Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
  • Review: The Hangover Part II
    Posted May 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 pm 10 Comments »
    The idea of a sequel to the 2009 film The Hangover was a welcome one after having caught audiences off-guard with its hilarious situations in Las Vegas while raking in the cash to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all-time. The characters were likable on their own and had great chemistry together so the thought of following them further absolutely made sense. In the lead-up to The Hangover: Part II however there has been concern regarding the appearance that the plot is a carb...
  • Review: Thor
    Posted May 4th, 2011 at 9:15 am 6 Comments »
    More than the other Marvel projects Thor has faced a distinct level of scrutiny and skepticism. The balancing act of creating mystical elements and other-worldly settings while remaining grounded enough to fit in with the other stories was sure to be a challenge. Rising above expectations that may have been lowered due to those doubts, Thor delivers a compelling and flat out entertaining ride.Ā  (more…)...
  • Review: Source Code
    Posted March 17th, 2011 at 9:30 am No Comments »
    As the sophomore effort for director Duncan Jones, Source Code feels more like a standard sci-fi thriller than the well regarded but tragically underseen Moon. That being saidĀ Source Code brings some unique ideas and delivers a compelling method of storytelling though it ultimately doesn't reach the level of emotional impact that it attempts to achieve. Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a soldier taking part in a program called "The Source Code" which can send someone back to re-live a...
  • Review: The Lincoln Lawyer
    Posted March 15th, 2011 at 9:00 am No Comments »
    Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer is a smart take on the typical legal thriller that works due to the unforeseen twists and turns throughout. It may not have been expertly crafted and in no real way is extraordinary but it certainly is captivating. (more…)...
  • Review – Battle: Los Angeles
    Posted March 11th, 2011 at 3:15 am 6 Comments »
    'Event' films typically appeal to large audiences with their high-level concepts. Many eventually disappoint because those concepts work better in short spurts or the dialogue and stories take a back seat to the special effects. Battle: Los Angeles takes on the always popular alien invasion storyline, and though flawed in ways it delivers exactly what it advertises all the while remaining just grounded enough to avoid the usual pitfalls.Ā  (more…)...
  • Review: Super
    Posted March 7th, 2011 at 1:45 pm No Comments »
    Super is in no way a typical super hero story. The film carries with it a very emotionally heavy tone accented by unrelenting and graphic violence. Its unpredictable nature works quite well and the entertainment value is high, however some aspects being left unexplained prevented it from reaching its full potential. Rainn Wilson stars as Frank D'Arbo, a depressed man already on the edge who loses his recovering drug addict wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) to drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon). After r...
  • Review: The Adjustment Bureau
    Posted March 1st, 2011 at 11:00 pm 10 Comments »
    The Adjustment Bureau isn't a movie that is easily described or fits neatly into a genre. Loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story "Adjustment Team" the film examines philosophy, spirituality, science fiction, politics, and romance all tightly bound within the confines of a thriller. Considering all the elements involved it would be easy for the story to run off track and lose the audience. The Adjustment Bureau however is able to deliver in every facet making for a thought-provoking an...
  • Review: Death Race 2
    Posted February 18th, 2011 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment »
    Death Race 2 is not a sequel as the title would suggest but instead is a prequel to 2008 film. Having gone straight-to-DVD expectations are understandably lowered but the films brings in some credible actors with a concept that still works. Unfortunately it doesn't rise above just being better than the typical non-theatrical release. Carl Lucas is at the center of Death Race 2, as he is sent to "Terminal Island" after a botched bank robbery and ensuing car chase leads to his capture. Not on...
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