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Month: August 2014

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Theatrical Releases: As Above So Below & The November Man

Set on the track to be another horror disappointment this year, “As Above, So Below” actually muscles through its found-footage shakiness and delivers a unique adventure into the real life Paris catacombs. One part “Tomb Raider”, two parts “The Descent”, the plot follows a group of treasure hunters into the unknown. Unsure where the real catacombs end and the studio sets begin, the close … Read More Theatrical Releases: As Above So Below & The November Man

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Tuesday Releases: Blended

AUGUST 26TH, 2014 BLENDED // Looking at the progression from “The Wedding Singer” to “50 First Dates” to the newest installment in the pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, “Blended”, it is made painfully clear how far off base the quality of the films have fallen. Where “The Wedding Singer” had likable characters and somewhat edgy jokes, “Blended” has flat, one-dimensional characters and is … Read More Tuesday Releases: Blended

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One Minute Review: Belle (2014) [4.0]

BELLE // Having starred in countless television movies and adding small supporting roles to recent films like “Larry Crowne” and “Odd Thomas”, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw makes her first breakout leading performance in Amma Asante’s first film in almost a decade, the period piece titled “Belle”. Based on a 1779 painting of the real life Dido Elizabeth Belle next to her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray, … Read More One Minute Review: Belle (2014) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: Blended (2014) [1.5]

BLENDED // Looking at the progression from “The Wedding Singer” to “50 First Dates” to the newest installment in the pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, “Blended”, it is made painfully clear how far off base the quality of the films have fallen. Where “The Wedding Singer” had likable characters and somewhat edgy jokes, “Blended” has flat, one-dimensional characters and is about as … Read More One Minute Review: Blended (2014) [1.5]

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Theatrical Releases: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For & If I Stay

Still pining for some emotional resonance following my less than captivating viewing of “The Fault In Our Stars”, if the tears created by the mere trailer for “If I Stay” is any indication, I will definitely be a mess following this film. Chloe Moretz has earned my respect enough for me to see her in just about anything and I look forward to seeing … Read More Theatrical Releases: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For & If I Stay

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Tuesday Releases: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & The Quiet Ones

AUGUST 19TH, 2014 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 // Emotions run high in Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero since I was a child and to my satisfaction, he continues to be written the way he was meant to be, witty and wisecracking, an element that was always missing in Sam Raimi’s take on the character. The … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & The Quiet Ones

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One Minute Review: The Quiet Ones (2014) [3.5]

THE QUIET ONES // If I were to say that “The Quiet Ones” was creepy, since it is a horror film and you would hope for the best, you may assume it is a startling and hair-raising sort of creepy. The truth is, however, that the legendary Hammer Films Productions release is a different type of creepy. As with most horror films these days, … Read More One Minute Review: The Quiet Ones (2014) [3.5]

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Theatrical Releases: The Expendables 3, The Giver, & Let’s Be Cops

By the time you watch the very first “Expendables” film, you know exactly what you are setting yourself up for by wanting to see the sequels. Highlighting the aging action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Expendables 3” looks to offer a cast of younger stars mixed with a newer cast of past-their-prime actors in Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. Going the … Read More Theatrical Releases: The Expendables 3, The Giver, & Let’s Be Cops

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Tuesday Releases: Muppets Most Wanted & A Haunted House 2

AUGUST 12TH, 2014 MUPPETS MOST WANTED // Losing most of the magic instilled by the 2011 reboot of “The Muppets” and even with three years between productions, “Muppets Most Wanted” still feels like a lesser quality product with less humor and less soul. Do not get me wrong, I am entirely happy just to see the Muppets back in action on the big screen and … Read More Tuesday Releases: Muppets Most Wanted & A Haunted House 2

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One Minute Review: Locke (2014) [4.5]

LOCKE // Following in the footsteps of a film like “Buried”, which was shot entirely in one location with only one actor ever present on screen, “Locke” takes its single character show on the road. Starring Tom Hardy and an extensive voice cast, this simple idea sees character Ivan Locke (Hardy) taking a two hour long night drive from work to London all while … Read More One Minute Review: Locke (2014) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014) [3.0]

MUPPETS MOST WANTED // Losing most of the magic instilled by the 2011 reboot of “The Muppets” and even with three years between productions, “Muppets Most Wanted” still feels like a lesser quality product with less humor and less soul. Do not get me wrong, I am entirely happy just to see the Muppets back in action on the big screen and will obviously … Read More One Minute Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014) [3.0]

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One Minute Review: A Haunted House 2 (2014) [2.0]

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 // After having five “Scary Movie” horror parodies thrown at us, the biggest fear now is that “A Haunted House” will become a franchise. The first film was an answer to the “Paranormal Activity” craze, basically just changing the name of the parodies and letting Marlon Wayans step out on his own to make fun of that one set of … Read More One Minute Review: A Haunted House 2 (2014) [2.0]