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MasterChugs Theater: ‘How To Be a Man’

How to Be a Man is a comedy about a washed-up comedian named Mark McCarthy who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since he most likely will not be around to raise his unborn son, he decides to create a film for him to learn important life lessons and to know what his father was like.

It’s not quite as inspiring as the filmmakers would have you believe. Unfortunately, the bar’s already pretty low as it is. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

In a matter of 6 years, we’ve been given 9 entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the buzzword/term being spread by Marvel to describe the movies put out Marvel Studios. Most have been good. A pair have been the Iron Man sequels. Numero nueve is the sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger.

And baby, is it good. Kids, go out now and watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

This time the movie really is — as the old theme song promises — sensational, celebrational and Muppetational. That last part matters the most in Muppets Most Wanted. In 2011, the Muppets were successfully rebooted  but that hit movie was a bit heavy on the humans.

No worries about that with Muppets Most Wanted. This one continues the Muppet tradition of making the real co-stars up their funny to keep up with Jim Henson’s creations. The film’s slightly overplotted feel is offset by the zippiest musical numbers seen since 1979. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: Catch-all

Let me be up front and honest: I am bushed.

The past month has been blurring into one big busy session after another. I’ve not had a moment to watch a movie even on Netflix, much less in the theater or visit a Redbox machine.

But I’ve made time for television. And baby, let me tell you, while I may be prone to hyperbole, I really don’t think it’s that much of a hyperbole when I say that we’re in a golden age of television. Despite the Duck Dynasties, despite the Kardashians, despite the NCISCSI Intent of Interest, despite all of the reality competitions, there is some really great stuff on television. Let’s take a look at some of my new favorites for the season, shall we? Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘How To Lose Friends & Alienate People’

Simon Pegg, pound for pound, is one of my three favorite actors of all time (for those interested, the other two are Bruce Campbell and Charlie Day). I will support him no matter what decision he makes.

2008′s How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (How To Lose from here on out) really strains that move by me.

I mean, really strains. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Stalled’

Stalled, the latest genre combo from across the pond is not a found footage presentation, but it does have a simple hook: the entire flick (it’s a zombie movie) takes place inside of a bathroom. Indeed, most of the movie stays inside one specific bathroom stall. This sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch at best or maybe a decent short film.

Unfortunately, it kind of is. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

I saw Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on opening night; however, due to it being released during the Christmas season, it gets shuffled into already a busy time. Then comes Oscar season and some movies get neglected.

Last week, Anchorman 2 was rereleased in theaters as an R-rated version (originally it was a PG-13 [but a fairly hard PG-13]). It was a special one week only release with 763 new jokes. A podcast interview with director Adam McKay revealed that due to the amount of footage they have, this wasn’t an empty, pumped up boast.

So, given that this review is coming out on the final day of the limited release, we clearly know that I am horrible with time frames. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Argento’s Dracula’

Italian director Dario Argento is a living legend in horror movie history. The man behind Tenebre, Suspiria and Deep Red has created some of the most shocking, thrilling and horrifying movies in cinema.

Clearly, something has happened to that man. Perhaps he was taken over by a bodysnatcher. The man that directed Argento’s Dracula (Dracula 3D) can’t be the same Dario Argento because this movie is a pile of crap. Continue reading