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

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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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
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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 […]

 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Full of stars that could shine brighter (Movie review)

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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 Guardians of the Galaxy.‎‎ Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker. Marvel. 2hr 2 min‎‎. PG-13. Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy‎‎  3.5/5 stars Of all the intellectual properties out of which Marvel could have made a movie, Guardians of the Galaxy would not have been high on my list. It is just a little too oddball, and not mainstream enough for […]

 

Hercules comes out strong (Movie review)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Hercules. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie. Paramount Pictures. PG-13. 98 min. 3 out of 5 stars. Everyone has heard of the mighty Hercules— Greek demigod, son of Zeus, and gladiator extraordinaire. Perhaps you remember his name from Classics 101 and […]

 

Movie Review: Lucy

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Lucy is an important case study and perhaps also a lesson to filmmakers. In essence it is a story about drug-trafficing, but beyond this, it is not afraid to pursue artisticly independent visuals and intruiging themes. The audience may find some of its content lacks the appeal they had hoped for, but nothing ever feels […]

 

Transformers 4 is less than meets the eye

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
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Transformers: Age of Extinction. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor. 165 minutes. PG-13. As a long time fan of this franchise, I really wanted Transformers: Age of Extinction to be a good movie. I loved Transformers as a kid, and I really still do like the franchise now, as they have produced a number […]

 

Edge of Tomorrow unable to match its contemporaries (Movie Review)

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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Edge of Tomorrow. Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. 113 minutes. PG-13.  There is no shortage of films depicting human struggles against monstrous odds and equally monstrous antagonists, so it seems that this particular brand of film would benefit from new developments. Unfortunately, despite some alterations of content, Edge of Tomorrow does not make […]

 

The Grand Seduction: capturing the natural allure of Newfoundland and its people

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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The Grand Seduction. Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Glesson, Liane Balaban. 113 min. PG-13. From the opening credits, everything about The Grand Seduction will make you fall in love. Don McKellar’s latest film is a re-imagining of the Québécois comedy Seducing Dr. Lewis, trading the sights and sounds of rural Quebec for those of Tickle Cove, […]

 

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past successfully bridges both past and future.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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X-Men: Days of Future Past. Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman. 131 minutes. PG-13.  The X-men movies have always been a bit of a hit or miss franchise. Sometimes you get absolutely joyful movies like the second X-Men film, or X-Men: First Class, then other times you get absolute train wrecks like X-Men 3. […]

 

Movie Review: Godzilla–The king of the monsters retakes the throne

Sunday, May 18th, 2014
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Godzilla. Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston. 123 minutes. PG-13.  There is a scene in Godzilla where the titular character rises up from between two buildings, shows himself fully for the first time, and screams a roar of defiance so loud that my chair shook, bringing to mind iconic scenes from other monster movies, […]