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Observe and Report (2009) DVD Movie Review

From the writer and director of The Foot Fist Way comes Observe and Report, a dark and surprisingly disturbing comedy starring Seth Rogen in a role that’s considerably different than anything he’s played before. The result: a love-it-or-hate-it film that doesn’t always hit the right notes but is still consistently entertaining. View the rest of […]

Blu-Ray Review: Disney-Pixar’s Up

Can you believe it’s November already? I can’t believe it’s November already. October flew by like a house on balloons, and now it’s the all-important time of year where the holiday decorations come out and the movies start vying for the oh-so-coveted end-of-year awards. Practically a shoe-in for Best Animated Picture of 2009, and perhaps […]

I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) DVD Movie Review

Chris Columbus, how hard we fall. Since directing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the director has provided audiences with two brain-numbing pictures: the adaptation of the musical Rent and this year’s atrocity, I Love You, Beth Cooper. Based on the novel by Larry Doyle, who subjected audiences to the Ben Stiller travesty that […]

Blu-Ray Review: Monsters, Inc.

John Goodman are back and Billy Crystal are back… on Blu-Ray! OK, so Monsters, Inc.‘s release on Blu-Ray isn’t that exciting since we’ve now determined that it really isn’t worth upgrading from DVD to Blu-Ray, but at least be excited that the beloved Disney-Pixar movie now comes with some great new special features. And some […]

Men Who Stare at Goats, The (2009) Movie Review

From Grant Heslov, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s awesome sidekick in True Lies and yes, also George Clooney’s producing and writing collaborator (on such films as Leatherheads and Good Night and Good Luck) comes The Men Who Stare At Goats, which stars none other than Clooney as the psychic soldier Lynn Cassady. View this The Men Who Stare […]

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) DVD Movie Review

Surprise! It’s Matthew McConaughey! In a romantic comedy! Surprise! Yes, the McConaughey is back with another predictable romantic comedy, this one starring Jennifer Garner. Thankfully, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past has a funny enough premise that it can at least somewhat make up for its cliché pitfalls. View this Ghosts of Girlfriends Past movie review at […]

Review: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Just when you thought Battlestar Galactica was over, it starts all over again with Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, which looks back at the nuclear assault on Caprica and the months that followed from the Cylons’ point of view. The return to the beloved series, however, is not as incredible as you’d expect.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) DVD Movie Review

Ellie, Diego, John Leguizamo, Manny and the rest are back in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, but hold the celebration: the movie is the weakest of the franchise, and that’s saying something when the franchise has never been very good to begin with. I’ve never understood why the Ice Age movies have been so […]

Amelia (2009) Movie Review

It’s already the end of October, which means that the studio films aiming for Oscar glory are beginning to trickle into theaters. The first major film of the season to have much promise is Amelia, about the short-lived life of famous female pilot Amelia Earhart. The tragic tale seemed destined for greatness, if only for […]

American Violet (2009) DVD Movie Review

In American Violet, Nicole Beharie makes a strong debut as Dee Roberts, an African-American single mother of four who finds her life turned upside down when she is falsely arrested for selling crack cocaine. After the chief D.A. offers her a plea deal in exchange for no jail time – versus a long, expensive court […]

Proposal, The (2009) DVD Movie Review

Rising and fading stars converge in The Proposal, a pretty typical romantic comedy from the director of 27 Dresses and Step Up. And yet, just like Anne Fletcher’s other films, there’s something that just works about the movie. Ryan Reynolds, who after years of circling mainstream exposure finally burst onto the scene with such 2009 […]

Girlfriend Experience, The (2009) DVD Movie Review

Steven Soderbergh is one of those directors that just doesn’t seem to care how marketable his films are. Here’s a man who put himself on the map in the early 2000’s with such popular films as Erin Brockovich, Traffic and Ocean’s Eleven, but who then followed those up with Solaris, Eros, The Good German and […]

Informant!, The (2009) Movie Review

Aside from the Ocean’s trilogy, Steven Soderbergh hasn’t had a lot of success in recent years. Though some of his films were never going to make much money (Eros, Full Frontal), others, such as The Good German and Che, have failed to resonate as expected. Che, especially, had to be tough; an epic so grand […]

Damned United, The (2009) Movie Review

Review by Nathan Samdahl (B+) In the latest British historical film from the Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), The Damned United is a sports movie not really about sports, but about the crazy personalities that populate them.  Certainly on a much smaller scale than Morgan’s previous two films, the story here is probably […]

Paranormal Activity (2009) Movie Review

Just a bit over a week ago, a little film popped onto my radar: Paranormal Activity. The ghost film, shot on a budget of just $11,000 or so, was premiering across the country in a rather clever format: midnight screenings near many of the country’s largest universities. Coupled with strong early reviews, the buzz began […]
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