Movie Schmovie

Steve Reter, Ronald James, John Walker

A movie review podcast that revolves around the always interesting opinions of Steve, Ronald, and John. Facts, Laughs, Friends. This is Movie Schmovie.

All Episodes

What if Wonder Woman, Deadpool and The Tooth Fairy got involved in a globe-hopping, double-crossing artifact heist? It’s a question that Ron, Steve, and John can now answer, because they’ve seen Red Notice, a comedy adventure starring Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, and The Rock. The guys also catch up on the eleventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and talk things out about The Shrink Next Door, Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell’s new anti-buddy dramedy/thriller, which is based on a true story.

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Nov 19

1 hr 22 min

It's hard not to overuse the term "jam-packed" about these recent episodes, but oh well! Maybe "wide-ranging" is a good substitute? Anyway, this week Ron, Steve, and John turn their attention to all the IMAX  content coming to Disney +, The Eternals (which John has seen), What We Do in the Shadows's bold third season, Shang-Chi (which Ron and Steve have finally seen), and Daniel Craig's final turn as James Bond, No Time to Die! Wow!

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Nov 12

1 hr 27 min

Ron, Steve, and John talk about the mixed-to-negative buzz around Marvel's newest effort, The Eternals, before moving on to a few recent releases they've actually seen, including the new emotional sci-fi road movie, Finch; Jim Cummings's latest dark comedy/thriller, The Beta Test; and the 7th Paranormal Activity flick, Next of Kin.

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Nov 5

1 hr 10 min

The guys celebrate the season by digging into a round robin discussion of (mostly) worthwhile horror movies that could be obscure to, or just under-appreciated by, modern audiences.

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Oct 29

1 hr 17 min

After comparing notes on recent online hype event DC FanDome, Ronald, Steve, and John take a long look at the divisive new entry in the Michael Myers series, Halloween Kills, and discuss why the The Shape endures. Ronald and John also have a few things to say about Dune, which is streaming on HBO Max as of today. 

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Oct 22

1 hr 45 min

After 6 films in 7 years, the Elm Street franchise slowed down. Since 1991, only three entries have been released, each one a different attempt to jumpstart or reinvent the series: 1994’s Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, 2003’s Freddy vs Jason, and 2010’s widely detested remake. The films are as diverse in tone as they are qualitatively uneven. Ron, Steve, and John pop a few Sta Up tablets and lock in for a long night, because this Watch-em-all isn’t gonna finish itself. 

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Oct 15

1 hr 30 min

Ron, Steve, and John review the movies they saw via the virtual version of this year's Fantastic Fest, including the latest doc from friend of the show Scott Barber, This is GWAR. Then they discuss the avalanche of stuff they've seen recently, from The Many Saints of Newark to the full season of Midnight Mass and the finale of What If...?

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Oct 8

1 hr 25 min

Ronald, Steve, and John talk about Marcia Lucas’s recent disparaging comments about the Star Wars prequels and sequels (aka any Star Wars film she didn’t work on); Michael Showalter’s emotional and funny new biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye; and the latest Netflix horror mini-series from director Mike Flanagan, Midnight Mass.

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Sep 24

1 hr 2 min

Movie news! Ronald talks about a few recent purchases of physical media (whatever that is)! Ronald and John report on the new season of The Morning Show! And, finally, earning all these exclamation points, the new James Wan film, Malignant, has hit theaters and HBO Max. WTF? The guys sort through their shattered brains to cut the answers out, including a spoiler section at the end of the episode.

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Sep 17

1 hr 30 min

After its successful opening weekend, the guys discuss Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings's box office numbers, and John shares his thoughts on the movie itself. Then Ron and Steve compare notes on Queenpins, the new true crime comedy starring Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, Paul Walter Hauser, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

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Sep 10

1 hr 5 min

Ron, Steve, and John check back in on a bunch of TV shows they've been watching and then discuss Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, a new Netflix documentary about the beloved painter, and the Lil Rel Howery/Jon Cena bromantic comedy, Vacation Friends. Let's just put a happy little podcast right here.

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Sep 3

1 hr 12 min

It’s another multi-topic catchup episode as Ronald, Steve, and John share thoughts on the first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home and then discuss the new Candyman movie, Hugh Jackman’s noirish Reminiscence, the uplifting drama of Coda, and Matt Damon and Tom McCarthy’s unusual ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, Stillwater. 

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Aug 27

1 hr 2 min

The onslaught of television and movie viewing options continues this week, but Ronald, Steve, and John volunteer as tribute to suggest where your time is best spent. We start off by diving in to some TV newness, including Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s new coming-of-age dramedy Reservation Dogs, Starz’s wrestling drama Heels, and the conclusion of Mike White’s The White Lotus, before breaking down the newest G.I. Joe big-screen effort, Snake Eyes, and the atmospheric thriller The Night House. 

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Aug 20

1 hr 35 min

Steve, Ron, and John let you know what to expect when Nine Perfect Strangers, a mysterious drama series with a killer cast, premieres on Hulu on August 18. Then they have an open-ended and somewhat worrying discussion about James Gunn’s wildly entertaining new film, The Suicide Squad, and what its box office performance might say about the future of big-budget movies.

