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MOVIE REVIEWS

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Thursday
Apr102014

Disney's FROZEN

I put Frozen right up there, almost with Tangled, but with better music

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Sunday
Apr062014

Keanu Reeves' MAN OF TAI CHI

Keanu Reeves deserves praise for directing this film. The blend of serious action and engrossing story work extremely well here and raises this film way above the many run-of-the-mill fight films out there. Highly recommended.

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Gavin Hood's ENDER'S GAME

The first half of ENDER’S GAME plays like every “raw recruit boot camp” movie you’ve ever seen, punctuated by sequences about paintball in zero gravity.

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Friday
Mar212014

David Twohy's RIDDICK

If you want to see a tough guy with glowing eyes kick ass from dawn to dusk, this is the movie to see.

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Christopher McQuarrie's JACK REACHER

Jack Reacher is another solid action film from Tom Cruise. It is well-written, tightly paced, and it has excellent photography and editing. Night-time photography is extremely well done with bright colors and clarity throughout.

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Jean-Francois Laguionie's THE PAINTING

The Painting is simultaneously charming, enchanting, and entertaining. A group of characters in a painting are involved in a class struggle:

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Friday
Feb142014

Eric Khoo's TATSUMI

Tatsumi is an adult animated film about the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi who is often credited with starting a movement in Japan to publish adult-themed manga comics.

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Kaneto Shindô's HOKUSAI MANGA

What a strange but interesting movie this is. It purports to tell the story of 19th century artist Hokusai who painted the world famous The Great Wave off Kanagawa. In the movie the artist also illustrates novels, argues with his daughter, and on the side paints what we now call pornography.

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Monday
Feb102014

Alexa Gajic's TECHNOTISE: EDIT & I

Edit herself is an interesting mix of naïveté, intelligence, raw energy, and stubbornness. Why she hangs out with the losers she does is never fully explained but, taken together, they make up a very entertaining ride that has some of the most interesting technology animation this side of WALL•E.

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Friday
Jan242014

Jon Wright's GRABBERS 

Jon Write’s GRABBERS is a very entertaining monster movie comedy. The story elements are fairly standard: meteor plunges into sea, creature crawls ashore and terrorizes small town, townspeople gather to fight the menace. The way these elements are assembled is original, fun, and occasionally, quite charming.

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Saturday
Jan112014

Tommy Wirkola's HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

Hansel and Gretel The Witch Hunters is a train wreck of a movie. You know something awful is happening but it’s hard to look away.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Francis Lawrence's THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

CATCHING FIRE is a roller coaster of a movie. We spend the first half in the station twiddling our thumbs while watching dumb things happen, then the bottom drops out and we careen down a long slope with an adrenaline rush.

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Monday
Jan062014

Jake Schreier's ROBOT AND FRANK

This is a character driven movie about the near future that tightly focuses on an elderly retired jewel thief who lives by himself in a semi-rural but well-to-do community. His son, concerned about the old man’s mental deterioration, purchases a humanoid style robot to serve as a companion and caregiver.

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Friday
Dec202013

James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE

While I’ve enjoyed the X-Men movies they haven’t significantly resonated with me as I was never really invested in the Marvel universe. The Wolverine is an exception.

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Christian Vincent's HAUTE CUISINE

Prepare to learn something about truffles, cabbage, and salmon!

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Monday
Nov182013

Sebastián Cordero's EUROPA REPORT

When all is said and done this is a good movie that can be enjoyed for what it is: an intelligent and thrilling story, elegantly produced, with excellent acting and beautiful photography.

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Saturday
Nov092013

Robert Zemeckis' FLIGHT

A lot has been written about the harrowing plane crash flight. Yep, it’s pretty harrowing, but I’ll still hold of World War Z, Numbers, and Pitch Black is having comparable crash sequences.

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Friday
Nov082013

Wong Kar-Wai's FALLEN ANGELS

One thought that popped into my mind at first about Fallen Angels was “style over substance.” That’s simplistic. Yes, there’s a ton of style here. There is also a lot of substance. It’s just that the substance is not the feel-good or warm-and-fuzzy type; at times things get really dark. How the movie is photographed supports that. But it’s a movie well worth watching.

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Friday
Oct042013

David Twohy's PITCH BLACK

I recently re-watched this scifi-horror film from 2000 and boy was I impressed.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Hark Tsui's FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE

Hark Tsui’s FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE at times reminded me of a Saturday morning cartoon. It’s almost Tom-and-Jerry-like in its portrayal of action and violence. Yet it’s immensely entertaining if only for its exotic locations, diverse costumes, visual splendor, and fascinating facial tattoos.

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