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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…

Review: ‘Going the Distance’
Friday, September 3 by

Going the Distance
R, 97m., 2010
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Jim Gaffigan, Kelli Garner, and Ron Livingston
Directed by Nanette Burstein
Screenplay by Geoff LaTuippe

Going the Distance is a romantic comedy with two very likable leads in the shape of Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, who find themselves going out for one lazy been there seen that before script.

The script by newcomer Geoff LaTuippe and direction by documentarian Nanette Burstein tries to give the film some edge by basing the movie's love fling in reality but gets caught up in the standard whining of most romantic comedies.
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Review: ‘Machete’
Thursday, September 2 by

Machete R, 105 min., 2010 Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin with Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Robert DeNiro Directed by Robert Rodriguez…

Review: ‘Piranha 3D’
Friday, August 20 by

Piranha 3D R, 82m., 2010 Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Jerry O’Connell, Steve R. McQueen, Kelly Brook, Jessica Szohr Paul Sheer with Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dryfuss Directed…

Review: ‘The Expendables’
Thursday, August 12 by

The Expendables
R, 103m., 2010
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Giselle Itie, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas with Terry Crews, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Screenplay by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone

There was this large plastic bin that I had growing up filled with action figures and their various weapon accessories. From Duke Nuk'em to The Terminator, the original 90s Batman series, metal figure G.I Joes, Aliens, X-Men, Biker Mice from Mars, Ghostbusters, Toxic Crusaders and others that I have now forgot. They traveled with me wherever I moved during those years. They were my friends, enemies, and characters to create.
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Review: ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’
Wednesday, August 11 by

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World PG-13, 105m., 2010 Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kerian Culken, Mark Webber, Alison Pill, with Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman Directed by Edgar Wright…

Review: ‘Middle Men’
Friday, August 6 by

Middle Men
R, 97min., 2010
Cast: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribsi, Gabriel Macht, Rade Serbedzija, Laura Ramsey, Jacinda Barett, with Robert Forester and James Caan
Directed by George Gallo
Screenplay by George Gallo and Andy Weiss

Middle Men is too impatient to give us the epic about how the Internet porn empire was made and settles for cliché drama that is given some spark by a committed cast of actors.
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Review: ‘Step Up 3D’
Wednesday, August 4 by

Step Up 3D
PG-13, 107m., 2010
Cast: Adam G. Santi, Alyson Stoner, Rick Marabi, Sharni Vinson with a whole bunch of  break and back up dancers
Directed by Jon Chu

Step Up 3D is pure soda pop entertainment, where between the carbonation bubbles of flashy dance sequences you get that sugar crash of acting and story.
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Review: ‘The Other Guys’
Wednesday, August 4 by

The Other Guys
PG-13, 107min., 2010
Cast: Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Micheal Keaton, Steve Coogan, Eva Mendes, Ray Stevenson, Damon Waynes Jr., Rob Riggle with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson
Directed by Adam McKay
Screening Adam McKay and Chris Henchy

After a painful and teeth pulling summer of failed action movies and lazy comedies, The Other Guys saves the season, busting on the scene as the funniest and funky freshest action comedy to come from the Adam McKay/Will Farrell powerhouse since Anchorman.
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Review: ‘Get Low’
Friday, July 30 by

Get Low Cast: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs, and Bill Murray Directed by Aaron Schinder Screenplay by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell. Get Low has a…

Review: ‘Dinner for Schmucks’
Thursday, July 29 by

Dinner for Schmucks PG-13, 104m., 2010 Cast Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostack, Lucy Punch, David Walliams with Jemaine Clement, and Zach Galifianakis Directed by Jay…

Review: ‘Inception’
Friday, July 16 by

PG-13, 148m., 2010Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger with Cillian Murphy and Micheal CaineWritten and Directed by Christopher Nolan Inception…

