Las Vegas Critics

Emma Stone in Easy A

Easy A

Easy A is a high school comedy starring Emma Stone in her biggest role to date. Emma was great in her smaller roles from Superbad or Zombieland, but this film rests completely on her shoulders. As Olive Penderghast, she plays an ordinary high school girl that gets caught up in a web of lies that eventually starts to affect the lives of other people.

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Adrian Brody behind-the-scenes in Predators

Predators

Predators is the second direct sequel to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator, but it’s the fifth movie to feature the alien hunters. Sadly – even though the creatures have been featured in (dozens of games, almost two dozen comic book storylines and) multiple movies – the original film is the highlight of the franchise.

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Jaden Smith is Dre Parker in The Karate Kid

Karate Kid (2010)

The studios continue to mine the past for ideas (is original thought dead? …or just too expensive?) and this week at the box office we are given the choice of two different films based on properties from the 80s: The Karate Kid and The A-Team.

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Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Clash of the Titans is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. It’s been decades since I’ve seen that film, but I remember it fondly and – even though the effects probably look extremely dated by current standards – I’m sure it would still hold up.

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Having grown up as a kid in the 1980's, I can recall lots of David Copperfield magic, or illusion, on television (I do not understand why the term magic is a faux pas,) and I remember how big the productions were - it really seemed to me that he was the biggest, most impressive magician in the world.  Of course over time things tend to change but I was very happy to be se

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Sade Adu

Sade - Soldier of Love

In general, I’ve never been a huge fan of either R&B or soul, but Sade has always been the one exception that seems to transcend those genres…in the same way that Bob Marley rises above his reggae counterparts.

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John Hughes

R.I.P. John Hughes

When John Hughes passed away from a heart attack I encountered the news somewhat randomly. There weren’t hundreds of people talking about it on Twitter and if I hadn’t recognized the name I may have missed it entirely. Celebrities are human and, just like regular people, they die all of the time.

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Megan Fox's ass in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

You might think that Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is a mere popcorn flick, but actually, it is the best film of 2009 and could very well be the best film of the decade. That statement is something you won’t read anywhere else and, unfortunately, it is a completely fabricated falsity.

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Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II in Watchmen

Who Should Be Watching the Watchmen?

March 6, 2009: I am looking at a blank page on a computer screen. The words come so slowly. Where do they come from?
August 28, 1995: I am reading a comic book …a graphic novel, actually. I am 21 years old. At some point, every single comic reader I’ve ever known has recommended it to me.

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the top 20: best albums of

My 80s

(a retrospective introspective look into Nick's musical taste)

In order to help establish a baseline for the style of music that I like, I've compiled a list of my 20 favorite albums from the eighties and I've included some random comments about the particular format of the albums I had as well as a few of my favorite songs from each

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