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reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 25, 2012
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The summer movie season can be home to plenty of whimsical, often ridiculous premises for movies. We’ve seen movies based on comic books, toy lines, and most recently, board games. “Abraham …
reviewed The Avengers (2012). May 11, 2012
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'The Avengers' Directed By Joss Whedon
Well, they did it. They managed to pull it off. The cinematic gods have shined upon us, and after five films and billions of dollars building it up, The Avengers absolutely delivers. Joss Whedon, his …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011.... January 08, 2012
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
If there were an award for most unsettling film of 2011 or best use of black eye-liner, David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would be a shoe-in. That’s not to say it isn’t …
reviewed Mission Impossible 4 : Ghost Protocol. December 27, 2011
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Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol
Days before seeing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, I plowed through all of the previous Mission Impossible films so I could make it in time to see Ghost Protocol in an IMAX release with the Dark …
reviewed Drive (2011 film). October 19, 2011
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Drive (2011 film)
  Drive is a “love-it-or-hate-it” kind of movie, fortunately though I love it enough for several theaters full of those that full into the latter category. It’s admittedly mismarketed, …
reviewed 50/50. October 13, 2011
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“50/50” isn’t a movie about cancer. “50/50” isn’t a film about a bromance or how a family rallies together in the end despite their differences. Instead, “50/50” …
reviewed Crazy, Stupid, Love.. August 29, 2011
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Crazy Stupid Love
There’s always something I can find to love in a romantic comedy. I can always appreciate the sense of wish fulfillment, the authentic sweetness of some, or just how, well, love-able some of the …
reviewed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. August 15, 2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Now that the summer’s coming to a close, a focus is returning to the more idea and character-driven stories that signal the Fall Movie Season. Rise of the Planet of the Apes definitely feels like …
reviewed Cowboys & Aliens (2011 film). August 08, 2011
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Cowboys & Aliens (2011 film)
I’m generally a big fan of westerns, and I’ve been known to dabble in the science fiction genre from time to time. So on paper, Jon Favreau’s latest Cowboys and Aliens is a perfect …
reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger. July 28, 2011
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Captain America: The First Avenger
Well, they actually pulled it off. Despite any and all odds, Marvel found the right set of directors, (Letterier, Favreau, Branagh, and Johnston) to bring their biggest heroes (Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, …
reviewed Green Lantern (2011 movie). June 27, 2011
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Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern is a very flawed movie-going experience. It’s by no means a “good” movie, but it doesn’t fall into the ranks of the “superhero movie gone wrong” league …
reviewed Super 8 (2011 film). June 18, 2011
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Super 8
Super 8 aspires to be a lot. After the first few scenes of the film you can see the attempts at the charm of Spielberg’s charm from the 80s and 90s trying it’s hardest to fuse with Abram’s …
reviewed X-Men: First Class (2011 movie). June 09, 2011
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X-Men: First Class
   Imagine if someone Nolan-ized X-Men. Ok, maybe we use the phrase “Nolan-ze” a little too often. But if Nolan ever did direct an X-Men film, it’d be something close to First …
reviewed Kung Fu Panda 2. June 03, 2011
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Kung Fu Panda 2
When an animated movie hits the right note for me, it really knocks it out of the park. I’ve sat through my fair share of awful animated movies, and when one screws up the formula, it’s really …
reviewed The Hangover Part II. June 02, 2011
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Hangover 2
  I remember bragging to my friends back in 2009 that I was going to see the “little-known” comedy called The Hangover on its opening night, mostly because I had already heard some …
reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger.... May 25, 2011
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
   It took me two different screenings to fully absorb Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, one being a midnight screening and the other being a repeat screening with my Dad (it’s …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). May 18, 2011
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Thor (film)
Three years ago on a rainy Friday night I sat in a semi-crowded theater and saw Jon Favreau’s larger-than-life adaptation of Iron Man. It wasn’t just the first film I was able to drive myself …
reviewed Your Highness. April 11, 2011
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Your Highness
I don’t smoke pot. I’ve never puffed the magic dragon, hung out with Cheech and Chong, or enjoyed the “wonders” of 420. That being said, I had no problem enjoying Your Highness, …
reviewed The Adjustment Bureau. March 17, 2011
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The Adjustment Bureau
