Movie Reviews

Published by on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

While hilarity and flashes of filmmaking genius punctuate cinema guru Martin Scorsese’s uber-decadent The Wolf of Wall Street, this cautionary tale about avarice in America is a messy magnum opus that too often revels in the very way of life it is warning against.

Published by on Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 9:21am | 0 Comments

With its fleeting moments of brilliance and humor, American Hustle is a non-apologetic portrayal of the ABSCAM FBI operations of the 1970s. Featuring an ensemble cast that excels from scene to scene, the film tends to veer from focusing solely on the operation to revealing the complex relationships that act in parallel with the numerous cons set in motion.

Published by on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 9:32pm | 2 Comments

Sensationalism in news is a battle that journalists, citizens, and bean counters have conducted for hundreds of years. Since news became syndicated 24 hours a day, the need to fill the majority of that time has forced companies to scrape the bottom of the barrel and express a unified, conglomerate political and economic agenda.

Published by on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:02am | 1 Comments

Where An Unexpected Journey was long and disappointing, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will reunite the adventure seekers with a relentless spat of scenes taken right out of the original novel. Returning from where the heroes left off, they pick themselves up by their bootstraps and find a little courage to trek on.

Published by on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

In 1993, Joe Douchett (Josh Brolin) is an advertising executive at a low scale firm. After he blows off his daughter’s 3rd birthday party to woo a new client at dinner, he then sabotages himself by hitting on his new client’s wife. Joe takes to the streets and drinks excessively, and even stops by a bar owned by his long-time friend Chucky (Michael Imperioli). When Joe wakes up the next day in a modern apartment that is locked from the outside.

Published by on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 3:08pm | 0 Comments

While the events of the Occupy Movement have certainly faded now more than they had when The Hunger Games was released in theaters, its sequel, Catching Fire captures the growing dissent amongst Panem citizens as Katniss Everdeen’s unconventional fighting tactics provided hope to the downtrodden.

Published by on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 9:34pm | 0 Comments

Triple threat filmmaker Dan Eberle has torn a page or two from the fertile scripts of David Mamet to craft Cut To Black, a gritty-but-polished crime drama about a disgraced ex-cop’s last bid at salvation. In addition to directing and writing the film, Eberle plays Bill Ivers, a former corrupt police officer who lost his badge a long time ago, but can’t seem to drag himself away from the “corrupt” part.

Published by on Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

Save from a few campy moments, Cold Blooded is a crime thriller that is unequivocally more interesting than its Hollywood counterparts. Featuring a hyper-dynamic sense of character relationships and plot, the film is a refreshing independent effort. With so many filmmakers wishing to replicate and honor the Tarantinos, Rodriguezes, and Romeros of the world, it’s impressive to see a young filmmaker find their own voice and express that voice through resourceful filmmaking.

Published by on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The progress of humanity in space always moves forward, but tragedy often takes us another step back. Gravity expresses the balance of beauty and treachery of space; the possibilities are still infinite, if not beyond our comprehension. Like space, the film is constantly awe inspiring, even in the captivating suspense where mere seconds are the difference between tragedy and survival.

Published by on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Prisoners arrives just as America has experienced many of the same devious topics in the current news narrative: torture, vigilante justice, and child abductions. The events of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, Ariel Castro, and the debates regarding the definitions of torture, places the film in a modern light, but it is depicted with a classicism that will prompt high replay value.