Tag: film review

‘Obvious Child’ pulls out genuine laughs, tugs at heartstrings

‘Obvious Child’ pulls out genuine laughs, tugs at heartstrings

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Obvious Child” is the most fun you are likely to have this close to an abortion, and that’s a promise.

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‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ old western tribute lacks substance

‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ old western tribute lacks substance

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

When we think about the “old west,” our minds always gravitate towards the excitement and adventure, the outlaws and the opportunity. We never really think about it long enough to realize how much it would actually suck to live back in the 1800′s, especially in the old west. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is Seth MacFarlane’s ode to just that.

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Singer rises to challenge of uniting X-men in “Days of Future Past”

Singer rises to challenge of uniting X-men in “Days of Future Past”

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The X-Men have existed together as a franchise since 1963 and have amassed countless fans in that time and Bryan Singer has only added to these numbers when he helped bring the mutant crew to the big screen first in 2000. Now seven films in, Fox has worked for the last decade and a half building their cinematic universe with some misses and stumbles along the way and it is all brought together in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

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As ‘Neighbors’ moves into theaters, can it deliver the laughs?

As ‘Neighbors’ moves into theaters, can it deliver the laughs?

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Neighbors” begins as we meet a married couple Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) with a young newborn who are stuck in between the phases of wanting to keep the party going and wanting to slow down and enjoy their new family. When the house next door goes up for sale, a fraternity from the nearby college buys it and immediately has a loud party the first night, much to the dismay of Mac and Kelly. They struggle with what to do because they want to be the “cool neighbors,” but also know that they need sleep. Teddy (Zac Efron), the president of the frat, hopes to win them over by flattery and camaraderie so they will not call the police, but when that doesn’t work, all hell breaks loose.

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‘Endless Love’ lacks heart

‘Endless Love’ lacks heart

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A film such as “Endless Love” is simple enough on paper that the end result should be more pleasant.

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Stellar cast steal show in shiny, new take on ‘Robocop’

Stellar cast steal show in shiny, new take on ‘Robocop’

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Removing the satirical elements of the original “Robocop” and focusing on a more grounded, emotional story with improved action is not a problem in and of itself. Doing these things poorly however presents more problems than one would imagine.

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‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ adds fantastic new scares to found footage saga

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ adds fantastic new scares to found footage saga

| January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” finds a way to relate itself to the previous movies but also adds on details that we were not aware of yet.

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“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” deserves the praise

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” deserves the praise

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

2013 has been a great year for independent filmmakers, bring such titles as “Fruitvale Station,” “Mud,” “Upstream Color,” “Frances Ha” and “The Spectacular Now” just to name a few. This may be a shift in the way movies are made, showing more confidence in up-and-coming filmmakers, or it may mean nothing at all. Perhaps the independent releases this year are just more noteworthy than usual and if so, I hope this trend continues. David Lowery has added one more to the mix with his feature length debut “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”

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‘The Spectacular Now’ tells spectacularly genuine, fresh coming of age story

‘The Spectacular Now’ tells spectacularly genuine, fresh coming of age story

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Teen romances, senior year struggles and coming of age stories are nothing new. But while most of these sorts of films fall into soap opera territory, “The Spectacular Now” tells the coming of age story in a way that hasn’t been accomplished quite as effectively. This film really is spectacular for its simplicity, genuine storytelling […]

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Bad acting doesn’t stop ‘You’re Next’ from being a delightful, scary time

Bad acting doesn’t stop ‘You’re Next’ from being a delightful, scary time

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“You’re Next” is full of dark humor and brutal violence, complete with an ass-kicking heroine straight out of a comic book.

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