Ender's Game - Movie ReviewEnder’s Game, the popular 1985 sci-fi novel widely believed unfilmable, finally gets a big screen adaptation some thirty years after it set the teen literature world on fire with its prescient view of future technology and astute insights into human nature. But there’s ...

Last vegas - Movie Review

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:  Four friends enter the city limits of Las Vegas for some casual hedonism… Yeah, I thought so. There’s certainly nothing new in Last Vegas and, if you are anything like me, very little in the commercials to entice you ...

Bad Grandpa - Movie ReviewMTV’s Jackass franchise – now in its 13th year – grows old rather gracefully and spins off with Johnny Knoxville under heavy old man-prosthetic-makeup as he sends up the golden years of life.  Yes, Knoxville as 86-year-old Irving Zisman gets his own movie. You’ve ....

All is Lost - Movie Review

Why do we try to live? What incredible force in the human spirit drives us to keep fighting when death’s rap is sounding our time to go? Since the beginning of time, theologians and philosophers have been tackling these age-old questions which are at ...

Carrie - Movie ReviewDirected by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Carrie is yet another reshaping of Stephen King’s novel that, rather quickly, bites the dust.  Hollywood will never learn to leave the past alone; I acknowledge that.  Unfortunately, there’s simply ...

Don Jon - Movie ReviewDon Jon, which represents Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut, is not a message movie, but it does have a message. The idea behind the film, which has been buzzing around in the actor’s head for years, is an earnest but highly entertaining ...

Blue JasmineI’ve never been impressed by Woody Allen. Personal life aside, I find most of his movies to be dramatically too dialogue heavy, and his situations presented to the characters to be morally objectionable nine chances out of ten. He’s a conflicting personality in that ...

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 ...

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