Episode 414: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ ‘The Equalizer 2,’ ‘Unfriended: Dark Web,’ ‘Blindspotting’

0:00 – Hello, Eric is back from Montreal, here’s an iTunes review
2:40 – “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” review
19:55 – “The Equalizer 2” review (Eric)
24:50 – “Unfriended: Dark Web” review (Eric)
30:25 – “Blindspotting” review (replay from Sundance)
37:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
40:10 – This week’s new DVDs, recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: B- B
The Equalizer 2: B n/a
Unfriended: Dark Web: C+ n/a
Blindspotting: B+ B+ (BS-approved!)

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Episode 410: ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Hereditary,’ ‘The Seagull,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,’ ‘SuperFly’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff’s still in Iowa, morale is low, golf dads
4:40 – “Incredibles 2” review
15:30 – “Hereditary” review
26:40 – “The Seagull” review
30:10 – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” review (Jeff)
35:00 – “SuperFly” review (Eric)
39:50 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
44:45 – If you’re in Portland, check out Hollywood Theatre’s 70mm series
46:40 – This week’s DVDs include “The Death of Stalin,” then the recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Incredibles 2: B- B
Hereditary: A A (BS-approved!)
The Seagull: B B
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? n/a B+
SuperFly B- n/a

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Episode 409: ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ ‘Hotel Artemis,’ ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff is in Iowa, an update on last week’s iTunes review
3:25 – “Ocean’s Eight” review
12:50 – “Hotel Artemis” review
20:50 – “Hereditary” is open, and you should see it, but we’re not going to fully review it till next week
25:20 – “Hearts Beat Loud” review
31:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
33:10 – This week’s DVDs
35:00 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Ocean’s Eight: B B
Hotel Artemis: B- B-
Hearts Beat Loud: B+ A (BS-approved!)

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Episode 408: ‘Action Point,’ ‘Upgrade,’ ‘Adrift’

0:00 – Hello, we were guests on a bonus episode of ’80s All Over
3:20 – iTunes review
5:00 – “Action Point” review
13:50 – “Upgrade” review
21:40 – Jeff brings up poker for some reason
22:30 – “Adrift” review (Eric)
28:00 – This week’s DVDs
30:25 – Summer Box Office Challenge update (it was a bye week)
32:15 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Action Point: C+ D+
Upgrade: B+ B+ (BS-approved!)
Adrift: C n/a

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Episode 404: ‘Tully,’ ‘Overboard,’ ‘Bad Samaritan’

0:00 – Hello, here is an iTunes review
2:35 – “Tully” review
13:10 – “Overboard” review (Snider)
19:20 – “Bad Samaritan” review (Snider)
25:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge is off to a limp start (but Eric is winning)
27:00 – We watched “The Lost Boys” on Netflix (and also part of the “The Week Of” starring Adam Sandler)
36:30 – This week’s DVDs, and we’re giving away a 40th anniversary edition of “Grease” that includes a commemorative jacket and nail polish. Agents have till 5/16 to enter.
39:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Tully: B+ A (BS-approved)
Overboard: C n/a
Bad Samaritan: C+ n/a

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Episode 401: ‘Blockers,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Chappaquiddick,’ ‘Acrimony’

0:00 – Hello, we’ve begun the second half of our 800-episode community service
2:50 – iTunes review
4:40 – “Blockers” review
16:00 – Jeff has an existential crisis about his grading scale
18:20 – “A Quiet Place” review
33:20 – “Chappaquiddick” review (Snider)
40:10 – “Acrimony” review (Snider), with the Nicholas Sparks Rule in play (which means we reveal the entire plot)
58:30 – This week’s DVDs and streaming recommendations
1:02:30 – Recap (including our MVPs) and good day

REVIEWS:
Blockers: B C
A Quiet Place: B+ A (BS-approved!)
Chappaquiddick: B-
Acrimony: D

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Episode 399: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising,’ ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Sherlock Gnomes,’ ‘Flower,’ ‘Unsane’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff dooms the show to failure
1:20 – “Pacific Rim Uprising” review
8:40 – “The Death of Stalin” review
15:30 – “Sherlock Gnomes” review (Snider), and then what could happen to Michael Caine next
19:00 – “Flower” review (Bayer)
21:50 – “Unsane” review (Snider)
26:00 – This week’s DVDs are “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Last Movie Star,” leading to a discussion of Burt Reynolds and “Star Wars”
28:10 – How the listeners feel about the new schedule, with ideas for improvements including a Spanish episode
30:50 – What’d You Watch? (“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”), with discussion of separate beds and Jeff’s casino plans with his nephew
36:40 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Pacific Rim Uprising: C 5/10
The Death of Stalin: A- 9/10 (BS-approved!)
Sherlock Gnomes: C n/a
Flower: n/a 7/10
Unsane: B- n/a

