Movie Review: ASSASSIN’S CREED

ASSASSIN'S CREED | © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams, Charlotte Rampling, Brendan Gleeson, Essie Davis Writers: Michael Lesslie and Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, based on the Ubisoft game Director: Justin Kurzel Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 21, 2016 There are plenty of movies adapted from videogames. What makes ASSASSIN’S CREED notable among these is that it actively tries to look like a videogame, even though it’s got big-name actors and what appears to be impressive practical production value. (The film lists multiple locations, including Malta, Spain and the U.K. – no need to be […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 23: The ALLIED with MOANA edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review Disney 56th animated movie MOANA with David Tracy, communications director of Chaos Group and the co-host of Old Movies, New Beer and Sonia’s better half, and Juan Uriarte, host of the Instant Ramen podcast. Then David and Juan stick around to discuss about the state of Disney animation. Do they still make ‘em like they used to? We talk about that. In our third segment, we review the new World War II spy drama ALLIED, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week, including the ratings […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES final poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, based on characters created by DC Comics, Batman created by Bob Kane Director: Christopher Nolan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 20, 2012 Few movies come with as many built-in expectations as does THE DARK KNIGHT, director/co-writer Christopher Nolan’s finale to the Batman saga he started with 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS and continued with 2008’s THE DARK KNIGHT. Christian Bale is as brooding and tortured as they come in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CONTAGION

CONTAGION movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Sanaa Lathan, Bryan Cranston, Enrico Colantoni, Anna Jacoby-Heron Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 16, 2011 If there is a worldwide pandemic of a fatal disease, odds are good that it will play out fairly like what we see in CONTAGION. Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have made a film that plays like a curious hybrid of a CNN special report and a zombie movie – minus the walking dead, of course, but […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Classics

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson Writer: Woody Allen Director: Woody Allen Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: May 20, 2011 Woody Allen has been writing and directing movies since 1969’s TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (or 1966’s WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY? If one counts his before-its-time MSTK redubbed take on a Japanese spy film). He started out as a farceur, then did comedy/dramas, then tried straight drama and by 1980, he made a movie called STARDUST MEMORIES where aliens told his onscreen alter ego (played by Allen) that […]Read On »

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