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The M Report with Marlon Wallace is Delmarva's local source of what's hot and what's not at the movies and in the media.

There are many films playing at your local multiplex. Hundreds more are marinating on local video store shelves or waiting to be downloaded from a myriad of online sources.

Which ones are worth your money? Which are worth mewling about? The M Report will help take away some of the confusion.

For hip, topical and insightful commentary, check out The M Report.

Movie Review - Bears

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The opening scenes are breath-taking of the Alaska peninsula. All of the landscapes that follow are equally so. From snow-covered mountains to high-grass meadows to sandy beaches to a literal golden pond, any nature photographer worth his salt can craft beautiful visuals out of this.
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Movie Review - The Raid 2: Berandal

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I wrote a review to this sequel's previous film, and I feel like almost everything I said a year and a half ago about that previous film, I could say again. The exception is that I didn't enjoy this second-go-round. This film was too long and it revels in violence and brutality to a degree that became extremely unappealing. The Raid 2 is more martial arts porn that showcases and is a vehicle to see a ton of guys get killed. This would have been fine, if the film didn't try to be more than jus... More>>

Movie Review - Oculus

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This is by far the best film produced by WWE Studios. It also might end up being the best horror film of the year. It's certainly the best horror film for me since The Conjuring. Even though there's so much to it that is predictable, the performances are good and director and co-writer Mike Flanagan is able to use great film-making techniques to maintain interest and keep audiences on edge. In the most complimentary way imaginable, Oculus is like a really good episode of The Twilight Zone or... More>>

Movie Review - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans (Fantastic Four and Cellular), is still a man out of time. He was taken from 1944 to 2011, nearly 70 years removed. He meets Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie (Pain More>>

Movie Review - The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Wes Anderson's camera moves are almost robotic. The precision and the fluidity seem to come from a pre-programmed computer, executing turns, pans and tilts, tracking and dolly shots with mechanical perfection. More>>

Movie Review - Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Like the recent The Lego Movie, this animated feature is very derivative of a lot of other things. What makes this better is its main characters feel realized. They feel like actual flesh, rather than More>>

Movie Review - Divergent

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There is plenty about the premise that poses more questions than this film provides answers. First, we see the city of Chicago in ruins and the whole place is surrounded by a large fence that looks like More>>

Movie Review - The Single Moms Club

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The better Tyler Perry films are ones that don't contain his character of Madea. This film is one such. This film is particularly better because it doesn't involve any crazy plot twists or anything of More>>

Movie Review - Southern Baptist Sissies

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Del Shores has built a bit of a following, having created Sordid Lives and having been a writer-producer on Queer As Folk. He has also done a few one-man shows establishing himself. This movie, directed More>>

Movie Review - About Last Night (Black History Month)

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Kevin Hart is the same age as I am. He's from the same city. I think that under different circumstances he and I could have been friends. I know that he has two hit films under his belt: Think Like a More>>

Movie Review - Robocop (2014)

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Samuel L. Jackson is doing his version of Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. His character is Pat Novak, the host of a slightly futuristic spin of The O'Reilly Factor. His show is "The Novak Element" More>>

Movie Review - 12 O'Clock Boys (Black History Month)

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Lotfy Nathan is a 20-something, white male who came to Baltimore to study fine arts and become a painter. While there he noticed this group of young black males riding motorcycles and All-Terrain-Vehicles More>>

Movie Review - Ride Along (Black History Month)

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We are perhaps living in the era of Kevin Hart. His one-man, stand-up, comedy special Laugh at My Pain (2011) was such a success that he caught Hollywood's attention. Hollywood is usually only interested More>>

Movie Review - That Awkward Moment

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My first thought was that all three actors here were miscast. I felt that Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller were all too young for their roles. I was particularly struck with this criticism More>>

Movie Review - August: Osage County

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Because of the presence of Julia Roberts, I got echoes of Steel Magnolias (1989). There are men in this movie, but it's the women who are dominant. It's not set in the south but instead the Midwest, More>>

Movie Review - Her

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What's strange is that the value of this movie is no greater than Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982). An alien being enters a little boy's life and he falls in love with it. That alien More>>

Movie Review - Truth (2014)

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Truth (2014) begins with a young man in prison. A doctor comes to talk to him. She's not a lawyer. She's possibly a psychologist, which should be some indication of the young man's mental state. The More>>

