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The Movie Dude, Joe Altomere of Fort Myers, grew up in his parents’ video store in Plantersville, Texas. He owns close to 2,000 DVDs and Blu-ray discs and considers that only the start of his collection. His column is published in The Banner each Saturday. Movies mentioned are typically available to rent from various businesses. E-mail him at

Position History

  • Correspondent - Banner
    04/18/2009 - 06/30/2010

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Recent Work

  • The Movie Dude: Dudley Moore makes any movie funny Published 06/17/2010 at 2:23 p.m.

    “Like Father Like Son” is a remake of “Freaky Friday” except this time it’s not Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster trading places, it’s Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron.

  • The Movie Dude: After ‘Swingers,’ Vaughn and Favreau get ‘Made’ Published 06/09/2010 at 12:21 a.m.

    Back in 1996, an independent movie called “Swingers” hit the scene and introduced mainstream Hollywood, and society, to two little-known actors named Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Since then they have become two of the most bankable names in Hollywood. ...

  • The Movie Dude: The Mel Gibson you might not remember Published 06/03/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Mel Gibson has created two distinct lives for himself in Hollywood. No, I’m not talking about things he says when he gets pulled over by the cops. Gibson has cultivated winning box-office careers both in front of and behind the ...

  • The Movie Dude: Families should flock to ‘Fly Away Home’ Published 05/27/2010 at 5 p.m.

    One of the great things about a family is knowing someone has your back and that you have theirs. Another great thing about family is that it doesn’t have to be connected by blood or, in the case of “Fly ...

  • The Movie Dude: Jim Belushi is ‘Taking Care of Business’ Published 05/20/2010 at 5 p.m.

    We all have problems. They can be big — buying a house with no credit — or small — trying to swat that mosquito that keeps buzzing around your ear at four in the morning.

  • The Movie Dude: Not feel good, but worth feeling Published 05/06/2010 at 5 p.m.

    There are obvious reasons for watching certain movies. If you watch “Animal House,” you want to laugh. If you watch “The Exorcist,” you want to be scared. Those movies give viewers a rush that many of us enjoy. But why ...

  • The Movie Dude: Remember when Tom Hanks was funny? Published 04/29/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Tom Hanks is one of this generation’s most revered actors. With films like “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “The Green Mile,” his body of work speaks for itself.

  • The Movie Dude: When a prank call turns terrifying Published 04/21/2010 at 12:09 a.m. 2 Comments

    I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve received a prank phone call. Annoying as they might be, they’re usually all in jest (at your expense, of course). But given the right scenario, they can be quite frightening.

  • The Movie Dude: Great preview leads to moving movie Published 04/15/2010 at 5 p.m.

    A few weeks back I wrote a review for “The Answer Man,” a low-budget comedy that ran around in the independent film circles. When I first popped it in, a few trailers (movie previews) played before it and one of ...

  • The Movie Dude: In ‘King of California,’ X marks the Costco Published 04/08/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

    One of the things that makes life interesting is sometimes it has to keep you on your toes. A flat tire here, a hurricane there. It’s not all bad, though. Sometimes, to keep you on your toes, you’re given a ...

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