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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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 […]


The Drop: a moody ride through the Brooklyn mob (Movie Review)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Drop. Tom Hardy, Naomi Rapace. James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 106 min. Rated R. Crime/Drama. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars The Drop is Michaël R. Roskam’s first American film, coming on the heels of his Oscar nominated Belgian crime thriller, Bullhead. This film is a slow […]


The Captive: a modern fairy tale (Movie Review)

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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The Captive. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, Peyton Kennedy. Ego Film Arts. 112 minutes. Rated PG. Thriller.  3 1/2 out of 5 stars Canadian director Atom Egoyan is no stranger to telling stories in unique ways, often fragmenting plots into non-linear narrative.  His style comes through no differently, […]


Historical Creeps in As Above, So Below (Movie review)

Friday, September 19th, 2014

As Above, So Below. Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil. Legendary Pictures. 93 min. Rated R. Horror/Thriller. 4 out of 5 stars The found footage sub-genre of horror is an underrated form for several reasons: first, because of the sheer amount and rate of such films being released, and second being their quality. […]


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is proof that CGI is not the answer to every film’s problems (Movie Review)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, and Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, and Tohoru Masamune. Paramount Pictures. 101 minutes. Rated PG. 2/5 stars I’m not sure what it says about a movie when the nicest thing I can think to say about it is […]


Sin City sequel provides body and soul (Movie Review)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, and Powers Boothe. Miramax films. 102 minutes. Rated R. 4.5/5 stars Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a perfect example of why style and substance are not mutually exclusive cinematic concepts. The […]