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MOVIE REVIEW: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A touching romantic comedy supported by a great cast, Derek Connolly’s smart script, and Colin Trevorrow’s understated direction. MY RATING: BRIEF [...]

June 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

DVD REVIEW: Justice League – Doom

Loosely based on Mark Waid’s JLA comic book story arc, “JLA: Tower of Babel”, Justice League: Doom is the latest in the line of animated DC Movies from [...]

March 8, 2012 // 4 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

The challenge this time comes in keeping Holmes's restlessness from bleeding over into the picture's other aspects, something that director Guy Ritchie managed to rein in well in the first movie but allows infecting here. It's a mistake. Part of what made Sherlock Holmes work so well was allowing the character's bohemian energy, so anathema to the period, and so often absent of even the best filmic interpretations, to run amok in the staid London streets. But when mania overtakes those streets in the wake of "anarchist" bombings, it dampens Holmes's eccentricities. [...]

December 16, 2011 // 4 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. [...]

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. [...]

April 19, 2010 // 4 Comments

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