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reviewed Argo. October 26, 2012
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Argo
Star Rating:         In late 1979, at the height of the Iranian Revolution, fifty-two Americans were taken prisoner and held hostage by Islamic militants after they seized …
reviewed Atlas Shrugged: Part II. October 22, 2012
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Atlas Shrugged: Part II
Star Rating:         Am I alone in expressing utter disbelief that Atlas Shrugged: Part II somehow crawled out from under the wreckage of its predecessor and found its way …
reviewed Here Comes The Boom (2012 film). October 22, 2012
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Here Comes The Boom (2012 film)
Star Rating:         It can be argued that Here Comes the Boom has its heart in the right place. That doesn’t change the fact that it plays like a cross between a second-tier …
reviewed Seven Psychopaths. October 22, 2012
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'Seven Psychopaths'
Star Rating:         That Seven Psychopaths is twisted, there can be no question. As to whether or not it’s successful, that’s open for debate. Here is a movie …
reviewed Paranormal Activity 4 (2012 film). October 22, 2012
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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012 film)
Star Rating:         Paranormal Activity 4 is a contrived, unoriginal, unmotivated effort that cruelly belabors an already exhausted premise. This comes after I begrudgingly …
reviewed Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes. October 22, 2012
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Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
Star Rating:         Of the countless imitators The Blair Witch Project has spawned, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes is probably the closest there is to a full-blown rip off. …
reviewed Sinister. October 15, 2012
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Sinister
Star Rating:         Sinister breaks no new ground as a supernatural horror movie, but it’s wonderfully atmospheric, it has a couple of really good scares, and it …
reviewed 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom. October 15, 2012
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3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom
Star Rating:         With any luck at all, the experience of watching 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom will be the closest I ever get to being the only sane person trapped within …
reviewed Smiley. October 12, 2012
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Smiley
Star Rating:         For the first hour or so of Smiley, I was anxious to review it, as I truly believed it was a parody cleverly masquerading as an underachieving teen slasher …
reviewed Frankenweenie. October 06, 2012
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Frankenweenie
Star Rating:         Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, a feature-length remake of his 1984 live-action short, is likely to ignite debate over how appropriate it is for younger …
reviewed Taken 2. October 06, 2012
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Taken 2
Star Rating:         My main issue with the original Taken was the inconsistency in tone, namely the wild shifts between serious drama and escapist action entertainment. …
reviewed The Paperboy (film). October 06, 2012
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The Paperboy (film)
Star Rating:         Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy has the pulpy grit of a lurid Southern gothic crime thriller, but it lacks a plot significant enough to completely hold …
reviewed V/H/S. October 06, 2012
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V/H/S
Star Rating:         Of the ten credited directors of V/H/S, a combination of a found footage mockumentary and an anthology horror film, nine of them have prior filmmaking …
reviewed Butter (film). October 06, 2012
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Butter (film)
Star Rating:         According to Wikipedia, the script for Butter placed third on Leonard Franklin’s 2008 blacklist of Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays. …
reviewed Looper. October 01, 2012
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Looper
Star Rating:         Looper is one of the few time travel fables that didn’t have me scratching my head in utter confusion. Writer/director Rian Johnson doesn’t …
reviewed Hotel Transylvania. October 01, 2012
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Hotel Transylvania
Star Rating:         I felt a small victory at the end of Hotel Transylvania, for it proved that I was right to hold out hope for an Adam Sandler movie that worked. Having …
reviewed The Hole (2012 film). October 01, 2012
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The Hole (2012 film)
Star Rating:         Joe Dante’s The Hole is being billed as a horror film the whole family will love. I could not disagree with this assessment more. Atmospherically, …
reviewed Solomon Kane. October 01, 2012
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Solomon Kane
Star Rating:         Solomon Kane is a film divided, at odds with itself over the need to be equal parts a morality play and a sword-and-sorcery action/adventure film. Although …
reviewed 'House At The End Of The Street'. October 01, 2012
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'House At The End Of The Street'
Star Rating:         House at the End of the Street is pretty much everything I expected, and no more – an atmospheric teen thriller that gets in a few good scares …
reviewed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. October 01, 2012
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Star Rating:         There’s a scene in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in which the Janet Weiss character seduces the muscle-bound Rocky through song and physical gestures, …
