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reviewed Nowhere Boy. February 19, 2011
Nowhere Boy
NOWHERE BOY is a pleasant, often rambling, look at the teen years of John Lennon. It's the short time frame between Lennon being a prankish, low-level vandal and troubled schoolboy who readily captures …
reviewed Tiny Furniture. February 12, 2011
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Tiny Furniture
Aura has just finished college in Ohio. Her major is Film Theory. Her boyfriend of 3 years has broken up with her, however. With no job prospects and no love life, she returns to the NYC home of her mother …
reviewed Blue Valentine. January 18, 2011
Blue Valentine
BLUE VALENTINE is a low budget film, telling us about the beginning and end of a marriage. It stars Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams. The movie shows us "now" over the space of just a couple of days, …
reviewed I Love You Phillip Morris. January 17, 2011
I Love You Phillip Morris
Some have suggested that Jim Carrey is poorly cast in the role of Steven Russell, the con artist whose story is told in I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS. It's been said that his performances are too glossy, …
reviewed Tangled. January 07, 2011
Tangled (2010)
I was not terribly enthusiastic about seeing TANGLED, and in fact, I didn't see it for several weeks. But a slow Sunday afternoon came around, and having seen pretty much everything else…I was coaxed …
reviewed The Fighter (2010 film). January 01, 2011
The Fighter
THE FIGHTER may be based on a true story, but that doesn't mean that much of the skeleton of its plot doesn't feel like a rehash of Hollywood clichés. Struggling blue-collar guy from a dysfunctional family …
reviewed Winter's Bone (2010 movie). January 01, 2011
Winter's Bone (2010)
A few years ago, I read Daniel Woodrell's WINTER'S BONE and found much to admire. Set in the most destitute portions of our nation, the Ozark country of southern Missouri...it told the story of young …
reviewed The King's Speech. January 01, 2011
The King's Speech
I can enjoy fine movies with minimalist acting. Where the actors spend a lot of time saying nothing, but looking very serious, or hurt, or angry or whatever. The kind of the thing that lots of young American …
reviewed True Grit. December 26, 2010
True Grit
14-year-old Mattie Ross has come to Ft. Smith Arkansas sometime during the "old west" to hire a US Marshall to track and bring to justice the man who shot and killed her father. She hires the man she's …
reviewed Legion (2010 movie). December 22, 2010
LEGION
LEGION was never going to be a great movie. But it should at least have been FUN. Sadly, it is a poorly written, poorly acted bore.     The concept, while ridiculous, could have led …
reviewed The Princess and the Frog (2009 movie). December 22, 2010
The Princess and the Frog (Single Disc Widescreen)
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is a very loose adaptation of the classic fairy tale, THE FROG PRINCE. Disney took the story of the prince who has been turned into a frog and can only be saved by a kiss, and …
reviewed Black Swan (2010 film). December 19, 2010
Black Swan (2010)
BLACK SWAN is the story of a ballerina driven to insanity by her drive to succeed and to be perfect. It's also one of the more purely fascinating movies of 2010. Natalie Portman gives the performance …
reviewed The Road (book). November 18, 2010
The Road
Whew! THE ROAD is a draining, exhausting, bleak, gut-wrenching, bleak, fast-paced, bleak novel. Did I mention it was BLEAK?     The book is 279 pages and they fly by. I think I read …
reviewed Watchmen (2009 film). November 17, 2010
Watchmen
All I know about WATCHMEN I learned from the movies. I'd never read the graphic novel…I'd never heard of it, in fact, until buzz about the movie started. So I cannot comment on the faithfulness …
reviewed I Am Legend. November 17, 2010
I Am Legend
In just a couple of years, cancer will be cured via a mutated version of the measles virus...reprogrammed to destroy cancer. Yet just three years after that, mankind will be all but extinct, as the virus …
reviewed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the .... November 17, 2010
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So, based on some reviews I've read and comments I've seen from viewers on TV...apparently INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDON OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is supposed to have been a life-changing movie. At least a …
reviewed The Road (book). November 17, 2010
The Road
Whew! THE ROAD is a draining, exhausting, bleak, gut-wrenching, bleak, fast-paced, bleak novel. Did I mention it was BLEAK?     The book is 279 pages and they fly by. I think I read …
reviewed Up. November 17, 2010
Up
Over the years, PIXAR movies have excelled in sprinkling in moments of deep emotion within all the inventive fun. I remember particularly well the sadness when Jessie the Cowgirl sings about her long …
reviewed Jackass 3D. November 16, 2010
Jackass 3D
How can one even really attempt to review a "movie" like JACKASS 3D? It's not a work of fiction and it isn't really a documentary. It's not a sketch anthology, because some of the stuff is sorta real. …
reviewed Into the Wild. November 15, 2010
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Let me come right and admit that I dislike Sean Penn a great deal. His politics are infantile, silly and represent Hollywood's penchant for knee-jerk liberalism at its worst. His trips to Iraq are an …
reviewed Unstoppable (2010 movie). November 13, 2010
