Articles by Greg Eichelberger

The Critical Movie Critics

I have been a movie fan for most of my life and a film critic since 1986 (my first published review was for "Platoon"). Since that time I have written for several news and entertainment publications in California, Utah and Idaho. Big fan of the Academy Awards - but wish it would go back to the five-minute dinner it was in May, 1929. A former member of the San Diego Film Critics Society and current co-host of "The Movie Guys," each Sunday afternoon on KOGO AM 600 in San Diego with Kevin Finnerty.


Pixels (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Pixels (2015)

Critics (and others I suppose) have been gunning for this film, Pixels, long before it hit the big screen and not without good reason. First of all, anything with the name “Adam Sandler” attached to it pretty much means movie disaster. Recent examples include “Just Go With It,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Jack and Jill” and the…

Trainwreck (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015)

Trainwreck. Rarely has there been a more appropriately named film than this one, except like an actual train wreck, I COULD look away from this picture, I just wish I had more often. There are few things even remotely redeemable — or humorous — about this picture, written by Amy Schumer (also the star of…

Ant-Man (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man is an engagingly decent entry into the Marvel/Disney Studios lexicon, fitting comfortably between “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor: The Dark World” and with the hero’s inclusion in the upcoming third Avengers picture, should build its status immeasurably. It also allows another actor with no action status, Paul Rudd, to cut his teeth on…

Minions (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Minions (2015)

I don’t mind telling you, when I hear the words, “spin-off,” regarding film or television, I don’t get the best of feelings. The history of the term (which I will not go into here) conjures up as many negative thoughts as does the phrase, “third movie in a film franchise series.” Still, being the profession…

The Little Death (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: The Little Death (2014)

The secret sexual lives of several suburban couples living in Sydney, Australia highlight this interesting, though not very compelling script by first-time director Josh Lawson (who appeared in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”). Lawson was also the writer and he stars in this production, putting him the same category as Orson Welles, although few will…

Ted 2 (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Ted 2 (2015)

Like so many sequels, especially of comedy films, a serious drought of what made the first funny and charming takes place in Ted 2, forcing writers to substitute true laughs with obscenities (saying the “F” word over and over does not make it any more clever), crude jokes and, in this case, far too many…

Inside Out (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

Not since 2009’s “Up” has Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures fashioned a clever, emotional, family-friendly film that could be embraced by children and adults alike; one that has not only a heart and brain, but a conscience, as well. After commercially-successful and Oscar-winning — but bland and unfulfilling — features such as “Brave” and “Big…

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