reviewed 'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Cli.... September 24, 2012
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'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Clint Eastwood
Star Rating:         While harmless and well intentioned, Trouble with the Curve tells a story that isn’t worthy of the talent involved – star/producer Clint …
reviewed End Of Watch (2012 film). September 24, 2012
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'End of Watch' Directed By David Ayers
Star Rating:         Earlier this year saw the release of Chronicle, which proved that the concept of the found footage mockumentary could be applied to a supernatural teenage …
reviewed Dredd. September 24, 2012
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Dredd
Star Rating:         One of the biggest complaints fans had with 1995’s Judge Dredd was that the title character, played by Sylvester Stallone, wasn’t wearing …
reviewed 17 Girls. September 24, 2012
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17 Girls
Star Rating:         In 2008, Massachusetts’ Gloucester High School drew international attention when it was reported that seventeen of its students had become pregnant …
reviewed You May Not Kiss the Bride. September 24, 2012
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You May Not Kiss the Bride
Star Rating:         My tendency to be forgiving of romantic comedies has been faulted by many, and perhaps I am too forgiving. If any of my critics are reading this right …
reviewed The Master (2012 film). September 16, 2012
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The Master (2012 film)
Star Rating:         I would guess that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master would be just as intriguing, just as mysterious, and just as unnerving if there had never …
reviewed Arbitrage. September 16, 2012
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Arbitrage
Star Rating:         The central character of Arbitrage is Robert Miller (Richard Gere), a billionaire hedge-fund tycoon from New York. The film paints a portrait of a very …
reviewed Finding Nemo 3D. September 15, 2012
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Finding Nemo 3D
Star Rating:         Finding Nemo is the latest Disney movie to be retrieved from the vaults and given a 3D rerelease. Although the conversion was unnecessary, as it has …
reviewed Brawler. September 15, 2012
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Brawler
Star Rating:         The exact words used to describe Brawler are, “Based on true events,” and for all I know, this is the case. I haven’t been able to …
reviewed 10 Years. September 15, 2012
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10 Years
Star Rating:         Because I was homeschooled my senior year of high school, reunions have not been and never will be in the cards for me. Does this leave me ill prepared …
reviewed The Words (2012 film). September 10, 2012
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'The Words' starring Bradley Cooper
Star Rating:         In the best possible sense, The Words may not be about what we think it’s about. It could very well be the story of a man who steals another man’s …
reviewed The Cold Light of Day. September 10, 2012
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The Cold Light of Day
Star Rating:         In the annals of spy thrillers, there is no MacGuffin more reliable than a briefcase with unknown contents. The Cold Light of Day features such a MacGuffin …
reviewed The Inbetweeners (film). September 10, 2012
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The Inbetweeners (film)
Star Rating:         Having not seen a single episode of the British sitcom The Inbetweeners – for that matter, having not heard of it until just a few weeks ago – …
reviewed [REC] 3: Genesis. September 10, 2012
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[REC] 3: Genesis
Star Rating:         I have not seen every zombie movie ever made, but I’m fairly sure there has never been one in which the zombies are stopped dead in their tracks …
reviewed Branded (2012 Film). September 10, 2012
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Branded
Star Rating:         Branded makes a strong case for why wonky conspiracy theories should never, ever serve as the foundation of a screenplay. This movie is bizarre, self …
reviewed Bachelorette. September 10, 2012
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Bachelorette
Star Rating:         The first mistake made with Bachelorette was telling it from the wrong perspective. The plot involves a wedding for an overweight woman whose size made …
reviewed The Victim. September 10, 2012
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The Victim
Star Rating:         Immediately after the opening credits of The Victim, the phrase “Based on a true story” flickers to life like a neon sign over a shot of …
reviewed The Eye of the Storm (2012 film). September 10, 2012
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The Eye of the Storm (2012 film)
Star Rating:         Only once in her life was Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) reduced to a state of humility. It was many years ago, after her beachside summer home …
reviewed For a Good Time, Call.... September 01, 2012
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For a Good Time, Call...
Star Rating:         For a Good Time, Call... exemplifies yet again why female-driven raunchy comedies tend to work better than those that are male-driven. If you think about …
reviewed The Tall Man. September 01, 2012
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The Tall Man
Star Rating:         The Tall Man is a great deal more thought-provoking and complicated than the poster, the trailer, and even the title all suggest. This works both for …
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