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Join us for in-depth reviews and commentary on some of your favorite movies, both new films in theaters as well as reviews of every installment of some of Hollywood's longest running franchises!


  • The Maze Runner

    28/11/2023 Duração: 01h19min

    Thinking Outside The Box  Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart survived the harrowing gladiator matches of The Hunger Games only to stumble into a labyrinth of dangers in the 2014 adventure The Maze Runner. Can Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien decode the secrets tucked within these giant granite walls, and find an escape path for a marooned tribe of teenage boys? Or will this flight to freedom be thwarted by an army of biomechanical spiders, bully Will Poulter (aka Adam Warlock), or the arrival of a girl (Kaya Scodelario)? Listen Now as the hosts guide you through another YA dystopia.

  • Thanksgiving

    21/11/2023 Duração: 01h47min

    The Town That Dreaded Markdowns Director Eli Roth (Hostel) has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving now that a decades-long mission to expand his Grindhouse joke trailer has finally blessed the multiplex. Will holiday viewers be delighted to dine on a 17-year-old turkey overstuffed with gorey kills and T&A exploitation? Say a prayer for Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they gobble up this 2023 horror-comedy. 

  • The Marvels

    14/11/2023 Duração: 01h52min

    Charlie’s Bangles Brie Larson mixes it up for the sequel to her 2019 Captain Marvel debut by bringing estranged niece Teyonah Parris (WandaVision) and gushing fangirl Iman Vellani (Ms Marvel) into her 2023 Marvels adventure.  Can the trio stop trading places long enough to thwart a hammer-wielding Kree (Zawe Ashton) from disrupting the Skrull peace negotiations?  And have the years Sam Jackson spent assembling the Avengers prepared him for a mother-Flerken job herding cats in space? Listen to find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are annihilators of the MCU’s 33rd movie.

  • Secret Invasion

    07/11/2023 Duração: 02h11min

    It’s Not Easy Being Green  Sam Jackson returns from the far corners of the cosmos to help extra-terrestrial bud Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) stop a Secret Invasion of Earth by shape-shifting Skrulls. Are White House envoy Don Cheadle and MI-6 agent Olivia Colman smart to discount the aged Avenger after he broke his promise to find these radicalized aliens a new planet to inhabit? And is Nick Fury keeping other surprises about his personal life, and his time in space, tucked underneath that eye patch? Listen Now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart expose the truth about this 2023 Disney+ miniseries!

  • Five Nights at Freddy's

    31/10/2023 Duração: 01h27min

    Choke-E-Cheese and the Riflefire Explosion Security guard Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) spends Five Nights At Freddy’s looking for the reason why his younger brother went missing back in the 1980s. Could the animatronic mascots of this condemned pizzeria be at the center of a string of unsolved child abductions? And will his socially awkward little sister be the next victim after having a sleepover with these rock and roll robots, and sketching their dark secrets out in crayon?  Listen Now as Justin, Arnie, and Stuart suit up to spend Halloween inside the Now Playing Arcade.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    25/10/2023 Duração: 01h35min

    The Coyote of Wall Street Martin Scorsese is back with longtime acting muses Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro in the 2023 Oscar hopeful Killers of The Flower Moon. This time Leo is the taxi driver, chauffeuring Lily Gladstone around Oklahoma as uncle Bobby conspires with an entire town to fleece her Osage tribe out of oil profits. Can Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) get the FBI to stop this wave of poisonings, bombings, and shootings before the white devils succeed in Native American genocide? Listen Now as the hosts speak truth about Leo and Marty’s sixth collaboration.

  • Desperation

    17/10/2023 Duração: 01h33min

    Can God be Love if He lets such awful things air on network television? Ron Perlman (Hellboy) is the Tak of the Town after his attempt to become the next Pennywise in the 2006 Stephen King effort Desperation. Will the possessed policeman ticket motorists Tom Skerritt (Dead Zone), Steven Weber (The Shining), Matt Frewer (The Stand), and Henry Thomas (Doctor Sleep) for driving past a cursed Arizona mine, or because he’s jealous they were in better King adaptations? And what darlings will director Mick Garris have to kill in order to turn the 700 page novel into a two hour TV movie? Find out when you Listen Now!

  • Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

    10/10/2023 Duração: 01h24min

    Sometimes dead is better than straight-to-streaming  Look what the cat dragged into Paramount Plus: a 2023 prequel to Stephen King’s beloved 1983 novel Pet Sematary.  Long before the infamous Indian burial site brought back dead pets and run over children as flesh-eating zombies, grieving father David Duchovny dug a hole to reanimate the son he lost in Vietnam. Can longtime resident Judson Crandall justify staying on these sour grounds after tracing his hometown carnage back through the Bloodlines of its founding fathers?  Walk this perilous road with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out now!

  • Saw X

    03/10/2023 Duração: 01h26min

    See saw with a seesaw Saw is back, as is series star Tobin Bell as “Jigsaw” John Kramer. In this film, set mere weeks after the events in the original Saw, Kramer travels to Mexico seeking a cure for his brain tumor. Instead, what he finds is a scam that leads him back to his old “Jigsaw” ways with all new traps. Will this movie suck out your eyeballs with its violence and gore? Or do you need to put several ounces of gray matter in a jar to enjoy the tenth Saw release? Join our hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Marjorie now to find out!

  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

    26/09/2023 Duração: 01h23min

    I Know What You Did Last Century The Phantom Killer returns to Texarkana nearly 70 years after first turning a quaint community into The Town That Dreaded Sundown.  But could the original culprit still be alive, uncaught, and wielding razor sharp band instruments in 2014? Or are these copycat slayings the handiwork of a disgruntled great-grandson, or demented fan of the 1976 Charles Pierce cult movie? And how much faith should be put in Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo Jack) and Gary Cole (Office Space) to crack the case?  Step back into the shadows with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob and Listen Now!

  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

    19/09/2023 Duração: 01h21min

    The Texas Trombone Massacre Texarkana becomes The Town That Dreaded Sundown after a psycho with a sack over his head starts terrorizing couples necking in secluded makeout spots. Can Oscar-winning Ranger Ben Johnson (Last Picture Show) expect to lead the largest manhunt in US history to this Phantom Killer if his klutzy driver can’t even keep the patrol car on the twisty gravel backroads?  And did Dawn Wells survive three seasons of Gilligan’s Island just to be shot dead in her kitchen? Listen and find out if this 1976 docudrama sheds new light on the unsolved 1946 true story.

  • The Nun II

    12/09/2023 Duração: 01h28min

    A Hard Habit to Break Valak continues to spread the evil of The Conjuring Universe throughout the churches of Europe in the 2023 sequel The Nun II. Can Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) return her nemesis to Hell with Father Burke out of the picture, and faithless bad girl Storm Reid (Euphoria) her only frIend? And will this demon in a wimple actually learn a thing or two about throwing shade from mortals after enrolling in a boarding school overpopulated with mean French girls?  Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart are ready to perform the miracle of turning slaughter into whine when you Listen Now!

  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

    05/09/2023 Duração: 02h41min

    Law & Order: MCU Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) sees her dreams of headlining a fun lawyer show get contaminated after cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) accidentally turns her into She-Hulk. Does being a giant green hothead help the Attorney At Law win high profile cases for celebrity clients like Megan Thee Stallion and Abomination (Tim Roth)?  Or will the super-prosecutor be convicted in the court of popular opinion after haters launch a nasty social media campaign against her? Learn how angry Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob get about the 2022 Disney+ series now!