Movie Review - American Hustle

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Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell has made a film that is superficially about the Abscam operation by the FBI in 1978. However, this movie is really about movie-making. Russell has made it clear More>>

Movie Review - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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This movie takes place in 1980, which is the year that the cable news network CNN first went on the air, and the movie is essentially a comedic and satiric look at how that network started and thirty More>>

Movie Review - Four (2013)

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It's difficult to unpack everything that's occurring in this movie, even though it isn't that long. It's based on a play by Christopher Shinn who gave his characters a lot of richness. Writer-director More>>

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  • Movie Review - The Best Man Holiday

    Movie Review - The Best Man Holiday

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:12:58 GMT
    Yes, this is a movie that takes place during the week of Christmas and it features a character in its center who is very religious, but writer-director Malcolm D. Lee gets a little too heavy-handed withMore
    Yes, this is a movie that takes place during the week of Christmas and it features a character in its center who is very religious, but writer-director Malcolm D. Lee gets a little too heavy-handed withMore
  • Movie Review - Frozen (2013)

    Movie Review - Frozen (2013)

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:11:48 GMT
    Frozen feels a lot like Tangled (2010). It feels like a lot of the Disney princess stories. I particularly kept getting vibes reminding me of Beauty and the Beast (1991). It's loosely based on a storyMore
    Frozen feels a lot like Tangled (2010). It feels like a lot of the Disney princess stories. I particularly kept getting vibes reminding me of Beauty and the Beast (1991). It's loosely based on a storyMore
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  • DVD Review - Bayou Blue

    DVD Review - Bayou Blue

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:46:10 GMT
    Directors Alix Lambert and David McMahon begin their documentary with beauty shots of the Louisiana gulf community of Houma, a rural and swampy area, portrayed though in a bright and almost pastoral light. Yet, there's an emptiness to these shots, literally and figuratively. The frames are devoid of people, and, as the interviews and the voices of those who live there are heard, an overall sense is conveyed of a loss of community. One of the main techniques that Lambert and McMahon use is th...More
    Directors Alix Lambert and David McMahon begin their documentary with beauty shots of the Louisiana gulf community of Houma, a rural and swampy area, portrayed though in a bright and almost pastoral light. Yet, there's an emptiness to these shots, literally and figuratively. The frames are devoid of people, and, as the interviews and the voices of those who live there are heard, an overall sense is conveyed of a loss of community. One of the main techniques that Lambert and McMahon use is th...More
  • DVD Review - Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

    DVD Review - Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:36:39 GMT
    The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, put a spotlight on that country's new anti-gay law, which criminalizes "gay propaganda." Opponents of the law argue that the definition of gay propaganda is tooMore
    The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, put a spotlight on that country's new anti-gay law, which criminalizes "gay propaganda." Opponents of the law argue that the definition of gay propaganda is tooMore
  • DVD Review - Junk

    DVD Review - Junk

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:26:26 GMT
    The opening of this film has its writer-director playing a writer-director who has a film going to a film festival, but before going to that festival, he breaks up with his girlfriend. He then goes toMore
    The opening of this film has its writer-director playing a writer-director who has a film going to a film festival, but before going to that festival, he breaks up with his girlfriend. He then goes toMore
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  • TV Review - Chicago PD

    TV Review - Chicago PD

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-03-19 21:23:57 GMT
    The spin-off to Chicago Fire tries to capture a bit of the same magic, but it doesn't quite do so. A few of the actors from Chicago Fire pop up on this show, but even that's not enough. The show is interestingMore
    The spin-off to Chicago Fire tries to capture a bit of the same magic, but it doesn't quite do so. A few of the actors from Chicago Fire pop up on this show, but even that's not enough. The show is interestingMore
  • TV Review - Enlisted

    TV Review - Enlisted

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-03-19 01:35:34 GMT
    The opening scene in the Pilot episode tries to be a comedy set during the war in Afghanistan, which is instantly not funny. The argument might simply be that it's too soon. A sitcom about the war onMore
    The opening scene in the Pilot episode tries to be a comedy set during the war in Afghanistan, which is instantly not funny. The argument might simply be that it's too soon. A sitcom about the war onMore
  • TV Review - House of Cards: Season 2

    TV Review - House of Cards: Season 2

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 8:59 AM EST2014-02-19 13:59:16 GMT
    Last year, I took my time and spread out watching the first season of House of Cards over a week or so, months after the series premiered on Netflix. This year, I binged all 13 episodes on the weekendMore
    Last year, I took my time and spread out watching the first season of House of Cards over a week or so, months after the series premiered on Netflix. This year, I binged all 13 episodes on the weekendMore
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  • Being Scott Harris

