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It’s Complicated Movie Review

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin star in It’s Complicated, the latest comedy from the director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want. The movie – about a divorced couple who start having an affair with each other – has the concept and gimmick to be a huge hit, but unfortunately the best […]

Movie Review: Nine: The Disappointment of December?

Though Moulin Rouge showed that musicals could be cool again, it was Rob Marshall’s 2002 Oscar winner Chicago that proved they could be critical and financial successes, too. In other words, Marshall is largely responsible for the wave of hit musicals that have hit been released over the last decade, and he’s back with another […]

9 Blu-Ray Review

Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christpher Plummer, Crispin Glover and Martin Landau star in the sci-fi adventure film 9, out today on DVD and Blu-Ray. The animated film from Shane Acker is a visual masterpiece, full of rich special effects and tons of creativity. While it never completely lives up to expectations, 9 […]

(500) Days of Summer Blu-Ray Review

One of the edgiest, smartest and most entertaining movies of 2009 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray: (500) Days of Summer, starring Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The back cover describes the movie as a romantic comedy, and in many ways it is: it’s about a romance, and it’s funny from the first second […]

An Education Movie Review

A contender for Best Picture this year is An Education, a smartly written, well-acted coming-of-age drama about an intelligent teenage girl who, while attempting to get into Oxford, falls in love with an older, more rebellious man who encourages her to question much of her beliefs. Unfortunately, the movie’s lackluster ending keeps it from greatness. […]

The Princess and the Frog Movie Review

After five long years, Walt Disney returns to the traditional animation techniques that powered their classics for decades with The Princess and the Frog, a beautiful, entertaining and rich tale that will appeal to audiences young and old. The Princess and the Frog is about a lower-class black woman in 1920’s New Orleans who has […]

Sherlock Holmes Beats Avatar at the Box Office

Guy Ritchie’s career looks to be back on track with the box office success of his latest film and first true blockbuster of his career, Sherlock Holmes. The Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law action-adventure film took in $24.9 million on Christmas Day, and with relatively positive reviews should see good box office throughout the weekend.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie Review

Guy Ritchie looks for the first breakout hit of his career with Sherlock Holmes, a funny, action-adventure take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. Having never attained mainstream appeal and after a long string of box office failures, Ritchie was a huge gamble for Warner Brothers to take – but the risk paid […]

Thirst (2009) DVD Movie Review

Twilight fans, take note: the alleged vampires in your books and movies are not real vampires. Vampires don’t sparkle in the sun, they burn. They don’t feast on game meat, they only desire human blood. Oh, and they’re not very nice. Chan-wook Park knows this. That’s why the twisted director with twisted ideas has made […]

Mike Judge’s Extract: A Blu-Ray Bonus Features Review

This should be quick and painless. Extract, Mike Judge’s latest comedy, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, just in time for Christmas. As a harmless stocking stuffer, Extract has enough to satisfy: high-concept jokes, some shenanigans and Mila Kunis looking really, really good in flannel. The movie bears some similarities to Office Space, which, […]

Friday Box Office: Avatar Digs Up $27 Million on Friday

Any questions about Avatar‘s box office viability may have been diminished as the James Cameron sci-fi epic – his first movie in over ten years – dug up $27 million from audiences on Friday. It’s not ground-shattering, but it is a solid opening. With two weeks of quasi-vacation (at the very least, two four-day weekends […]

Up in the Air (2009) Movie Review

Leading the Golden Globes this year is the drama-comedy Up in the Air, the latest from Jason Reitman, the director of Juno. Much like Juno, Up in the Air is a light, entertaining and yet emotionally powerful film that offers great performances, an excellent script and a unique story. Not quite a comedy and not […]

Is the Inglourious Basterds Blu-Ray Inglourious?

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the hit Nazi war movie that stars Brad Pitt and a variety of other, lesser known actors of no less talent, arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Inglourious Basterds works on many levels, most notably that you don’t know what is going to happen. The Basterds – […]

Public Enemies Blu-Ray Review

Public Enemies opened over the summer to mixed movie reviews and lukewarm box office results, despite starring two of the biggest names in Hollywood – Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The movie is also directed by Michael Mann, with the movie promising to be a 1920’s version of Heat. The movie is now out on […]

Steven Seagal Lawman Doesn’t Arrest Attention

When one receives an advance screener of a television show, it is typically customary to write a review before said television show’s debut. Why? Because the station – in this case A&E – generally wants to build hype for the show it’s promoting – in this case, Steven Seagal Lawman – and because I like […]
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