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Episode 395: ‘Annihilation,’ ‘Game Night,’ ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ ‘Early Man’

0:00 – Hello, it’s wintertime in Portland
3:50 – “Annihilation” review
14:50 – “Game Night” review
26:40 – “The Cloverfield Paradox” review, with discussion of seeing movies on Netflix vs at theaters
37:40 – Snider catches up with “Fifty Shades Freed”
41:10 – Bayer catches up with “Early Man”
43:00 – Snider catches up with “Peter Rabbit”
45:20 – Don’t forget Movie of the Month, “Wild at Heart,” which we’ll be discussing next week
46:20 – Don’t forget Oscar Bowling for next Sunday, leading to a funny story about seeing “Bodied” at PIFF last week, and racism, and YouTube
56:20 – New DVDs this week include “The Florida Project” and “Coco”
57:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
“Annihilation”: B+ 7/10
“Game Night”: B+ 8/10 (BS-approved!)
“The Cloverfield Paradox”: B- 6/10
“Fifty Shades Freed”: D 4/10
“Early Man”: n/a 6/10
“Peter Rabbit”: B- 5/10

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Episode 392.4: Sundance Report #4

From the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

0:00 – We met some listeners
1:35 – “Assassination Nation” review
8:20 – “Sorry to Bother You” review
14:20 – “Hereditary” review
26:10 – Final summary of Sundance 2018

REVIEWS:
Assassination Nation: B- 5/10
Sorry to Bother You: B 7/10
Hereditary: A- 9/10 (BS-approved)

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Episode 392.2: Sundance Report #2

From the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

0:00 – “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn” review
7:10 – “Leave No Trace” review
15:50 – “Mandy” review (Snider)
19:20 – “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” review (Bayer)
22:30 – “Beast” review (Snider)
25:25 – “Hearts Beat Loud” review (Bayer)

REVIEWS:
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn D 3/10
Leave No Trace A- 8/10 (BS-approved)
Mandy: B-
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot: 7/10
Beast: B-
Hearts Beat Loud: 10/10

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Episode 392.1: Sundance Report #1

From the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

0:00 – Hello, this is our Sundance report
1:00 – “Blindspotting” review
7:50 – “Private Life” review
17:20 – “The Guilty” review (Snider)
19:55 – “Half the Picture” review (Bayer)
22:25 – “American Animals” review (Snider)
26:05 – “The Long Dumb Road” review (Bayer)
29:50 – “Night Comes On” review (Snider), with a cameo by Vince @filmdrunk Mancini
33:40 – “Juliet, Naked” review (Bayer)
37:20 – We’re enjoying ourselves so far, Eric met a listener whom we’d previously made fun of, and the drama Jeff was hoping for at the condo did not materialize

REVIEWS:
Blindspotting B+ 8/10 (BS-approved)
Private Life B 7/10
The Guilty: B+
Half the Picture: 6/10
American Animals: B
The Long Dumb Road: 7/10
Night Comes On: B
Juliet, Naked: 8/10

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Episode 392: ‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Den of Thieves,’ ‘Forever My Girl,’ ‘The Greatest Showman,’ ‘Proud Mary,’ Sundance preview

0:00 – Hello, we’re at Sundance but this isn’t a Sundance show (yet)
1:30 – “Phantom Thread” review
11:45 – “Den of Thieves” review
19:00 – “Forever My Girl” review (Snider only)
23:00 – “The Greatest Showman” review (Bayer only)
26:00 – “Proud Mary” review (Snider only)
29:35 – We have reached a milestone
30:45 – Bayer and young Dylan saw “Paddington 2”; it is retroactively BS-approved; also some talk of the “Isle of Dogs” trailer
36:00 – A few Sundance movies (and roommate drama) that we’re looking forward to
47:30 – Reminder to our Agents that we’re giving away some big heavy books; this week’s DVDs
49:00 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Phantom Thread: B+ 9/10 (BS-approved)
Den of Thieves: C+ 6/10
Forever My Girl: C n/a
The Greatest Showman: n/a 5/10
Proud Mary: C+ n/a

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Episode 388: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3,’ ‘Downsizing’

0:00 – Hello, here is what we’re doing for our Christmases
6:00 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” review
16:50 – “Pitch Perfect 3” review
27:30 – “Downsizing” review
36:00 – This week’s DVDs, including a giveaway of “Stronger”
40:25 – A question of the week: What was your favorite movie of 2017? And also, what was one good thing that happened in your life in 2017? So, two questions. Then the recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle B 8/10
Pitch Perfect 3 C 4/10
Downsizing B+ 8/10 (BS-approved!)

