The Lazarus Effect 2015

The Lazarus Effect Movie Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson   What if you had the power to bring back your loved ones from the dead… Would you? And more importantly… Should you? That’s the question explored in The Lazarus Effect and it’s not unlike many other resurrection-themed horror flicks, the most popular among them being oldies-but-goodies Re-Animator, Pet Sematary,…


Jupiter Ascending Review

With every asset and resource known to modern filmmakers, including a $175 million budget and the creative genius behind The Matrix franchise, this overblown, mind numbing, gas bag of a movie is the best the Wachowskis could come up with? Written, produced and directed by the mercurial siblings, it’s apparent they need a lot more supervision, as…

Melissa McCarthy's Weight Loss Secret

Yes, my friends, that’s our favorite (formerly) plus-size gal Melissa McCarthy standing right next to me at the Critics Choice Awards, and, like you, I’m amazed to see how positively petite she looks. I absolutely dwarf her, and I’m about a size 8 on most days.  That makes her look like maybe a size 4? What, you may ask,…

CCA 2015

My Take On the 2015 Critics Choice Awards

As I’m sure you know by now, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a not-so-humble member) announced the Critics Choice Awards winners last night, at a giant gala and show broadcast live by A&E from the Hollywood Palladium. While I was told I would be seated next to Lana Del Rey, who was nominated for…


Blackhat Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson A “blackhat” is a malicious computer hacker. A “whitehat” is the opposite. Since Chris Hemsworth plays versions of both in this new Michael Mann cyber-thriller, I guess he’s two shades of grey. And that about sums up all the nuance and texture this shallow, straightforward suspenser offers up. Writing a…

Unique Lack of Diversity in Oscar Acting Nominations

Unique Lack of Diversity in Oscar Acting Nominations

Although Selma is nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman is nominated nine times, note that there is a unique lack of diversity in Oscar acting nominations. All 20 of those who received nods for best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress, are, to use a sweeping term, white. In…


The Boy Next Door Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson On a scale of one to Gigli, Jennifer Lopez’s latest cinematic sortie is off the charts. The Boy Next Door – the titular “boy” being a full grown, 27-year old Abercrombie and Fitch model (Ryan Guzman) – starts off with an opening title sequence that’s so cheesy, even Wisconsin would…


Best Actor, Actress and Farewell to 'Just Seen It'

I’m always up for a rousing debate about who will and who should win the Oscars for best actor and best actress, but the panel discussion I recently participated in on the PBS review show Just Seen It was particularly bittersweet. It was the last segment of the show I’ll ever appear in, on the last episode of the show…

Everly Movie Poster

'Everly' Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson If you’ve ever dreamed of watching a scantily-clad Salma Hayek’s ta-ta’s bounce in time to the tat-tat of machine gun fire while Christmas carols blare, then do we have the movie for you. It’s called Everly, and is it ever a trip. The titular Everly is played to the hilt…

Critics Choice Movie Awards

2015 Critics Choice Awards are Better Than Ever!

This year A&E is broadcasting the Critics Choice Awards, and they are going all out–they hired Michael Strahan as the host, all the stars and filmmakers will be there front and center, and I’ll be right their in the middle of them, seated snuggly at a table with Lana Del Rey (YES!). “What are the Critics…

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