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 […]

 

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

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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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
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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. […]