Your 4th of July Box-Office Weekend! 


It’s Tarzan versus the Big Friendly Giant at the box-office this weekend. Granted Alexander Skarsgard is physically fit as our King of the Jungle but he’s got a strong opponent with the triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, scriptwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T.”), and beloved author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach”). Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!



But wait, there's more! Here's my take on "The Purge: Election Year" as seen on KMIR/NBC in Palm Springs. Click here to watch my "The Purge: Election Year" movie review.

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"Independence Day: Resurgence" -- Cheesy, Fun But Not Enough 


The sequel to 1996’s “Independence Day” invades theatres near you! This one’s called “Resurgence” but alas, Will Smith, who became a major blockbuster star when the original came out chose to not fight aliens again. Apparently, “After Earth” is the last of his out-of-this-world films. But Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum return. This one even has a woman president (Sela Ward) and a gay couple! Times have changed. But is the sequel worth your time and money? Take a look at my “Independence Day: Resurgence” movie review.



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Top 25 Best Movies Ever With A Doggie Twist 


Movies have gone to the dogs, at least in my cinematic world. I picked my Top 25 Best Movies Ever and let my dogs be the stars! Meet my four furbabies Nemo, (yes, I’m a big fan of “Finding Nemo” and even named our cat Dory), Tony, Tia, and Twinkle. They were all rescued and now are the stars of my movie project! The movies I chose have influenced and continue to inspire budding filmmakers and movie buffs. Did your favorite made the cut? Take a look!



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Local Filmmaker Debuts “Vigilante Diaries” in Coachella Valley 


Palm Springs director, Christian Sesma, debuts his new action-thriller “Vigilante Diaries” in the Coachella Valley. I sat down with the director last week about the making of the movie and working with stars like Michael Madsen, Jason Mewes, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.



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No, "Finding Dory" Is Not As Good as "Finding Nemo!" 


Midway through "Finding Dory," as soon as Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) embarks on a mission to find her parents (Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton), I came to the realization that the $200-million sequel was carefully crafted not because there was a compelling story to be told rather due to purely economic reasons. In my humble opinion, in the Pixar universe, "Finding Dory" is a sequel on par with "Cars 2" or "Monsters University" and less with the stellar "Toy Story" sequels. Here's why:



Box-Office Update: Yup, "Finding Dory" opens with an all-time record debut for an animated flick with $136.2M. That's a lot of fish food!

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