  • Gran Turismo

    29/08/2023 Duração: 01h26min

    Now if someone would design a video game preparing the next generation for service work!  A college dropout’s devotion to a PlayStation racing simulator unexpectedly paves the way for his career as a professional sports car driver in the incredible true story Gran Turismo. Is Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom still living in a fantasy world by thinking this homebody gamer is Team Nissan’s best shot at winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans? And can coach David Harbour (Stranger Things) really help the lad transition from couch to car if they remain stuck on whether to turn the radio dial to Enya or Black Sabbath? Play our next podcast and find out!

  • Blue Beetle

    22/08/2023 Duração: 01h48min

    Livin’ La Vida Locust A recent college graduate (Cobra Kai’s Xolo Mariduena) goes looking for work that will keep a roof over his family’s heads, and scores a lifetime appointment as Blue Beetle. Can DC’s first Latino crimefighter satisfy audiences tired of fascists like Batman dominating the box office, and hungry for superhero flicks equipped with George Lopez jokes? And is Susan Sarandon totally buggin’ to think she can extract the alien scarab fused into the youth’s back, and market it as a one-man police force? Listen to imperialists Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out now! {DC Comics Series} {Comic Book Movie Series} {DC Movie Universe} {Blue Beetle Series}

  • The Last Voyage of the Demeter

    18/08/2023 Duração: 01h15min

    As if vampires are the worst thing you’d encounter on a cruise ship. Dracula had to find dry land before he could start sucking London dry in Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, which means sailing for a month on the doomed Last Voyage of The Demeter.  Will onboard medic Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) go down with the ship before he solves the mystery of why so many crew members sport holes in their necks? And does Javier Botet (Conjuring 2) ride the same wave of success that carried Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, Nick Cage, and all the other Universal nosferatu to infamy?  Listen and find out!

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

    15/08/2023 Duração: 01h26min

    The 40 Year Old Terrapin Fanboy producer Seth Rogan brings Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Rafael back to big screens to frolic in the radioactive green ooze that first transformed them into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40 years ago. Should the foursome heed the warnings of rodent mentor Splinter (Jackie Chan) to stay hidden from humans in the sewer? Or answer the call of cub reporter April O’Neil (Ayo Edebiri) to thwart villain Superfly (Ice Cube) before he vaporizes everyone in New York?  Find out if this Mutant Mayhem is more toxic than a Michael Bay creation. Listen Now!

  • Ms. Marvel

    08/08/2023 Duração: 02h09min

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Partition 16-year-old cosplayer Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) fulfills her ambition to be like idol Brie Larson after she straps on her great-grandmother’s magic bracelet, and becomes Ms. Marvel in a 2022 Disney+ miniseries. Can the fledgling superhero heal generational trauma dating back to Pakistan’s split from India by stopping supernatural family members from opening The Veil of Noor, and wiping out life on Earth?  And how will the self-described “brown girl from Jersey City” honor Muslim tradition while following her cosmic dreams?  Listen and find out.

  • The Green Mile

    01/08/2023 Duração: 01h51min

    The Shawshank Reinvention Prison guard Tom Hanks walks the condemned down The Green Mile to the electric chair for a living, but takes a different path after meeting magical healer Michael Clarke Duncan (Armageddon) behind bars. Was a jury in Depression Era Louisiana blinded by racial prejudice when they convicted the enormous black man of brutally murdering angelic white twins?  And does director Frank Darabont get the same mileage out of another Stephen King jailhouse melodrama as he did with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins?  Listen and find out!

  • Oppenheimer

    25/07/2023 Duração: 02h27min

    …or How I Learned to Start Worrying And Make A Bomb Christopher Nolan offers an intimate look at the Father of the Atomic Age in his epic new biopic Oppenheimer. Is Cillian Murphy even scarier than his Batman Begins villain when he delivers the means of mankind’s destruction to military bigwig Matt Damon at the start of the Cold War?  Or should we feel sympathy for the bewildered scientist once Robert Downey Jr persecutes him and wife Emily Blunt for perceived Communist leanings? Find out if this director is paving a road to the Oscars, or turning summer movie season radioactive with his pretensions. Listen Now! 

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