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The Last Station Movie Review

Based on the novel by Jay Parini, The Last Station examines Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance his commitment to a life devoid of material things with fame, wealth and the needs of his loving wife and family. The movie, written and directed by Michael Hoffman, stars an incredible cast that includes James McAvoy, […]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Movie Review

In lieu of an American remake by David Fincher in the near future, I decided it was about time to watch the Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which has grossed over $100 million worldwide. The movie only received a limited release in the United States, but it’s now available on Netflix Instant […]

Burma VJ Movie Review

An educated guess tells me that few Americans had heard of Burma, or Myanmar, until Cyclone Nargis swept through the country, killing over 200,000 people. The devastating disaster brought to American television sets a rare examination of the brutal military junta that commands the country. In Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, filmmaker Anders […]

Inception Movie Review

Christopher Nolan is one of the smartest, most sophisticated directors working today – if not the best. Ever since he marched onto the scene with Memento, the director has churned out one sophisticated thriller after the next. He masterfully blends mainstream delivery with an intelligence rarely seen in blockbusters. Inception is his latest masterpiece, an […]

Predators Movie Review

The 80’s continue to attempt a comeback in 2010 with the release of Predators, a throwback to the original film in the franchise. In this new version, Adrien Brody replaces Arnold Schwarzenegger as the badass muscleman (who saw that coming?), one of several commandos abducted from Earth and thrown together on an alien planet that […]

Chloe Striptease: A Blu-Ray Movie Review

I want Amanda Seyfried’s agent. Just a few years ago, the actress was just “the daughter on HBO’s Big Love” or “the really dumb one from Mean Girls“, sort of cute, not really scorching hot. But Mamma Mia that career later and she’s received rave reviews and been in a couple moderate hits; suddenly, she’s […]

Revanche Movie Review

Revenge, or the desire for revenge, can gnaw at the soul. Or so I’m told. In Gotz Spielmann’s Oscar-nominated drama Revanche, a simple criminal waits and works in a sleepy town, his true motives simmering just below the surface. Alex (Johannes Krisch) is an ex-con who works as a bouncer at a brothel, where he […]

No Impact Man Movie Review, but How Impactful?

I’m an environmentally minded individual, but I’m also a consumer. I recycle whenever possible. I turn the lights off when I leave a room. I don’t buy bottle water. And I have strong feelings about the pace at which the world – and the United States in particular – is adjusting to environmental realities. But […]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Review

Whoever said “mediocrity sells” is right, as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is gearing up for its second week of release $200 million richer. It’s amazing what cheesy dialogue and pouty characters can do for a movie. Bella, Edward and Jacob return for the third movie in the four-and-a-half-part series, and thankfully it’s no New Moon: […]

Youth in Revolt Movie Review

Michael Cera has typecasted himself as Michael Cera. If a Hollywood production is every looking to have Michael Cera in their movie, they know who to go to. In Youth in Revolt, Michael Cera once again plays Michael Cera, but, just for shits and giggles, he also plays his alter ego Francois Dillinger, a very […]

Valentine’s Day Movie Review

How many big-name actors does it take to guarantee a movie cannot be very good? The answer is in Valentine’s Day, though you can have the privilege of counting the recognizable faces who decided to cash it in for a complete waste of time. Among them are Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, […]

Toy Story 3 Movie Review: Great, but Not the Best

Another year, another Pixar movie and an all-but-assured lock for Best Animated Picture of the Year. The long-anticipated Toy Story 3 is here, and with it marks the return of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang that is responsible for introducing audiences to CG-animated cartoons. Nostalgia runs high and Pixar once again turns […]

Blu-Ray Review: Predator Ultimate Hunter Edition

The Robert Rodriguez-produced “reboot” of the Predator franchise – Predators – opens this coming Friday, and it was inevitable that 20th Century Fox would unleash an updated edition of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Predator to milk a few extra dollars out of willing cinephiles. This new Blu-Ray edition, titled The Ultimate Hunter Edition, doesn’t provide […]

Bao Tran’s Black Coffee Movie Review

Rising filmmaker Tran Quoc Bao is at it again, this time with another deliciously simple short film called Black Coffee, about a politician named David. David is a good guy, but he’s a little too nice to a woman who isn’t his wife. When someone snaps pictures of he and his lover kissing and blackmails […]

Percy Jackson DVD Review: Not Very Heavenly

Based on a seemingly popular book series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is about a dyslexic teenager in New York who, after being attacked by his step-teacher-turned-winged-creature-from-hell, discovers that he is in fact a demigod, the son of Poseidon, can control water in unnatural ways (he doesn’t have to go to the […]
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