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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 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 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 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 Total Recall (2012 film). August 20, 2012
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Total Recall (2012 film)
Star Rating:         I could turn this review of Total Recall into a debate over which version of the film is better, but unless there are obvious gaps in idea, execution, …
reviewed Dreams of a Life. August 03, 2012
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Dreams of a Life
Star Rating:         In January of 2006, the severely decomposed body of a woman was found in a bedsit flat above a shopping mall in the Wood Green district of North London. …
reviewed The Dark Knight Rises (2012 film). July 21, 2012
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The Dark Knight Rises
Star Rating:         Why does Christopher Nolan labor under the delusion that the Batman character should transcend his comic book image, and that the comic book movie needs …
reviewed Collaborator. July 21, 2012
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Collaborator
Star Rating:         There are two problems that prevented Collaborator from being the thought-provoking character study it so clearly wanted to be. Firstly, writer/director/star …
reviewed Easy Money. July 14, 2012
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Easy Money
Star Rating:         The Book of Timothy teaches us that money is the root of all evil. Easy Money tells the story of three men who do evil things in the pursuit of money. …
reviewed The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film). July 04, 2012
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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
Star Rating:         The Amazing Spider-Man will inevitably be compared to and perhaps even attacked by diehard adherents of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, most prominently …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 23, 2012
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Brave
Star Rating:         After taking a slight misstep last summer with the amusing but superficial Cars 2, the creative teams at Disney/Pixar have thoroughly redeemed themselves. …
reviewed Bel Ami Movie. June 09, 2012
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Bel Ami Movie
Star Rating:         There is something to be said about a character we know we’re not going to like from the very start, and who spends an entire film working towards …
reviewed The Dictator. May 17, 2012
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'The Dictator' Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Star Rating:         When I saw the first ads for The Dictator, I knew that there would be absolutely no middle ground, that it would be either a work of genius or one of …
reviewed Think Like A Man. April 21, 2012
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Think Like A Man
Star Rating:         So far as I can tell, the intended purpose of Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man was to give women relationship advice from …
reviewed Suing the Devil. April 07, 2012
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Suing the Devil
Star Rating:         To watch Suing the Devil is to witness the birth of a cult classic. Mark my words: You will someday see it in midnight movie houses, and people, in all …
reviewed John Carter. March 09, 2012
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;'John Carter'
Star Rating:         Like all good space operas, John Carter relinquishes virtually all restraint on common sense and plunges headfirst into pure intergalactic melodrama. …
reviewed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. December 10, 2011
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Star Rating:         Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an espionage film that isn’t about action and special effects so much as systematic investigation. There’s an …
reviewed Margin Call. October 28, 2011
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Margin Call
Star Rating:         During the final months of 2008, most of us bore witness to a chain reaction of financial ruin. Investment firms across the country, seemingly strong, …
reviewed Drive (2011 film). September 17, 2011
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Drive (2011 film)
Star Rating:         In Drive, Ryan Gosling plays a man who isn’t given a proper name. He’s known only as Driver. It’s a fitting description, given the …
reviewed Fright Night (2011 remake). August 20, 2011
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Fright Night (2011 remake)
Star Rating:         It’s fashionable to bemoan the tragic life of a vampire, as recent films such as Let Me In and the Twilight saga have so clearly demonstrated. …
reviewed Submarine. June 18, 2011
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Submarine
Star Rating:         One of the great failures of some teen comedies is that it’s automatically assumed that their characters are likeable, even if they do all manner …
reviewed YELLOWBRICKROAD. June 18, 2011
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YELLOWBRICKROAD
Star Rating:         YellowBrickRoadis a competently made horror film – decently performed, wonderfully shot, nicely worded, engaging in premise, and at times, incredibly …
reviewed Super 8 (2011 film). June 11, 2011
