Reviews

“Transformers 4: Age of Extinction” Falls Shorter than The First Three Movies

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Transformers 4: Age of Extinction serves as a finale that oddly parallels the tear-jerking ending in The Iron Giant. ?A 50-foot robot blasts off from Earth never to be seen again. Unlike that wonderful movie, Michael Bay left me tasting metal with how many pieces of robot flew into the theater. And if there were(…)

“Begin Again” Delivers with a Solid Plot and Rocking Music

“Begin Again” Delivers with a Solid Plot and Rocking Music 1

When a drunk record label exec walks into a bar, he catches an earful of his latest East Village muse. No. This isn’t me shamelessly trying out a joke; it’s a scene from John Carney’s new movie Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Begin Again’s premise is a lot like that of the(…)

“Muppets Most Wanted” movie review

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Disney snatches up anything that isn’t bolted down, and The Muppets have belonged to “The Mouse Almighty” for a decade now. The last Muppet movie was a big success. Loved by critics and audiences, the $45-million picture grossed more than $150 million and even brought home an Oscar for best original song. Now a bit(…)

Robocop movie review

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The original “RoboCop,” the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven, was a vicious, unrepentant foray into deep cultural fears about corporate domination, media corruption and the urban crime epidemic. Now in the 21st century we are neck-deep in the realizations of those fears: the movie’s native environment of Detroit has gone from a city in crisis(…)

Review: That Awkward Moment

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Freshman screenwriter and director Tom Gormican gets a lot of credit for getting financing for this movie. Not only is it a rom-com where the main characters are guys instead of clumsy, too-busy-for-men ladies, it’s also an original script that was somehow not adapted from a chick-lit novel or a self-help book. The mind reels.(…)

Review: “Ride Along” is shockingly not terrible

Review: “Ride Along” is shockingly not terrible 0

The first 40 minutes of “Ride Along” are awkward, poorly edited and acted, and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. None of this seems surprising- as stated before, January is Trash Duty. A cop comedy with Ice Cube and the infinitely marketable Kevin Hart (who appears to be in literally every comedy(…)

The Legend of Hercules movie review

The Legend of Hercules movie review 0

Well it’s January, boys and girls, and that means it’s Trash Time! For those not fortunate enough to know, the first two or three months of every year are dedicated to studios clearing their shelves of all their embarrassing-yet-profitable dreck for a tidy first quarter revenue stream. It’s beautiful, really- like watching black-hearted capitalism and(…)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review

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It’s a well-worn joke that Peter Jackson doesn’t know how to make a short movie. All of his major films have clocked in at 2.5 hours or longer (that’s before the special release director’s cut, and the DVD extras). He’s also a founding member of the Christopher Nolan All-Stars, a.k.a. Directors who Have Too Much(…)

Thor: The Dark World review

Thor: The Dark World review 0

Chris Hemsworth’s character might be the title of this sequel, and an Avenger to boot, but dammit, Thor: The Dark World is Tom Hiddleston’s movie. Directed by: Alan Taylor Written by: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston How do I accurately convey how good Hiddleston is in this(…)