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Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Hollywood has found a new cash cow, though the use of the latter term might get more than a few supposedly chauvinistic critics in trouble. The modern woman, sick of the same old sloppy rom-com...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2009

Friday the 13th (2009)

Friday the 13th (2009)

Of all the horror film icons, Jason Voorhees is directly connected to the '80s explosion in home video entertainment. Alongside Wes Craven's dream demon Freddy Krueger, VHS and the ready availability of product allowed an...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2009

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Some movies achieve their infamy based on their content. They become classics or crap because of what is actually up on the screen. Then there are those titles that, while seemingly inauspicious in their debut,...

Movie Review posted on 11th February 2009

The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2

Back in the fun, free-basing '70s, Steve Martin was a stand-up comic god. Me Decade audiences lined up for hours to see this one-man Beatles of absurdist humor. They bought his albums, memorized his skits...

Movie Review posted on 6th February 2009

He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You

Women are pathetic -- at least, that's the message being preached by a recent rash of horribly misguided motion pictures. In Sex and the City, they're depicted as materialistic sluts who use their fading feminine...

Movie Review posted on 6th February 2009

The Uninvited

The Uninvited

As part of our ongoing battle with mortality, ghosts have become a comforting conduit to "the other side." No longer are they purely spectral poltergeists bent on driving the living insane. Instead, if you believe...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2009

Outlander

Outlander

We are apparently in the midst of a minor Viking renaissance. In 2007, Marcus Nispel followed up his successful revamp of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the little seen Pathfinder. Centering on an orphaned Norsemen,...

Movie Review posted on 23rd January 2009

Inkheart

Inkheart

Nothing warms a writer's icy heart more than something that champions books -- and reading, specifically. As communication becomes more and more a collection of texting abbreviations and message board protocols, the art of literature...

Movie Review posted on 23rd January 2009

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

When slasher films dominated the local theater chains way back in the '80s, holidays seemed to be the sensible starting place to develop your fear franchise. Halloween had proven profitable, and Friday the 13th definitely...

Movie Review posted on 16th January 2009

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Some celebrities aren't meant to cross over into different mediums. While they may look good on a concert stage or in a series of small-screen comedy sketches, that doesn't mean they're headed for cinematic superstardom....

Movie Review posted on 16th January 2009

An American Carol

An American Carol

To hear Conservatives tell it, Hollywood is out of touch with the true "America." To them, the ultra-liberal product produced by the morally (and creatively) bankrupt individuals of Tinseltown just doesn't reflect the country's true...

Movie Review posted on 1st January 2009

Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Animal films are critical landmines. Step wrong, opinion-wise, and readers will accuse you of being everything from heartless and insensitive to PETA's public enemy number one. Clearly, Old Yeller and other four-footed tearjerkers have made...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2008

Nothing Like the Holidays

Nothing Like the Holidays

Caucasians have not cornered the market on festive dysfunction. It may seem like every Christmas family in freefall is as white as the snow that symbolizes the season, but that's not true. All ethnicities have...

Movie Review posted on 23rd December 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Remakes are the bane of many a film fan's existence. Some are strident in their wholesale hatred, while others take a "wait and see" stance before eventually dismissing the attempted upgrade. Of course, by doing...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2008

Delgo

Delgo

Name the cinematic genre that's easiest to mess up, and sci-fi/fantasy is pretty high up on the list. Flights of imagination, when done correctly, resonate with a kind of clarity and cleverness that instantly connect...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2008

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

The story about how the white man cheated the African-American out of his rhythm and blues heritage for the cash cow known as rock and roll is by now the stuff of legend. Heck, Little...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2008

Timecrimes

Timecrimes

If offered, it's a safe bet that not a single one of us would turn down the possibility of going back in time, especially to right a wrong that may have been committed. Such a...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2008

Nobel Son

Nobel Son

Plot is a funny thing. Not enough, and audiences will nod off. Too much, however, and you run the risk of confusing the viewer. For the most part, overly complicated films are viewed as arrogant...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2008

Transporter 3

Transporter 3

Remember the Star Trek films theory? You know, the argument that says every even-numbered entry (two, four, six, so on) in the series was great, while every odd numbered movie was mediocre to awful? Well,...

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Rare is the individual who can leave a mark on his chosen profession. In the case of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, there's an entire school of journalistic thought named after him. Architect of the now...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2008

Twilight

Twilight

Damn you Anne Rice! Even since you introduced that lovelorn supermodel turned bloodsucker Lestat, the vampire has been romanticized all out of proportion. Cold yet compassionate, sexy but spurned, the supposed supernatural monster has gone...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2008

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

When Daniel Craig was announced as the next 007, the collective groan from the Ian Fleming faithful was almost loud enough to drown out the uniform shrug of the post-modern moviegoer. Where once he was...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2008

Soul Men

Soul Men

It's a damn shame. As a stand-up Bernie Mac had no equal. He even made a winning transition to television with his hit semi-autobiographical sitcom. But as an actor, success as the lead in a...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

To a film critic, the mainstream is like a ravenous shark with a defective hypothalamus. As long as Hollywood seeds the entertainment waters with chum, the masses will feed and feed until their dead, lifeless...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Caucasians, apparently, have no soul. Or heart. Or common sense. According to the movies, whenever the majority lacks a moment of personal clarity, they seek solace, advice, and sage-like wisdom from the groups they marginalized...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2008

Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series

Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series

In the history of sketch comedy, Monty Python's Flying Circus stands as The Beatles of humor. Not only were members Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam geniuses at...

Movie Review posted on 31st October 2008

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Clive Barker was a virtual unknown when, in 1987, he cashed in his literary cachet to write and direct the bloody and brilliant Hellraiser. Based on his own short story, and centering on the underworld's...

Movie Review posted on 30th October 2008

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine

In the highly competitive (and commerce-oriented) business called show, mimicry is the sincerest form of financial flattery. Once a genre hits, or film type clicks, you can be guaranteed of a hundred other wannabes straggling...

Movie Review posted on 30th October 2008

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Something sinister is going on over at the House of Mouse. Scientists should study Disney to see how they manage to make huge pop culture phenomena out of the slightest of entertainment material. Recently, they...

Movie Review posted on 27th October 2008

Saw V

Saw V

At this point in the Saw series, reviews really don't matter. Frankly, this is one of the few fright franchises where audiences don't care about character development, directorial flair, or narrative invention. Instead, they want...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2008

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

We pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away this week at the age of 76.

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

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Is Netflix's 'Outlaw King' Starring Chris Pine The New 'Braveheart'?

Is Netflix's 'Outlaw King' Starring Chris Pine The New 'Braveheart'?

We can't wait until the Fall for this gritty historic thriller.

7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

From Robbie Williams to Olly Murs, these musicians are still football mad.

Paul McCartney - Fuh You Lyric Video

Paul McCartney - Fuh You Lyric Video

It's a far cry from The Beatles' 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand', but Paul McCartney has unveiled a risque new single entitled 'Fuh You'.

Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

Which of Madonna's many hits do you think is the best?

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