Movie Review: RUN ALL NIGHT

RUN ALL NIGHT poster | ©2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Nick Nolte, Common, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany Writer: Brad Ingelsby Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 13, 2015 RUN ALL NIGHT is one of those movies that could be a lot better, but it could also be a lot worse. If one can accept the colossal coincidence that fuels the action, it has solid emotional underpinnings, a strong cast and a snazzy visual style courtesy of director Jaume Collet-Serra. On the flip side, writer Brad Ingelsby’s on-the-nose dialogue tends to undercut the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

AMERICAN SNIPER movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2014 In AMERICAN SNIPER, Bradley Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, so far the deadliest sharpshooter in U.S. military history. As a Navy SEAL, Kyle made an estimated 160 kills in his four tours of duty in Iraq. As a bare-bones premise, this could have gone any which way. Based on the book by the real Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, Jason Hall’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde Writers: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 12, 2014 The story of Moses leading the Jews of out slavery in Egypt is one of the better-known tales throughout the world. It’s central to Jewish and Christian Biblical lore, and chances are good that even people who practice other faiths or are not religious at all have heard some version of it. Now director Ridley Scott, with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INHERENT VICE

INHERENT VICE movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Joanna Newsom, Eric Roberts, Michael Kenneth Williams, Martin Donovan, Sasha Pieterse, Hong Chau, Jordan Christian Hearn, Jeannie Berlin Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 12, 2014 Although novelist Thomas Pynchon is a legendary American writer who has so far brought forth eight novels and numerous short stories (in addition to a lot of technical writing), INHERENT VICE is the first of his works to make it to […]Read On »

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CD Review: ST. VINCENT soundtrack

ST. VINCENT soundtrack | ©2014 Sony Classical Records

MARLEY AND ME composer Theodore Shapiro has always had a thing for the comedic underdog in such scores as DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and ONCE CHANCE, all while creating clearly distinct musical characters for these seeming losers, whether it be wacky percussion, dream-like melody or operatic triumph. But he’s likely never gotten a true, cantankerous schlub like Bill Murray’s boozing Vietnam vet who seems to be anything but ST. VINCENT. Yet like all of his previous life-losers, Shapiro finds a heart of gold underneath them with his catchy, rhythmic approach. The trick here […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR poster | ©2014 DreamWorks/20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru Writers: John Aboud and Michael Colton and Brandon Sawyer, based on characters created by Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath Directors: Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: November 26, 2014 First introduced in 2005’s MADAGASCAR, continuing to steal scenes through two sequels and gaining their own TV show, the quartet of ever-caper-ready Antarctic flightless birds are now headlining their own 3D animated feature, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. The results are usually deft, paced […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE IMITATION GAME

THE IMITATION GAME poster | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Alex Lawther Writer: Graham Moore, based on the book ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA by Andrew Hodges Director: Morten Tyldum Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: November 26, 2014 By now, it is generally known that, during WWII, the British set up a secret code-breaking unit in Bletchley Park dedicated to deciphering the messages put out by Germany’s Enigma Machine. Information once hidden under the Official Secrets Act also includes the fact that mathematical genius Alan Turing (played in the film by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks Writers: Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, characters created by Michael Markowitz Director: Sean Anders Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 26, 2014 2011’s HORRIBLE BOSSES was a pretty funny if not always on-target riff on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 suffers in part because it’s not organized as a riff on anything in particular, and partly because a notable portion of its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OPEN WINDOWS

OPEN WINDOWS movie poster | ©2014 Cinedigm

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell Writer: Nacho Vigalondo Director: Nacho Vigalondo Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: November 7, 2014 OPEN WINDOWS declares its intentions right from the start, when we appear to be watching an especially cheesy horror movie starring scream queen Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Then it turns out we’re watching a trailer, being watched at a convention, which is in turn being streamed live on the computer of Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood). We can’t say we weren’t stylistically warned that the film is going to play more than a few tricks on its characters and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PACT 2

THE PACT 2 movie poster | ©2014 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Camille Luddington, Caity Lotz, Scott Michael Forster, Patrick Fischler, Mark Steger Writers: Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath Directors: Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: Theatrical and VOD October 31, 2014 The good and bad news about THE PACT 2 is that it’s a horror sequel that stands perfectly well on its own; there’s no need to have seen the original PACT. The good news is that newcomers will feel up to speed; the bad news is that this means the plot is relatively sparse. June Abbott (Camille Luddington) is a […]Read On »

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