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Saturday
Feb042012

'The Woman in Black' review - Harry Potter and the haunted mansion

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Daniel Radcliffe would not be happy if he read the headline for this article. The last Harry Potter movie debuted less than a year ago and he’s been working steadily ever since, trying hard to let us know he is more than just Harry Potter. He hasn’t succeeded yet. Though I enjoyed The Woman in Black, I kept wishing for a little wizard action. Where are Hermoine and Ron when you need them? 

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Friday
Feb032012

'Chronicle' review - Super powers, normal teenagers

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There is a clear message to Chronicle: if you ever see a suspiciously round hole in the middle of a field, check it out. Just don’t bring anyone with emotional issues. Matt and Steve were doing just fine until they made the mistake of dragging Andrew down into the hole with them because they needed the light on his camera. Not wise, guys. 

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Saturday
Jan282012

'The Grey' review - Nature Vs Neeson

The Grey is not the type of movie that will win many awards, but it ought to be. It is quite rare that a movie fills me with such dread without resorting to stupid stunts, boogie monsters or serial killers. The danger in The Grey is terrifying because it’s so real. More importantly though, it stars Liam Neeson, who is so well cast that he’s almost playing himself. 

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Saturday
Jan212012

'Haywire' review - A superb action film that's destined to be a cult classic

Have you ever seen a classic Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movie? Remember the surprising speed and spontaneity of the fights Lee or Chan would have? When those men fought, you could feel the pain. Haywire’s Gina Carano exudes the kind of authenticity of the great action stars of old. And she should, being an actual award-winning mixed martial artist. Thanks to an adept script by Lem Dobbs (The Score) and creative directing by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven), Haywire might be the grittiest action thriller since Taken

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Monday
Dec262011

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' review - An impeccably crafted mystery

On November 9th 2004, 50-year-old Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson died after climbing seven flights of stairs to his office and subsequently suffering a heart attack. Discovered amongst his possessions were manuscripts for three completed, unpublished novels that he had written as personal projects over a number of years. The first was printed and sold in Sweden less than one year later under the title Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women), and again several years later in English as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that this novel sold spectacularly well across the globe, gave rise to two sequels, and spawned a successful trilogy of Swedish-made film adaptations.

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Friday
Dec022011

'Hugo' review - A marvelous film about the magic of cinema

Hugo is a marvelous film about the magic of cinema.

If you’re skeptical, you’re forgiven, as this is a jarring departure from Director Martin Scorsese’s usual material. But what it lacks in gangsters and bullets it makes up for in passion and spectacle. Though billed as a movie for children (and certainly entertaining enough for them), Hugo is a labour of love, and an homage to the visual pleasures of cinema that will delight audiences of all ages and tastes.

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Saturday
Nov262011

'The Muppets' review - A good time for Muppet fans of all ages

When I was young, The Muppets were already a fixture in the entertainment world. It takes a lot of effort to dislike Jim Henson’s Muppets. They’ve always been fantastic family entertainment with that faint edginess to them so the adults enjoy themselves just as much as the kids. I’m happy to report that the formula that made the Muppets so successful is back. After a decade of starring in hit or miss Web videos and lame TV specials, the Muppets have been revived again thanks to Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, and two of the guys who brought you Flight of the Conchords: Bret McKenzie and James Bobin. 

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Tuesday
Nov082011

'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' review - Absurdly stupid, but hella fun

I’ve always had a soft spot for Harold and Kumar. There’s something refreshingly honest in their shenanigans, a proud lack of theatrical ambition that eases moviegoers slowly, tenderly, into the middle of unvarnished lunacy. The cheetah ride in the original film has no right occupying space in my mind as something cinematically classic, nor does the smoking session with George W. Bush that occurred in the second film. These scenes, while highly creative, are absurdly stupid (or stupidly absurd). But they work well because the franchise has never pretended otherwise.

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Saturday
Nov052011

'Tower Heist' review - Wow, Eddie Murphy is funny again

How the hell do you get Steve McQueen’s red Farrari out of the top of Trump Tower? That’s the conundrum facing Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist. Their solution doesn’t make much sense, but it’s as practical as movies like these get. No one moment of Brett Ratner’s new comedy heist will blow you away, but it’s a surprisingly consistent and funny movie. And hey, it’s the first time Eddie Murphy has been funny outside a Shrek movie in more than a decade. Now that’s worth celebrating. 

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Saturday
Oct082011

Talk To Me (2007) review - Don Cheadle can work a mic

Talk To Me is based on the life of radio personality Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene. It’s a classic rise and fall story that managed to keep me engrossed throughout the film. It’s filled with heartfelt moments and the funniest monologues I’ve heard in my life.

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