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MOVIE REVIEWS

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Sunday
Jul272014

José Padilha's ROBOCOP

This new version, thankfully, is not quite so brutal and the plentiful action sequences don’t glory in gore and bloodsplatter the way, say, an EXPENDABLES film does.

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Thursday
Jul172014

Matt Reeves' DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THEAPES effectively portrays a clash of civilizations and uses drama and technology to make this clash real.

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Peter Webber's EMPEROR

In summary: you could do a lot worse than this movie for a dose of World War II history. Its attempts to overcome stereotypes and instead illuminate cultural differences are refreshing.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Bong Joon-ho's SNOWPIERCER

As a high concept sci-fi epic SNOWPIERCER takes the cake.

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Wednesday
Jul022014

Doug Liman's EDGE OF TOMORROW

I was unprepared for how really good this movie is.

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Monday
Jun302014

Stephen Sommers' ODD THOMAS

What makes the movie enjoyable despite its familiarity are the characters, the dialog, and some very well scripted action sequences.

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Thursday
May292014

Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

But with a movie like X-Men you get the sense that there is just too much of everything — too many characters, too many action scenes, too many speeches, too many forgettable details.

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Monday
May122014

David Ayer's END OF WATCH

I have no idea how realistic END OF WATCH is but it’s easily the best cop movie I seen in many years.

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Sunday
Apr272014

Bille August's NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON

Every now and then I come across a gem via streaming Netflix. Night Train to Lisbon, directed by Bille August, is one such gem.

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Thursday
Apr242014

John Ford's THEY WERE EXPENDABLE

Compared with too many other World War II movies that came out of Hollywood during World War II THEY WERE EXPENDABLE is exceptional.

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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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