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MOVIE REVIEW: Cloud Atlas (2012)

MY RATING: SUMMARY: Audacious, daring, and never uninteresting, yet the execution falls far short of its visionary ambitions. MY REVIEW: PROS: Visually absorbing and lush; [Read more]

October 26, 2012 // 5 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Looper (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Ambitious and often clever, Rian Johnson’s first foray into science fiction never quite pieces its philosophical content together with its thriller [Read more]

September 28, 2012 // 6 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Dredd (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Covering almost no new cinematic ground, director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland nonetheless concoct a tight, gritty, and resiliently dark picture [Read more]

September 24, 2012 // 6 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Prometheus (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Ridley Scott returns to science fiction with a lifeless, derivative prequel to one of his most famous movies. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After finding [Read more]

June 8, 2012 // 35 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Men in Black III

REVIEW SUMMARY: Occasionally clever touches and a strong turn by Josh Brolin as a young Agent K cannot hide the listlessness of the third entry in a series that should have [Read more]

May 25, 2012 // 5 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Source Code (2011)

From its opening moments, it's obvious that writer Ben Ripley and director Duncan Jones enjoy this disorientation. Some viewers, especially those who don't read science fiction or have never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, will not share that enjoyment, but many others will, and will enjoin fully Source Code's central conceit: a person can be sent into another person's body for the last eight minutes of his life. In this case, Captain Colter Stevens enters the body of a school teacher bound for Chicago to determine the identity of the train's bomber and prevent the bombing of a second target. And he must go back each time, eight minutes before the explosion, until he identifies the bomber. [Read more]

April 1, 2011 // 3 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Drive Angry (2011)

How much you enjoy Drive Angry will depend a great deal on how much you enjoy Roger Corman. Or maybe not. Granted, this high octane mélange of The Dunwich Horror, The Fast and the Furious and The Wild Angels never achieves the sublime B-movie pleasures of its obvious inspirations nor salvages the reputation of Nicolas Cage. Even when you realize how cheesy it is, you cannot help but realize that it's the kind cheese that comes out of a can: highly processed, bright yellow, tasting of something grown in a vat rather than having ever seen the innards of a cow, and with absolutely no nutritional value. [Read more]

February 27, 2011 // 2 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)

And so we approach the end of Harry Potter's bildungsroman. For most fans, I'm sure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will be somewhat bittersweet; for nearly a decade, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) have traversed the streets of Diagon Alley, dutifully studied their spells at Hogwarts, and played their fair share of Quidditch...and still managed to find the Philosopher's Stone, unlock the Chamber of Secrets, and drink deeply from the Goblet of Fire. (They have also apprenticed under such fine actors as Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes.) Fans may revisit these moments, but the journey is finite, and is approaching its close. [Read more]

November 19, 2010 // 12 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Kick-Ass (2010)

Well, why not? As Dave Livewski (Aaron Johnson) muses with his friends in the too hip Atomic Comics shop with his friends at the beginning of Kick-Ass, with all of the superhero comics available, with comic book heroes finding themselves in hundred-million-dollar features every major movie season and developing a cachet of cool that, frankly, did not exist when I filled Dave Livewski's shoes more than twenty-five years ago (hell, I pretty much was Dave Livewski in high school), why hasn't somebody just put on a costume and become a superhero? His friends Marty (Clark Duke) and Todd (Evan Peters) lay it out easily: superpowers don't exist, and heroes without powers, like Batman, need enormous amounts of capital. (There's also the fact that comic book readers tend to understand that what they are reading is in fact fantasy.) But it doesn't stop Dave from ordering a green and yellow wetsuit online and deciding to become the hero Kick-Ass. [Read more]

April 19, 2010 // 4 Comments