Critic finds ‘The Purge’ less than thrilling

Generally speaking, I’m fond of plot twists in movies – particularly those I can’t see coming. What’s less pleasing is when the twist is followed by another twist that jerks the plot back to where it was expected to go in the first place. In The Purge, that happens at least three times. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, it’s a bland, boring thriller with an overambitious concept and underwhelming execution.

Critic finds classic Vietnam film painfully honest

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Full Metal Jacket hurts.  It is physically painful to watch.  And yet, for the full 116 minutes of its runtime, I couldn’t look away from the screen.  By turns coldly horrifying, sickly funny, and deeply tragic, it’s a vicious gut-punch of a movie that more than deserves its iconic status. […]

In Theaters: The Woman in Black

Many years ago, in the quaint little village of Crythin Gifford, Jennet Humfrye’s son died in a terrible accident while she was away. The townspeople never recovered the body.

In Theaters: Chronicle

Chronicle is hands down the most excitingly creative, dazzling “found footage” film I have ever seen. Ever.

In Theaters: The Grey

When I was younger, I read a book called “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. I was riveted by the against-all-odds tale of wilderness survival, about a boy who makes it in the woods for months with just a hatchet to help him get by.

In Theaters: The Artist

It takes much more than a mere black and white filter to make a film look so convincingly old.

In Theaters: Carnage

When you violently tear away all of the fancy clothes, expensive liquor, and notions about what is prim and proper, what are you left with? Acclaimed director Roman Polanski might argue that the answer is Carnage.

In Theaters: War Horse

If anyone has been missing the Steven Spielberg of old, the man behind Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List, I found him back in full stride directing this cinematic tour de force: War Horse.

In Theaters: The Devil Inside

It’s The Rite meets Paranormal Activity, and it’s nothing to be proud of.

In Theaters: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Her performance as Lisbeth Salander, ultra-intense goth computer hacker extraordinaire, is simply electrifying!

In Theaters: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

So here we are at the inevitable sequel, with all of the same actors, and a few new ones. This time out we find Sherlock at a bit of a loss as he discovers that Watson plans on getting married. He needs his sleuthing partner, whatever will he do?

Oscar Watch! Midnight in Paris returns to theaters

By Tommy Bond, Film Critic Have you ever had an experience that was just so wonderful, something that just hit all of the right notes, something that made you appreciate all of the things around you?  It’s those moments where everything feels right, and everything is cast in that warm orange glow, and when you’re […]

Oscar Watch! The Ides of March returns to theaters

In the cruel game to get elected, anything goes as long as you can keep it quiet, and if you slow down, no one will stop to pick you up.

In Theaters: Hugo

Hugo might just be Martin Scorsese’s most personal work, and it is definitely one of his most deeply felt films that I have ever seen.

In Theaters: The Muppets

The Muppets are back, baby! And boy are they fun to hang out with!

In Theaters: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Yes, I watched it. And yes, I have seen the rest of them too.

In Theaters: J. Edgar

Master director Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is certainly fascinating, but the storytelling was outdone in great strides by the performances.

In Theaters: Immortals

Tarsem’s new 300-esque swords and sandals epic, Immortals, is stunningly beautiful.

In Theaters: Puss in Boots

The variety of characters has always made these films so endearing.

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