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MOVIE REVIEWS

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Todd Robinson's PHANTOM

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

Ed HarrisThis Cold War submarine spy thriller is a real winner. Ed Harris excels as the nearly retired captain of an end of service life Russian nuclear missile submarine. Reluctantly he receives one last assignment. Onboard is a rogue set of KGB agents who are testing a fancy acoustic cloaking device they say will change the balance of power against the Americans. But that’s not why they’re really there. The captain realizes that — but only too late.

The cast, photography, editing, sound, and characters are excellent. Why I have never heard of this 2013 movie I don’t know. If you’re a fan of movies like Hunt for Red October this is the movie for you. Plot twists abound but the real focus is the interplay among the characters. Dialogue and acting are top-flight. Highly recommended.

Text copyright (c) 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald

 

Monday
Oct272014

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, & Lana Wachowski's CLOUD ATLAS

What a gorgeous movie to look at this is! Plus, the intertwining stories and jumps in time provide amazing and often confusing food for thought.

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Saturday
Oct252014

Akiva Goldsman's WINTER'S TALE

I’m a sucker for well done but romantic time travel films. This one compares favorably to the romantic classic Somewhere In Time.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Yasuomi Umetsu’s KITE

Kite from 1998 has an infamous reputation.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT

I started out this film not realizing Francis Ford Coppola made it just a few years ago.

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Wednesday
Sep032014

Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS

Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS is a feast for the eye and the imagination. On it I hereby bestow my coveted ONE OF A KIND tag though I must admit that some of the other films in that category seem now to pale in comparison with Folman’s masterpiece.

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Monday
Aug182014

Sandra Nettelbeck's LAST LOVE

What an engaging movie this is. Slow, deliberate, and ultimately, complex.

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Monday
Aug112014

Shinji Aramaki's SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

There’s so much eye candy displayed you almost forget about the labored exposition and hackneyed plot.

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Zachary Heinzerling's CUTIE AND THE BOXER 

Not being an artist myself I’ve long been mystified by how people define what is “art” and what’s not.

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Monday
Aug042014

Sarah Polley’s STORIES WE TELL

Sarah Polley’s STORIES WE TELL is an exploration of how truth and memory interact in subtle and subjective ways about one family’s past history.

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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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