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Month: May 2013

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Theatrical Releases: After Earth & Now You See Me

Had this come from anyone but M. Night and contained anyone but Jaden and the critics would have probably been on board with the semi-original, completely captivating thriller, but with so much to complain about before even sitting in their theater seats, this film was doomed the moment it came out of the can. Despite all that, “After Earth” is a strong family adventure … Read More Theatrical Releases: After Earth & Now You See Me

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Tuesday Releases: Dark Skies

MAY 28TH, 2013 DARK SKIES // “Dark Skies” is formulaic and borrows multiple concepts from dozens of films, but writer-director Scott Stewart still finds a way to make the most of this familiar story about the most unfamiliar of subjects; aliens. With themes galore and several key performances, specifically Keri Russell, who delves deep for this role, “Dark Skies” produces some hair-raising moments and … Read More Tuesday Releases: Dark Skies

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Theatrical Releases: Fast and Furious 6 & The Hangover Part III

Without having seen “Before Sunset” and “Before Sunrise”, I feel like the passion and references would be lost on me in “Before Midnight”, another film starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as a couple, several decades removed from there first meeting. I am intrigued by this concept and have heard enough positive things to jump in. RENTAL Like “The Croods” this year, I’d like … Read More Theatrical Releases: Fast and Furious 6 & The Hangover Part III

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Proof Review: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Release Date May 24, 2013 Director Justin Lin Screenplay Chris Morgan Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $160 million Action, Crime, Thriller Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language 130 minutes Fast & Furious 6 Had you told me twelve years ago that “The Fast and the Furious” would be one of the highest grossing action … Read More Proof Review: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

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Proof Review: The Hangover Part III (2013)

Release Date May 23, 2013 Director Todd Phillips Screenplay Todd Phillips Craig Mazin Distributed By Warner Bros. Pictures Budget $103 million Comedy, Crime Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity 100 minutes The Hangover Part III I remember my first experience with the original “The Hangover” from Todd Phillips. For some reason, I had … Read More Proof Review: The Hangover Part III (2013)

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Tuesday Releases: The Last Stand & Side Effects

MAY 21ST, 2013 THE ABCs OF DEATH // “The ABCs of Death” continues the multiple director, horror anthology trend that is developing and presents 26 shorts directed by 26 different filmmakers, depicting a death for each letter of the alphabet. The fun of the shorts is trying to determine what the death will be, knowing the letter but nothing else until the end, when … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Last Stand & Side Effects

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One Minute Review: Fast & Furious (2009)

Release Date April 3, 2009 Director Justin Lin Screenplay Chris Morgan Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $85 million Action, Crime, Thriller Rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references 107 minutes Fast & Furious What helps a franchise stay relevant after a trilogy is returning to form and bringing back all the original characters. “Fast … Read More One Minute Review: Fast & Furious (2009)

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One Minute Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Release Date June 16, 2006 Director Justin Lin Screenplay Chris Morgan Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $85 million Action, Crime, Thriller Rated PG-13 for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, language and sexual content 104 minutes The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Hands down, Sung Kang as supporting character Han makes this film. Without Kang, there would be nothing redeemable about “The … Read More One Minute Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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One Minute Review: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Release Date June 6, 2003 Director John Singleton Screenplay Michael Brandt Derek Haas Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $76 million Action, Crime, Thriller Rated PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality 107 minutes 2 Fast 2 Furious Continuing with fast cars, beautiful women, and enough action to keep you entertained, “2 Fast 2 Furious” succeeds in the fact that Paul Walker returns … Read More One Minute Review: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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One Minute Review: The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Release Date June 22, 2001 Director Rob Cohen Screenplay Gary Scott Thompson Erik Bergquist David Ayer Distributed By Universal Pictures Budget $38 million Action, Crime, Thriller Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language 106 minutes The Fast and the Furious Fast cars. Big muscles. Attractive ladies. What more could you ask for from a film titled “The Fast and the Furious”? Vin Diesel … Read More One Minute Review: The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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Theatrical Releases: Star Trek Into Darkness

Relentlessly masterful, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is a smart-man’s sequel, as it strongly develops existing relationships while still introducing new and fresh faces into the mix. Pine and Quinto rival the pairing of Shatner and Nimoy. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a career-making performance, as John Harrison, becoming one of the best villains in a franchise, ever. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is not only one of … Read More Theatrical Releases: Star Trek Into Darkness

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One Minute Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Release Date May 16, 2013 Director J.J. Abrams Screenplay Roberto Orci Alex Kurtzman Damon Lindelof Distributed By Paramount Pictures Budget $185 million Action, Adventure, Science Fiction Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence 132 minutes Star Trek Into Darkness Relentlessly masterful, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is a smart-man’s sequel, as it strongly develops existing relationships while still introducing new and fresh … Read More One Minute Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)