Movie Review: 47 RONIN

47 RONIN movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rin Kikuchi Writers: Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, screen story by Chris Morgan & Walter Hamada Director: Carl Rinsch Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2013 In Japan, the real-life story behind 47 RONIN has roughly the same cultural impact that the Alamo has in the U.S. Indeed, there’s a name – Chushingwa – for the genre of books, plays, films, TV shows and artwork about the 47 masterless samurai, or ronin, who banded together to avenge the death of their lord, even though …Read On »

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Movie Review: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin Writers: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini Director: Rupert Sanders Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 1, 2012 After Julia Roberts tore through scenery in the campy MIRROR, MIRROR early this year, prospects for the second big studio reboot of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale certainly didn’t look promising. However, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN has just the right amount of reinvention and visual panache, that it turns out to be a pretty decent movie. The story is way too familiar, which is one of its big drawbacks, but director …Read On »

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Movie Review: DRIVE

DRIVE movie poster | ©2011 Film District

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: September 16, 2011 DRIVE gets off to a promising start, introducing us to our Driver protagonist (Ryan Gosling), a movie car stunt expert by day, a getaway driver by night and an occasional mechanic at a Valley garage when he’s not doing either of his more hazardous professions. We meet the Driver as he’s giving his rules to two robbers who manage not to screw things up …Read On »

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