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Aug 13

1 hr 25 min

Ron, Steve, and John catch up on the state of the film industry as it tries to lurch back into life after lockdown. Then they move on to some thoughts about recent films such as Jungle Cruise, Old, and The Green Knight. A pretty good slate of topics, but will it play in Peoria? Find out within!

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Aug 6

1 hr 29 min

It’s a boy! A boy named Freddy Krueger who just wants to possess your unborn child, in hopes of returning to the world and… what exactly? Oh, more killing? Very surprising, Fred, very surprising indeed. Good thing Ron, Steve and John are here to compare notes on the fifth and sixth entries in the increasingly elaborate Elm Street saga, so maybe we can find out how to vanquish this guy once and for all! Also, that new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer is discussed.

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Jul 30

1 hr 46 min

Ron, Steve, and John are back with a regular, non-Marvel Schmarvel episode of the show. And first, they have to work through some (wait for it) MCU news! But then it’s smooth sailing with no superheroes in sight! Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy! Janicza Bravo’s bold new comedy, Zola! Returning sitcom Never Have I Ever! All this gets a moment in the sun, as well as some basketball movie with Bugs Bunny.

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Jul 23

1 hr 12 min

The Marvel Schmarvel YouTube show has crossed over into the main Movie Schmovie podcast feed! That means you get to hear Ronald, Steve, and John (or their evil variants, it’s unclear) as they discuss the end of Loki Season One and the latest, much delayed MCU feature film, Black Widow. Have they found their glorious purpose? Or are they destined for the void? The answer awaits you.

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Jul 16

1 hr 12 min

Just read the title! That's what the guys talk about.

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Jul 9

1 hr 9 min

This catchup episode covers a lot of ground, so take this one a quarter mile at a time! The guys talk about the Tribeca Film Festival, F9: The Fast Saga, and two new sci-fi action flicks: Mark Wahlberg's Infinite, and Chris Pratt's The Tomorrow War.

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Jul 2

1 hr 15 min

Ron, Steve, and John try to keep their voices down as they discuss John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s A Quiet Place sequel, then take to the streets to sing about such worthy topics as tradition, flavored ice, and the film adaptation of hit musical In The Heights, currently on HBO Max. Also: Steve and John describe their first theatrical experiences in over a year!

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Jun 18

1 hr 6 min

Ron, Steve, and John crack open another case from the Conjuring-verse, in which Ed and Lorraine Warren ditch the haunted houses for a demonic murder mystery. This is also the first Conjuring film without originating director James Wan. Does this sturdy franchise weather the changes with its scary style intact?

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Jun 11

42 min 6 sec

The guys chat about some newsy odds and ends before releasing the dogs on Disney's Cruella, getting coffee at Central Perk for the HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion, and getting more coffee (this time at Wawa) with HBO's Mare of Easttown. This episode will be there for you.

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Jun 4

1 hr 16 min

Ron, Steve, and John oil up their muscles and grit their teeth and get down to the highly masculine business of talking about a couple of big sweaty action movies, Zack Snyder's return to zombie madness, Army of the Dead, and Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man, an elegantly shot movie all about how dumb it is to piss off Jason Statham.

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May 28

1 hr 22 min

Ron, Steve, and John celebrate 300 episodes (!!!) and 10 years (!!!) of Movie Schmovie by inviting a parade of past guests to pick their favorite movie of the last decade, referred to by scholars as The Schmovie Era. This is the only friends reunion that matters.

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May 21

1 hr 52 min

Ron, Steve and John cover some film industry news and then chat about Profile, the new “Screenlife” thriller from Focus Features, about a British journalist who attempts to infiltrate ISIS online.

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May 14

1 hr 3 min

Ron, Steve, and John try to parse all the MCU news dropped this week, including a packed slate of release dates and some intriguing title announcements. Then, they reveal whether they have any regrets about watching Michael B. Jordan's play for action hero status, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (available on Amazon Prime Video), before wrapping up the episode with a look at the new animated feature, The Mitchells vs the Machines (available on Netflix), a funny and poignant family adventure.

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May 7

1 hr 5 min

Get over here! Ron, Steve, and John are here to cover the ups and downs of this year’s weirdly anti-climactic Oscar ceremony. And if you listen NOW, to counter-balance the discussion of films that get awards, a chat about the new Mortal Kombat reboot is included FOR FREE. Finish it!

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Apr 30

1 hr 7 min

Ron, Steve, and John talk about Nobody, the new, insanely violent action flick starring Bob Odenkirk, as well as a sampling of recent movie news.

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Apr 23

1 hr 6 min

Pop a few Hypnocil tablets and get ready for some b-words, because Fred Krueger is back, and he’s up to his usual hijinks! Namely appearing in the dreams of teenagers to torment and murder them. Luckily Ronald, Steve, and John, aka the Podcast Warriors, are here to balance the scales with a long look at two of Fred’s best movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

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Apr 16

2 hr

Now that the whole gang has seen Godzilla vs. Kong, they discuss the MonsterVerse saga so far, including Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and the new hit film. It’s a flawed but fun bunch of movies, with some arresting visuals and a sense of scope. But where are the characters? Listen in and see if we found any.