    Being Scott Harris

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:31:38 GMT
    The new documentary Being Ginger was just released on DVD. Its director, Scott P. Harris has been attending screenings and Q A sessions in various cities. He was in New York City for screenings there when I interviewed him by phone. The documentary was an expansion of his 20-minute, graduate project at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The project is an autobiographical look at Harris' own dating life vis-à-vis his lack of confidence or self-esteem regarding his natural red hair, or, ...More
    The new documentary Being Ginger was just released on DVD. Its director, Scott P. Harris has been attending screenings and Q A sessions in various cities. He was in New York City for screenings there when I interviewed him by phone. The documentary was an expansion of his 20-minute, graduate project at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The project is an autobiographical look at Harris' own dating life vis-à-vis his lack of confidence or self-esteem regarding his natural red hair, or, ...More
  • DVD Review - Geography Club

    DVD Review - Geography Club

    Monday, March 24 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-03-24 19:15:37 GMT
    I'm not a person who calls for sequels, even for movies that I absolutely love, but this adaptation of Brent Hartinger's novel was so well done, as I wrote in my review last year, that I would insistMore
    I'm not a person who calls for sequels, even for movies that I absolutely love, but this adaptation of Brent Hartinger's novel was so well done, as I wrote in my review last year, that I would insistMore
  • DVD Review - Blue is the Warmest Color

    DVD Review - Blue is the Warmest Color

    Friday, March 7 2014 3:27 PM EST2014-03-07 20:27:26 GMT
    This French film by Abdellatif Kechiche premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Palme d'Or. It later went on to be nominated for 8 César Awards, including Best Film. It was alsoMore
    This French film by Abdellatif Kechiche premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Palme d'Or. It later went on to be nominated for 8 César Awards, including Best Film. It was alsoMore
  • Black History Month 2014 Reviews

    Black History Month 2014 Reviews

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:30 PM EST2014-02-28 04:30:03 GMT
    For the month of February 2014, I have been spotlighting African-American films or movies this year and the past year that have starred or been made by African-Americans, as well as a couple of new TVMore
    For the month of February 2014, I have been spotlighting African-American films or movies this year and the past year that have starred or been made by African-Americans, as well as a couple of new TVMore
  • DVD Review - Cal (Black History Month)

    DVD Review - Cal (Black History Month)

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:05 PM EST2014-02-27 02:05:36 GMT
    It might not make much sense to spotlight this film for Black History Month because there are no black people in it. However, there might be one exception. The star of this sequel, playing the titularMore
    It might not make much sense to spotlight this film for Black History Month because there are no black people in it. However, there might be one exception. The star of this sequel, playing the titularMore
  • Dui Jarrod's Lesson Before Love

    Dui Jarrod's Lesson Before Love

    Monday, February 24 2014 8:59 PM EST2014-02-25 01:59:55 GMT
    Dui Jarrod is the writer and director of Lesson Before Love, a film that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music or BAM in 2012 for the New Voices in Black Cinema. It played at several festivals whereMore
    Dui Jarrod is the writer and director of Lesson Before Love, a film that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music or BAM in 2012 for the New Voices in Black Cinema. It played at several festivals whereMore
  • DVD Review - The Act of Killing

    DVD Review - The Act of Killing

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 3:45 PM EST2014-02-19 20:45:51 GMT
    Joshua Oppenheimer's film is nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It's a movie about the making of a movie. That movie is about the near-genocide, in fact the mass murder of one millionMore
    Joshua Oppenheimer's film is nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It's a movie about the making of a movie. That movie is about the near-genocide, in fact the mass murder of one millionMore
  • TV Review - House of Cards: Season 2

    TV Review - House of Cards: Season 2

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 8:59 AM EST2014-02-19 13:59:16 GMT
    Last year, I took my time and spread out watching the first season of House of Cards over a week or so, months after the series premiered on Netflix. This year, I binged all 13 episodes on the weekendMore
    Last year, I took my time and spread out watching the first season of House of Cards over a week or so, months after the series premiered on Netflix. This year, I binged all 13 episodes on the weekendMore
  • DVD Review - Capital Games

