Has Fallen,' and the advantage of being superior to its predecessor in every conceivable way. It's better directed, better written, and better acted. The action is better, with more impressive special effects; the production design is better, with a much more convincing replica of the White House; the camerawork is better; with clear, lucid images. Where 'Olympus Has Fallen' was grim and stern, 'White House Down' actually embraces the silliness of its premise. It's more exciting and more faithful to the 'Die Hard' formula. This is still basically a shameless ripoff popcorn movie, but it's a shameless ripoff popcorn movie popped to near-perfection.

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Movie Review — The Masked Man is Back ‘The Lone Ranger’ Rides Again! [VIDEO]

The masked man is back, 'The Lone Ranger' rides again! This past Friday night (06-21-13) I was invited to the special screening and red carpet event for Disney's new film 'The Lone Ranger' in theaters Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 (07-03-13) It was a dream come true to see the masked man back on the silver screen, to be a part of this special screening was an experience I'll never forget!

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social distortion warsaw
Liz Ramanand
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Social Distortion Bring Pulpy Punk to Brooklyn’s Warsaw [Exclusive Photos]

We all know Mike Ness is a connoisseur of vintage junk culture. The Social Distortion frontman is responsible for some of the pulpiest songs in the punk canon, and since 1988's 'Prison Bound,' he's written almost exclusively from the perspective of outlaws, sinners, gangsters, greaseball hoods and doomed film noir protagonists.

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The Killing Scared and Running
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‘The Killing’ Review: “Scared and Running”

The search for Kallie Leeds continues on tonight's new episode of 'The Killing,' in which Bullet becomes a junior detective and we get a little up close and personal with the guy who might have abducted Kallie. 

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True Blood Season 6 Review The Sun
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‘True Blood’ Review: “The Sun”

True Blood’ season six spurts out its second episode of the year, "The Sun," as Sookie meets both a mysteriously injured young man (Robert Kazinski) and Jason's rescuer (Rutger Hauer), while Jessica attempts to coax Bill out of a dangerous situation and Eric goes undercover to meet Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard).

Last week’s ‘True Blood’ premiere “Who Are You, Really?” saw Sookie and the others attempting to determine what Bill had become in the wake of his rebirth, while Jason met a mysterious stranger, and the Louisiana Governor made his intentions to persecute vampires known, so how does “The Sun” keep the new season flowing? What will season six of ‘True Blood’ bring, now that “Billith” has risen?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘True Blood’ season six, episode two, “The Sun”!

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World War Z Review
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‘World War Z’ Review

The title is 'World War Z,' but I can think up two other letters: "O" and "K."

'World War Z' is okay because it zips along with the fury of a computer-generated cascade of fast zombies. 'World War Z' is okay because Brad Pitt is a great leading man, even if his character has no depth. 'World War Z' is okay because there is always a fatalistic draw to see our social order tumble and great cities reduced to cinders.

It is also, unfortunately, merely okay because there's nothing in this movie you haven't seen before.

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Monsters University review
Disney-Pixar
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‘Monsters University’ Review

College is not an obvious setting for a Pixar movie. For all the vaunted animation studio's reputation for producing mature, adult children's films, college lends itself to a more immature brand of adult humor -- the kind with lots of nudity, profanity, and outrageous drunken antics. Sure enough, Pixar's 'Monsters University' brings new meaning to the phrase "safe school" -- this G-rated riff on 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Animal House' (they probably thought about calling it 'Monster House' at some point, right? They had to) doesn't push any envelopes in terms of content or humor. It's basically a formula college comedy, minus the raunch, in the world of 'Monsters Inc.' Nevertheless, it's a formula executed by some very talented animators, who've produced a lively, if mostly forgettable, movie.

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Local Licks at Six- Southern Heretics

Last Friday night (06-07-13) Southern Heretics stopped by the studios and hung out with us for Z94's 'Local Licks @ Six'. Despite being on a tight schedule they still made time to be a part of the show. As our featured artist on the program we finally had the opportunity to talk with the band and play a few cuts off their new album 'Hydra' before they took to the stage at the Railhead Saloon later that night. It was great catching up with the band and it's always a good time talking music and influences. An entertaining conversation both on and off air!

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