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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 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 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 Prometheus. June 09, 2012
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Star Rating:         Fundamentally, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is about the search for truth and meaning. Under the guise of a 3D science fiction thriller, it begs most …
reviewed Man On A Ledge. January 28, 2012
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'Man On A Ledge'
Star Rating:         The premise of Man on a Ledge is not very likely when it starts, and it only gets progressively less likely the further it goes until it reaches an ending …
reviewed 'The Grey' (2012 film). January 28, 2012
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'The Grey' Directed By Joe Carnahan
Star Rating:         The Grey is a deplorable example of exploitation, cruelty, and nihilism masquerading as philosophy. Here is a “survivalist” story in which …
reviewed The Darkest Hour (2011 film). December 29, 2011
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The Darkest Hour (2011)
Star Rating:         If you require a reason to see The Darkest Hour, the best I can offer you is that it isn’t as bad as last year’s Skyline. But that doesn’t …
reviewed Mission Impossible 4 : Ghost Protocol. December 17, 2011
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Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol
Star Rating:         I’ve seen all the previous Mission: Impossible films, and while I do recall liking them to varying degrees, I’m hard pressed to say that …
reviewed Real Steel. October 08, 2011
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Real Steel
Star Rating:         In Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, hulking robots fight each other in back-alleys and sports arenas as frothing crowds cheer them on. This blending of …
reviewed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. August 06, 2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Star Rating:         It’s tempting to judge Rise of the Planet of the Apes on the basis of the several marketing adjectives that have been applied to it. I’ve …
reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger. July 23, 2011
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Captain America: The First Avenger
Star Rating:         Captain America: The First Avenger is a fun slice of pop culture nostalgia – a 3D film that crosses the gee-whiz imagery of a yesteryear pulp magazine …
reviewed Priest (2011 film). May 14, 2011
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Priest (2011 film)
Star Rating:         Priest, based on the graphic novel by Min-woo Hyung, is a fun and stylish 3D adventure, one that artfully blends horror, science fiction, action, and …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). May 07, 2011
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Thor (film)
Star Rating:         Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is essentially two movies fighting for the same space, and only one of them emerges victorious. That would be the one that …
reviewed Source Code. April 02, 2011
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Source Code
Star Rating:         My natural impulse is to resist films about time travel and/or parallel universes, mostly because they operate under rules of logic so confusing, it …
reviewed Mars Needs Moms. March 15, 2011
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Mars Needs Moms
Star Rating:         Mars Needs Moms, based on the book by Berkeley Breathed, is one of those rare films where style and substance go together like peanut butter and jelly. …
reviewed I Am Number Four. February 19, 2011
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I Am Number Four
Star Rating:         With just a little less violence and a complete removal of the foul language, I Am Number Four would be adequate material for a Saturday morning action …
reviewed Ip Man 2. February 08, 2011
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Ip Man 2
Star Rating:         I’m generally not a fan of martial arts movies, mostly because they seem to be about nothing other than martial arts. What bothered me greatly …
reviewed The Warrior's Way (2010). December 04, 2010
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The Warrior's Way (2010)
“The Warrior’s Way” combines the brutal violence of a martial arts saga, the nostalgic lure of an old west drama, and the visual appeal of a living comic book. And yet, in trying to …
reviewed Unstoppable (2010 movie). November 20, 2010
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Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" is a nail biting, heart pounding, relentlessly exciting film. It takes most of the reliable hallmarks of the action picture - death defying stunts, crashes, explosions …
reviewed The Expendables. November 14, 2010
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The Expendables
There was a time when you could rely on a bad action film to at least supply you with action. "The Expendables," which is said to be an homage to the guy films of the 1980s and 1990s, doesn't …
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 RED. October 15, 2010
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It’s hard to make a good action film. It’s even harder to make a good comedy. And it’s harder still to tell a story that will not only entertain audiences, but also keep them intrigued. …
reviewed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. August 13, 2010
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
If you love action, if you live for comedy, if you get a nostalgic high from the electronic beep-boop sounds of eight-bit arcade games like "Pac Man" and "Space Invaders," then "Scott Pilgrim vs. the …
reviewed Salt (movie). July 23, 2010
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SALT (2010)
Isn't it amazing how we play the entertainment card to make excuses for preposterous films? We as audiences will buy into a whole host of cinematic flaws as long as there are sights and sounds to keep …
reviewed Predators. July 09, 2010
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Predators (2010)
"Predators" begins with Adrien Brody coming to in mid-freefall, which is a first for me as a moviegoer. We don't exactly know where he fell from, but we do know that he's literally falling from the sky, …
reviewed The Karate Kid (2010). June 11, 2010
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The Karate Kid (2010)
"The Karate Kid" is very much a worthy counterpart to the 1984 film on which it's based, not only in terms of story, but also in terms of quality; the excitement, humor, warmth, and themes of friendship, …
reviewed MacGruber. May 26, 2010
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MacGruber (2010)
The best thing about the "MacGruber" skits on "Saturday Night Live" is that they end after a minute, no more than a minute and a half. The writers are smart; they know that no additional time is required …
reviewed Robin Hood. May 14, 2010
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Robin Hood (Single-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)
This isn't your grandfather's "Robin Hood," which in this case is neither a compliment nor a criticism. It's just what is. Director Ridley Scott makes no attempt to romanticize the legend, probably because …
reviewed Iron Man 2. May 07, 2010
Iron Man 2
At the end of 2008, I made two bold assertions: (1) That "Iron Man" was one of the year's best films; (2) that "Iron Man" was one of the greatest superhero films ever made. I still believe both to be …
reviewed The Losers. April 23, 2010
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The Losers
"The Losers" has been released on the heels of "Kick-Ass," a comic book adaptation that audiences love and will probably always prefer. That's a shame. "The Losers" is, in my view, a winner - vastly superior …
reviewed Kick-Ass (movie). April 19, 2010
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Kick Ass (Movie)
At the start of "Kick-Ass," I couldn't help but feel somewhat excited, as I was introduced to the title character, who, when not dressed as a superhero, I found both engaging and amusing. While his thought …
reviewed Clash of the Titans (2010). April 02, 2010
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Clash of the Titans (2010 film)
While I've never agreed with the idea that only bad movies should be remade, the 1981 version of "Clash of the Titans" is a perfect example of why such statements are valid. This new 2010 version is, …
reviewed Bitch Slap. January 16, 2010
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Bitch Slap (Unrated) (2009)
Oh yes, "Bitch Slap" is everything you think it is. Girls. Guns. Catfights. Explosions. Lesbian romances. A story of bad guys, booty, alliances, betrayals, and secrets. It's being billed as, "a post-modern, …
reviewed The Book of Eli. January 15, 2010
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The Book of Eli
One does not usually begin a movie review by talking about the ending, but in the case of "The Book of Eli," there's really no other way to go about it. Something, and I'm trying to be careful here, is …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). December 18, 2009
James Cameron's "Avatar" is one of those films where you're happy to just sit back and let it happen. The story is unoriginal on just about every level, yet the way the story is told is an experience …
reviewed 9. September 09, 2009
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"9" is an astonishing technical achievement, and of that, I think we're all in agreement. Just looking at this film is an experience unto itself; production design, art direction, and visual effects work …
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