It wasn’t until the middle of February in 2010 that I found my first 5/5 worthy film in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island”, a heart pounding, gut-wrenching, brilliantly performed …
reviewed I Am Number Four. February 24, 2011
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I Am Number Four
“I Am Number Four”? More like “I Am Number Snore”! Who didn’t see that joke coming? February is known for being the trademark “hit or miss” season for the movie …
reviewed True Grit. December 27, 2010
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True Grit
   If you had asked me a month, maybe even a couple of weeks ago what my favorite film of the year was going to be, without hesitation I would have said Christopher Nolan’s Inception. …
reviewed TRON: Legacy. December 24, 2010
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Tron Legacy
   This time last year, almost to the day, James Cameron’s Avatar was released to fantastic reviews and an accolade of awards, leaving just as many viewers saying “meh” as …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:.... November 26, 2010
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
I’ll go ahead and clear the air here; I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world. Not to say I don’t like the films or the books though. I saw the first two films whenever they …
reviewed Morning Glory (2010). November 20, 2010
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      0 Walking out of the new Rachel McAdams comedy “Morning Glory” with a frown on your face, saying you hated the film, is the journalistic equivalent of punching …
reviewed Due Date (2010 movie). November 11, 2010
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Due Date
   A lot of hyperboles are used for laughter in a theater on the box art or in a review for a comedy film. My fellow film journalists may write “I laughed until I cried!” or “I …
reviewed RED. November 06, 2010
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On paper RED seems too good to be true. The idea of classic actors of comedy, drama, and action like Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman teaming up for a film is like a movie version of an eclipse. The film …
reviewed Jackass 3D. October 27, 2010
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Jackass 3D
   Are you a fan of great nut shots, or how about grown men trapping themselves in very much used port-o-potties only to be hurled into the air hundreds of feet? Does the thought of a man violently …
reviewed Let Me In. October 16, 2010
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Let Me In
      An enormous amount of speculation surrounded the sci-fi horror film Cloverfield, crafted by new comer Matt Reeves and the legendary JJ Abrams, mostly concerning what exactly …
reviewed The Social Network. October 07, 2010
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The Social Network
   There’s a scene towards the end of The Social Network where Mark Zuckerburg and his best friend Eduardo Saverin are standing in an enormous office space reserved for the biggest of …
reviewed Despicable Me. September 27, 2010
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Despicable Me
   I’m not usually that picky with it comes to animation. Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs all got a 5 out of 5 from me. While How To Train …
reviewed Dinner for Schmucks. September 27, 2010
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Dinner for Schmucks
   Comedy is subjective. Many different people have many different tastes. Some enjoy smart comedies with more of a touch of satire, others pride themselves on broader comedies anyone can enjoy, …
reviewed The Expendables. September 27, 2010
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The Expendables
   Stop me if you’ve  heard this joke. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, …
reviewed Machete. September 27, 2010
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   There was a film last year that I appreciated quite a bit that was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which didn’t quite make …
reviewed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of .... September 26, 2010
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
   Before I entered my theater to see Legend of the Guardians, my friend I was seeing it with asked me what I really wanted to see in the film. While he was really in it for story and characters …
reviewed Iron Man 2. September 25, 2010
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Iron Man 2
   Over the past decade we’ve seen some pretty phenomenal superhero stories. We’ve seen Christopher Nolan’s dramatic reinvention of the fledgling Batman series, Sam Raimi’s …
reviewed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. September 25, 2010
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Every now and again there’s a film that makes me love being a film geek. Whether it’s the ageless wonder of the science fiction classic Back to the Future or even new classics that call back …
reviewed Get Him to the Greek. September 25, 2010
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      A lot of directors out there have a good eye for crafting comedy. Jody Hill, director of The Foot Fist Way and Observe and Report, has a unique way of teaching us a lesson about …
reviewed Inception. September 25, 2010
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Inception teaser poster
Alfred Hitchcock redefined horror and suspense with Rear Window, The Birds, and Psycho. Judd Apatow and Todd Phillips crafted the comedy classics that have defined our generation like Knocked Up, The …
reviewed The Town. September 25, 2010
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The Town
In 2006 Martin Scorsese raked across the scene with a great little cops and gangsters film “The Departed”. Aside from his thick influence by the world of his home town in Boston, there are …
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