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 […]
Ten years ago, a couple of filmmakers thought of a great idea: create a slasher film without a physical killer, where Death Itself enacts revenge. The result was a surprisingly suspenseful and well made horror movie. Three sequels later, however, all semblance of originality and cleverness has devolved into a 3D spectacle of awfulness. Read […]
In late October and into November, while box office phenom Paranormal Activity was making headlines, the Gerard Butler-starring action-thriller Law Abiding Citizen was slowly and quietly working its way to a sizable profit. The movie was an afterthought for many reasons – one because it appeared like yet another forgettable Butler flick (he’d already punished […]
From the director of Shine comes The Boys Are Back, which is easily one of the more underrated movies of 2009. Now out on DVD and Blu-Ray, the drama doesn’t break any new ground but still offers up some fine performances and compelling moments. Read FilmJabber’s full The Boys Are Back movie review.
It’s been nearly ten years since we last heard from the Hughes brothers, but they’re back with the religiously themed apocalyptic action-thriller The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington. The movie looks great and features yet another good performance from the A-list actor, but the movie gets bogged down by its lack of a strong […]
There is a certain point where the quality of a movie deteriorates such that the film transitions from good to bad then to so-bad-its-good.Â Admittedly, I often enjoy watching the few films which transgress the border between bad and â€œhow in the world did this script get fundedâ€.Â The issue is there is a level […]
Peter Jackson’s latest film The Lovely Bones was supposed to be a heavy awards contender. Its release date set for early December, the movie was supposed to make a lot of money and garner several nominations throughout the holidays. And then a few lukewarm reviews appeared, followed by a couple of bad ones. Paramount panicked […]
Though many people see Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance in The Dark Knight as his last hoorah, the late actor has one more trick up his sleeve: an amnesiac performer in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Sadly, the movie doesn’t serve as an adequate send-off for the beloved man. Read FilmJabber’s full The Imaginarium […]
Racism is a virus that has yet to be cured. Though the election of Barrack Obama was a historic and momentous occasion, his presidency has revealed a deep-seeded racism that still persists in society. Still, it’s shocking to hear that as of just two years ago, an American school was still allowing segregated proms. The […]
Bruce Willis wants to save the world! Again! Surrogates, his latest action-thriller, debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD on January 26, 2010. More of a mystery-thriller than an action film, the movie offers up a cool concept with only decent execution, resulting in an entertaining but underwhelming film.
In 2006, Joe Carnahan unleashed the psychedelic Smokinâ€™ Aces upon audiences, developing a cult following that unfortunately never formulated for his previous, much-better cop thriller Narc. Apparently, Smokinâ€™ Aces was good enough to warrant a sequel â€“ or at least a prequel â€“ because Smokinâ€™ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball has now arrived on DVD and […]
While Avatar and James Cameron’s beautiful world of Pandora continue to dominate theaters, another sci-fi action film – titled Pandorum – arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray. It is no Golden Globe-winner, however. Starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid, Pandorum is your poor man’s Event Horizon, and that’s not a good thing. Read FilmJabber’s full Pandorum […]
America loves a comeback story, and sadly a lot of Americans love country music, which means the drama Crazy Heart should be an easy sell for audiences this January. A film by and large flying under the radar this awards season, Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as a down-and-out alcoholic musician who discovers a second […]
2009 was an interesting year. There were a slew of really good movies, but none – no, not even The Hurt Locker – that were absolute awe-inspiring. In past years, there are usually two or three movies that are so good that they make the rest of the list look pathetic; this time around, none […]
Each year, there are documentaries of all kinds: funny, emotionally personal, political, anti-business, environmental and more. The few that really hit home, however, are the ones that reveal massive tragedies few in the United States know about. Crude is one of those documentaries. Read FilmJabber’s full Crude movie review.