Month: January 2013

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One Minute Review: Broken City (2013)

Release Date January 18, 2013 Director Allen Hughes Screenplay Brian Tucker Distributed By 20th Century Fox Budget $35 million Crime, Drama, Thriller Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence 109 minutes Broken City “Broken City” relies heavily on its seasoned cast, especially the leads, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Jeffrey Wright to hold this film together when the script is paper … Read More One Minute Review: Broken City (2013)

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One Minute Review: About Cherry (2012)

About Cherry Initially excited about this film, “About Cherry” severely drops the ball with its meandering nature and complete disregard for the talented new actress Ashley Hinshaw. With both James Franco and Dev Patel having such potential in these roles, both are squandered for no apparent reason, with all focus being placed on Hinshaw and her fall into pornography, which never really has a … Read More One Minute Review: About Cherry (2012)

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #1: Paperman

PAPERMAN Granted I have not seen any of the other animated shorts so far this year, it will definitely take a lot to beat out my current favorite, Disney’s short entitled “Paperman” which is playing before screenings of the feature “Wreck-It Ralph”. Telling the silent, black-and-white (for the most part) love story of two strangers passing by and eventually being led to find one … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #1: Paperman

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [12] Wreck-It Ralph – One Nomination

WRECK-IT RALPH As far as I’m concerned, “Wreck-It Ralph” breaks the mold of your run-of-the-mill animated features, delivering on all accounts, not only with impressive, well-known talent voice acting, but with a heartfelt, yet always comical story involving characters both that we know from our childhood like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog, along with new characters that still resemble familiar characters. Also, as far … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [12] Wreck-It Ralph – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [11] Snow White and the Huntsman – Two Nominations

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN BEST VISUAL EFFECTS The visual effects category could be a tough egg to crack this year. With such amazing films falling into the category this year, it could be a tough call for all the films involved. Creating something from nothing is an art in itself and any film that can do so effectively and throughout an entire film, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [11] Snow White and the Huntsman – Two Nominations

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One Minute Review: Bottle Rocket (1996)

Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson’s first feature film is nothing short of amazing, developing his pronounced style and quirk almost immediately in his career, directing the Wilson brothers in a dark comedy about heisting and camaraderie. Both brothers show their unique acting styles and bright futures and work with Anderson to produce multiple comedic sequences. The quality of the film does not scream first-time feature, … Read More One Minute Review: Bottle Rocket (1996)

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One Minute Review: The Last Stand (2013)

The Last Stand For starters, “The Last Stand” has a great cast. For what it’s worth, Johnny Knoxville is perfectly cast as the gunning collecting, bumbling idiot. Peter Stormare and Eduardo Noriega are both great villains, built up effectively to face the protagonists of the film, played completely convincingly by Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, and of course, the star of the show, … Read More One Minute Review: The Last Stand (2013)

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Theatrical Releases: Broken City, The Last Stand, & Mama

BROKEN CITY || With players like Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, this doesn’t feel like your average January release. This time last year, Wahlberg had “Contraband”, which was also a pleasant surprise, so I will be giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one. Playing a cop in a city with Russell Crowe as mayor, Wahlberg is contacted to find out who … Read More Theatrical Releases: Broken City, The Last Stand, & Mama

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [10] Marvel’s The Avengers – One Nomination

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS As far as visual effects go, if superhero films didn’t at least invent them, they sure as hell reinvented them. And “Marvel’s The Avengers” is no different. Creating an Incredible Hulk that resembles Mark Ruffalo, an alien race that invades Manhattan, countless sets and set pieces, including a hovering carrier ship, the Stark tower, and the Tesseract; all of these make … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [10] Marvel’s The Avengers – One Nomination

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One Minute Review: How To Survive A Plague (2012)

How To Survive A Plague Without a doubt one of the best activism documentaries I have ever seen, “How to Survive a Plague” wholly engages while still educating, built off of archival footage and news programs from the time of the major AIDS outbreak in the ’80s through the battle to save those infected against a hostile, somewhat homophobic government and media, all the … Read More One Minute Review: How To Survive A Plague (2012)

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [9] How To Survive A Plague – One Nomination

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE “How To Survive A Plague” appears to be the little documentary that could, with no real connection to any awards in the past, yet a spot in the final five competing for Best Documentary Feature. Comparable to “The Invisible War” in that it currently has a 100% rating on the movie reviews site Rotten Tomatoes, what the film doesn’t … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [9] How To Survive A Plague – One Nomination

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Tuesday Releases: The Possession & Taken 2

JANUARY 15TH, 2013 THE PAPERBOY // Reminiscent of the punch provided by “The Killer Inside Me”, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” places Zac Efron in a performance driven drama that forces him to prove his acting prowess, and he comes out the better for it. Still overshadowed by his acting counterparts, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack deliver extraordinary performances, all outside of their … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Possession & Taken 2