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Max Payne

Max Payne

To paraphrase comedian/pundit Bill Maher, "New rule! Motion picture adaptations of successful video games must at least be as exciting and inventive as the product they are based on." Of course, Hollywood violates this mandate...

Movie Review posted on 17th October 2008

Quarantine

Quarantine

With innovation such a scarce commodity, Hollywood should really stop remaking foreign films. Aside from their almost universal track record for underachieving, there is something so basic about experiencing a movie in its native tongue...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Of all the misguided movie genres, the modern family film is the most disingenuous. While it argues that it's merely providing "quality" entertainment to those underserved by Hollywood's obsession with sex and violence, the truth...

Movie Review posted on 7th October 2008

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

A comedy that misfires is not a catastrophe. After all, being unfunny is not the worst cinematic crime. Wasting the talents of Simon Pegg, however, surely mandates some kind of conference with the World Court...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

The Family That Preys

The Family That Preys

Tyler Perry is trying. Instead of sticking exclusively to the urban morality plays that made him a certified superstar, he appears to be broadening his niche-based appeal. And he's doing so by taking risks both...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Igor

Igor

Igor is the Rodney Dangerfield of cinematic sidekicks. With rare exceptions (Marty Feldman's turn in Young Frankenstein), the deformed lab assistant gets little horror movie respect. Even the legendary Bela Lugosi balked at the suggestion...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Choke

Choke

Let's face it: No one thought Fight Club would be anything other than another flash of David Fincher directorial determination when it first came out. Critics and audiences were not enamored with the machismo and...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

In 24 years, they've directed only 13 films, so it's not hard to assume that the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) intend to make every one of them count. Of course, when they actually do,...

Movie Review posted on 12th September 2008

Disaster Movie

Disaster Movie

Satan is a studio head. That's really all one can say before starting a review of Disaster Movie.After breaking up with his gorgeous girlfriend Amy (Vanessa Minnillo), Will (Matt Lanter) throws a Super Duper Sweet...

Movie Review posted on 8th September 2008

Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous

Oh brother, here we go again. A professional killer, years into his callous career, suddenly develops a conscience. He decides to take a shady street kid who has already proven to be naïve and unreliable...

Movie Review posted on 5th September 2008

Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D.

In the movie critic handbook (yep, we all get one), there are certain assured signs that a movie is going to tank and tank hard. Sometimes, all it takes is a name over a marquee...

Movie Review posted on 29th August 2008

Traitor

Traitor

Can a thriller really be a thriller without thrills? Better yet, can an international spy story really succeed by purposefully getting us to sympathize with the enemy? That's the double edged sword being wielded by...

Movie Review posted on 27th August 2008

Batman (1966)

Batman (1966)

If you're old enough, you remember when Batman first became a cultural phenomenon. No, not when Tim Burton tagged then-comedian Michael Keaton and Oscar-winning warhorse Jack Nicholson to play the Caped Crusader and his joking...

Movie Review posted on 25th August 2008

Heroes: Season Two

Heroes: Season Two

For many, the second season of this runaway NBC hit was hampered by many things: expectations from the first classic story arc, a writer's strike that seemed to sap all the life out of the...

Movie Review posted on 25th August 2008

Henry Poole Is Here

Henry Poole Is Here

Faith is a funny thing. What other aspect of one's life demands so much and yet typically yields such fleeting pragmatic rewards? Conviction is usually couched in terms of a higher power, but we also...

Movie Review posted on 15th August 2008

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Is it possible for a movie to be too "inside?" Can its farcical focus on the very industry that supports it have the ability to reach beyond the studios and the suits to become a...

Movie Review posted on 13th August 2008

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

Toward the end of the '80s, special effects artists had literally become gods. They had instigated and then escorted in the genre revisionism of the era, while taking their physical art form as far as...

Movie Review posted on 12th August 2008

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

Of all the creatures in the animal kingdom capable of carrying a family film, the fly would be pretty low on the scale. Nothing against the garbage-picking pest, but Jeff Goldblum and David Cronenberg more...

Movie Review posted on 8th August 2008

Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

Though it's hard to believe, over 30 years ago, wines from continents other than Europe (and countries other than France and Italy) were considered crap. Not less palatable or uncertain in quality: Boone's Farm meets...

Movie Review posted on 8th August 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

In the classic movie monster hierarchy, the cloth-clad Mummy really scrapes the bottom of the scare barrel. Aside from his close kinship with the zombie -- sadly, this is one Egyptian artifact that avoids the...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2008

Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

The palatial estate sits languid against the landscape, the massive family home looking as much like a museum as a manor. Within its walls are secrets kept silent for far too many years, a lineage...

Movie Review posted on 25th July 2008

Space Chimps

Space Chimps

There are many concepts that work wonderfully in theory: communism, nuclear energy, monkeys in outer space. Sadly, just like their theoretical counterparts, very few successful practical examples exist. With a title like Space Chimps, one...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Not everyone can make a movie. The motion picture art form, while not incredibly complicated, contains enough nuances and pitfalls to circumvent even the most seasoned show business veteran. Perfect proof of celluloid's selective process...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

Meet Dave

Meet Dave

During his days as SNL's reigning superstar, Eddie Murphy loved to compare himself to Elvis. Sure enough: Two decades later, the former '80s funnyman is allowing his career to die the same way The King...

Movie Review posted on 11th July 2008

The Love Guru

The Love Guru

There is a fine line between genius and junk, especially in the realm of comedy. What makes one audience member laugh can legitimately cause another to groan in disbelief. No one has been more adept...

Movie Review posted on 20th June 2008

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Quick -- name three subjects you think would result in a surefire family film hit. If you said The Great Depression, hobo culture, and the social pariah realities of both, you are clearly one of...

Movie Review posted on 20th June 2008

The Happening

The Happening

You know that co-worker that comes in after a long, uneventful weekend and insists upon telling you every dull detail of his equally uninteresting escapades? You know he thinks he's captivating, with a great story...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2008

Sex and the City

Sex and the City

Whenever you bring a popular TV series to the big screen, you always face one inevitable difficulty -- will this material play outside the already dedicated fanbase? Does familiarity breed financial rewards, or does the...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2008

Chronicles Of An Exorcism

Chronicles Of An Exorcism

As a so-called novel filmmaking device, the "found footage" approach of first person POV storytelling has just about run its course. Frankly, The Blair Witch Project almost concurrently begat and destroyed the genre in one...

Movie Review posted on 26th May 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

In Clerks II, uber-slacker Randal described the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a series of endless walks. Nothing but nonstop, pointless treks. One has to wonder what his reaction would be to the overwhelming...

Movie Review posted on 16th May 2008

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