    DVD Review - Capital Games

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-02-11 21:59:11 GMT
    I hadn't heard of G. A. Hauser, but apparently she is the author of over 80 books. Most of which are gay romance novels. Capital Games is about former Los Angeles Police Department officer Steve Miller.More
    I hadn't heard of G. A. Hauser, but apparently she is the author of over 80 books. Most of which are gay romance novels. Capital Games is about former Los Angeles Police Department officer Steve Miller.More
  • Black History Month 2014 Reviews - A Preview

    Black History Month 2014 Reviews - A Preview

    Monday, February 3 2014 4:25 PM EST2014-02-03 21:25:08 GMT
    This blog since its inception has always had a slant toward black films or films by and about black people, or films regarding people of color or stories related to the African Diaspora or the plightMore
    This blog since its inception has always had a slant toward black films or films by and about black people, or films regarding people of color or stories related to the African Diaspora or the plightMore
  • Filmmaker Rob Moretti's Kindred Spirit

    Filmmaker Rob Moretti's Kindred Spirit

    Friday, January 10 2014 9:24 PM EST2014-01-11 02:24:16 GMT
    On the Saturday just before writer-director-actor Rob Moretti's latest film Truth (2014) premieres in New York City at the Quad Cinema, the same theater where his previous and debut film Crutch premieredMore
    On the Saturday just before writer-director-actor Rob Moretti's latest film Truth (2014) premieres in New York City at the Quad Cinema, the same theater where his previous and debut film Crutch premieredMore
  • 2013 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

    2013 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

    Monday, November 11 2013 5:54 PM EST2013-11-11 22:54:11 GMT
    The 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (RBIFF) opens on Wednesday, November 6th. RBIFF is Delaware's oldest and largest film festival. In only five days, Rehoboth Beach will host 95More
    The 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (RBIFF) opens on Wednesday, November 6th. RBIFF is Delaware's oldest and largest film festival. In only five days, Rehoboth Beach will host 95More
  • Jenny Roberts: Pieces of Tangier

    Jenny Roberts: Pieces of Tangier

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 9:20 PM EST2013-11-06 02:20:00 GMT
    Jenny Roberts is the director, cinematographer and editor of Pieces of Tangier, a 45-minute documentary about Tangier Island, Virginia, which will screen at the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach IndependentMore
    Jenny Roberts is the director, cinematographer and editor of Pieces of Tangier, a 45-minute documentary about Tangier Island, Virginia, which will screen at the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach IndependentMore
  • Matthew VanDyke: Tinker, Teacher, Soldier, Almost Spy

    Matthew VanDyke: Tinker, Teacher, Soldier, Almost Spy

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-11-05 21:55:24 GMT
    Matthew VanDyke is the director of Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, a short documentary about the Syrian revolution playing at the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. I interviewedMore
    Matthew VanDyke is the director of Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, a short documentary about the Syrian revolution playing at the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. I interviewedMore
  • Josh Wolff and His North Shore Hiccup

    Josh Wolff and His North Shore Hiccup

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 1:01 PM EST2013-11-05 18:01:23 GMT
    The last time 32-year-old Josh Wolff graced the shores of Delaware, it was about two years ago. He visited Bethany Beach, which is more toward the southern end. During his childhood, his family vacationedMore
    The last time 32-year-old Josh Wolff graced the shores of Delaware, it was about two years ago. He visited Bethany Beach, which is more toward the southern end. During his childhood, his family vacationedMore
  • Mike Marino in His Own Words

    Mike Marino in His Own Words

    Monday, November 4 2013 11:02 PM EST2013-11-05 04:02:15 GMT
    Mike Marino has directed a great short film, a comedy called Titans of Newark. It's part of the Shorts From Around Here: Take 3 collection, screening Sunday, November 10 at 10AM in the 16th annual RehobothMore
    Mike Marino has directed a great short film, a comedy called Titans of Newark. It's part of the Shorts From Around Here: Take 3 collection, screening Sunday, November 10 at 10AM in the 16th annual RehobothMore
  • Rob Waters and the 'Recovery' Challenge

    Rob Waters and the 'Recovery' Challenge

    Monday, November 4 2013 10:56 PM EST2013-11-05 03:56:45 GMT
    Rob Waters is a graphic designer who does commerical ads and various other projects. He's also a videographer. I interviewed him last year about a short film he made called The Detector. He's since madeMore
    Rob Waters is a graphic designer who does commerical ads and various other projects. He's also a videographer. I interviewed him last year about a short film he made called The Detector. He's since madeMore
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