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Episode 387: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Ferdinand,’ ‘Darkest Hour’

0:00 – Hello, there’s a new “Star Wars” movie so let’s get to it!
1:00 – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” review
21:25 – “Ferdinand” review (Snider only)
27:15 – “Darkest Hour” review
37:25 – An update on the thing Patreon screwed up, which is fixed now
39:50 – New DVDs this week, including an Agent giveaway of “Home Again” with Reese Witherspoon
42:10 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A- 10/10 (BS-approved!)
Darkest Hour: B+ 8/10 (BS-approved)
Ferdinand: C n/a

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Episode 386: ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘BPM,’ catching up on some others

0:00 – Hello, it’s weird there aren’t any big wide releases
2:55 – “I, Tonya” review
19:10 – More complaining about the release schedule
20:10 – “BPM” review (Snider only)
23:20 – Bayer catches up on “American Made,” “Stronger,” and “Wonderstruck,” which Snider reviewed previously
28:15 – “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” review (Bayer only)
31:00 – Some Patreon business, plus we’ll have some cool prizes for Agents next month
34:00 – MOTM: “Grave of the Fireflies” (1988)
43:00 – Next month’s MOTM is “Stakeout” (1987)
45:00 – DVDs include “Despicable Me 3” and “Better Watch Out”; we’re giving away two copies of “Better Watch Out” to Agents; recap and good day

REVIEWS:
I, Tonya: B+ 9/10 (BS-approved!)
BPM: B n/a
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected): n/a 7/10

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Episode 385: ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’

0:00 – Hello, it’s the holidays, here’s an iTunes review
2:20 – “The Disaster Artist” review
21:30 – “The Shape of Water” review, ending Jeff getting owned
33:45 – “Call Me by Your Name” review
44:15 – Movie of the Month, “Grave of the Fireflies,” is postponed till next week
45:20 – This week’s DVDs are so-so, but we have a giveaway for one lucky agent: DVD/Blu-ray and CD soundtrack of this year’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast”
47:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
The Disaster Artist: B+ 9/10 (BS-approved!)
The Shape of Water: A- 8/10 (BS-approved!)
Call Me by Your Name: A- 8/10 (BS-approved!)

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Episode 384: ‘Coco,’ ‘Three Billboards…,’ ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

0:00 – Hello, an iTunes review, it just was or perhaps almost is Thanksgiving
5:05 – “Coco” review
10:20 – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” review
28:30 – “The Man Who Invented Christmas” review (Snider only), and talk of Scrooge in movies
35:30 – New DVDs, including a giveaway of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Coco: B+ 8/10 (BS-approved!)
Three Billboards…: A- 9/10 (BS-approved)
The Man Who Invented Christmas: B n/a

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Episode 383: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘The Star’ ‘Only the Brave,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

0:00 – Hello, we recorded a “Back to the Future” commentary
3:20 – An iTunes review, segueing into despair at the state of things
6:10 – “Justice League” review
22:40 – “Lady Bird” review
32:00 – We impose Senate rules to get through the next reviews quickly
32:45 – “Wonder” review (Snider only)
34:45 – “The Star” review (Snider only)
37:45 – “Only the Brave” review (Bayer only)
39:45 – “Murder on the Orient Express” review (Snider only)
43:00 – This week’s DVDs: “Atomic Blonde,” “Brigsby Bear,” “Wind River” (a copy of which an Agent can win)
44:40 – Reminder that the Movie of the Month is “Grave of the Fireflies,” recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Justice League: C+ 6/10
Lady Bird: A- 9/10 (BS-approved!)
Wonder: B n/a
The Star: B- n/a
Only the Brave: n/a 8/10
Murder on the Orient Express: C+ n/a

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Episode 380: ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘The Snowman,’ ‘Breathe’

0:00 – Hello, a story of a sick child (Jeff’s)
6:30 – iTunes review
8:20 – There are five wide releases, of which FOUR did not screen for critics here
12:45 – “The Florida Project” review
24:00 – “The Snowman” review (Snider only), in which the Nicholas Sparks rule is applied and we reveal the entire plot
35:15 – “Breathe” review (Snider only), ending with brief discussion of Andy Serkis’ upcoming “Jungle Book” movie
41:35 – This week’s DVDs, including a giveaway of “Girls Trip” on Blu-ray; recap and good day

REVIEWS:
The Florida Project: B+ 9/10 (BS-approved!)
The Snowman: D n/a
Breathe: B+ n/a

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