Unstoppable
Normally, I can barely tolerate Tony Scott's frantic, even frenzied, directing style. He's all about fast cuts, swooping angles and cursory character development. He's often a bit like Michael Bay, with …
reviewed The Town. November 09, 2010
The Town
With GONE, BABY, GONE, Ben Affleck announced himself as a very capable director. It was a riveting film (even if it had some rather melodramatic turns…more the fault of author Dennis Lehane), and showed …
reviewed Death Race. November 07, 2010
Death Race
DEATH RACE delivers pretty much exactly what it sets out to deliver. If you're expecting anything like convincing character development (or ANY character development), a credible plot or incisive dialogue…you …
reviewed Due Date (2010 movie). November 07, 2010
Due Date
A PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES for a new generation (but far less successful), DUE DATE delivers many solid laughs, but is sloppy and unmoving.    Robert Downey Jr. is an uptight architect …
reviewed Buried. October 31, 2010
Buried
Paul Conroy, a private contractor, working as a truck driver in Iraq, wakes up after an ambush to discover he is inside a wooden coffin buried beneath the desert sand. He has nothing but a lighter, a …
reviewed Hereafter (2010 movie). October 30, 2010
HEREAFTER
HEREAFTER is an engrossing but frustrating film. My interest was held throughout, yet when it was all over, I was extremely disappointed in how little my interest added up to.    Directed …
reviewed Paranormal Activity 2. October 24, 2010
Paranormal Activity 2
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY was flat-out one of the scarier movies of recent years. The simple story, told with the low-budget device of all the events being captured on a home camcorder, was remarkably effective …
reviewed Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. October 19, 2010
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Over the years I've seen many film reviews that will label something as "frothy" or even a "frothy confection." This description never really spoke to me...but the other day, I …
reviewed Ghost Town. October 19, 2010
Ghost Town
I've thought of Ricky Gervais as many things, but not "romantic-comedy star." But for those willing to take a visit to GHOST TOWN, you'll find him to be a pleasantly agreeable star …
reviewed Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2-Disc Ed.... October 19, 2010
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2-Disc Edition) (2008)
First there was Kevin Smith, with his patented brand of hugely over-the-top raunch in CLERKS. As he "matured," he added a level of true feeling behind this work in CHASING AMY. And then he …
reviewed RED. October 18, 2010
RED
RED is the action-comedy about a small group of retired CIA field operatives (Retired, Extremely Dangerous…R.E.D.) who are targeted for elimination by nefarious government groups and must team up to fight …
reviewed Let Me In. October 10, 2010
Let Me In
The Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (based on the Swedish novel of the same name) was on my top ten list last year. It was creepy, heartbreaking, violent, original, stylish & very well acted. It …
reviewed The Social Network. October 04, 2010
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The Social Network
It’s always a special thrill to see a movie that takes an actor and perfectly melds him to a role.  Particularly when it happens for the first time for that actor.  Young Jesse Eisenberg …
reviewed Devil (2010 movie). September 29, 2010
Devil (movie)
In many ways, DEVIL is simply a bloated episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE or ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. It could easily have been told in a 60 minute TV episode (including commercials). Apparently this tale …
reviewed City Island (2009). September 24, 2010
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City Island (2009)
Rating: +3   Compelling new releases have been somewhat hard to come by at the Multiplex lately, so out of mild desperation for entertainment more than anything, my wife and I went to see CITY …
reviewed Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. September 24, 2010
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
In mid-March, 2010, my family visited Disneyland.  My wife, 22 year old son, 17 year old daughter & I.  So as time permits, I’ll be posting reviews on the various attractions.  …
reviewed The Enchanted Tiki Room. September 24, 2010
The Enchanted Tiki Room
In mid-March, 2010, my family visited Disneyland.  My wife, 22 year old son, 17 year old daughter & I.  So as time permits, I’ll be posting reviews on the various attractions.  …
reviewed Splash Mountain. September 24, 2010
Splash Mountain
In mid-March, 2010, my family visited Disneyland.  My wife, 22 year old son, 17 year old daughter & I.  So as time permits, I’ll be posting reviews on the various attractions.  …
reviewed Doom (2005). September 19, 2010
Doom (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)
When one contemplates watching a movie like DOOM, surely ones expectations are always pretty low. Lots of gory sci-fi action is probably all one can hope for. DOOM provides a fair dose of that...but it …
reviewed Inglourious Basterds. September 14, 2010
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One of the great pleasures of Quentin Tarantino movies is the wonderfully inventive casting that he employs. In PULP FICTION, he revived the career of John Travolta, made Samuel Jackson a star, pushed …
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