A Single Shot - Movie ReviewDavid M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot is a brutal and savage slice of crime cinema.  It’s as moody as the Mississippi river and as poetic.  While it offers nothing new to the genre, the thriller does make for some authentic backwoods film noir.. Starring Sam Rockwell ...

The Family - Movie ReviewAny questions of whether writer/director Luc Besson could get his Fifth Element groove back after a subsequent run of disappointments are answered in the first half hour of his black comedy called The Family. Centered around a former Mob family stashed ...

Insidious: Chapter 2 - Movie ReviewAllow me to be blunt.  Insidious: Chapter 2 is scary … scary bad.  There, I said it, it’s comparable only to watching an awful student film that goes nowhere in 105 minutes.  It is also completely unnecessary as it can’t find its way around a proper and ...

Jayne Manfield's Car - Movie ReviewJayne Mansfield’s Car, which represents Billy Bob Thornton’s long-awaited return to the director’s chair, is many things. The story, which he co-wrote with long-time writing partner Tom Epperson, is a meandering slice-of-life snapshot that is funny, sad, depressing ...

Closed Circuit - Movie ReviewDespite trailers and a title that elude to a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller set in one of the world’s most CCTV-saturated countries in the world, Closed Circuit oddly has very little to do with closed circuit cameras, or even secret surveillance for that matter. Then again, ...

Kick-Ass 2 - Movie ReviewWhat grammatical fun to be had were Kick-Ass 2 to actually kick some ass. Any number of cunning bon mots come to mind. However, the sad truth is that it doesn’t kick ass. In fact, it barely even thumps ass, or perhaps just gently moves ass out of the way. Now, ...

Elysium - Movie ReviewThe convincing “downtrodden” world of District 9 is echoed.  Liberal ideas of “Free Health Care for all” is the message its good guys send.  More liberal ideas regarding immigration laws are defended by its bad guys.  Yet, it fails to make a substantial impact ...

2 guns - Movie ReviewWhy is 2 Guns, a film that features cops with guns, Navy officers with guns, CIA Agents with guns, and hoodlums with even more guns, called 2 Guns? After all, there are far more just two guns. The answer lies in its two leads who pack enough firepower to ...

Fruitvale Station - Movie ReviewIn the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009, the horrific shooting of an unarmed black man named Oscar Grant by a Bay Area transit police officer in Oakland, California sent the area into a raging tizzy of protests, riots, rallies, and marches. Though young ...

The Wolverine - Movie ReviewJames Mangold’s The Wolverine is a comic book movie that attempts to atone for the sins of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine by bringing a more grounded and wounded Weapon X to the story while, at the same time, promising to be more adventurous and ...

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