Review: ‘The Last Airbender’
Thursday, July 1 by

The Last AirbenderPG, 95min., 2010Cast: Dev Patel, Noah Ringer, Jackson Rathbone, Aasif Mandi, Nicola Peltz, and Cliff CurtisDirected by M. Night ShyamalanScreenplay M. Night Shyamalan based upon the Nickelodeon Animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”The Last Airbender is a good looking and expensive summer movie that is brought down to miserable lows due to shoddy storytelling, hollow Nickelodeon-type acting, and the ever-annoying 3D transfer.To describe this story would take an entire 3,000-word review involving alternative universes with eastern religious symbols and age-old rivalries. For those that know the Nickelodeon show, they probability know the backstory and all the little pieces about wind, water, fire, and earth put together, for those like myself, we are given the age old hero's quest to finding himself story.MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Review: ‘The Last Exorcism’
Monday, June 28 by

The Last Exorcism PG-13, 90min., 2010 Cast: Partrick Fabin, Ashely Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Hertum, and  Caleb Landury Jones Directed by Daniel Stamm Screenplay by Huck Barto and Andreww Gurland…

Review: ‘Grown Ups’
Friday, June 25 by

Grown Ups PG-13, 98min., 2010 Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schiender, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows and Steve Buscemi Directed by Dennis Dugean Screenplay Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf   Throughout the 98 minutes of Grown Ups your brain keeps nudging you to just repeat these words: “It's no surprise, because it's an Adam Sandler movie.”   Here we have a full-fledged cast of comedians from Sandler, to Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and yes, even the forever slave to Sandler movies, Rob Schneider counts as a comic, telling no jokes and just delivering kick to the balls or pie in the face moments.   It's no surprise because it's an Adam Sandler movie. MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Review: ‘Knight and Day’
Monday, June 21 by

Knight and Day PG-13, 109min.,2010 Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgard, Viola Davis, and Paul Dano Directed by James Mangold Screenplay by Patrick O'Neill   Knight and Day evaporates from the mind like most summer action flicks once the end credits roll.   Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star as Miller, the reflex quick spy, and June, the tough but at times ditsy blonde – two roles they both can do in their sleep at this point. Miller and June are involved in a worldwide espionage plot that they find way over their heads, giving excuse for over the top car case sequences and fireball explosions that will come in the next 2 hours. With them filling script flaws with pseudo-action chemistry and the occasional information of character story and plot connection, action comedy has never looked this boring.MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Review: ‘The Killer Inside Me’
Thursday, June 17 by

The Killer Inside Me R, 108min., 2010 Cast: Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Elias Koteas, Ned Betty, and Bill Pullman Directed by Micheal Winterbottom Screenplay by John Curran based upon the novel by Jim Thompson   The Killer Inside Me is a faithfully adapted, dark, and twisted gem of an exercise in B-movie noir.   From the faded pop color opening credit sequence, director Michael Winterbottom and his perfectly suited cast takes us back to 1950s West Texas, where Central City, Sheriff Deputy Lou Ford (played by Casey Affleck, giving one of his finest and scariest performances to date) doesn't carry a gun and 'sweet talks' his way out of any bad problems. Well, that's what Lou wants you to believe as behind his earnest smile he is one of the most disturbed and violently psychological complex characters this side of the Rio Grande.MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Review: ‘The Karate Kid’
Friday, June 11 by

The Karate Kid PG, 140min., 2010 Cast: Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Rongguang Yu, and Jackie Chan Directed by Harald Zwart Screenplay by Christopher Murphy based upon the 1980s movie of the same name.   The Karate Kid is as epic as a kid's movie can come, yet falls into the same pitfalls of most prequels/sequels/remakes.   As the overlong prologue begins, we meet 12-year-old Dre Parker of Detroit (Jaden Smith, a rail thin swagger type like his parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) who with his Mom (the great and underused actress Taraji P. Henson) move to Beijing, China. Once they arrive, Dre makes new enemies with a bullying martial arts gang, gets beaten to a pulp on the school's  playground, meets his first girlfriend, and learns the art of Kung-Fu by way of the local hermit Mr. Han (Jackie Chan in surprisingly great dramatic role).More after the jump…

