Boogie Woogie (Review)
Apr23

Boogie Woogie (Review)

BOOGIE WOOGIE (4/23/10; Comedy) Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Heather Graham, Danny Huston, Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Charlotte Rampling, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Winstone SCR: Danny Moynihan, based on his novel DIR: Duncan Ward MPAA: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use. 1 hour 31 mins Who knew the modern art world was so swingin’? This satire finds an ensemble of...

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Book of Eli, The (Review)
Jan15

Book of Eli, The (Review)

BOOK OF ELI, THE (1/15/10; Sci-Fi) Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones, Michael Gambon SCR: Gary Whitta, Anthony Peckham DIR: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes MPAA: R for some brutal violence and language. 1 hour 58 mins BOX: $93,787,369 Ashen-hued thriller takes place 30 years after the big “flash,” and looks like a million other post-apocalyptic flicks (in particular, The Road) but at...

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Bounty Hunter, The (Review)
Jan19

Bounty Hunter, The (Review)

BOUNTY HUNTER, THE (3/19/10; Comedy, Action) Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis SCR: Sarah Thorp DIR: Andy Tennant MPAA: PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence. 1 hour 50 mins BOX: $64,696,084 Butler is a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter assigned to bring in his bail-jumping ex-wife (Aniston), who also happens to be a reporter investigating a suicide case that...

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Box, The (Review)
Nov05

Box, The (Review)

BOX, THE (11/06/09; Sci-Fi) Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Sam Oz Stone, Gillian Jacobs SCR: Richard Kelly; based on the 1970 short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson DIR: Richard Kelly MPAA: PG-13, for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images. 1 hour 55 mins BOX: $14,882,598 In 1976, a strange box with a big red button shows up at the home of cash-strapped...

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Bridesmaids (Review)
May13

Bridesmaids (Review)

BRIDESMAIDS (5/13/11; Comedy) Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Ben Falcone, Jill Clayburgh, Jon Hamm (uncredited) SCR: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig DIR: Paul Feig 2 hours 4 mins Originally promoted (and likely pitched) as the female version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids is an inventive creation better than the sum of its parts. It’s part chick flick, part...

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Bridge of Spies (Review)
Oct15

Bridge of Spies (Review)

Like pizza and Bruce Springsteen albums, any Steven Spielberg movie is better than no Steven Spielberg movie. Seriously, think about that. Aside from the misstep of 1941 the guy simply doesn’t make flat out “bad” movies. That’s not to say there aren’t many “minor” Spielberg films like Always, Hook, Amistad, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal but even those are interesting, well done and skillful. As I sat down for Spielberg’s...

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Bridge of Spies (Review)
Oct20

Bridge of Spies (Review)

The ads for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies try to make it look like a dreadfully important movie, one that can be pushed during awards season. But the truth is that, while it’s based on a true story, it’s not a terribly important movie, at least in the sense that it’s dutiful and dull. Rather, it moves with the grace and skill of an expert thriller, filled with vivid details and emotionally resonant...

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Bronson (Review)
Oct10

Bronson (Review)

BRONSON (10/09/09; Drama) Tom Hardy, Matt King, Terry Stone, Amanda Burton, Kelly Adams, Jonathan Phillips SCR: Brock Norman Brock, Nicolas Winding Refn DIR: Nicolas Winding Refn MPAA: R for violent and disturbing content, graphic nudity, sexuality and language. 1 hour 28 mins BOX: $2,119,130 Violent experimental biopic tells the story of notorious UK prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson (Hardy), who took the name of American tough guy...

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Brotherhood (Review)
Feb18

Brotherhood (Review)

BROTHERHOOD (2/18/11; Thriller) Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Lou Taylor Pucci, Arlen Escarpeta, Jesse Steccato SCR: Will Canon, Doug Simon DIR: Will Canon MPAA: R for pervasive language, some violence and sexual content. 1 hour 21 mins Aggressive drama unfolds over one night as a variation on the old fraternity-prank-gone-wrong, but with a lot more gunplay, beatings and unpleasantness. It all begins with freshman Morgan being browbeaten...

