MOVIE REVIEWS Category

The first thing you’ll probably notice from Black Out is its supremely derivative nature. If you’ve had your fill of those manic, Guy Ritchie directed crime flicks of yesteryear, then this movie may not be your cup of tea.

But really, how many innovative genres exist in cinema? Whether it’s a Western, a hard [...]


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If you’ve seen JCVD or such underrated actions flicks as Sudden Death and , you know that Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn’t mind hamming it up. He gets to chew his share of scenery (and I mean that in a good way) in director Peter Hyams’ rousing action flick Enemies Closer.

Van Damme, who previous worked [...]


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Andrew Dice Clay plays a blue collar guy who gets his lotto winnings swindled by his former sister-in-law’s husband (Alec Baldwin) in Blue Jasmine.  Cate Blanchett plays the titular character, a New York City socialite who thumbs her nose down at her sister (Sally Hawkins) and Dice Clay’s character.

Directed by Woody Allen, [...]


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Man of Steel is a huge success all over the world. Audiences seem to love the retelling of Superman. But one thing missing from the film is a good music score. In the original 1978 Superman movie, a major character in the film (that was seen but not heard), was the score to the movie, [...]


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Evil Dead, the remake of the cult Sam Raimi film, debuted at the #1 spot at the box-office taking in $26 million.  With an estimated budget of $17 million, the picture should turn in a solid profit for Sony Pictures.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation had a solid weekend with a $21.1 million finish, [...]


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Director Brian Helgeland is one of those rare screenwriters who have also cultivated a solid directing career.  Back in the 1970s it was Paul Schrader, best known for his Taxi Driver script, who was leading the scribes turned directors charge, and it’s great to see screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, [...]


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John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back to save the day, as well as team up with his CIA operative son (Jack Reacher actor Jai Courtney) in A Good Day to Die Hard. Hitting theaters February 14th, the picture, set in Moscow, centers on a nuclear weapons conspiracy that has huge international repercussions. Director John Moore [...]


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With every Wes Anderson outing, one can expect each character (even if they are foxes) to rattle off wittier than thou dialogue, embark on an eccentric (and soul searching) journey for a sense of belonging, and don an eclectic, mishmash of clothing any hipster would love.  Mix in elaborate tracking shots, sumptuous art direction, [...]


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We exist in a world where the summer blockbuster has supplanted character driven narratives, an environment where a cinematic roar drowns out the subtlest of whispers.   It’s with great pleasure to know such tales as Monsieur Lazhar, a quiet and intricate study of a selfless teacher, actually exist.  Filmmaker Philippe Falardeau paints his narrative [...]


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Lately, I’ve been on a huge Humphrey Bogart kick, with my obsession going to dramatic lengths after my recent purchase of Bertie Higgins’ 1982 CD Just Another Day In Paradise.  For readers under 40 or naysayers of Charmin soft pop music, Mr. Higgins wrote and performed the Top Ten hit “Key Largo,” which featured [...]


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