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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 […]

Drag Me to Hell Blu-Ray Review

Sam Raimi’s return to horror – Drag Me to Hell – failed to register with viewers as it faded into the pits of heck faster than a cow at an Australian barbecue. It’s a shame, because the movie is an entertaining blast, full of demon hauntings, crazy old gypsie women and more than one kind […]

Don’t Get Lost in Snow White Blu-Ray

Snow storms can be blinding. I can’t say I’ve been in one where I haven’t been able to see, but there was a movie released a few weeks ago that relies on this premise, so it must really happen. After all, Hollywood never lies. But in other news, I popped the all-new Snow White and […]

Roman Polanski Arrested, Faces Extradition

Roman Polanski is no longer “wanted and desired,” as he’s been arrested by the Swiss police for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, according to an article by the Associated Press. He could now face extradition to the United States for the crime that caused him to flee from France. Polanski, who is […]

TV Review: Flash Forward, Episode 1

ABC’s Flash Forward debuted last night, and while I’ll give it another chance, the series premiere was underwhelming. Flash Forward is about a worldwide event where everyone on the planet blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds. Except they didn’t actually black out; instead, they saw glimpses of their own future. Some saw good […]

Dumbest Idea of 2009: Titanic 3D?

Studio executives should have a good sense for future trends, correct? They are the ones intimately involved in the business of movies, and as much as we gripe about the crap that is shoveled into theaters, the fact is that studios make a good amount of money. These executives, to some extent or another, know […]

Blu-Ray Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Every once in a while a movie comes along that defies expectations, that rocks its very essence, that destroys all hope of anything ever succeeding it. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not that film. If X-Men 3 was a disappointment – and it was – Wolverine is a mitigated disaster, full of hammy dialogue, rushed storytelling […]

Capitalism: A Love Story Movie Review

Capitalism: A Love Story, the new well-timed (as always) film by Michael Moore, strikes hard and cuts to the heart of yet another one of the country’s key issues, the manipulation and greed at the core of our capitalist system.  Moore traces the history of our capitalist system from our constitution, which mentions little to […]

FilmJabber: The iPhone Movie Blog

If you have an iPhone, you can now visit the FilmJabber Movie Blog with native iPhone support. No more zooming or scrolling about the screen – just visit the URL http://blog.filmjabber.com/ and you’ll have access to all of our amazingly awesome and unbeatable articles in an easy-to-read, easy-to-comment-on format. Check it out now and make […]

Indiana Jones 5 Coming Soon

It appears to be almost a certainty. In an interview, Harrison Ford had this to say about the prospects of Indiana Jones 5, to be titled Indiana Jones and The Quest to Be Better Than the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: “The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form. […]
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