Reviews - Page 8

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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.
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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Sound of Noise’
Friday, October 1 by

When I read the description of Sound of Noise in the Fantastic Fest brochure, I thought there’s no way it could be as awesome as it sounds. It’s about musical terrorists, but if it were really that awesome, some Hollywood people would have done it already, right? Well, I discovered at a sold out Fantastic Fest screening that Sound of Noise is one of those rare indie foreign films that is as awesome as it sounds.

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Never Let Me Go’
Tuesday, September 28 by

**Sort Of Spoiler Alert**
Mark Romanek’s cloning drama turned out to be secret screening #2 at Fantastic Fest. Never Let Me Go is about a school for kids who find out they’re being bred solely to donate organs, and they’ll probably die after three or four donations. There was an action movie version of this a few years ago, but it wasn’t very good and didn’t do very well so Romanek’s version may as well be original.
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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Rubber’
Tuesday, September 28 by

Rubber became a Cannes phenomenon based on its outrageous premise. That alone carried it through Fantastic Fest where its first screening sold out, and I finally made it into the second, which also sold out.

All you need to know is that it is about a tire that kills people. That is enough to get you to see Rubber. That’s certainly all I needed to hear. I would watch a trilogy about killer tires.
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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘True Legend’
Saturday, September 25 by

Drunken boxing is probably the most entertaining form of martial arts to watch. Jackie Chan defined it on screen in Drunken Master and took it to the next level in Drunken Master II. A few other artists have tried it but now master choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping is going back to drunken fist with all his decades of experience behind him and modern filmmaking tools at his disposal.
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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Stone’
Friday, September 24 by

Stone starts with some intense emotional terrorism. This is how you show how seriously conflicted people can be. It’s not just hitting or yelling at each other. What young Jack Mabry does to his family is so sickening you feel anything could happen in this drama. I have not qualms with watching a tough, intense story. Just don’t wuss out on me. Make the characters really complex and manipulative, and let Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton play them.

After about an hour though, you realize that the opening scene isn’t setting anything up for later. This is just going to be one of those films that revels in despair and monotony, just another “bad things happen, people are miserable” pieces for actors who want to show how downbeat they can be.
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Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Let Me In’
Friday, September 24 by

Lovers of Let The Right One In, I have some good news for you. Matt Reeves didn’t eff up the movie you cherish so dearly. In fact, he might have…

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Ong Bak 3′
Friday, September 24 by

I knew there were going to be problems with Ong Bak 3, but I figured as long as there were some fights it couldn’t be all bad. So they turned a sequel into a trilogy. So Tony Jaa ran off into the woods. As long as he knees some people in the head I’d be happy. Unfortunately, the problems with Ong Bak 3 are palpable.
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Fantastic Fest ’10 Review: ‘Buried’
Thursday, September 23 by

I really love high concept movies. Cinema is most exciting when there’s some crazy idea that demands to be a movie. “Guy in a coffin” is one of those concepts.

The film really tests the audience’s limits immediately after the opening credits. I mean wow, it holds on for a long time. I’m sorry for folks in regular theaters where idiots will fill the effective silence with obnoxious chatter.
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Review: ‘The Social Network’
Tuesday, September 21 by

The Social Network is the movie of the year. If Coppola were into computers, this would be The Godfather. Should I have gone with Scorsese and Goodfellas? I think it’s…

Review: ‘Waiting For Superman’
Monday, September 20 by

Davis Guggenheim’s latest documentary covers the problems of the education system and offers solutions. Waiting for “Superman” explains the educational system and the politicians’ promises interspersed throughout children’s own stories. The visual demonstrations clarify all the complicated systems in place, explain the statistics and lay out the geography of school districts.

The honesty of children is sobering. You see first graders without any ego or melodrama, yet talking about what school isn’t giving them, there’s your story right there. You don’t need to go to the parents or the teachers, that’s the story. These are good kids, in elementary school when it’s still cute, not tainted yet.
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Review: ‘Catfish’
Friday, September 17 by

Catfish bodes really well for upstart documentaries. These guys just stumbled onto a story, but they happened to be shooting it so well they could present a coherent film about it.

It sets up the characters, their relationships, the geography and the routines of Facebook really well. Yaniv Schulman has been mailed paintings an eight-year-old girl Abby made of his photography. Yaniv begins an online and telephone relationship with the family, including her mother Angela, and an older daughter that becomes possibly romantic.
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Review: ‘Devil’
Friday, September 17 by

I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to…

Review: ‘Easy A’
Friday, September 17 by

Easy A is Can’t Buy Me Love for the Mean Girls generation. It knows it and it references that movie and other ‘80s classics, but Can’t Buy Me Love is…