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Month: June 2013

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One Minute Review: Byzantium (2013)

Release Date June 28, 2013 Director Neil Jordan Screenplay Moira Buffini Distributed By IFC Films Budget $9 million Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language 118 minutes Byzantium “Byzantium” is the most gorgeous vampire film in recent memory, starring a small niche of talented actors and actresses with bright and successful futures ahead of them. Saoirse Ronan is … Read More One Minute Review: Byzantium (2013)

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One Minute Review: The Game (1997)

Release Date September 12, 1997 Director David Fincher Screenplay John Brancato Michael Ferris Distributed By PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Budget $50 million Drama, Mystery, Thriller Rated R for language, and for some violence and sexuality 129 minutes The Game With David Fincher at the helm, of course “The Game” is dark, gritty, and engaging. The dark streets and even darker characters scream Fincher’s directing style … Read More One Minute Review: The Game (1997)

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One Minute Review: Before Sunset (2004)

Release Date July 2, 2004 Director Richard Linklater Screenplay Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke Julie Delpy Kim Krizan (Story By) Distributed By Warner Independent Pictures Budget $2.7 million Drama, Romance Rated R for language and sexual references 80 minutes Before Sunset “Before Sunset” is an impressive feat of romantic film-making. For starters, the entire film consists mainly of a limited number of long takes, as … Read More One Minute Review: Before Sunset (2004)

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One Minute Review: Before Sunrise (1995)

Release Date January 27, 1995 Director Richard Linklater Screenplay Richard Linklater Kim Krizan Distributed By Columbia Pictures Budget $2.5 million Drama, Romance Rated R for some strong language 105 minutes Before Sunrise Who knew that strangers meeting on a train and walking around Vienna talking could be such an entertaining bit of escapism. With an unmatched realism, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy form an … Read More One Minute Review: Before Sunrise (1995)

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One Minute Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Release Date June 21, 1996 Director Gary Trousdale Kirk Wise Screenplay Tab Murphy Irene Mecchi Bob Tzudiker Noni White Jonathan Roberts Based On The Novel By Victor Hugo Production Company Walt Disney Pictures Budget $100 million Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance Rated G 91 minutes The Hunchback Of Notre Dame “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is one of the darkest Disney movies to date. … Read More One Minute Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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One Minute Review: Mulan (1998)

Release Date June 19, 1998 Director Tony Bancroft Barry Cook Screenplay Rita Hsiao Philip LaZebnik Chris Sanders Eugenia Bostwick-Singer Raymond Singer Robert D. San Souci Production Company Walt Disney Pictures Budget $90 million Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War Rated G 88 minutes Mulan With epic battles and self-empowerment songs, it is hard not to enjoy “Mulan”. As I’ve learned over the years, Disney … Read More One Minute Review: Mulan (1998)

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Theatrical Releases: The Heat & White House Down

Having seen most of “The Heat”, I know what I’m in for, with a handful of laughs and semi-decent performances from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. As with most films my company works on, I will probably catch this in theaters just to see how it plays out on the big screen, but otherwise, I’m not in a huge hurry to run out and … Read More Theatrical Releases: The Heat & White House Down

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One Minute Review: The Silent House (2010)

Release Date May 16, 2010 Director Gustavo Hernández Screenplay Oscar Estévez Budget $6,000 Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller Not Rated 86 minutes The Silent House Questionable and not frightening in the least bit, “The Silent House” and director Gustavo Hernandez drop the ball with this lacking, wannabe thriller. Most of the time, when venturing back to see the original film that inspired the American … Read More One Minute Review: The Silent House (2010)

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One Minute Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin (2012)

Release Date January 20, 2012 Director Lynne Ramsey Screenplay Lynne Ramsay Rory Stewart Kinnear Based On The Novel By Lionel Shriver Distributed By Oscilloscope Laboratories Budget $7 million Drama, Mystery, Thriller Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language 112 minutes We Need To Talk About Kevin Eerie and psychological, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” is one-half “The Omen”, one-half … Read More One Minute Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin (2012)

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One Minute Review: Monsters University (2013)

Release Date June 21, 2013 Director Dan Scanlon Screenplay Dan Scanlon Dan Gerson Robert L. Baird Distributed By Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Budget $200 million Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy Rated G 104 minutes Monsters University As far as underdog tales go, “Monsters University” lands above average, with no huge laughs, but plenty of chuckles throughout, matching the tone and emotion of “Monsters … Read More One Minute Review: Monsters University (2013)

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Tuesday Releases: The Call & The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

JUNE 25TH, 2013 NO // With a dark humor and riveting performance from Gael Garcia Bernal, this Academy Award nominated foreign film from Chile takes a look at blooming democracy during a Chilean dictatorship in the 80’s. Bernal plays an advertising executive, Rene Saavedra who is contacted to help lead the strike campaign in voting YES or NO in keeping the dictator in office, … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Call & The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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One Minute Review: Gladiator (2000)

Release Date May 5, 2000 Director Ridley Scott Screenplay David Franzoni John Logan William Nicholson Distributed By DreamWorks Pictures Budget $103 million Action, Adventure, Drama Rated R for intense, graphic combat 155 minutes Gladiator Ridley Scott directs this Academy Award winning period piece starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix that comes straight out of a Shakespearean story, with passion and betrayal, fathers and sons … Read More One Minute Review: Gladiator (2000)