Movie Review: TRANSCENDENCE

TRANSENDENCE | © 2014 Warner Bros.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman Writer: Jack Paglen Director: Wally Pfister Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 18, 2014 TRANSCENDENCE tackles some huge ideas. What is consciousness? Can consciousness be proved? How can we prove our identity? What, for others, constitutes acceptable, valuable proof? And that’s before Jack Paglen’s script takes on the huge issues of whether some loss of autonomy is an acceptable trade-off for life and health. These issues don’t just get lip service but form much of the narrative spine of TRANSCENDENCE, and for the better part of the film, it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED LIGHTS

RED LIGHTS movie poster | ©2012 Millennium Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Joely Richardson, Toby Jones Writer: Rodrigo Cortes Director: Rodrigo Cortes Distributor: Millennium Entertainment Release Date: July 13, 2012 It’s a measure of just how effective RED LIGHTS is that, even though we know there has to be a twist, we don’t guess what it is before writer/director/editor Rodrigo Cortes is ready to reveal it. Moreover, he plays fair throughout, leaving clues throughout. Unfortunately, the storytelling that gets us to this point is a bit muddled, so that we, along with the film, do some unnecessary traveling in circles […]Read On »

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DVD Review: RETREAT

RETREAT movie poster | ©2012 Magnet Films

Rating: R Stars: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell, Jimmy Yuill Writers: Carl Tibbetts and Janice Hallett Director: Carl Tibbetts Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: February 21, 2012 DVD and Digital RETREAT is an entry in the subgenre of an isolated couple being menaced by a stranger. There’s a twist here, with the possibility of a pandemic lurking outside the door. What’s actually happening is something of a surprise,  but the screenplay by Janice Hallett and director Carl Tibbetts doesn’t set up the mystery in a way that keeps us guessing excitedly or fearful for the characters. Married […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN TIME

IN TIME movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, Johnny Galecki Writer: Andrew Niccol Director: Andrew Niccol Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October 28, 2011 On the upside, IN TIME has a great premise and its, well, timing couldn’t be better, what with its heartfelt sentiments that the super-rich are draining life from the poor hitting the screen right as Occupy Wall Street is in the streets. On the downside, director/writer/producer Andrew Niccol is so intent on his message that he sidesteps a lot of the potential inherent in his science […]Read On »

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