Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential:  ‘Neighbors 2’–Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Why is it that sequels far too often disappoint? It shouldn’t have to be that way. But there are reasons for this unfortunate phenomena. Say a studio has a big blockbuster on its hands—maybe one they didn’t see coming. All … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: George Clooney—Irresponsible ‘Money Monster’

The re-teaming of George Clooney with his OCEAN’S 11-franchise co-star Julia Roberts sure built up my hopes… So when MONEY MONSTER came along my expectations were sky high—a bit TOO high. What I got out of it was an interesting hostage … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Avengers Back In Full Force—But Divided

What a way to jump-start the summer movie season… CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will have fans debating over which is the better of the two: THE WINTER SOLDIER or this latest addition to Marvel’s seemingly never ending cash cow universe. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Keep A Lid On It!

It may be a two way street but etiquette shouldn’t always prevail… The bathroom in our neighborhood gym is a unisex operation – as in both sexes use it. And of course, half the time I use it, the toilet … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Key & Peele Take It To The Next Level

They made their mark during five seasons on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele… This weekend Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele elevate their persona from cable tv to the movie screen—and pull it off surprisingly well. In KEANU the duo is cast … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Jungle Book’–An Instant New Classic

Can the Disney empire do no wrong? Sure seems like it. With ZOOTOPIA still performing at the box office after six weeks in release, the Mouse House this weekend serves up yet another certified winner. Almost 50 years after Disney’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Boss’—A Rags-To-Riches Misfire

Can we talk? When it comes to Melissa McCarthy movies you pretty well know what you are in for. Some, of course, are better than others. Her best—and breakthrough film—definitely was BRIDESMAIDS. In-betweeners include her buddy-cop comedy THE HEAT opposite … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Midnight Special’—Riveting Supernatural Thriller

It’s not a big picture – what’s more, Wolfman Jack is nowhere to be found… Instead MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is a terrific supernatural thriller that plays intimately. Trouble is, not much can or should be given away in reviews of the film … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘B v S’—Kryptonite Ballbuster?

The want-to-see factor is through the roof! And if advance ticket sales are any indication, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE could capture the Easter weekend box office to the tune of $165 million—that’s my prediction anyway. Whether the movie itself lives … Continue reading

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New Jack City: An Ode To KC’s ‘OZONER’ Drive-In Movies

Movie industry trade paper Variety called them Ozoners when the first Drive-In theater opened in Camden, NJ… That was back in 1933. And even though you couldn’t quite tell it by the thermometer this morning, Spring is just around the corner with two of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’—Tension-Filled Doomsday Thriller

   Make no mistake, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is really weird, and it’s really SCARY! What it’s NOT is a sequel to 2008’s CLOVERFIELD. nor is it CLOVERFIELD 2. Let’s just say that producer J.J. Abrams‘ new sci-fi shocker is a … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Missouri Senator Fights Hotel Deception

Hats off to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill… She’s taking on the hotel industry which likes to add all those hidden charges to your bill. They call them “Resort Fees” and other fancy names. But basically they’re fees tagged on to your … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’—Tina Fey Goes to War

True story? Up to a point… WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is based loosely on New York Times reporter Kim Barker‘s 2011 non-fiction book ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.’ Uh, very loosely. Because in real life Barker was a print journalist … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘London Has Fallen’—So Has The Acting

  Was there REALLY any good reason for a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN? The 2013 action-thriller grossed just under $100 million domestically and did another $51.1 million at the international box office—not to mention $35 million in the domestic … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Triple 9’—The Code on the Street is Never Black & White!

TRIPLE 9—strange title… It’s actually the police code (999) for “officer down.” And what we’ve got here is a bad-ass criminal gang made up of ex-Special Forces pros taken in by the Russian Mob to rob banks. Then there are … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Deadpool’ a Wild Adult Super Hero Romp

DEADPOOL is definitely NOT a kid-friendly Marvel movie character adaptation! Maybe, ANT-MAN WITH SEX? Yeah, that’s the ticket—up to a point. So how do we do justice to Marvel Comics’ most unconventional and lesser known anti-hero? Simple. By predicting that … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The NOT So Super Super Bowl Ads

I was NOT impressed! Is it just me or has creativity of the TV commercials produced for their initial airing during the Super Bowl been steadily going downhill? With this year’s batch being some of the poorest? Here they come – the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Coen Brothers  Channel Vintage Hollywood

A new Coen Brothers movie usually ranks as an event with certain cinephiles… And you know who you are! Through the years the brother filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Cohen has taken on just about every genre imaginable. From BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA … Continue reading

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JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL: ‘The Finest Hours’  Sea Disaster Drama Delivers!

THE PERFECT STORM it’s not, but there are similarities… THE FINEST HOURS is the dramatization of the U.S. Coast Guard’s greatest sea rescue mission of all time It’s the heroic, true story action thriller of the incredible 1952 small boat … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘ANOMALISA’—Graphic Puppet Sex & Then Some

I’m having a real hard time trying to describe ANOMALISA to you… The first hint of this surreal outing was the film’s creator Charlie Kaufman who got the cinematic project off the ground thanks to Kickstarter. Never heard of Kaufman? … Continue reading

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