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Oct 19, 2016

In 1983 King published Pet Sematary - the book he dubbed to scary to print, with a title too difficult to spell. The book was a smash success. Six years later the film adaptation was released. Can it possibly be as frightening as the source novel? Join

Oct 12, 2016

By 1983 Stephen King had been christened the "King of Horror", his every book a bestseller, and his three films hits.   John Carpenter was an acclaimed horror director who created the modern slasher with Halloween.  When these two masters of terror joined forces to make 1983's Christine, could the results be anything but frightful fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they review the carnage to find out!

Oct 4, 2016

From the minds of Stephen King and George Romero comes Tales from the Darkside: The Movie...a horror anthology like no other.  Well, scratch that, it's like several others--including Romero's own Creepshow! In fact, the King story in this film was written by Romero for Creepshow 2, but now it's joined by two other stories of monsters and murder.  Are these Tales the best Creepshow sequel of all? Join us to find out...but only if you promise to never tell!n

Sep 27, 2016

Nearly 20 years after the last Creepshow left theaters a third installment creeped onto video shelves. Five more tales of terror await, but now they are all intertwined with crossover characters and a twisting timeline. Does this add enjoyment to the final Creepshow?  Grab a hot dog and join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 20, 2016

The studio made it in secret. No one knew that Adam Wingard's new horror film The Woods was actually the third installment of the Blair Witch film series. This one goes back to the original 1999 film in both universe and style. Watch the found footage as James Donahue, brother of the original film's Heather, leads a new crew into Burkittsville to try and uncover the age old mystery.  Is this a great return to form? Head into the woods with Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

Sep 17, 2016

Less than a year after audiences were terrified by The Fly came its fast-tracked sequel. The plot is the same, but the cast is almost entirely different--only Vincent Price returned from the first film. But should we celebrate The Return of the Fly? Support Now Playing with a donation of $10 or more before December 31, 2016 and you can join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Sep 16, 2016

When you think of Ferris Bueller what comes to mind? Is it "Oh Yeah"? Or perhaps the Star Wars theme playing while Cameron's Ferrari shot above the city streets. And the iconic parade scene with Ferris lip syncing The Beatles' "Twist and Shout".  But for all the important music moments in the film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off never had a soundtrack...until now.  And to talk about it are Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin along with some guests. Join them for some music, some information, and a review of this new Ferris Bueller's Day Off CD.

Sep 13, 2016

Five years after Stephen King and George Romero revived the horror anthology with Creepshow, New World Pictures released the sequel. The poster looked the same, but there was a new director, Romero was now only writing, and King had a "Story By" credit. With just three tales of terror, versus the original's five, is the humor as sharp and the horror as scary? Get your ticket and join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Sep 6, 2016

Stephen King was a master of written horror, and George Romero a master of cinematic scares. And in 1982 those two combined forces to bring you Creepshow -- five tales of terror, written by King and directed by Romero.  Were two kings of horror better than one? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they creep up on you with this review!

Aug 30, 2016
They didn't market Stand by Me as a Stephen King film. In 1986 a period piece drama didn't fit with King's history of films, including axe murderers, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and killer semis. Few would have thought this 50's coming-of-age nostalgia piece was from King's short story "The Body." Yet the movie was a smash hit, nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards. How does this movie hold up thirty years later, playing to people other than Baby Boomers? Stand by Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!
 
Aug 23, 2016

A Nazi in hiding is uncovered by a suburban boy, and the result is blackmail and bloodshed. That is the story of Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer's directorial follow-up to his breakthrough The Usual Suspects.  Is Kurt Dussander's secret past a mystery on par with Keyser Söze?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 16, 2016

The Shawshank Redemption has been voted the #1 movie of all time by IMDB.com users. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for star Morgan Freeman. It has played endlessly on TNT. And yet, upon its release, the film flopped in theaters. Is history right? Is this the best movie of all time, underappreciated when it first came out? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 10, 2016

Earlier this year DC brought Batman back to the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Now it's time for his nemesis to get the spotlight. Suicide Squad stars villains like Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Enchantress -- a group of bad people who may be able to do some good.  The characters are the worst of the worst...but is the film also the worst? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 2, 2016

It's been nine years since Matt Damon last played Jason Bourne. But now he is back, ready to uncover new secrets about Treadstone and what turned David Webb into Jason Bourne. Do Greengrass and Damon still have the spark that made those original films so memorable, or should they have not Borne out another sequel? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this podcast movie review to find out!

