Marvel and Disney’s love child: Big Hero 6 (Movie Review)

Friday, November 28th, 2014
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Big Hero 6. Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Damon Wayans Jr. Walt Disney Pictures. 102 min. PG. Animation/Action/Adventure. 4 out of 5 stars I was already a huge fan of anything Disney, but as soon as I heard of a Disney movie based on a Marvel comic, I just […]

 

Nightcrawler is an old school star-maker for Jake Gyllenhaal

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Nightcrawler.  Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed.  Elevation Pictures.  117 minutes.  14A. Crime/Thriller  5 out of 5 stars Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler is a bit of an unusual film.  First off, Gilroy has never directed a feature film, or anything else to my knowledge. His start came with screenwriting. The only particularly worthy […]

 

Jennifer Lawrence makes Mockingjay Part 1 surprisingly engaging

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore. Lions Gate. 123 min. PG-13. Adventure/Sci-fi. 3 out of 5 stars I didn’t have high hopes going into Mockingjay-Part 1. Having read the book and been thoroughly disappointed, I wasn’t expecting […]

 

Interstellar is out of this world

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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4.5/5 stars Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace. Legendary Pictures. 169 minutes. PG-13. Adventure/Sci-Fi. Interstellar is a phenomenally composed and emotionally diverse movie-going experience. Every little detail seems to encompass the bigger picture. With an artistic style that utilizes so much of the medium’s available resources, […]

 

Horns: Daniel Radcliffe is Potter no more

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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4 out of 5 stars Horns. Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, and David Morse. Mandalay Pictures. 120 minutes. Rated R. Horror/Thriller. Horror can often look like a tired genre. The heyday of 1970s psychological horror and 1980s slashers passed quickly, while birthing some extremely talented artists. […]

 

The Book of Life should have stayed dead (Movie Review)

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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2 out of 5 stars The Book of Life. Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, and Ice Cube. Twentieth Century Fox. 95 min. Rated PG. Animation/Adventure/Comedy. I had high hopes for The Book of Life. The impressive and original looking visuals and Mexican culture-inspired story drew my attention, […]

 

Boxtrolls movie breaks the mould (Movie Review)

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
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The Boxtrolls. Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and Steve Blum. Laika Entertainment. 96 min. Rated PG. Animation/Adventure/Comedy. 4 out of 5 stars The stop-motion animation company Laika has once again delivered a cinematic masterpiece in The Boxtrolls. Equal parts funny and moral, […]

 

New World War II film Fury is a hard look at war

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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5 out of 5 stars Fury. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peňa, Jon Bernthal, and Jim Parrack. Columbia Pictures. 134 min. Rated R. Action/Drama/War David Ayer’s new thriller Fury is by far one of the most brutal and honest films set during the Second World War ever made. Not only does it present […]

 

Dracula Untold should have remained untold (Movie Review)

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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2/5 stars Dracula Untold is a movie that, upon first glance, has a lot of potential. The themes and plot of the film, coupled with the sets, costumes, and effects, could have made for a perfect love letter to the classic monster movies of the 30’s and 40’s, presented in the frame work of a […]

 

Gone Girl: ambitious, surprising, and very impressive (Movie Review)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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4.5/5 stars Gone Girl. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit. Regency Enterprises. 149 min. Rated R. Drama/Mystery/Thriller. Gone Girl marks the latest directorial contribution from David Fincher. Although very much in the thematic and narrative vein of some of his previous works, Gone Girl is […]