The Town (theatrical version)

Gone Baby Gone was not a fluke. Affleck can actually direct well. Nice gritty styling and good performances all round. Comparable to Heat in depth with well thought out robbery sequences to match. And strangely enough, a heart at it’s core. Gonna have to check out the ‘directors cut’. I’m curious to see more. This […]

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Considering the tiny budget, this film is VERY well crafted. The two believeable leads have good chemistry as they navigate through the ‘perilous travel’ story. The aliens are ominous products of the ‘less is more’ school of thought. And the ending is intelligently ambiguous. This lil gem deserves an appreciative audience. Check it out! March […]

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

Good continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga. Some nice links to the first film that do make sense while still maintaining some ‘surprise’. And Noomi Rapace fits the characters tattoo’d skin well. She’s a force to be reckoned with while still carrying a subtle layer of sad adolescence just under the surface. I’m curious to […]

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Intense. Moody. At times unpleasant. The unknown, but talented actors effectively bring the characters to life. A gritty, well-paced mystery best seen in the subtitled version…if you can handle it. A nice addition to the pool of good foreign serial killer movies. If you like this, try the French film The Crimson Rivers. March 13, […]

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Battle:Los Angeles

Exactly what I hoped it would be. Every war cliche’ well examined in a gritty and frantic troops-on-the-ground manner. If you’ve ever wanted to see ID4 done correctly…this is currently the closest to that idea. I had a lot of fun watching this and if you’ve ever wanted Black Hawk Down vs E.T., this is […]

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Dreamworks Animation has heard The Word of Pixar. Funny and surprisingly well written with excellent use of the voice talent. Pretty much all-round amusing with a slightly subversive wit. Maintains a nice balance between kids/adult humor. Jokes for everyone! Give it a shot…tis a wee good time. March 12, 2011 at 6:30pm

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Let Me In

Nicely shot/edited vampire love story with a sinister under-current, helped along nicely by some ‘touching’ interaction between the two lead kids. The wintery atmosphere adds an eerie tang. I’m now curious to see the original, foreign version. A cool entry to the vampire genre. March 6, 2011 at 8:16pm

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The Green Hornet

Amusing and fairly competently crafted flick with an uneven tone. Seth Rogen is mostly funny as he bumbles his way into the life of a crime-fighter while Jay Chou is good as Kato(nice lil nod to Bruce Lee, BTW) but terrible at English. Christoph Waltz continues to make wacky, totally watchable villains while Cameron Diaz […]

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Survival of The Dead

Uneven. Impressive visuals and some smart story elements are poorly offset by (too many) cartoonish elements and shockingly bad zombie makeup. Entertaining enough, but no zombie masterpiece. For that see Fulci’s Zombi(2) or Snyder’s Dawn of The Dead. February 25, 2011 at 10:14pm

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