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REVIEW: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

Grade: D- When it comes to summer movie blockbusters, us movie fans don’t ask for much. Some fast-paced action, creative and visually-stunning effects, and some characters who deliver continuous comic relief are all it takes for a successful effort. Michael Bay’s over-the-top style makes him a fine candidate for a great summer blockbuster and the […]

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DVD REVIEW: ‘Gran Torino’

DVD Overall: C- Film Grade: C+ When I first saw Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino in December of last year, I imagined it would be better to use as a drinking game than a film to appreciate (every time there’s a shot of Hmong people doing something stereotypically Asian, followed by a shot of Clint Eastwood […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Circus’ (1928)

Review: A- One of Chaplin’s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the tramp’s most hilarious bits and represents […]

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REVIEW: ‘Angels & Demons’

Grade: D+ After seeing Ron Howard’s latest Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, I’m not sure what was more dizzying – the constantly rotating camera or the random facts spewing from the mouth of Tom Hanks’ protagonist Robert Langdon. The film was light on story and heavy on fluff and a sub-par effort from the […]

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REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’ has Converted Me

Grade: B+ For the past few years summer movie entertainment has been tiring. We have seen a lot of half-hearted attempts to re-vitalize film franchises with the primary goal being the box office take, rather than great filmmaking. It has gotten to the point where I just grit my teeth, buy the ticket, and sit […]

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REVIEW: ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’

Grade: C+ Walking into the fourth film in a franchise that seemed to be losing steam already, my expectations were pretty low before the newest X-Men film. I expected nothing more than some mindless action sequences and the opportunity to see some of my favorite X-Men characters in action for the first time. With X-Men […]

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‘Hamlet’ (1948) vs. ‘Hamlet’ (2000)

Today is the observed birthday of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all-time. In honor of the Bard’s special day, I thought I would take a look at his greatest contribution to the world of theatre and, unbeknownst to him, film: a little play called Hamlet. Hamlet has been adapted for film and television 61 […]

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‘The Great Buck Howard’ – The Great John Malkovich

Review: C+ Buck Howard really is “great” in the semi-autobiographical film from director Sean McGinly. The Great Buck Howard stars John Malkovich in the title role as a has-been celebrity mentalist who lights up the screen every time he shows up. The film as a whole is an average satire that has some very watchable […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Shutter Island’ by Dennis Lehane

One of the most anticipated films this fall and one that already is gathering lots of Oscar buzz is the latest film from Martin Scorcese, Shutter Island. It is based on the novel of the same name by author Dennis Lehane, who also authored Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, two books that have previously […]

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‘Watchmen’: A brief word

Review: B There’s not much to be said about Zack Snyder’s Watchmen that has not already been discussed, analyzed, and ranted about in detail already in the blog-o-sphere. This discussion should be expected for anything that came with as much anticipation as this adaptation from the Alan Moore graphic novel. From the many reviews I […]

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‘Coraline (3D)’: A kids movie for grown-ups

Review: B+ Animated films are arguably the most quickly advancing genre in terms of technological change. Within the past decade we’ve seen non-CGI films become virtually non-existent as the medium moves towards computer animated, three-dimensional films. With each step forward in technology there seems to be a step back in terms of narrative quality. Spectacle […]

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