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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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Movie Review: RED RIDING HOOD

RED RIDING HOOD teaser poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie, Lukas Haas Writer: David Johnson Director: Catherine Hardwicke Distributor : Warner Bros. Release Date: March 11, 2011 The Big Bad Wolf in RED RIDING HOOD is not the real villain of the piece, but the script itself by David Johnson – a messy, TWILIGHT-infused Tween disaster directed by TWILIGHT’s Catherine Hardwicke. So desperate to match TWILIGHT’s main beats (innocent girl enticed by a Big Bad), RED RIDING HOOD blows every opportunity to be its own movie. Hell, Shiloh Fernandez who plays Huntsman Peter opposite red riding hood Valerie (Amanda […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

BATTLE: LA final poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Pena, Jim Parrack Writer: Chris Bertolini Director: Jonathan Liebesman Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: March 11, 2011 In BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (aka BATTLE: LA), Planet Earth is suddenly under attack in twenty different seaport cities around the globe. As the title suggests, we’re in Los Angeles, present day, where a platoon of U.S. Marines try to get across the city with some civilians in tow, while simultaneously fighting the well-armed invaders. Nobody can accuse director Jonathan Liebesman and writer Chris Bertolini of dragging their feet. BATTLE opens […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARS NEEDS MOMS

MARS NEEDS MOMS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon Writer: Simon Wells & Wendy Wells , based on the story MARS NEEDS MOMS by Berkley Breathed Director: Simon Wells Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 11, 2011 MARS NEEDS MOMS is the latest CGI offering from Walt Disney and Image Movers Digital (who were responsible for the performance capture films THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL).  I have had to warm to the slick almost real style of motion capture animation. Sometimes it really works for me, and other times it’s so natural/unnatural […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK DEATH

BLACK DEATH movie poster | ©2011 Magnet Releasing

Rating: R Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon, John Lynch, Tim McInnerny, David Warner Writer: Dario Poloni Director: Christopher Smith Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: March 11, 2011 To compare or not to compare? There’s a particular genre movie that BLACK DEATH brings to mind, but will naming it give the game away, or indeed lead readers to wrong assumptions about the new film? Since the subgenre of Christianity vs. paganism is relatively small, let’s say there are some thematic similarities to – along with striking differences from – the original WICKER MAN (put the miserable […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE IRISHMAN

KILL THE IRISHMAN movie poster | ©2011 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters, based on the book TO KILL THE IRISHMAN by Rick Porrello Director: Jonathan Hensleigh Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Release Date: March 11, 2011 According to the press notes on KILL THE IRISHMAN – and there’s no reason to doubt them – 36 bombs went off in Cleveland during the summer of 1976 alone, courtesy of a ferocious gang war. These days, who remembers or ever knew organized crime was that active and that angry in the Midwest? Rick Porrello, now a […]Read On »

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Exclusive: Broadway vet gives take on SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK controversy

SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Broadway poster

This Friday, actor Kevin Cahoon stars in the new Disney CGI animated films MARS NEEDS MOMS as the Martian sidekick Wingnut. However, Cahoon is also known for his Broadway work, including his work with Julie Taymor on THE LION KING musical. Naturally, we couldn’t resist asking him his take on Taymor’s latest Broadway effort SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, which has had its fair share of controversy, accidents, unhappy actors – and all of this in the preview stage. Here’s what Cahoon had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve worked with Julie Taymor before on THE LION KING musical, what […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp Writer: George Nolfi, based on the story THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM by Philip K. Dick Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 4, 2011 Screenwriter George Nolfi, who has previously tackled THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, OCEAN’S TWELVE and TIMELINE, makes his feature directorial debut with THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (adapted by Nolfi from Philip K. Dick’s THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM). The film has a curious inversion of the usual problem that plagues big science-fiction/fantasy films. Instead of a terrific idea populated by rote characters, here we’ve got delightful characters […]Read On »

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