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MOVIE REVIEW: Ender’s Game (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Stiff, surprisingly bloodless adaptation of a classic science fiction novel, maintaining a certain fidelity to details but neutering much of the source [...]

November 3, 2013 // 14 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Gravity (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: More technically adept and visually breathtaking than emotionally compelling, Alfonso Cuarón’s follow-up to Children of Men immerses without ever fully [...]

October 7, 2013 // 6 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: The World’s End (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Director Edgar Wright concludes the Cornetto Trilogy with the tastiest morsel of all, a lean yet loving tribute to John Wyndham, Jack Finney, and Ira Levin [...]

August 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

MOVIE REVIEW: Elysium (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Despite an interesting heist element, above average action, and glimpses of an intriguing future, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his surprise hit [...]

August 11, 2013 // 8 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Enjoyable if forgettable, The Wolverine’s balancing of comic book superhero adventure and existential thriller never fully engages as either. MY RATING: [...]

July 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Despite impressive action and effects, Guillermo Del Toro sends a labored, often lifeless love letter to the giant monster genre. MY REVIEW: SYNOPSIS: When [...]

July 12, 2013 // 17 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Man of Steel (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Overly long, sloppily scripted, needlessly violent, with changes that need not—and in some instances, should not—have been made, Zack Snyder’s [...]

June 14, 2013 // 11 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Though it starts strongly, the sophomore journey of the fresh-faced crew of the starship Enterprise covers too little new ground. MY REVIEW: SYNOPSIS:  When [...]

May 17, 2013 // 7 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Iron Man 3 (2013)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Messy and needlessly convoluted, lacking much of the cleverness and insight of Iron Man and Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3 still engages thanks to [...]

May 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Oblivion (2013)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Often visually arresting sequences never save this homage to 1970s science fiction films from flat characters, routine action, and uninspired direction. MY [...]

April 19, 2013 // 35 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Evil Dead (2013)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Dumb, noisy, and ultimately pointless reboot of Sam Raimi’s groundbreaking picture shows as much life as the revenants shambling across the screen. MY [...]

April 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

FILM REVIEW: Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Well-executed set pieces, clever touches, and tongue-in-cheek manner manage to save Bryan Singer’s mostly by-the-numbers fantasy adventure. MY RATING: BRIEF [...]

March 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A pretentious, self-indulgent, and ultimately silly first feature from director Panos Cosmatos that never captures the erratic grace or fitful elegance of [...]

February 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Skyfall (2012)

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: James Bond returns in a visually lush and emotionally involving adventure that benefits from a strong script and one of the best casts the series [...]

November 9, 2012 // 5 Comments

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