Identity Thief - Movie Review

Identity Thief - Movie ReviewHinting at something much bigger than its topical brand of shock humor is able to deliver, the title for Identity Thief seems poignant for today’s information-driven society where having one’s personal identity stolen is but a single careless mouse click ...

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Side Effects - Movie Review

Side Effects - Movie ReviewSide Effects is supposed to be writer/director Steven Soderbergh’s goodbye to the cinema and filmmaking and while most are not convinced that he can successfully fade away we have to, at this point, take him at his word.  And what a head trip through style and ...

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Stand Up Guys - Movie Review

Stand up Guys - Movie ReviewThe script for Stand Up Guys comes from somewhere deep in the pile of thousands that languish year after year on Hollywood’s Black List, the holding tank for unproduced screenplays where such memorable heavyweights as Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s ....

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Broken City - Movie Review

Broken City - Movie ReviewPlanted smack-dab in the middle of the January dumping season - where cinematic stinkers are unleashed to dirty the elbows of Oscar hopefuls - Broken City is slotted exactly where it belongs. And this one’s certainly not vying for Oscar attention. So, ...

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A Haunted House - Movie Review

A Haunted HouseHaving just finished racking the old brainpan while compiling an annual list of the worst films of 2012, it quickly became a personal mission to swear off procrastination this year and get an early start on 2013’s list. Fortunately, Marlon Wayans gets my new year’s ...

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Promised Land - Movie Review

Promised Land - Movie ReviewIn Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski present a well-rounded, yet emotionally-charged argument that attempts to build a compelling film around the controversial process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic ...

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Hitchcock - Movie Review

Hitchcock posterWhat if someone good made a horror film? This is the question Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi, asks its audience. It is also the question the maestro himself poses to his wife and longtime business partner, Alma Reville, over many a cup of tea. Based on the ...

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Lincoln - Movie Review

Lincoln - Movie ReviewWith Lincoln, Steven Spielberg does a complete 180, calling upon a different set of filmmaking skills than he’s accustomed to using. In a triumphant return to form, the War Horse director moves away from his typical outpouring of visual imagery and tells his ...

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Chasing Mavericks - Movie Review

Chasing Mvericks - Movie ReviewShort on inspiration but long on after-school-special blandness, Chasing Mavericks is the true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston), whose legacy still reverberates throughout the coastal California surfing community where he grew up ...

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Cloud Atlas - Movie Review

Cloud Atlas - Movie ReviewThe film adaptation of British author David Mitchell’s bestselling novel, Cloud Atlas, is what happens when two (or three or four) different styles collide.  The unevents of your standard Merchant Ivory production merges with the soulless visuals of Lucasfilm to ...

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