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Month: April 2013

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Tuesday Releases: Broken City & Silver Linings Playbook

APRIL 30TH, 2013 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 thin. Caught in a scheme of betrayal and murder, Wahlberg’s character, Billy Taggart, a former detective turned private investigator is contacted by acquaintance Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to follow his … Read More Tuesday Releases: Broken City & Silver Linings Playbook

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Theatrical Releases: Pain and Gain & Mud

Normally, “At Any Price” would look like your run-of-the-mill Midwestern drama, but there’s something rich in this film that breathes from it’s trailer, not to mention the rave reviews pouring out for this film, not just from the late Roger Ebert, who calls director Ramin Bahrani “the best new American director of recent years”, but from many others including one from New York Post’s … Read More Theatrical Releases: Pain and Gain & Mud

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One Minute Review: Pain & Gain (2013)

Release Date April 26, 2013 Director Michael Bay Screenplay Christopher Markus Stephen McFeely Based On The Book By Pete Collins Distributed By Paramount Pictures Budget $26 million Action Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use 129 minutes Pain & Gain Entertaining yet never quite exceptional, Michael Bay’s foray into the comical and violent true story of three … Read More One Minute Review: Pain & Gain (2013)

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One Minute Review: Mud (2013)

Release Date April 26, 2013 Director Jeff Nichols Screenplay Jeff Nichols Distributed By Lionsgate Roadside Attractions Budget $10 million Drama Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking. 130 minutes Mud Marking the career best performance of Matthew McConaughey, “Mud” is a slow burn, heavy hitting drama with themes of coming of age, family systems, and the reality of love. … Read More One Minute Review: Mud (2013)

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One Minute Review: Oldboy (2004)

Release Date May 15, 2004 Director Chan-Wook Park Screenplay Jo-yoon Hwang Joon-hyeong Im Chan-Wook Park Based On Manga Series By Garon Tsuchiya Nobuaki Minegishi Distributed By Tartan Films Budget $3 million Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language 120 minutes Oldboy One of the most powerful foreign films I’ve ever encountered, “Oldboy” is an … Read More One Minute Review: Oldboy (2004)

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Tuesday Releases: Gangster Squad & Promised Land

APRIL 23RD, 2013 A HAUNTED HOUSE // “A Haunted House” is on a borderline. While it is mostly not funny or even creative, it is actually better than the upcoming sequel to the “Scary Movie” franchise, which almost comes off rated PG. The least that can be said for “A Haunted House” is that is embraces its R rating. However, overall, this film is … Read More Tuesday Releases: Gangster Squad & Promised Land

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Theatrical Releases: Oblivion

Captivating in all the right ways, “Oblivion” delivers strong, well tread science fiction staples in a new and visually enthralling way with a competent high level Hollywood star in Tom Cruise. The set pieces alone make this a must-see, producing a post-apocalyptic backdrop that rivals any previous endeavor. Add to that a strong script that plays its twists close to the chest, grandiose and … Read More Theatrical Releases: Oblivion

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One Minute Review: Oblivion (2013)

Release Date April 19, 2013 Director Joseph Kosinski Screenplay Karl Gajdusek Michael deBruyn Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $160 million Action, Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity 124 minutes Oblivion Captivating in all the right ways, “Oblivion” delivers strong, well-tread science fiction staples in a new and visually enthralling way with a competent high … Read More One Minute Review: Oblivion (2013)

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One Minute Review: The Company You Keep (2013)

Release Date April 5, 2013 Director Robert Redford Screenplay Lem Dobbs Based On The Novel By Neil Gordon Distributed By Sony Pictures Classics Budget $2 million Drama, Thriller Rated R for language 121 minutes The Company You Keep Engaging and well cast, “The Company You Keep” has at least enough star power to keep the entire film interesting. Robert Redford directs and stars in … Read More One Minute Review: The Company You Keep (2013)

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One Minute Review: 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Release Date May 11, 2007 Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Screenplay Rowan JoffĂ© Juan Carlos Fresnadillo E. L. Lavigne Jesus Olmo Distributed By 20th Century Fox Budget $15 million Drama, Horror, Science Fiction Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity 100 minutes 28 Weeks Later Lacking the originality and ingenuity of “28 Days Later”, as suspected, “28 Weeks Later” is not … Read More One Minute Review: 28 Weeks Later (2007)

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One Minute Review: 28 Days Later (2003)

Release Date June 27, 2003 Director Danny Boyle Screenplay Alex Garland Distributed By Fox Searchlight Pictures Budget $8 million Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity 113 minutes 28 Days Later A staple in the growing zombie horror niche, “28 Days Later” takes most of the elements we love from the genre and carries them to … Read More One Minute Review: 28 Days Later (2003)

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One Minute Review: To The Wonder (2013)

Release Date April 12, 2013 Director Terrence Malick Screenplay Terrence Malick Cinematography By Emmanuel Lubezki Distributed By Magnolia Pictures Budget $2.7 million Drama, Romance Rated R for some sexuality/nudity 112 minutes To The Wonder Meditative and reflective, “To The Wonder” is an ethereal glimpse at the emotions of love as perceived by director Terence Malick. Not for everyone and described by one patron as … Read More One Minute Review: To The Wonder (2013)