Review: ‘The A-Team’
Friday, June 11 by

The A-Team PG-13, 99m., 2010 Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Bloom, and Patrick Wilson Directed by Joe Carnahan Screenplay Joe Carnahan, Brian…

Review: ‘Splice’
Friday, June 4 by

Splice is the latest mistake from the sci-fi horror genre, having no thrills or logic in its pseudo-hipster science.   A major disappointment comes from its talented cast of Adrien…

Review: ‘Survival of the Dead’
Friday, May 28 by

Survival of the Dead R, 90m., 2010 Cast: Kathrine Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Richard Fitzpatrick, Devon Bostwick and Alan Van Sprang Written and Directed by George A. Romero   Survival of the Dead is so cartoonish, that you wouldn’t be surprised to see the cast of Looney Tunes popping out of nowhere and blasting away some Zombies.   Marking his 6th official journey into the world of the undead, legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, creates a hybrid Z-picture that can be decribed as part Western, part cartoon, and part iconclastic horror movie.MORE OF THE REVIEW AFTER THE JUMP.

Review: ‘Prince of Persia’
Friday, May 28 by

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time PG-13, 116m., 2010 Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina Directed by Mike Newell Screenplay by Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro…

‘David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer’ DVD Review
Tuesday, May 25 by

Being offensive is not necessarily funny. Just ask Carlo Mencia. But a truly skilled comedian can make you laugh at the most appalling things. And when it comes to walking the fine line between witty and revolting, few are more skilled than David Cross.Just imagine Jerry Seinfeld telling a joke about Martin Luther King Jr. and a vanity license plate that reads "NGR LVR." Or try to picture Jay Leno doing a bit where a deaf man tells Jew jokes to a delighted audience, only to be shouted down as "an anti-Semitic deaf f**k." David Cross not only gets away with these jokes without offending, but somehow he leaves you wanting more.MORE AFTER THE JUMP.

Review: ‘Robin Hood’
Monday, May 17 by

Robin Hood PG-13, 131m., 2010 Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, William Hurt, Mark Addy, Danny Huston, and Max Von Sydow Directed by Ridley Scott Screenplay by Brian Helgeland Robin Hood, the new retelling of the famous legend points its arrows at being a nitty-gritty throwback epic but misses its mark with too many characters and not enough story.In this prequel version from the slam-your-fist-into-the-mud-team of director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe, Crowe stars as Robin Lonstride, a 12th century archer in King Richard's army who by way of action and accidents is mistaken for the knight Robert of Luxley. This gives him the opportunity to steal from the rich and give to the poor people of Nottingham, while King Phillip of France and evil-knight Godfrey (played by Mark Strong in his usual sneering jackal performance) plan to invade the shores of England.  Director Scott, working from a script by Brian Helgelanger seems to be having shifts into what movie they want to portray, ending up with too many arrows and no sharp tips.More after the jump…

Review: ‘The Losers’
Thursday, April 22 by

The LosersPG-13, 95m., 2010Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans with Zoe Saldana and Jason PatricDirected by Sylvain WhiteScreenplay by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt based upon graphic novel series, “Ante Up” written by Andy Diggle and illustrations by Jock 

Review: ‘Death at a Funeral’
Friday, April 16 by

Death at a Funeral R, 93m., 2010Cast: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Regina King, Keith David, Peter Dinkaledge with Loretta Devine, Luke Wilson, Tracy Morgan…

Review: ‘Kick-Ass’
Wednesday, April 14 by

Kick-AssR, 118m., 2010Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Mortez, Christopher Mitz-Plasse, Mark Strong, and Nicolas CageDirected by Matthew VaughnScreenplay by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn based upon the Mark Millar comic Kick-Ass…