Gary Cole

Orion Pictures

The people of Texarkana — two towns with a shared named and a shared border — have known terror before. Sixty-eight years ago a masked killer stalked and murdered five people, wounded a few others and left a community scarred with terror. A dramatized documentary (of sorts) was released in 1976, and now 38 years later the killer has returned. Well, a killer anyway. Teenagers gather at a drive-in theater watching the town’s annual screening of the ’76 film, but when a young couple cuts out early for some hanky panky they discover a man in a sack cloth mask watching their car from the woods. He attacks leaving Corey (Spencer Treat Clark) dead and Jami (Addison Timlin) traumatized, and soon the town is forced into a new nightmare as the killings continue along a similar path to the ones captured in the film nearly four decades prior. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is titled like a remake, but it’s actually a sequel that opens in present day with a voice-over informing viewers that what we’re about to see happened in Texarkana one year ago. The characters’ awareness of the original film adds a meta element, but at its core the film is little more than a slickly produced slasher. That’s not a bad thing on its face, but it would have been a lot better if the script tried to be anything other than a retroactively aware and highly generic rehash of events we’ve seen before.

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I remember back in 2008 I had only heard of Entourage in passing. While growing up in Long Island, some of my High School classmates were obsessed with it, and when I got to college my roommate wouldn’t stop talking about it. So in December of 2008 I finally watched the series… I went through the first five seasons in one week, the third season in one day… I was almost immediately (minus that awful pilot) consumed by the show. Vinny’s strive to always provide, Johnny’s constant need for fame without understanding how good he has it compared to most actors in the business, Turtle’s drive to be his own man, E’s desire for a normal life and of course Ari’s need for total control. All these things, despite what some may snark at, served to make something that was more than the glamour-filled exterior that the show sat within.

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When the teaser trailer for Hop first hit, it was an incredible moment of adorability and Blur’s “Song 2.” Now, with the first full trailer out, we’re getting a better idea of the Roger Rabbit nature of the flick. It turns out it’s a mixture of live-action and CGI. James Marsden stars as a guy who hits the Easter Bunny-elect (voiced by Russell Brand) with his car, and the two starts an unusual friendship that involves one of them pretending to be a stuffed animal in order to hit on the other’s girlfriend. I’ll let you figure out which one. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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The Joneses, starring David Duchovny and Demi Moore, is a sharp satire that takes on our consumerist society with self-reflexive flair.

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Completely aware of how lazy I am for missing two weeks of Chuck recaps, I return with a big, geekirific update on all things Chuck — including the show’s ever growing bank full of geek cred.

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Entourage: First Class Jerk

Vince’s first day on the set of Smokejumpers starts with a dickish Drama, includes feelings of nervousness, and ends with a realization that Vince’s career has sunk so low that Jason Patric actually carries more weight.

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Control Freaks: TV Reviews with Attitude

Gus makes a routine stop at the bank for his weekly deposit, leaving Shawn in the car. While Gus is inside, a bank robber draws a gun and takes the entire building hostage.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express

FSR newcomer Conrad Rothbaum was sent out, on assignment to see Pineapple Express on one condition: no pregame smoke. As it turns out, no herbal enhancements were needed to enjoy the film.

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You need to be stoned to love Pineapple Express

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a big fan of stoner movies. For that matter, I’m not a big fan of stoners, period. Does that make me an old fart? Perhaps, but at least you know where I’m coming from.

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Pineapple Express Movie Logo

Generally, stoner comedies can be characterized by their inaction, or the lack of motivation that their characters have once they have smoked up all the green. But Pineapple Express seems to be more about getting some action, making it the first stoner action comedy — at least as far as I can recall this early in the morning.

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