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Review: Yogi Bear
Friday, December 17 by

The free screening of the Yogi Bear movie was almost too much for me. Now I have no attachment to the original cartoon but for anyone who did like it, this can’t be what you wanted.

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Review: Casino Jack
Friday, December 17 by

The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

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Review: How Do You Know
Friday, December 17 by

James L. Brooks lost most people after Spanglish so they probably won’t like How Do You Know either, but I appreciate a romantic comedy where people talk about what’s actually going on.

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Review: True Grit
Thursday, December 16 by

It’s a good thing True Grit is a good movie, otherwise the critics would have had a field day rhyming with Grit.

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Review: Cher – The Film Collection
Wednesday, December 15 by

This is a site geared toward men, or so I’ve been told. I guess that brings up the question of what makes a man? If I’m not into cars and…

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Review: The Tempest
Friday, December 10 by

The interesting visuals are minimal in The Tempest so the film relies mostly on the text. The story of an island hermit’s manipulative games with some shipwreck survivors isn’t quite as deep as star crossed lovers or political treachery.

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Review: The Tourist
Friday, December 10 by

One of those movies where you know exactly what you’re going to get, but if you’re looking for that sort of thing it’s exactly what you want.

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Review: Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Friday, December 10 by

Sure, all these movies are the same. The kids have to find some magical artifacts so they can stop an evil force from wreaking havoc on the land. What makes Dawn Treader fun are the individual magical encounters. The sum of the parts adds up to more than the whole.

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Review: All Good Things
Friday, December 3 by

For a story about a crime so full of weird details, there is absolutely nothing interesting about All Good Things. It’s just an episode of Unsolved Mysteries only they tricked some really good actors into being in it with the promise of Oscar, but Oscar will not be one of all good things that All Good Things might receive.

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Review: Tron Legacy
Friday, December 3 by

They did it. Tron Legacy is everything you want it to be. It out Matrixes The Matrix with its special physics and gravity, and even more poignant metaphysical themes.

10 Best Korean Action Movies
Thursday, December 2 by jorgmorg

The 10 best Korean action movies listed below will have your heart beating and your head spinning. From warriors of the past to modern gangsters, there’s something for everyone’s taste….

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Review: The King’s Speech
Wednesday, November 24 by

The King’s Speech is a British period piece about the monarchy AND a triumph over disability story, so it’s a sure thing for the Oscars. This is one you’ll actually want to watch anyway and it doesn’t even play like Oscar bait.

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Review: Love and Other Drugs
Tuesday, November 23 by

One of those romantic comedies that opens with pop music. It’s retro pop music because the movie is set in the ‘90s, but it’s still one of those movies that has no personality of its own so it tries to bogart a song that conveys personality.

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Review: Burlesque
Tuesday, November 23 by

Burlesque has good music and dancing, so that’s all it needs. It’s no Step Up 3D but they put on a good show.

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Review: The Company Men
Monday, November 22 by

No matter how hard you’ve had it during the economic crisis, it’s got to make you feel better that Ben Affleck, or at least a character he’s portraying, knows what you’re going through.

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Review: Faster
Friday, November 19 by

The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

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Review: The Next Three Days
Friday, November 19 by

The Next Three Days is not the next great prison breakout hit. It’s really, really stupid but in the best “so crazy I can’t believe it’s a movie” way.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
Thursday, November 18 by

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 is the worst of all the Harry Potter movies. This is the most bored I’ve been watching one.

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Review: Unstoppable
Friday, November 12 by

Obviously Unstoppable is Speed on a train, but it’s about 15 years too late for that comparison. Maybe now it’s more like The Fast and the Furious on a train. It certainly is the fastest, most furious movie of the year.

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Review: The Fighter
Wednesday, November 10 by

The secret screening at AFI Film Festival was the long awaited boxing drama The Fighter. Mark Wahlberg waited four years to make this movie and it was a lot for me to take. I mean, I can handle death and despair. That’s a good time at the movies. You give me an abusive family and that’s just hopeless.

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Review: Fair Game
Tuesday, November 9 by

Fair Game seems to take the trappings of the spy movies we love and apply them to the real life situation of Valerie Plame. That doesn’t make it feel any less like a standard docudrama though.

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Review: Megamind
Friday, November 5 by

Megamind is going to suffer for being the second animated superhero movie. In fact, it follows a long line of Dreamworks being second to Pixar (fish, monsters although they did beat them to insects). I’m not saying it’s The Incredibles, but Megamind is the best Dreamworks animated movie and certainly the best animated movie this year.

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Review: Due Date
Friday, November 5 by

Due Date is a slow build of a comedy, and it’s effective at that. By the time it gets really crazy, you’re so waiting for it that it’s a cathartic release through the rest of the movie. It also means that the first half could be a bit of a chore if you’re not in it for the long haul.

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Review: Black Swan
Friday, November 5 by

Black Swan is some classic Darren Aronofsky crazy. If you missed the high style of Requiem for a Dream or the abstract interpretive level of The Fountain, they’re back. Yet it’s also set in a physical world like The Wrestler, so maybe I can work Pi into this comparison somehow too.

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Review: Saw 3D
Friday, October 29 by

Saw 3D is my most not favorite Saw movie. That’s the worst I’m ever going to say about a Saw film because I love the franchise. I’m impressed that they’ve…

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Review: 127 Hours
Monday, October 25 by

Here it is, folks: the arm cutting movie. You’ve heard about it. It’s true. There’s a lot to this story, but you know it as the arm cutting movie. Personally, I think they should do a double feature of 27 Dresses and 127 Hours. In either order.
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Review: ‘Hereafter’
Friday, October 22 by

Hereafter is a Final Destination movie with the air of respectability that Clint Eastwood commands, but absolutely no fun. Clint Eastwood doing Final Destination may sound awesome, but this is…

Review: ‘Red’
Friday, October 15 by

I loves me some badass, bald Bruce. He’s my hero and Red had all the makings of the kind of crazy action movie I like. In some ways it kind of delivered but I’m still disappointed by it. The comedy works and making that the context for the action totally works, but it’s more "Moonlighting" than Die Hard.

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) goes about his daily routines, flirting with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) by phone as she handles his pension check. When ski masked guys come to his house, he takes them all out, goes after Sarah and gets the old gang back together. He was a CIA operative with Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). Now agent Cooper (Karl Urban) is on their tail.
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Review: ‘Jackass 3D’
Friday, October 15 by

There seem to be two schools of thought on Jackass. Of course there’s the one that deplores it and condemns it. Then there’s the one that exaggerates how much they…

DVD Review: ‘Get Him to the Greek’
Tuesday, October 5 by

Get Him to the Greek is a half-wadded spitball at the entertainment industry and all things not sacred from Judd Apatow factory of funny. The return of infamous British rock star, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and newcomer music intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) must make it to the famous Greek Theater in 72 Hours or both their careers will be left in the dust. From traveling around London, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles this odd-ball duo leave a trail of drugs, sex, and rock 'n roll behind them. It's when the comedy stops and things get serious that the movie creaks along its way to an ending that dearly holds onto whatever “Jeffery” vapors it has left.

With that being said, the DVD/ BluRay release gives us another unrated, post-theatrical look at this comedy, which according the filmmaker's commentary is a push to make comedic movies into a new coined term called “Hard Comedy,” mixing the laughs with dramatic weight.
Special features breakdown after the jump…