Movie Review: JOHN CARTER

JOHN CARTER movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara Writers: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the story “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs Director: Andrew Stanton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 9, 2012 There’s a very fine line in science-fiction/fantasy between playing it straight and lapsing into preposterous solemnity on one side and self-parody on the other. In this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars,” director Andrew Stanton and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GUARD

THE GUARD movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan Writer: John Michael McDonagh Director: John Michael McDonagh Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: July 29, 2011 In Ireland, the police are known as “the garda,” pronounced “guard,” hence the title of the film. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s film takes place in a small coastal town in Connemara in the west of Ireland, where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) can get away with a good deal of irreverence and petty larceny. This seemingly puts him on a collision course with straitlaced FBI Special […]Read On »

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Exclusive photos from the GREEN LANTERN Los Angeles World Premiere

Ryan Reynolds at the Los Angeles Premiere of GREEN LANTERN | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. held the Los Angeles World Premiere of GREEN LANTERN June 15th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Fans were everywhere you looked as Hollywood Boulevard was closed to traffic. Hoping to catch the stars of the movie, which is based upon the characters appearing in the comic book published by DC Comics.  They were not disappointed as Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and others signed autographs and posed for pictures with them. The black carpet had the GREEN LANTERN symbol on it and at the end of the carpet the ship. Seen waking the carpet were the stars […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERN poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Jay O. Sanders, Temuera Morrison, Clancy Brown Writers: Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Berlanti & Green & Guggenheim Director: Martin Campbell Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 17, 2011 There is great dramatic tension onscreen in GREEN LANTERN. Unfortunately, it has almost nothing to do with the story. Instead, it lies within the intense commitment of stars Ryan Reynolds and Peter Sarsgaard to keeping their characters vital and engaging, and the occasional blast of wonderful dialogue, battling […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EAGLE

THE EAGLE movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare Writer: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: February 11, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the team that previously brought us THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, now set a tale in actual, albeit ancient, Scotland. Although THE EAGLE is much more steeped in legend and natural beauty (the film was shot in Scotland and Hungary), the filmmakers manage to bring the moral ambiguity levels impressively high, even […]Read On »

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