Methodically delivered The Raven provides a suspense mystery that chills and thrills. Set in the mid 1800’s the Edgar Allan Poe based story has all the earmarks of a winning box office weekend. With excellent direction controlling fine actors and a sold script, the film moves to the top of my best of 2012. Read more
The romantic comedy Overnight now playing in theaters makes an attempted landing in laughter but comes up short of the runway. Although it has some surprisingly funny scenes, as a whole it’s a corny dud. Blame it on the script as I found no fault in the acting. Read more
Woo Woo Woo, Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck and all the sight gags you can handle are back and more impious than ever in The Three Stooges. The very cool film had me in stitches with inane comedy that hits the top of my laughter barometer. Although mainly a guy film, most all who can remember the knuckleheaded trio will love the insane comical antics that never seem to get old. Read more
With a mixture of tongue in cheek comedy and sci-fi action Lockout does an average job of entertaining male teens through adults. The fast paced film reminds me however, of Escape From New York another futuristic film that features some very mean characters and a lot of brutality. Lockout features some very mean looking characters so it’s hard to recommend it to the ladies. Read more
A kick to the head, a fist to the body, guns blazing, explosions rocking the hallways, knives slashing, bodies everywhere and that’s only the first 15 minutes of film The Raid: Redemption. With amazing choreography, realistic combat and creative cinematography the movie makes a big hit. Don’t look for an original story, but that’s not the attraction here. Read more
I am disappointed with the film Bully, not for the content but the lack of it. Centering on just a few examples, the documentary restricts opinions to those filmed and not the millions who have been affected by the awful demeaning acts of aggression. It’s a critical subject that feeds on the young making their futures bleak and uncertain. The absence of a ‘cure’ and only limited suggestions on how children can release themselves from the evils of bulling make this film weak, restrictive and quite powerless. The only benefit that comes from this film is awareness, but I guess it’s a start. Read more
Here’s a nice little comedy that should appeal to the ladies and gentlemen who accompany them. It’s called Life Happens and has a few twists I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed the performances by Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and especially Rachel Bilson. Catch it while it’s hot! Read more
Comedy runs rampant in the sequel American Reunion, with the whole cast returning from American Pie. Although the film does provide a lot of laughs, it may be somewhat hackneyed with each of the characters getting into similar troubles like they did in the original film. But, if it’s just a mindless feature you want to clear out the emotions from a dull and uneventful day, then this film will do the trick. Um, actually American Reunion also turned out to be good humor medicine for me. Read more
One of the most compelling true stories has opened in theaters. The World War II film is called In Darkness and tells the incredible real account of the attempted slaughter of Jews in a Polish city. Intolerable, painful and realistic the tragic attempted extermination shows the heroism of some Polish citizens who sacrificed their own well being for the sake of others. Read more
The web-shooting crusader returns to theaters this July as Andrew Garfield takes on Peter Parker’s role as Spider-Man. Peter is the outcast teen once again fighting for good–and the girl—this time heatthrob Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
Now living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Peter must unravel the mystery of his own past and win over his high school crush, Gwen. When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father, he uncovers a secret that will ultimately shape his role as “Spider-Man” and bring him face to face with the alter ego of his father’s former partner–the Lizard. Read more
In this 5th installment of the Resident Evil franchise—in full 3D no less—Alice (Milla Jovovich) teams up with a resistance movement in the ongoing battle against Umbrella and the undead. Once again captured by Umbrella, Alice awakens in their facility to explore the complex, reveal more of her past, and ultimately find those responsible for the outbreak. This time, she joins forces with resistance teams from major cities around the world and discovers a stunning truth, one that forces her to do some soul searching about who she really is and role of the Umbrella Corporation.
This sequel called Wrath of the Titans happens to be one of those films that if you hadn’t seen the first one, you may get a little lost in the plot. Not, that the plot is very difficult here, but read the following film description and you male tweens to twenties should get the idea even if you haven’t seen Clash of the Titans. Read more
Here’s a surprising and imaginative dance film that’s a nice change of pace. It’s called Musical Chairs and I enjoy the creative way that Director Susan Seidelman handles the sensitive subject matter. It may be out of step for men, but the ladies will love this romantic drama that features some whimsy as well. Read more
A sincere coming of age film with a lot of a unusual romance comes to the screen, it’s called The Matchmaker and features fine acting and direction. The movie gives a heartwarming look into lives that were aching from the past atrocities of war that muddled their futures. If you like films that delve into a slice of life that’s continuously a hardship, it’s time you met The Matchmaker. Read more
This fun film comes out of left field changing wacky into wow. The movie is called Jeff, Who Lives at Home and stars Jason Segel in a role not too unfamiliar for him. The cool thing about Jeff, Who Lives at Home is the unexpected following of Jeff’s usual, unpredictable day. Read more