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World War Z Movie Review – 8.3

World War Z Movie Review – 8.3

With bad pre-release buzz and some low expectations I didn’t expect much from World War Z. With reports the production had wasted tons of money by having to reshoot and rewrite I honestly expected the movie to show up wearing a black eye. I mean this movie barely made the trip to the theater with its head on straight. But it appears the many reshoots and rewrites may have paid off, this movie packed some bang for its buck! Of […]

Movie Review: Epic – 7.5

Movie Review: Epic – 7.5

Directed by Chris Wedge and staring a large cast of well known’s and unknowns, the movie Epic opened in the U.S. nearly a month ago. Comparisons of this movie to the old rain forest fairy story Fern Gully are being made by critics and audiences left and right, at least those old enough to remember Fern Gully, and in a way they are very similar. The biggest difference between that movie and Epic is that this new environmentally pro movie is entertaining, […]

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness – 8.7

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness – 8.7

J.J. Abrams first made his name in television but has once again proven he can take his talent to the big screen. Star Trek Into Darkness shines as an action adventure, with a healthy dose of humor thrown in. The acting and dialogue are both excellent, and this seems like a franchise that will continue to stick around. Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) impress once again. They have the classic opposites attract relationship, and it feels genuinely […]

Movie Review: The Guard – 9.1

Movie Review: The Guard – 9.1

Everyone loves Brendan Gleeson, right? You know, the guy from Braveheart, 28 Days Later, Gangs of New York, In Bruges? This guy: Brendan Gleeson is amazing. Everything he touches is better because of it. Can you tell that I really like him? Gleeson’s latest movie, The Guard, is another winner. The movie is superb, and Gleeson is superb in it. At it’s core, The Guardian is a buddy cop movie featuring Gleeson and Don Cheadle (who also puts in a wonderful performance). […]

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby – 7.0

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby – 7.0

Baz Luhrman’s take on the almost century old story, The Great Gatsby, is more about the style and setting than it is about characters and the story, which is the problem with most of his films. Luhrman, the director of Moulin Rouge and Australia has been criticized for focusing too heavily on the aesthetics of a film over the plot and characters. In The Great Gatsby, he falls prey to this again, though he does put far more effort into the development of […]

Movie Review: The Last Stand – 5.0

Movie Review: The Last Stand – 5.0

Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped back into the leading man spotlight. Unfortunately, that spotlight came in the form of an extremely mediocre movie, The Last Stand. I was actually somewhat excited by The Last Stand. It is directed by Jee-woon Kim, a South Korean born director who has had a lot of success making movies in South Korea. That success has translated to the U.S., with a number of his movies gaining international attention. I thoroughly enjoyed The Good, the Bad, the Weird, which was Kim’s […]

Movie Review: Iron Man 3 – 7.1

Movie Review: Iron Man 3 – 7.1

It is a universal truth: Robert Downey Jr. is impossible to dislike. No character is so tied to one particular actor as RDJ is tied to Tony Stark. They are one and the same. If you think of Iron Man, you think of RDJ. That is a testament to the unique charisma and wit of RDJ, but it may end up spelling doom for the Iron Man franchise. Who knows how long RDJ will want to continue donning the iron […]

Evil Dead Review – 9.3

Evil Dead Review – 9.3

Full disclosure: I love Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness (aka Evil Dead III).  I consider myself objective when it comes to reviews, but the Evil Dead franchise is one of the few where I need to add that disclosure.  I don’t think my feelings for the previous installments have impacted my viewing of this Evil Dead remake, but it may be possible. The Sam Raimi directed The Evil Dead debuted in 1981 (four […]

Wreck-It Ralph Movie Review – 7.2

Wreck-It Ralph Movie Review – 7.2

Ahhh, Ralph, how I wanted to love you!  You were a movie after my own heart.  Video games, clever references, John C. Reilly, and Alan Tudyk.  It was like a movie god dug into my desires and said, “Ye Be Thankful, Ye Be Blessed.  Here Art Wreck-It Ralph!” Okay, maybe that is a bit too much.  But the point is, Wreck-It Ralph had all of the elements that were there to make an instant classic.  However, while Wreck-It Ralph is […]

The Master Movie Review – 8.2

The Master Movie Review – 8.2

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow up to the superb, There Will Be Blood, leaves you with an uneasy feeling.  You may even be faced to ask yourself: “What the hell was that and did I even like it?”  As with all of Anderson’s films, The Master is beautifully crafted and graced with incredibly gifted actors.  More so than any other major director currently out there, watching an Anderson film makes you feel like you are viewing art.  An idea […]