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Steve Carell: The Good and the Not-So-Good

Actor Steve Carell has been solid even when scripts faltered – which has not been that often. Whether as the lead actor or as a supporting cast member, Steve Carell brings a quality to the screen that is hard to find among comedic-based actors – he brings a sincerity that defies the situation regardless of […]

The White Ribbon Movie Review

A couple years ago, I took a quiz on Facebook to determine who my best relationship match is in regards to taste in movies. Being of considerable movie taste, it’s important that I don’t end up with someone with drastically inferior inclinations toward what is quality cinema. The resulting match: my brother. Thanks, Facebook. In […]

Sylvestor Stallone Blu-Ray Smackdown: Rambo Collector’s Set

Sylvestor Stallone’s new movie The Expendables explodes into theaters on August 13 (exaggerated marketing pitch? Watch the trailer and tell me you think a better word is suited to describe its arrival), and that means many of his big movies are getting the Blu-Ray “special edition” makeover – along with a few of his pals’ […]

The Bounty Hunter Movie Review

There are few people who don’t like Jennifer Aniston. She has good comedic timing, she’s pretty and she has done little to ruin her reputation since the “Friends” days. There are also few people who like her movies. The Bounty Hunter, Jennifer Aniston’s latest comedy, won’t do much to change audiences’ opinions as it’s an […]

Reel Life? Or Just a Dream…Inception and the Top Ten Dream Movies

As Inception plows through its second weekend of box office glory, Christopher Nolan’s lucid thriller is simultaneously solidifying its legacy as a classic of contemporary cinema.  From the early days of film making (dare I say, since its inception?), theorists have speculated about the dreamlike nature of the cinematic experience and movies have perpetually tried […]

Ready, Set, Bag! Movie Review: Are You Packing?

We all have a competitive streak in us. Some take it out through traditional methods like baseball or football; others through dodgeball, sumo wrestling or mixed martial arts. And some pack grocery bags. If you’re unaware of the competitive sport of grocery bag packing, then you must have been living in a cave for your […]

Salt Movie Review

Angelina Jolie is the only true female action star. She can sell it and people will buy it. She can be sexy and tough-as-nails at the same time. She has a knack for choosing high-adrenaline pictures. And yet, when you examine her resume, Jolie has yet to lead an action film that has cemented its […]

Countdown to Zero Movie Review

Countdown to Zero, the documentary by filmmaker Lucy Walker, traces the history of the most destructive singular invention in human history, the nuclear bomb.  The film also stresses the importance of working towards complete nuclear disarmament and the many ups and downs that have occurred en route to achieving this lofty goal. Read FilmJabber’s full […]

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 […]

Caged In: One-dimensional Performances Dodge Actor’s Career

“Why couldn’t you put the bunny back in the box?” It’s one of the more poorly delivered lines in an otherwise enjoyable film. Devoid of emotion, uttered with all the enthusiasm of a character that is more than half asleep, that bit of dialogue typified the overall performance of the lead character in the 1997 […]