Mike Sampson Biography

Mike Sampson is the Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to watch movies and TV for a living. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of JoBlo.com for 10 years. He lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and overthinking things.

‘Sing Street’ Review: The Next Great Musical From the Director of ‘Once’

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by Mike Sampson January 25, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
The Weinstein Co.
Is it OK to jump out of your seat and the end of the movie and pump your fist with excitement like it’s the end of an epic, transcendent rock concert? Because that’s what I wanted to do at the end of Sing Street, the latest romance musical film from...

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review: Casey Affleck Shines in This Powerful Tearjerker

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by Mike Sampson January 24, 2016 @ 3:12 PM
If you tried to describe Manchester by the Sea to someone else it would sound an awful lot like many other indie dramas. Trouble white guy returns to his hometown to care for a relative. But that does not do justice to Kenneth Lonergan’s third...

‘Wiener-Dog’ Review: Love Dogs? Don’t See This Movie

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by Mike Sampson January 23, 2016 @ 1:06 PM
Annapurna Pictures
Looking at that photo above, one might think that Wiener-Dog is a charming, little movie about a dachshund. Even the synopsis of the film provided on Sundance’s official site provides this description: Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring...

This ‘Deadpool’ Billboard Is the Best Billboard Since the Last ‘Deadpool’ Billboard

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by Mike Sampson January 13, 2016 @ 12:55 PM
Patton Oswalt, Twitter
I’m on the fence about Deadpool as a movie. On the one hand, I like the irreverent tone and how it mostly seems to be sending up all the cliches we’ve become used to in modern superhero movies. On the other, I could see this potentially getting annoying and grating over the course of an entire movie. But, one thing I think we can universally agree on is that the marketing so far has been brilliant. Latest case in point? This Los Angeles billboard which uses emoji in the dumbest and most immature way. And it’s fantastic.

J.J. Abrams Knows Who Rey’s Parents Are Because Duh, He Wrote the Movie

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by Mike Sampson January 13, 2016 @ 10:23 AM
LucasFilm
One of the biggest questions following Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that of Rey’s parentage. She could be a Skywalker a Kenobi, a Hutt…we just don’t know. Well at least we don’t know. There’s one guy that knows: J.J. Abrams. Which shouldn’t be a surprise because, duh, J.J. Abrams wrote the movie.