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Super 8
Star Rating:         Going into a Steven Spielberg film, we expect a number of distinctive thematic elements: Ordinary characters in extraordinary situations; strained parent/child …
reviewed Paul (2011 movie). March 19, 2011
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Paul
Star Rating:         It’s no longer enough that aliens exist. Now they have to act exactly as we do. Or, at least, as the immature eighteen-year-olds we all were …
reviewed Unknown (2011 movie). February 19, 2011
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Unknown
Star Rating:         Unknown is an utterly preposterous film, but if you grant its assumptions, it will keep you engaged and take you on a thrilling ride. It stars Liam Neeson …
reviewed Skyline (2010 movie). November 13, 2010
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SKYLINE (2010 Film)
You no longer need a screenplay to make an alien invasion movie. All you need is a special effects studio, a lot of computers, and creature designers that go for all the reliable hallmarks, like flailing …
reviewed Let Me In. October 21, 2010
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Let Me In
“Let Me In” is every bit as unnerving, absorbing, tragic, touching, and compelling as “Let the Right One In,” the 2008 Swedish horror film on which it’s based. This is remarkable …
reviewed Devil (2010). September 25, 2010
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Devil (2010)
"Devil" is the best film M. Night Shyamalan didn't direct. I think I now understand why I haven't liked any of his movies - he lets himself get in the way of his own good ideas (exempting …
reviewed Piranha (2010 film). August 20, 2010
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Piranha 3-D (2010)
Back when James Cameron's "Avatar" was released, there was a lot of talk about the future of 3-D movies - about how much better the process had become with high definition cameras, about how they didn't …
reviewed The Last Airbender. July 01, 2010
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The Last Airbender (2010)
Ever since seeing "The Sixth Sense," my nature has been to resist the films of M. Night Shyamalan. I have to admit that now. I'm aware of his technical skills and his ability to build tension, and yet …
reviewed The Twilight Saga: New Moon. June 29, 2010
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
I spent much of my review for "Twilight" pointing out how the story was a Mormon abstinence parable masked as a teen vampire romance. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is essentially the same thing, but this …
reviewed Sex and the City 2 (2010). May 27, 2010
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
With the possible exceptions of my reviews for "Fanboys" and "Mamma Mia!," I don't think anything I've written has been as universally despised as my 2008 review for "Sex and the City," a film I described …
reviewed The Perfect Game (2008). May 25, 2010
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The Perfect Game (2008)
It's always disappointing when a movie doesn't quite work despite having its heart in the right place. "The Perfect Game," the newest in a long line of inspirational sports dramas, is not only rote but …
reviewed The Human Centipede (2010). May 09, 2010
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The Human Centipede (2010)
In what context is "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" necessary? Some movies are made with the intention of sending a message, while others are made purely for entertainment; the more I try to figure …
reviewed Furry Vengeance (2010). May 05, 2010
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Furry Vengeance (2010)
"For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: Clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting …
reviewed The Back-Up Plan (2010). April 23, 2010
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The Back-Up Plan (2010)
"The Back-Up Plan" is an unbelievably bad movie, an over-the-top and hopelessly strained effort that's about as artificial as the method employed to impregnate Jennifer Lopez's character. Like so many …
reviewed Crazy on the Outside (2010). April 19, 2010
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Crazy on the Outside (2010)
It's sad when the idea for a film ends up being better than the actual film. "Crazy on the Outside," the directorial debut of Tim Allen, centers on a man who wants to get his life back on track after …
reviewed Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009). April 18, 2010
Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)
If a political commentary is to succeed, especially if it's a comedy, it cannot simply point at a target and pump it full of lead. It must also be clear on what it's speaking out against and why, and …
reviewed The Reeds (2009). April 18, 2010
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The Reeds (2009)
"The Reeds" is a hopelessly confusing mess, a horror film that knows neither the story it wants to tell nor how it wants to tell it. While many scary and bloody things happen all throughout, and while …
reviewed Lake Mungo (2008). April 18, 2010
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Lake Mungo (2008)
"Lake Mungo" is an unsettling and unreasonably absorbing movie, one that ingenuously merges the structure of a documentary, the mystery of a detective story, the character development of a drama, and …
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