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Month: March 2013

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One Minute Review: The Evil Dead (1981)

Release Date October 15, 1981 Director Sam Raimi Screenplay Sam Raimi Distributed By New Line Cinema Budget $400,000 Horror Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore 85 minutes The Evil Dead For a low budget, straight out of film school horror flick, I can respect Sam Raimi and his original “The Evil Dead”. Not only does it carry the themes of many … Read More One Minute Review: The Evil Dead (1981)

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One Minute Review: The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

Release Date March 29, 2013 Director Derek Cianfrance Screenplay Derek Cianfrance Ben Coccio Darius Marder Distributed By Focus Features Budget $15 million Crime, Drama, Thriller Rated R for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference 140 minutes The Place Beyond The Pines Don’t let the two hour and twenty minute run-time frighten you away, Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”) … Read More One Minute Review: The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

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One Minute Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)

Release Date August 7, 2009 Director Stephen Sommers Screenplay Stuart Beattie David Elliot Paul Lovett Michael B. Gordon Stephen Sommers Distributed By Paramount Pictures Budget $175 million Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller Rated PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout 118 minutes G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Channing Tatum takes his first giant leap into action films with “G.I. Joe: … Read More One Minute Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)

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One Minute Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

Release Date March 28, 2013 Director Jon M. Chu Screenplay Rhett Reese Paul Wernick Distributed By Paramount Pictures Budget $155 million Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language 110 minutes G.I. Joe: Retaliation With an unexpected turn in the first act, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is left with … Read More One Minute Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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Theatrical Releases: G.I. Joe: Retaliation & The Place Beyond The Pines

With an unexpected turn in the first act, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is left with little to work with. Storm Shadow (played by Byung-hun Lee) steals the show even though his return is unexplained (see the first film). The structure of the story is wobbly, adding a layer of padding to each punch, leaving no impact whatsoever. Diehard fans of the Hasbro toys may get … Read More Theatrical Releases: G.I. Joe: Retaliation & The Place Beyond The Pines

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One Minute Review: The Lorax (2012)

Release Date March 2, 2012 Director Chris Renaud Kyle Balda Screenplay Cinco Paul Ken Daurio Based On The Book By Dr. Seuss Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $70 million Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical Rated PG for brief mild language 86 minutes The Lorax Pointedly agreed, “The Lorax” lacks the wit and charm of Dr. Seuss, but what it lacks in personality, … Read More One Minute Review: The Lorax (2012)

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One Minute Review: Safe Haven (2013)

Release Date February 14, 2013 Director Lasse Hallström Screenplay Gage Lansky Dana Stevens Based On The Novel By Nicholas Sparks Distributed By Relativity Media Budget $28 million Drama, Romance, Thriller Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality 115 minutes Safe Haven Truth be told, I could watch Julianne Hough with short, blonde hair, do just about anything for … Read More One Minute Review: Safe Haven (2013)

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Tuesday Releases: Killing Them Softly & Lincoln

MARCH 26TH, 2013 KILLING THEM SOFTLY // Andrew Dominik’s first film in five years is nothing short of a success, with a perfect showing from Brad Pitt as a hired hitman. “Killing Them Softly” steps above its blatantly violent demeanor and delivers a poetic and troubling truth about the ugly state of capitalism, often with just as much heavy-handed-ness as its punches and gunshots, … Read More Tuesday Releases: Killing Them Softly & Lincoln

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One Minute Review: Spring Breakers (2013)

Release Date March 22, 2013 Director Harmony Korine Screenplay Harmony Korine Distributed By A24 Budget $5 million Crime, Drama Rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout 94 minutes Spring Breakers “Spring Breakers” is far from perfect, but it does display enough potential to lead director Harmony Korine onto bigger and better things, the likes we’ve seen from many … Read More One Minute Review: Spring Breakers (2013)

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Theatrical Releases: Olympus Has Fallen & Admission

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are both enjoyable enough to sell this somewhat watered down comedy about an admissions secretary. Both are funny even when it appears they’re not trying to be and both have enough star power to carry a film like this, so I will be giving them the benefit of the doubt. THEATER Sadly, the part of my life where I … Read More Theatrical Releases: Olympus Has Fallen & Admission

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One Minute Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Release Date March 22, 2013 Director Antoine Fuqua Screenplay Creighton Rothenberger Katrin Benedikt Distributed By FilmDistrict Budget $70 million Action, Thriller Rated R for strong violence and language throughout 120 minutes Olympus Has Fallen Finally Gerard Butler steps away from the romantic comedy doldrums and into the role he was meant to play. Taking on the task of defending the White House, “Olympus Has … Read More One Minute Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Tuesday Releases: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey & Zero Dark Thirty

MARCH 19TH, 2013 BACHELORETTE // If not for the impressive showing from the leading ladies, “Bachelorette” would be extremely lacking. The humor is female vulgarity at its finest, with an honesty of how manipulative ladies can be, even with their closest “friends”. There’s definitely a lot of inside humor or real-life experiences at play in the film, as the allusions to past events seem … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey & Zero Dark Thirty