Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Son Of A Gun: Ewan McGregor Shines (Movie Review)

When a petty thug, JR (Brenton Thwaites, The Giver), is imprisoned, he is taken under the protection of legendary thief Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). Upon his release, he becomes a crucial cog in Lynch’s plan to steal gold, but JR’s interest … Continue reading

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Run All Night: Gangsters, Vengeance, And Shame (Movie Review)

Liam Neeson stars in Taken 4 what Taken 2 should’ve been. As Jimmy Conlon, Neeson must defend his estranged son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman, Robocop, The Killing), from his aging best friend and boss, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris). In the space of one New York evening, … Continue reading

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Top Five: Chris Rock On Chris Rock (Movie Review)

Chris Rock wrote, directed, and starred in the social commentary/standup/ensemble/memoir/satire that is Top Five. You’ll buy or rent this for the cast, and then consider some of the things that Rock is saying about comedy, stardom, and what it means to … Continue reading

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My Girl: Life, Death, & Adolescence (Movie Review)

Anna Chlumsky made her big break into the industry and Macaulay Culkin found something to do in between Home Alone 1 & 2, as a pair of adolescents who tackle love, life, death, and adolescence in the 1991 hit My Girl. This film … Continue reading

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The Breakfast Club Blu-ray: When Labels Become Unstuck (Movie Review) #TBT

John Hughes’ follow-up to Sixteen Candles bears its thesis in the opening and closing voiceovers of the film. It’s a before and after shot of what it means to be a teenager, to be human, to “come of age,” and to struggle … Continue reading

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Chappie: Neil Blomkamp’s Tackles Nature Vs. Nurture (Movie Review)

Chappie is Neil Blomkamp’s ode to robot films of the 1980s, like Robocop and Short Circuit, and this little Walt Disney flick, Pinocchio, from 1940. It has a big heart, the desire for its protagonist to be a “real boy,” and some social issues to … Continue reading

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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Movie Review)

In the seventh story about Peter Pan’s favorite mini-sidekick and her extended tribe of fairies, Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) has a knack for rescuing lost animal souls. A baby hawk with a broken wing? No problem. A snake … Continue reading

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The Captive: Voyeuristic Pursuits (Movie Review)

Atom Egoyan’s film, The Captive, is creepy, not unlike the 2013 Denis Villeneuve thriller Prisoners. The film’s backdrop is snowy Ontario, starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos as Matthew and Tina as they barely hold onto reality for eight years after the … Continue reading

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NFL Films’ Super Bowl XLIX Champions New England Patriots (Movie Review)

Do you remember when the Seattle Seahawks had Super Bowl XLIX wrapped up after Jermaine Kearse’s acrobatic (lucky?) catch, maximizing his athletic control and preparation? Or how about when the media had quarterback Tom Brady categorized as “over the hill” … Continue reading

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Kingsman The Secret Service: Seeing What Others Don’t (Movie Review)

Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake) has taken Mark Millar’s graphic novel The Secret Service and turned it artfully into an artful send-up of the James Bond movies, and a social commentary on plenty of the issues that plague the … Continue reading

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