Reviews

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Review

Whenever I watch a sequel to a film that I haven’t seen, my main criteria for review is if it makes me want to go and watch the original film after watching the sequel. Not having watched the original “How…

‘The Fault in our Stars’ review

I don’t normally write reviews for films that have already opened but after seeing “The Fault in Our Stars” this past weekend I felt the need to share my thoughts. By now, most have seen the trailer and know that…

‘Blended’ film review

I’m borrowing a bit from my last review of an Adam Sandler movie because the premise still holds true. The following conversation between Adam Sandler and the movie studio may or may not have happened. Sandler: Hey it’s time for…

Review: ‘Le Week-End’

An old British married couple travels to Paris in an attempt to keep the spark in their relationship. She bitches and moans about every little detail from the hotel room to which restaurant to eat at. He’s left blue balled…

“How I Met Your Mother” finale review

Another long-running TV show ends, and again fans are left disappointed. Can you say “major disappointment?” (of course, along with Ted and Robin hand salute). The popular CBS TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” ended its nine-season run this…

Kings of Spade’s new album & Motown V-Day show

By Kate GreennagelSpecial to NonstopPhotos by Tracy ChanFans of local music have really been looking forward to blues/rock band Kings of Spade’s second, self-titled album. With production complete, the rock quartet, which has opened for Bon Jovi, Daughtry, Everclear and…

New Nightlife + Eats: Tropics Tap House

Tropics Tap House ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 10 If you've missed Tropics, Ward's former live music haven and spot for 'ono grinds, rejoice: They're back! The old crew — headed up by owner Pat Kashani, general manager…

New eats (and brews): REAL a Gastropub

The Nonstop crew had been dying to try REAL a Gastropub for weeks, but we all knew that the menu was extensive and a little heavy, so we needed to round up eaters to help us try as many items…

New eats: Sakura Terrace

The first intel comes from an acquaintance I run into at a rum-tasting. I don’t really trust it: The only other time I’ve seen him is at a sake-tasting, and both times he’s been very, uh, happy.“Did you try the…

‘Colombiana’ is a lazy effort

August is traditionally a dump month for movie studios. Films neither splashy enough for the summer season nor serious enough for the winter award season are often released in this movie wasteland period, and “Colombiana” is a perfect example. Writer…

‘Fright Night’ lacks creepy energy

Vampire movies were first made over a century ago, and the genre is still thriving. In fact, the pop culture significance of vampires has increased significantly in the last decade, with “Blade,” “Underworld” and “Twilight,” as well as TV series…

’30 Minutes or Less’ review

The summer of 2011 has been a revival of the raunchy and foul-mouthed R-rated comedy. “Bridesmaids,” “The Hangover Part II,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Bad Teacher” have all been box office successes, and while “30 Minutes or Less” may be one…

‘The Help’ tells a scattered story

Set in Jackson, Miss. in the 1960s, “The Help” is a story of white families and the black women hired as their maids. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) returns home to Jackson after earning her college degree, with dreams of…

Myong’s Fab 5 films of all time

Along with writing movie reviews, I’ll occasionally be offering commentary on the movie industry, covering film festivals and running my Fab 5 films in different categories. I thought I’d start off with my Fab 5 films of all time. These…

‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ review

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is an adult romantic dramedy (drama + comedy) that can be compared to love itself. It starts slowly and awkwardly with a few laughs along the way, then there’s a magic moment of inspiration where everything comes…

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ review

Chalk up another win for Marvel Studios. After the critical and box office success of both “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class,” they’ve hit it again with “Captain America: The First Avenger.”I honestly didn’t go into this film with any expectations.…

Nonstop review: ‘Friends with Benefits’

Amid a summer full of superheroes, wizards, pirates, and rock ’em, sock ’em robots, it would be very easy to overlook a small-scale romantic comedy with no CGI monsters or super villains. It’s already happened to the A-list-led “Larry Crowne,”…

Nonstop review: ‘Super 8’

By Myong ChoiSpecial to NonstopIt’s so refreshing when Hollywood takes a chance and throws a ridiculously insane budget at a movie that’s not a toy franchise, a comic book franchise or a sequel. Last year “Inception” proved that an original…

McKenna live from the MTV Movie Awards

Hawaii girl Mckenna Maduli will be tweeting @McKennaLive from the red carpet at the MTV #MovieAwards! She’ll be tagging her tweets with the #AlohaMTV hashtag for the Hawaii crowd.Follow McKenna’s live tweets here// new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search:…

Nonstop review: ‘X-Men: First Class’

By Myong ChoiSpecial to Nonstopfanboy (noun – \fan-boi\) — A male fan, especially one who is obsessive about movies, comic books, or science fiction.Hello, my name is Myong Choi, and I am a fanboy.Well, at least I used to be.…