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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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‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ packs in the action, but does it have enough punch for non-readers?

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ packs in the action, but does it have enough punch for non-readers?

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

All studios are looking for the next “Twilight” or next “Harry Potter” and the next contestant for that title is “The Mortal Instruments” book series by Cassandra Clare. The first film adaptation from that series, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” actually does a good job staying mostly true to the book, but in its action-packed, rollercoaster of a ride, non-book readers might have some trouble keeping up with the complicated world of the Shadowhunters.

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‘We’re the Millers’ delivers the comedy goods

‘We’re the Millers’ delivers the comedy goods

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

It is definitely the summer of comedies. With all of the big-budget action movies flopping this season (“The Lone Ranger,” “After Earth,” “Pacific Rim,” etc), the comedies have soared. Strong comedies like “The Heat” and “This Is The End” were extremely successful home runs. “We’re The Millers” is poised to continue the trend. With a stellar cast and fantastic script, all the right things fall into place for this flick.

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Don’t bother adding crude ‘The To Do List’ to your films to see list

Don’t bother adding crude ‘The To Do List’ to your films to see list

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

I am really tired of movies these days trying to push the boundaries on what can be included in an R rated movie. In the early 2000s, it was the “Saw” movies with their excessive gore and torture. Nowadays, it seems like sex is the new hot button issue in movies. But just because you are allowed to put these sort of ideas into movies doesn’t mean you should. Unfortunately “The To Do List” is going to be one of those movies added to that category.

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‘The Way, Way Back’ can’t find its way to oomph

‘The Way, Way Back’ can’t find its way to oomph

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you like indie movies and don’t mind a very simple plot that has the intention of being very thought provoking, then maybe this will be a winner for you, but to me it fell flat.

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