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Bullet to the Head (Review)
Jan30

Bullet to the Head (Review)

BULLET TO THE HEAD (2/01/13; Action) Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, Jason Momoa SCR: Walter Hill, Alessandro Camon; based on Du Plomb Dans La Tete by Alexis Nolent DIR: Walter Hill MPAA: R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use. 1 hour 31 mins (Warner Bros.) Bullet to the Head is a monstrosity, the kind of Frankenmovie so endlessly stitched...

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Buried (Review)
Sep24

Buried (Review)

BURIED (9/24/10; Thriller) Ryan Reynolds SCR: Chris Sparling DIR: Rodrigo Cortés MPAA: R for language and some violent content. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $19,152,480 Unbelievably tense and claustrophobic thriller about an Iraq-based American truck driver named Paul Conroy (Reynolds), who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin with a lighter and a cell phone. He attempts to contact his wife and his employers,...

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Burlesque (Review)
Nov24

Burlesque (Review)

BURLESQUE (11/24/10; Musical) Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci SCR/DIR: Steven Antin MPAA: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material. 1 hour 59 mins BOX: $39,440,655 Aguilera makes a pleasant film debut alongside Cher, who returns to the big screen after an...

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Captain America: Civil War (Review)
May03

Captain America: Civil War (Review)

It’s almost impossible to consider Captain America: Civil War without the long shadow of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, they are two separate films in two separate universes. But they must be compared not just for their close proximity to one another’s releases, but because they are extremely similar in intent. A cynical and heartbroken hero disapproves of another (more optimistic) hero’s philosophies to the degree...

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Captain America: The First Avenger (Review)
Jul22

Captain America: The First Avenger (Review)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (7/22/11; Action, 3D) Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci SCR: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; based on Captain America by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby DIR: Joe Johnston MPAA: PG-13 For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 2 hours 4 mins BOX: $173,520,394 Big-budget introduction of Marvel...

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Cars 2 (Review)
Jun24

Cars 2 (Review)

CARS 2 (6/24/11; CGI Animation, Comedy, 3D) Voices: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Paul Dooley, John Ratzenberger, John Turturro, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis SCR: Ben Queen DIR: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis MPAA: G 1 hour 53 mins I really, really want to give the...

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Case 39 (Review)
Oct01

Case 39 (Review)

CASE 39 (10/01/10; Horror, Thriller) Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper SCR: Ray Wright / DIR: Christian Alvart MPAA: R for violence and terror including disturbing images. 1 hour 49 mins BOX: $13,261,851 Zellweger plays a social worker who takes in a troubled young girl in this preposterous horror flick that somehow combines elements of a domestic foster parent thriller with a big dumb monster movie....

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Casino Jack (Review)
Dec17

Casino Jack (Review)

CASINO JACK (12/17/10; Comedy, Drama) Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Graham Greene, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle Lefevre, Maury Chaykin / SCR: Norman Snider DIR: George Hickenlooper MPAA: R for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity. 1 hour 48 mins BOX: $857,000 Ripped-from-the-headlines satire recounts the tale of disgraced Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, played with gusto by Spacey. If you...

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Catfish (Review)
Sep17

Catfish (Review)

CATFISH (9/17/10; Documentary) Megan Faccio, Nev Schulman, Rel Schulman DIR: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman MPAA: PG-13 for some sexual references. 1 hour 34 mins BOX: $3,234,373 Nev, a 24-year old New York photographer, is contacted by an 8-year-old painting prodigy named Abby. They become Facebook friends and strike up a nice friendship. Eventually, he “friends” her mom Angela and Abby’s hottie half-sister Megan. Nev (with his...

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Cemetary Junction (Review)
Apr10

Cemetary Junction (Review)

CEMETERY JUNCTION (4/14/10 UK; Drama) Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, Emily Watson, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes SCR/DIR: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant MPAA: R for language and some sexual material. 1 hour 35 mins In 1970s Britain, three friends find themselves at a crossroads while “shagging, drinking, and fighting” in this gritty coming of age film that could easily be described as a...

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Centurion (Review)
Aug27

Centurion (Review)

CENTURION (8/27/10; Action, War) Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisniewski, Dave Legeno, Axelle Carolyn, Dominic West SCR/DIR: Neil Marshall MPAA: R for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language. 1 hour 37 minutes BOX: $123.570 After a series of stylized creature flicks (The Descent, Doomsday), director Marshall tries his hand at the swords-and-sandals genre with this bloody opus about the 2nd century war between...

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