film review

Steven Spielberg’s newest holiday Oscar-bait project, Lincoln, suffers under the burden of its own ambitious pretensions, for what it offers up in the acting department is often sabotaged by jagged pacing, uneven story-telling, and a redundant message.

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Alex Cross is a bad movie that aspires to be a mediocre movie, only to fail even at that modest goal — in spectacular fashion.

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Zoe Kazan (also playing Ruby) wrote ‘Ruby Sparks’ straying away from being a strictly formulated cutesie romantic comedy. When one thinks about it, being able to control a person by conveying their actions into a typewriter is rather dark. It is with this darkness that Kazan weaves the story into something that sucks the viewer in.

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Warren Cantrell is at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival seeing as many movies as he can and filing reviews and reports as he goes.  Que pena tu boda (translated as Fuck My Wedding and directed by Nicolas Lopez) is a sequel to 2010’s Que pena tu vida (Fuck My Life), and is a rare exception to [...]

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For Good or Ill, ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ is Guy Ritchie at his Guy Ritchie-est.

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In an age where conspiracy theories are more popular than reality-TV shows, disaster king Roland Emmerich sullies the name of Shakespeare.

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I have a simple rule of thumb when it comes to discussing and analyzing movies about cancer. Does the film work, is it compelling, if you replace cancer with something else? If the characters still hold your interest, and the situations they find themselves in move us more deeply into the story without the big [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 is under way, and contributor George Hickman is filing his reports each day as the festival and its movie events continue. Here are a couple condensed-reviews of new films at Fantastic Fest this year. We Need to Talk About Kevin (solid rock fist up) “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is the [...]

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The Human Centipede 2 Full Sequence movie review from Fantastic Fest 2011

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Coming of age stories often come in two forms. Some explore the expansion and depth of a life just begun. Films like “My Life as a Dog” follow young adolescents as they blossom into a proto-sexual adulthood. The other type of coming of age story deals with the fleeting nature of life. In films like [...]

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Movie Review: Drive

by Trey Hock on September 16, 2011

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“Drive” is probably gonna piss off a lot of casual movie-goers.

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Movie Review: Contagion

by Trey Hock on September 9, 2011

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With most films about sickness or contamination, the virus is employed as a socio-political metaphor either for other more emotionally charged illnesses such as HIV or for the fear and distrust surrounding cultural, ethnic or racial lines. In his new film “Contagion,” director Steven Soderbergh understands that a global epidemic is scary enough on its [...]

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As a mediocre to dismal summer for films marked by remakes, reboots, and revisits comes to a close, “The Debt,” a movie chock full of the familiar – international espionage, maniacal Nazis, and beautiful counteragents – arrives in theaters. Can three Israeli operatives stationed in East Germany to hunt a notorious war criminal save the [...]

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“The Devil’s Double” takes a healthy production budget and a compelling true story complete with a character in impossible psyche-ravaging situations, and manages to turn a sure win into a dud. Based on the life of Latif Yahia, the double for Saddam Hussein’s psychopathic son Uday, “The Devil’s Double” should have been a fascinating character [...]

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“Sarah’s Key” tells two intertwined stories. The first takes place in present day Paris. Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist, lives with her architect husband, Bertrand Tezac (Frédéric Pierrot). While they renovate an apartment that has been in Bertrand’s family since the 1940s, Julia, for one of her articles, investigates the infamous Vel’ [...]

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