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Apr 9

1 hr 21 min

Ron, Steve, and John enter this episode with no plan but along the way they cover some exciting Knives Out news; share some quick non-spoiler-y thoughts on this week’s big franchise release, Godzilla vs Kong; and dig into Operation Varsity Blues, the new doc about the college admissions scandal.

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Apr 2

1 hr 9 min

Ronald, Steve, and John bookend their SXSW coverage with a discussion of more films they've seen at the fest, as well as thoughts on the overall online attendance experience. Then they turn their attention to a brand-new genre-hopping movie, Happily, about a seemingly perfect couple and their circle of friends.

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Mar 26

1 hr 10 min

It’s another jam-packed episode as the guys tackle the recently announced Oscar nominations, run down their experiences thus far with the SXSW Online Film Festival, and finally get to settle the matter of the fabled "Snyder Cut” of Justice League.

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Mar 19

1 hr 8 min

Ron, Steve, and John are back with another chat about some brand new films. For starters, they look at Tom Holland and the Russo Brothers’s first collaboration outside the MCU, Cherry; then they take on Soleil Moon Frye’s documentary about growing up famous (constructed from her personal home videos); and finally they’re all knocked flat by the searing new psychological drama The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins in one of his most emotionally affecting performances. It’s a lot! So let’s get started.

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Mar 12

1 hr

This time Ron, Steve, and John barge in the door ready to discuss a long-awaited comedy sequel, a Netflix crime doc series, a coming-of-age sports tale, and a video game-inspired action flick. No time for small-talk! Except, uh, for all the small-talk.

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Mar 5

1 hr 16 min

Ron, Steve, and John begin their long-promised rewatch of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, starting with the first two installments, 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. One of these films is a classic; the other has the word “revenge” in the title. Listen to find out which is which!

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Feb 26

1 hr 12 min

Ron, Steve, and John are back with a couple movies that are brand new today: dark web drama Silk Road, and Nomadland, the meditative collaboration between Frances McDormand and director Chloé Zhao.

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Feb 19

1 hr 11 min

Ron, Steve, and John are here with thoughts on two brand new movies you can watch today! They couldn’t be more different: the propulsive and engrossing tale of Black Panther Fred Hampton’s final days, Judas and the Black Messiah; and the silly, lumpy, and lighter-than-air buddy comedy, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Listen in to find out which one features Kristen Wiig with helmet hair.

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Feb 12

1 hr 32 min

Ron, Steve, and John talk about recent movie news before taking a look at this year's streaming version of the Sundance Film Festival and, finally, discussing what the heck is happening over there on WandaVision.

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Feb 5

1 hr 21 min

Ron, Steve, and John pick some anticipated WB movies scheduled to premiere both in theaters and on HBO Max this year. One such film, a Denzel Washington-starring thriller called The Little Things, is reviewed.

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Jan 29

1 hr 5 min

Ron, Steve, and John kick off a new year of episodes with this conversation about a slew of recent streaming releases: Wonder Woman 1984, Soul, Servant, and WandaVision.

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Jan 22

1 hr 5 min

Ronald, Steve, and John give a little time to Christopher Nolan’s reality-bending spy thriller, Tenet, out now on home video. They also cover some industry news, and Steve recommends festival hit Promising Young Woman, coming your way December 25th.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 16 min

Ronald, Steve, and John talk about a few recent and upcoming movies, while also running down the massive Disney slate that was just announced.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

Ronald, Steve, and John compare notes on season 4 of Fargo, which was equal parts gangland epic, family saga, and racial commentary, with some juicy performances throughout. (If you haven’t watched it yet, look out for the spoiler warning, about an hour in.) Recent movie news is also discussed, as is the custom.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 35 min

Ron, Steve, and John share their takes on a few things they’ve seen lately—like Ron Howard’s new Netflix film, Hillbilly Elegy—as well as some recent news.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 9 min

Writer/Director Aneesh Chaganty and producer Natalie Qasabian are part of the team behind Searching, an inventive nail-biter of a film from 2018. They’re back with Run, another intense thriller available now on Hulu and, amazingly, they made time to chat with Ronald, Steve, and John about this exciting new film. Stick around after the interview for more thoughts on Run and some recent movie news.

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Nov 2020

59 min 39 sec

Directors Scott Barber and Adam Sweeney are on the show to talk about The Orange Years, their comprehensive and heartfelt new documentary about the early days of Nickelodeon, the youth-centric cable channel that changed a generation of kids (at least). Ronald, Steve, and John had a blast and double dare you to join the fun by listening in.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 31 min

Ronald, Steve, and John know there are 270 reasons to be nervous right now, but in this episode they’re aiming for joy, by pointing you in the direction of some picks from the COVID era that just might soothe your soul.

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Nov 2020

44 min 31 sec

Ronald, Steve, and John take a gander at Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm before moving on to a fun batch of Halloween/Horror-themed questions.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 10 min