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The Crazies Movie Review: Crazy Is As Crazy Does

The world just wouldn’t be the same without zombie movies. There’s just something deliciously satisfying about them. And despite the fact that they routinely share the same plot and the characters experience similar fates, the last decade has provided audiences with a shockingly consistent level of quality – in fact, I’d go so far as […]

Whiteout Movie Review

With the advent of special effects and life-like cartoons, the question continues to be posed: is the value of major actors in film deteriorating? Further pushing the issue are such films as The Hangover and a string of action flicks that have gone on to dominate the box office despite the lack of demonstrable stars. […]

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Movie Review

Robin Wright turns in her best performance since Forrest Gump in the quirky drama-comedy The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, but the movie itself fails to leave a lasting impression. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, Pippa Lee also stars Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Maria Bello, Winona Ryder, Julianne Moore and Blake Lively. Read FilmJabber’s […]

Cold Souls Movie Review

Paul Giamatti has sold his soul. Not to the Devil, mind you, but to a corporation. He hasn’t actually sold it, either, but it has been stolen and sold on the Russian black market. This is the premise for Cold Souls, an imaginative though anticlimactic comedy-drama from director Sophie Barthes. Read FilmJabber’s full Cold Souls […]

The September Issue Movie Review

Those outside the fashion industry may not know her name, but Meryl Streep played a deliciously cold character loosely based on Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada. In The September Issue, a documentary by filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the real Wintour is examined and the work that goes into the most important fashion […]

The Stepfather Movie Review

Having never gone through the experience of having a stepfather, the likelihood of “my new dad” being a psychotic serial killer is rather low, but the possibility in general is intriguing. Of course, The Stepfather, about an obsessive guy who infiltrates families in search of the perfect family, isn’t a psychological thriller – it isn’t […]

Shutter Island Movie Review

The number is 26. That’s the amount of Oscar nominations the last three major films Martin Scorsese directed – which all starred Leonardo DiCaprio – earned. The movies also collected approximately $700 million worldwide. Needless to say, the Scorsese/DiCaprio combination has been a critical and financial powerhouse, which makes the prospect of a horror-thriller such […]

Everybody’s Fine Movie Review

In December, Robert De Niro aimed to take advantage of the feel-good holiday spirit with Everybody’s Fine, a lighthearted drama about a father trying to reconnect with his grown kids. The movie flopped, and understandably so. The previews did a great job of marketing the movie as a dreadfully boring and forgettable drama. Way to […]

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Movie Review

As the Harry Potter franchise heads toward its end, Hollywood is desperately seeking the next big franchise. 20th Century Fox apparently believes that the next big thing is Percy Jackson & the Olympians, a book series by Rick Riordan. Fox has hired Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter movies, to kick […]

Edge of Darkness Movie Review

A few years, several bottles of alcohol and an anti-Semitic rant later, Mel Gibson returns to theaters with the revenge thriller Edge of Darkness, directed by Martin Campbell – the man behind Casino Royale and Goldeneye. Though it has struggled at the box office, the movie is a blast, full of stinging dialogue, a gritty […]

Women in Trouble Movie Review

From the writer of Snakes on a Plane comes a very different film: the comedic drama Women in Trouble, which stars an ensemble cast that includes Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Marley Shelton, Cameron Richardson, Simon Baker, Josh Brolin, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and others. Unfortunately, the movie is neither funny nor dramatic. Read FilmJabber’s full […]

Lorna’s Silence Movie Review

In Lorna’s Silence, an Albanian woman is pushed to her moral limits to achieve her dream of opening a snack bar by getting entangled with a local mobster and marrying a druggie for money. When the mobster kills her husband and prepares for another immigrant to take her place, she realizes that she’s gotten in […]

Outrage Movie Review

Homosexuality continues to be one of the most divisive issues facing the United States, which is sad because we’re a nation supposedly based on the ideals of “freedom and liberty for all.” Regardless of how you feel morally about the issue, there should be no arguments over whether it’s fair to discriminate people who were […]

Couples Retreat: Where’s the Comedy?

Vince Vaughn has declared war on audiences. His pact with the Devil nearly complete, he has punished moviegoers with a trifecta of bad movies starting with 2007’s Fred Claus. Four Christmases wasn’t nearly as bad, but still terrible. And now, the once-funny actor has given us Couples Retreat, an unfunny and unimpressive romantic comedy that […]

The House of the Devil Movie Review

In a day and age where horror movies are generally defined by how loud and gruesome they can be, it’s refreshing to see a movie that harkens back to a quieter, creepier time. In the vein of old Stephen King and the demonic thrillers of the 1970’s, House of the Devil unleashes an intoxicatingly engaging […]
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