Movie Review: DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Simon Kinberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 7, 2019 DARK PHOENIX is okay. If that sounds like less than a ringing endorsement, this is because the movie doesn’t hum with the invention and joy of the best X-MEN movies. On the other hand, it’s clear and coherent, takes on a few issues previously unmentioned in the film series, and has some action sequences that work very well. Apart from THE WOLVERINE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer Writers: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Paul Dehn, based on the book PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 11, 2014 By certain standards, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of the most profitable films ever made. No, it didn’t have the worldwide box office grosses of, say, TITANIC, […]Read On »

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Interview: Elias Koteas on CHICAGO P.D. Season 1

Elias Koteas in CHICAGO P.D. - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE was such a hit of the 2012-2013 season that it took barely a year for it to launch a spin-off, CHICAGO P.D., Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The two series share characters and authentic Chicago locations, as well as executive producer Dick Wolf. On CHICAGO P.D., Elias Koteas plays undercover detective Alvin Olinsky, a master of blending into the background. Koteas, a native of Montreal, studied acting in New York. He had an early role as a skinhead in John Hughes’ SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Since then, he’s been in a number of notable feature films including […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PARANORMAN

PARANORMAN | (c) 2012 Universal Pictures

Stars (voices): Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, John Goodman Writer: Chris Butler Directors: Sam Fell & Chris Butler Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: August 17, 2012 PARANORMAN is the latest 3-D stop-motion animation release from a lot of the folks who brought you the film version of CORALINE (writer Neil Gaiman isn’t involved here, but a lot of the sensibility is the same). The movie is full of surprises, not the least of which is what those surprises actually are. Written […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LET ME IN director Matt Reeves takes on the dark side of adolescence

LET ME IN Blu-ray | ©2011 Anchor Bay

One of the scariest things about the horror film LET ME IN, which is about a bullied young boy Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends vampire girl Abby (Chloe Moretz), is that it’s a remake of the excellent Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. To tackle such a perfect film for American audiences could have been a suicide mission for any other filmmaker. However, writer-director Matt Reeves managed to take the seeds that made the original film so perfect and translate it beautifully with LET ME IN (which hits DVD and Blu-ray his week). The CLOVERFIELD helmer spoke with ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LET ME IN

LET ME IN teaser poster | ©2010 Overture Films

Rating: R Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas Writer: Matt Reeves, based on the screenplay and novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Overture Films Release Date: October 1st, 2010 Director/screenwriter Matt Reeves is fairly faithful to the story, characters and even environment in LET ME IN, his English-language version of the 2008 Swedish horror film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Seeing the original, it was very hard to imagine the movie being made in the U.S., and filmmaker Reeves has tilted one element of the story to make it creepier and ever so […]Read On »

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