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Quick Review: Belle (2014)

BELLE BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLAUGUST 26, 2014 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, … Read More Quick Review: Belle (2014)

Quick Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

THE LONE RANGER BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 7, 2013 Overly long and tonally challenged, “The Lone Ranger” is still a visually stunning and eloquent Western that suffers from emotional shifts and a run time of almost three hours. Not completely sold on Armie Hammer as a frontman, his Lone Ranger interpretation is slightly convincing, but not entirely enjoyable. There is little charm or threat presented … Read More Quick Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

Movie Review: Batman Begins (2005)

BATMAN BEGINS BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 18, 2012 “…this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn’t realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed.” –Roger Ebert, Review of “Batman Begins” Christopher Nolan has a vision. A superhero genre grounded in reality—no more wacky villains with the same … Read More Movie Review: Batman Begins (2005)

Movie Review: The Debt (2011)

THE DEBT BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLDECEMBER 8, 2011 What came off as an action-packed thriller centered around fighting a list of Nazi war criminals one by one in a 1966 blaze of glory, “The Debt” mainly focuses on catching one criminal in particular and the consequences that follow. The story spans a few decades and thus reveals the need for a talented double-tiered cast. As … Read More Movie Review: The Debt (2011)

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Debt”

Of the many breakthrough stars this year, Jessica Chastain has to be my favorite actress of them all. Present in both “The Help” and “The Tree of Life”, Chastain is also up for consideration in “The Debt”. Though I do not doubt the quality of “The Debt”, I do not see many nominations coming out of this film come awards season. I really do … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Debt”

Movie Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

More of a showcase of Seth Rogen’s levity, “Green Hornet” achieves entertainment, but fails to provide longevity. With some work needed in the writing department, “Hornet” loses some steam in unnecessary dialogue and random plot points. Simplicity is key and “Hornet” is all about complications. Jay Chou was enjoyable and believable, but overall, the film failed to grab me like prior “hero” movies.

Movie Review: 44 Inch Chest (2010)

44 INCH CHEST BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 21, 2010 Ever seen a grown man cry? How about a grown man that looks like he works for the mob? Heartbreak and emotion are not what you associate with a big roughneck, jack-jawed British sluggers. Yet “44 Inch Chest” delivers just that. Big man Ray Winstone plays Colin Diamond, a car salesman, that finds out his wife, … Read More Movie Review: 44 Inch Chest (2010)