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Movie Review: SUPER

SUPER movie poster | ©2011 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 1, 2011 There is nothing whatsoever wrong with being part of a subgenre. For example, despite the existence of ALIEN, it’s perfectly possible to make a terrific new movie about scary extraterrestrials – which SUPER writer/director James Gunn actually did a few years back with his horror comedy SLITHER. Gunn’s new film SUPER fits into the non-super-powered superhero genre. The giant monolith in this field is obviously BATMAN, but SUPER belongs to an even smaller […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRUST

TRUST movie poster | ©2011 Millennium Films

Rating: R Stars: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke, Noah Emmerich, Viola Davis, Chris Henry Coffey Writers: Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger Director: David Schwimmer Distributor: Millennium Films Release Date: April 1, 2011 Statutory rape – an adult having sex with a minor, even when the minor consents – is an illegal act that occurs far more frequently in reality that most people would like to acknowledge. It is deemed to be legal rape because, in the eyes of the law, a minor is incapable of giving informed consent – at age fourteen, for instance, an adolescent literally […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SOURCE CODE

SOURCE CODE movie poster | ©2011 Summit Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Ben Ripley Director: Duncan Jones Distributor: Summit Entertainment Release Date: April 1, 2011 SOURCE CODE is one of those movies with a TERMINATOR-like time paradox that causes audiences to leave the theater with furrowed brows. However, the movie comes by its twists honestly, paying off the things it sets up and vice-versa, so that everything is neatly and briskly addressed. Better, director Duncan Jones and writer Ben Ripley let us understand early on what’s happening but keep us guessing throughout as to exactly where this is going and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS

INSIDIOUS movie poster | ©2011 FilmDistrict

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson Writers: Leigh Whannell Director: James Wan Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: April 1, 2011 Let’s just start right off the bat by saying that I love horror movies of all kinds and shapes. I watch them like people eat candy, and I don’t get scared. I might have a movie here or there that makes me jump or produced a surprise reaction, but I generally don’t get freaked by a movie. INSIDIOUS on the other hand, made me sweat. I literally sweat […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOP

HOP movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 1, 2011 Pixar’s made their mark, Dreamworks Animation has their brand and even Blue Sky has a decent track record with their ICE AGE movies. Who would have figured that Illumination Entertainment housed at Universal would be the new cool animated kid on the block? With last year’s DESPICABLE ME and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE poster | ©2011 After Dark Films

Stars: Lauren Holly, Lance Henriksen, Marcelle Baer, Todd Haberkorn, Garrett Hines, Eric F. Adams Writer: Anthony C. Ferrante, story by Anthony C. Ferrante & Jacob Hair Director: Steven C. Miller Network: Syfy, Saturday @ 9 PM Airdate: March 26, 2011 The banshee – or bean sidhe, as it is known in Celtic folklore – is a spirit whose wail signifies imminent death. In SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE, the quasi-preserved head of a banshee winds up in an anonymous box in the antiquities department of a college. When Professor Whelan (Lauren Holly) and her student aides, including her daughter Shayla (Marcelle […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUCKER PUNCH

SUCKER PUNCH poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, John Hamm Writers: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya, story by Zack Snyder Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 25, 2011 There are some worthwhile ideas roaming around inside of SUCKER PUNCH, but like the film’s heroine, they are trapped several layers away from reality. Just to be clear, SUCKER PUNCH’s director/co-writer/story creator Zack Snyder made his feature directorial debut with one of the most compulsively watchable movies ever, the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD. Although zombie movies […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PAUL

PAUL movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Kristen Wigg Writers: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Director: Greg Mottola Distributor: Universal Release Date: March 17, 2010 It’s rare a comedy comes around that’s as delightfully original and laugh-out loud funny as PAUL. Written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (who have previously teamed up as actors in SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ), it’s a very meta-take on what would happen if two geeky nubs came across an actual alien while traveling cross-country in America. In this case, those nubs are English – Graeme […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIMITLESS

LIMITLESS poster | ©2011 Relativity

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth Writer: Leslie Dixon, based on the novel THE DARK FIELDS by Alan Glynn Director: Neil Burger Distributor: Relativity Release Date: March 18, 2011 There are (and will continue to be) a lot of science fiction thrillers that desperately want to be smart and snappy. LIMITLESS is the movie that those are trying to be. There is only one genre twist here, but it informs pretty much everything else that happens, which gives the movie a sound foundation. What makes LIMITLESS work so well, though, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LINCOLN LAWYER

THE LINCOLN LAWYER movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy Writer: John Romano, based on the novel by Michael Connelly Director: Brad Furman Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 18, 2011 THE LINCOLN LAWYER, adapted from L.A. noir mystery master Michael Connelly’s novel, comes to the screen as a thoroughly enjoyable courtroom drama, with plenty of twists and fake-outs. Although the movie doesn’t get maximum mileage out of the central notion that its protagonist uses the inside of his Lincoln Continental as his law office, director Brad […]Read On »

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