Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
  • 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.  (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...
  • Review: Rango
    Posted February 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm 3 Comments
    Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski, who have worked together on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, re-team for the animated film Rango. The result is not quite what would be expected. Rango is light on laughs and lacks the typical lovable characters but takes on a tone rarely attempted in family films. (more…)...
  • Review: Takers
    Posted January 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 am 3 Comments
    Takers may long be remembered for having the most egregiously bad photoshopped poster of all-time. The movie however actually performed well at the box office proving lucrative due to a popular ensemble cast. Unfortunately the final product is not unlike the poster as it feels pieced together clumsily and lacks attention to detail. (more…)...
  • Review: Frozen
    Posted December 26th, 2010 at 9:55 am No Comments
    Frozen brings a high concept story, three people are left unknowingly on a ski-lift and have to decide how to save themselves, and does so with unusual control and intelligence. Though it has its share of questionable moments it is a tense thriller that makes the viewer question themselves along with the characters as to the thought process of being in the situation at hand.   (more…)...