Posts in category "Movie Revue"

Movie Revue: Prisoners, Wizard of Oz IMAX

Movie Revue: Prisoners, Wizard of Oz IMAX
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. PRISONERS.  This is the kind of movie that was made for Fall viewing.  It’s a dark, adult drama about child kidnapping and the emotional toll that takes on the parents, the cops, and the suspects. ... Read more »

Movie Revue: Riddick, Insidious Chapter 2, The Family, Short Term 12

Movie Revue: Riddick, Insidious Chapter 2, The Family, Short Term 12
Movie Revue is a collection of short but sweet reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. RIDDICK.  Having recaptured a good chunk of his fame by stepping back into the Fast & Furious franchise, Vin Diesel could have gone anywhere with his career.  And, where does he decide... Read more »

Movie Revue: World's End, You're Next, Drinking Buddies, Blue Jasmine

Movie Revue: World's End, You're Next, Drinking Buddies, Blue Jasmine
Movie Revue is a collection of short but sweet reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between.   THE WORLD’S END.  Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost had already set the bar considerably, nearly impossibly, high with their previous films in the “Cornetto Trilogy”: Shaun of the Dead... Read more »
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Movie Revue: Spectacular Now, Kick-Ass 2, The Butler, In a World...

Movie Revue: Spectacular Now, Kick-Ass 2, The Butler, In a World...
Movie Revue is a collection of short but sweet reviews of the latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between.  THE SPECTACULAR NOW.  Ever since John Hughes passed away, the tender, honest teen romance has been M.I.A.  In its place?  Junk like Twilight.   How refreshing then to see the sub-genre come roaring... Read more »

Movie Revue: Conjuring, Only God, RED 2, Turbo

Movie Revue: Conjuring, Only God, RED 2, Turbo
THE CONJURING.  Director James Wan has come a long way from the grisly torture porn of Saw.  Building on some of the horror techniques he used in Insidious, and honing them to even greater effect, The Conjuring is a very stylish and confidently directed scare pic.  The vibe of the film is decidedly retro.  The... Read more »

Movie Revue: Despicable 2, Lone Ranger, Kevin Hart

Movie Revue: Despicable 2, Lone Ranger, Kevin Hart
DESPICABLE ME 2 (98 mins).  What this sequel lacks in a cohesive, well-written script, it makes up for in Minions.  Fans of those little, yellow, banana-loving misfits will find plenty to enjoy here.  The Minions’ hijinks provide the lion’s share of laughs in an otherwise frantic and scatterbrained movie.  Gru (Steve Carell) finds a love... Read more »
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Movie Revue: Red State, Warrior, Bronson, Orgy, Guard, Brother's Keeper

Movie Revue: Red State, Warrior, Bronson, Orgy, Guard, Brother's Keeper
September 2-5 PICKS OF THE WEEK Warrior (****).  A totally rousing sports drama and nuanced, affecting family drama all rolled into one.  Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton should become household names based on the strength of their performances here.  Nearly impossible to dislike.  In Theaters September 9. Bronson (****).  This one’s been in my Netflix queue... Read more »

Movie Revue: Idiot, Colombiana, Afraid

Movie Revue: Idiot, Colombiana, Afraid
August 26-28 PICK OF THE WEEK Our Idiot Brother (***1/2).  As I said before in my “Sneak Peek” review from earlier last week, this is a low-key, formulaic charmer that succeeds and earns its fair share of laughs thanks to a pitch-perfect cast, led by the invaluable Paul Rudd. ALSO SEEN: Don’t Be Afraid of the... Read more »

Movie Revue: Fright Night, Devil's Double, Spy Kids, Freebie, Barney's Version

Movie Revue: Fright Night, Devil's Double, Spy Kids, Freebie, Barney's Version
AUGUST 19-22 PICK OF THE WEEK: Fright Night (****).  The original Fright Night is one of those campy fun horror flicks with an edge that has grown a little soft with the passage of time.  This remake does the original proud, and puts just enough of a modern spin on the tale of a boy... Read more »
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Movie Revue: 30 Minutes, Help, FD5, Smurfs

Movie Revue: 30 Minutes, Help, FD5, Smurfs
August 12-14 PICK OF THE WEEK 30 Minutes or Less (***1/2).  Promising sophomore director Ruben Fleischer’s follow-up to the insta-classic Zombieland is a rude, frantic, R-rated comedy that scores where it counts thanks to two key factors: (1) its length – the movie only runs a scant 83 minutes and barely takes time to breathe, ending... Read more »