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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

August 18, 2010

I’m afraid I have an impossible task ahead of me: to write this review without gushing all over your screen.  But let’s get the basics out of the way.  Pilgrim tells (nearly) the same story as a series of six graphic novels centered around the eponymous main character.  The pertinent detail is this: I haven’t [...]

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July 19, 2010

I purposefully waited a couple of days to review Inception; I needed time to separate the movie from both the hype and the idiosyncrasies of my theater experience.  Note: Don’t take your annoying, talkative uncle to this film.  It demands your complete attention, so when the guy next to you is making snide comments or [...]

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The Last Airbender

July 6, 2010

I feel sorry for M. Night Shyamalan.  The man who made Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense has, in recent years, seen his font of creativity shrivel to sub-par levels.  Movies like Lady in the Water and The Happening have transformed Shyamalan from golden child into whipping boy.  The Last Airbender sees Shyamalan wisely taking a [...]

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June 5, 2010

Macgruber knows what it wants to be. It aspires to the screwball comedy heights of Airplane and Hot Shots. These hallowed classics never focused on story, even in comparison to other comedies.  Similarly, Macgruber’s paper-thin plot exists only as an excuse to string together as many absurdities as possible. The movie lives [...]

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Robin Hood

May 18, 2010

I mentioned in my Upcoming Reviews page that I feared Robin Hood might feel like Gladiator with bows and arrows. If only that had been the case; such an exercise might have kept my attention. Robin Hood, the second collaboration between director Ridley Scott and pugilistically infamous actor Russell Crowe, cannot even pass [...]

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Iron Man 2

May 12, 2010

What score would you give the first Iron Man?  Prepare to give its successor the same exact score;  Iron Man 2 feels almost eerily similar to its forebear.  Of course, there’s something to be said for consistency, and if you liked the first installment, you’ll be pleased to discover that the sequel feels like a [...]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

May 5, 2010

Writing reviews for fantastic movies is simple.  Terrible movies don’t put up much of a fight, either.  It’s the lukewarm movie that leaves me scratching my head and wondering where to start.  Tattoo is a character-driven whodunit that channels memories of Agatha Christie novels and Murder She Wrote episodes.  Tattoo, however, has attitude; the eponymous [...]

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The Square

April 28, 2010

The Square puzzled me in a number of matters, and the first confronted me as I walked into the theater.  There on a tiny screen was a bouncing blu-ray logo.  A man walked in to start the movie from a dvd/blu-ray console at the front of the theater and informed us that he would stick [...]

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Flashback Reviews: [REC]

April 25, 2010

Hollywood sure does love its remakes.  I suppose that means moviegoers do as well, but count me out.  Every time a fresh cinematic idea blooms in another country, American movie executives decide it needs to be plucked, re-packaged, and polished for domestic audiences.  Did you know that recent drama “Brothers” was originally a Danish film? [...]

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April 20, 2010

Let’s get one thing straight: if you’re thinking of taking your girlfriend/kid/grandpa to see Kick-Ass, don’t.  Just DON’T.  That first might seem sexist, but if it is, the magnitude of the sexism is minimal.  See, Kick-Ass earns its R rating and revels in the violence while it does.  We’re talking Clockwork Orange levels, folks.  AND [...]

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