Jul 29, 2016

On Thursday, September 8, 1966, Star Trek beamed into people's homes for the first time.  Since then, Star Trek has become a cultural phenomenon spanning 725 television episodes across six series, and 12 movies. But now it is time for Star Trek to go Beyond.  Is there still power in those warp coils on the Enterprise's 13th voyage in theaters? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out! 

Jul 27, 2016

A long time ago, in a trailer park far, far away... a teen named Alex beat the high score on the Starfighter arcade. But it wasn't just a game--it was a proving grounds for fighters to join an intergalactic war. Is Alex the Luke Skywalker for the '80s?  And how does this film's once-groundbreaking CGI hold up over 30 years later? Join Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin to find out!

Jul 23, 2016

It's been almost 30 years since the Ghostbusters took control, and despite repeated attempts the closest we got to a Ghostbusters 3 was the 2009 Atari video game. But finally we have an all new Ghostbusters -- a total reboot that shows the original formation of three scientists to stop poltergeists from plaguing New York City.  The film was politicized and mired in controversy almost from the moment it was released, but when you get past all that--is the movie good? Supporters of Now Playing can join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Jul 19, 2016

The Bourne Ultimatum proved its box office dominance, and director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon were ready leave Jason Bourne behind. But Universal Pictures wasn't going to let that stop their blockbuster franchise, so enter The Bourne Legacy!  Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross - another covert super soldier from the same CIA operations as Bourne.  Rather than risk exposure, the CIA has chosen to kill all their agents and start over. Can Cross survive this extinction protocol? And can the franchise survive without its signature star and character?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now to find out!

Jul 19, 2016

Three years after Bourne was supreme at the box office, star Matt Damon reteamed with director Paul Greengrass for the series' third installment  -- The Bourne Ultimatum.  This film promises to reveal the final secrets about the secret agent's past, and gives co-star Julia Stiles something to do. Did this original Bourne trilogy end on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jul 7, 2016

Just two short years after Short Circuit electrified audiences Johnny 5 returned in Short Circuit 2. This time Johnny is in the big city and realizing what it means to be human...or in his case, not human. The film was supposed to be full of heart, laughs, and special effects. But Johnny's wires got crossed and no connection was made with audiences.  With this film Johnny 5's cinematic life ended, but did he deserve his fate? Join Justin Five, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Jul 6, 2016

Universal had little confidence in making The Bourne Identity, but after its huge success they fast-tracked the sequel: The Bourne Supremacy. This follow-up teamed Damon with Paul Greengrass, who would continue to guide the Bourne films through this summer's new Jason Bourne.  Is this film truly supreme, or did the franchise lose its identity? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 30, 2016

Robocop. R2-D2. HAL 9000.  The T-1000. Johnny 5.  

Yes, in the pantheon of great movie robots, there is no denying S.A.I.N.T. model Number Five deserves prominent mention. He came alive in 1986's Short Circuit and charmed audiences with his naivete, and his DeBarge theme song.  Now, as Now Playing looks back at the great sci-fi films of 1986, Arnie, Stuart, and new Now Playing critic Justin review this film to answer the age old question..."Who's Johnny?"

Listen to find out!
Jun 28, 2016

In 2002 a new action franchise was Bourne. Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity modernized and heavily revised Robert Ludlum's original novel. Despite a modest budget, the film connected with critics and audience members alike. With the upcoming sequel Jason Bourne in theaters this July, it's time to check Bourne's original Identity.  Does the film hold up 14 years later? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 21, 2016

Jason Bourne has existed in Robert Ludlum novels for over 35 years. For mainstream audiences, however, he came to life when Matt Damon starred as the amnesiac secret agent in 2002. That action-packed rendition now defines the character, and has totally overshadowed Bourne's first portrayal -- in a 1988 ABC miniseries. The story was much closer to Ludlum's original novel than the later films, but can Richard Chamberlain match Damon's performance? To find out, join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as this new retrospective series is Bourne! And come back each week until we review the new Jason Bourne film in theaters!

Jun 14, 2016

After three years and one Fast and Furious film, James Wan is back with a sequel to The Conjuring.  The original horror film scared up lots of dough for Universal, so now the series returns with Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating another real life haunting -- The Enfield Poltergeist. How "true to life" is this story, and does it up the suspense from the original? Join us to find out!t

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