June 2007

America’s most divisive filmmaker is back at it again with “Sicko,” a new documentary that takes on this country’s broken down health care system with a potent mix of satirical humor and thought-provoking cultural questions. More than a political polemic, this film discusses an issue that affects all ages and people from all walks of [...]

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Transformers

by Eric Melin on June 26, 2007

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Michael Bay makes a slam-bang action movie based on the hallowed ground of 80s Hasbro toys.

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Eric and J.D. are disappointed about all the missed opportunities in the new Steven King-based horror thriller “1408” starring John Cusack and they’re not afraid to say so. Hear what they have to say and see clips from the film! Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review. 

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Even though its approach to horror is old-fashioned, the small-scale fright flick “1408” is a breath of fresh air in the wake of recent gore-filled torture-fests like the “Saw” and “Hostel” movies. It has a methodical set-up, some imaginative twists and turns, and an inspired lead performance by John Cusack. So it is too bad [...]

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Despite the fact that “1408” has a number of things going for it – primarily perma-hero John Cusack – it still manages to completely fall apart at the exact moment when it needs to blow your mind. Instead, “1408” is comparable to films like “Event Horizon” or even the lesser “Skeleton Key,” films that start [...]

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Ah, where to begin. I can recall around the time of the release of Martin Scorsese’s “Cape Fear” in 1991…I was deeply enthralled with Robert Deniro’s monster performance and thought that Deniro– at that particular moment– would make the perfect Wolverine. I jotted down a few different versions of who I imagined would fill out [...]

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Are you suffering from sequel-itis? Does the current crop of summer blockbusters leave you hungering for something different to watch? I know I am, which is why I skipped out on last night’s last minute screening of “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” (There’s usually a reason they don’t show a film until the [...]

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One of the promotional stills from Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded Las Vegas heist sequel “Ocean’s Thirteen” features George Clooney as pack leader Danny Ocean, decked out in a black turtleneck and sporting a huge fake moustache. The movie also features Brad Pitt posing as a hippie scientist and Matt Damon as an aggressive womanizer with a [...]

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No, there’s nothing new about “Ocean’s Thirteen.” It’s the same old schtick we’ve seen in the previous films.  So if you aren’t interested in revisiting the world of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his trusty sidekicks pulling off another big-time heist, then don’t bother. No new ground was broken and the twists… aren’t anymore, because [...]

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