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Blu-ray Review: Horrendous ‘House at the End of the Street’ Rips Off ‘Psycho’

House at the End of the Street Blu-ray

CHICAGO – Mark Tonderai’s “House at the End of the Street” is not to be confused with this year’s “The House Across the Street” or either version of “Last House on the Left.” What Tonderai hopes you mistake it for is a classy Hitchcockian homage evocative of the Master’s most shocking and immortal picture, 1960’s “Psycho.”

Film Review: Weak Story Wipes Out ‘Chasing Mavericks’

Chasing Mavericks

CHICAGO – After the initial disappointment that “Chasing Mavericks” wasn’t about the pursuit of John McCain archetypes – it’s political season, don’t you know – it was interesting to note that mavericks are water waves, and chasing them means surfing. Hang ten, dudes.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Chasing Mavericks’ With Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue

Chasing Mavericks with Gerard Butler

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of “Chasing Mavericks” with Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue!

Film Review: Another Great Jennifer Lawrence Turn Can’t Save ‘House at the End of the Street’

CHICAGO – “House at the End of the Street” is the kind of bland, mediocre thriller that’s tough to review in the sense that it’s difficult to put a shoulder shrug into words. How can I turn “meh” into a full review?

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘House at the End of the Street’ With Jennifer Lawrence

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 25 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new horror film “House at the End of the Street” starring Jennifer Lawrence!

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Piranha’ Gives Viewers Skin, Gore They Should Expect

Piranha 3D

CHICAGO – “Piranha” is ludicrous, offensive, disgusting, gratuitous, and stupid — just the way that it should be. Can you imagine the complete failure it would have been to try and take the concept of killer fish seriously? Director Alexandre Aja (“High Tension”) wisely went the other way and made a movie that falls completely flat in terms of character, dialogue, and logic but works where it needs to: T, A, and gore.

Film Review: Ridiculous ‘Piranha 3D’ Attempts Record For 3D Gore

CHICAGO – With a record-setting approach to bare breasts and bloodied bodies, Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D” is a ridiculous gore-fest that falls completely flat in terms of character, dialogue, and logic but pops off the screen in the areas in which it really counts for a movie about prehistoric man-eating fish.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Don McKay’ Fails to Evoke the Coen Brothers’ Spirit

Don McKay Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – The Duplass Brothers recently told me that they avoid making movies blatantly modeled after the work of other filmmakers because they often end up “derivative and bad.” Jake Goldberger’s debut feature “Don McKay” is living proof of this principle. It is a monumentally awkward rip-off of the debut feature from the most well-known filmmaking team of brothers in modern cinema.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Karate Kid I & II: Collector’s Edition’

The Karate Kid I & II

CHICAGO – Before you make plans to check out the remake of “The Karate Kid” with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan on June 11th, flashback to where the phenomenon began with the 1984 original film starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue and the film’s first sequel, now available on Blu-ray.

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