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Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Note: Scholastic has sold over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history. (c) Sony

Scott’s Take

I love the concept of Goosebumps, I think it’s a genius way to tell a story. Now whether that translates to the screen is a different story. I have heard wonderful things about Goosebumps and I can’t wait to watch this sucker in 3D.

Steve’s Take

The concept is great and this one did well at the Box Office as well – making about $80 million domestically on a budget of $58 million. Kids eat this up and this one should sell pretty well at your favorite retail store or website.


Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

Scott’s Take

Bradley Cooper is starting to wear on me a bit. Aside from American Sniper, it’s starting to look like his role as a major Hollywood star is hitched to Jennifer Lawrence’s wagon. I will check out Burnt because I watch pretty much every movie, but this one looks a tad bit depressing.

Steve’s Take

I really enjoy most of Bradley Cooper’s work, but this one fell flat on its face here at home, although it made up much of the difference and even surpassed its budget when you include worldwide numbers.

Next Week

That’s all we have for this week. I’ll go with Goosebumps, especially in 3D as my pick. Next week we have a bigger variety to choose from starting with Steven Spielberg’s excellent Bridge of Spies, Snow White gets a Blu Ray release, Vin Diesel is The Last Witch Hunter, the remake of the fantastic 2008 horror movie Martyrs, and Sandra Bullock stars in Our Brand is Crisis. Have a great week everyone.