Films

by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Film

With a contrasting 13% approval rating from critics and 90% approval rating from viewers, the rottentomatoes.com ratings for the weekend CGI family dud Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return seem to point out a curious example of the professional and public filmgoers not seeing eye-to-eye.

Of course, since this is a film that came in eighth place with only $3.7 million for its weekend bank, at least part of that disparity can easily be attributed to the fact that, honestly, not very many people went and saw it in the first place.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Film

Ten years ago, a movie changed my life. Whether it was for better or worse is up to the reader. It was Sam Rami's Spider-Man 2, which to me is the most painful incarnation of the initial trilogy of Spider-Man films. For me, it was way too much of a sob story crossed with Darkman and not enough of the Spider-Man that I knew from the comics, who was perfectly described in the '60s cartoon theme.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Film

With the Gareth Roberts-directed, Bryan Cranston-starring Godzilla reboot poised to destroy the summer box office May 16, the 1954 Japanese original has been making theater rounds across the nation.

Regional viewers wanting to see the big nuclear beast in its first screen outing will be able to do so at the Warren Oldtown Theatre on May 12 and 13, with screenings at 7 and 10 p.m. each day.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Film

Brick Mansions is, mostly, what the trailer leads you to think it would be — another dumb Paul Walker actioner trying too hard to be visually edgy and exciting and trying too little to be, you know, any good whatsoever.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Film

"It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory." Oh, Sam, how I wish you were around for real to play me some good ol' tunes to drown my sorrows in the latest attempt at a "romantic comedy," featuring a trio of women getting revenge on a common lover.

No, I didn't catch a rival screening of The First Wives Club, but rather The Other Woman, which trumped Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the number one spot at the weekend box office. God, it's degrading to say that Cap got beaten by a trio of vengeful girls.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Film

So, if we all shunned technology everything would be better off, wouldn't it? I truly hope you answered "no" to that question.

One of the many things I can appreciate about living in today's age is the fact that I didn't have to write this entire review out by hand. If we were to suddenly revert back to those old ways, there would be no sense of progress and our whole world order would revert to an amok system where there would be constant fear and panic.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Film

Director/co-writer Mike Flanagan's Oculus continues the supernatural gothic horror trend that's proven so successful lately with entries such as the Insidious franchise and The Conjuring, proving to be an excellent genre film in its own right.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Film

It's really sad to see that Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman can't seem to catch a break these days. Here we have two well-regarded filmmakers that are really slumming in these later days of their careers. Reitman's previous films were critical bombs and Costner's latest acting choices have been less inspired. Combining both of these mediocrities results in a very unsatisfactory effort called Draft Day.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Film

As a family film, Rio 2 will have the kids ecstatically entertained with its colorful palette and musical numbers, while their parents slump down in their seats from boredom due to its bevy of stale cliches.

A news update reveals to Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three offspring that a cluster of other Spix's Macaws are apparently living in the Amazon. Thinking they've been the only Spix's Macaws left in the world, Jewel convinces her less-than-eager husband to embark on a trip to the Amazon to find them.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Film

Marvel Comics' famed Star Spangled Avenger returns for another solo entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, which broke April box office records this previous weekend. Critical acclaim has been coming in by the droves, proclaiming Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the greatest superhero sequel ever made. That type of reaction is a bit too strong. What can be agreed upon is that this outing is quite a decent Captain America film, which can't be said for the previous Thor film or how everyone treats the lackluster Iron Man sequels.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Film

Director Darren Aronofsky has, throughout his career, been deftly able to direct films built on complex philosophical or emotional underpinnings with strong, complicated characters propelling the action. Now, the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan continues his tradition with the blockbuster-budgeted Noah, resulting in a quasi-Biblical epic that delivers in spades.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Film

The Grand Budapest Hotel may be Wes Anderson at, well, his most Wes Anderson-esque. Those that dislike the director for his unusual style and idiosyncrasies are advised to avoid this film. Viewers that appreciate the director's work, though, are going to discover a rich, quirky cinematic tapestry that's a feast for both the eyes and ears.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Film

Aside from gaining another opportunity to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in his latest post-Governorship action film, it was a real kick to tell the person behind the box office counter, "One for 'Sabataage,'" pronouncing the film's title in the way William Shatner did on Star Trek, which erupted with a famous response when the director called him out on his mispronunciation with, "Don't correct me! It sickens me!"

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Film

Despite those who thought — and, indeed, actively wanted — director Jose Padilha's remake to be a complete disaster, the new RoboCop is actually pretty well-loaded with good ideas, good performances, and good action setpieces. Its biggest problem lies in the fact that it just didn't know what to do with them in the end.

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by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

Dead Man Down is the latest film from director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and it's a muddled, sometimes stupid, mess.

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Though Franco is not always so Powerful.

by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

Over his long and varied career, Sam Raimi has proven to be nothing if not versatile. From the roaring visual kineticism of his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness roots, through taut thrillers like A Simple Plan and The Gift, through the monstrously expensive first Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi's filmography may have its blemishes, but they're rarely due to lack of cinematic vision. Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid continuation of this streak, and, as can be imagined, it's absolutely gorgeous to watch unfold.

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by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

Dead Man Down is the latest film from director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and it's a muddled, sometimes stupid, mess.

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Though Franco is not always so Powerful.

by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

Over his long and varied career, Sam Raimi has proven to be nothing if not versatile. From the roaring visual kineticism of his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness roots, through taut thrillers like A Simple Plan and The Gift, through the monstrously expensive first Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi's filmography may have its blemishes, but they're rarely due to lack of cinematic vision. Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid continuation of this streak, and, as can be imagined, it's absolutely gorgeous to watch unfold.

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