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The Expendables 2

BACK FOR WAR. Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his ace team of mercenaries try to retrieve a case from a safe that was onboard a plane that went down in Albania. In this sequel, where CGI blood spatter is as frequent as silly one-liners (Arnie even gets to serve up two variants of “I’ll be … Continue reading The Expendables 2

Moonrise Kingdom

In 1965, an orphaned boy scout and his new-found girlfriend (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run away from home, which prompts a search. This will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Wes Anderson who has made another dollhouse of a movie, one that offers meticulously designed scenes that mirror Anderson’s sepia-toned artistic vision and fondness for … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here

Lucky Number Slevin

WRONG TIME. WRONG PLACE. WRONG NUMBER. Two rivaling crime bosses (Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley) mistake Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) for being someone he’s not and give him tasks to perform that could change his life. A compellingly directed and designed movie that takes us on a journey with a few surprises that make sense – as … Continue reading Lucky Number Slevin

The Expendables

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON. A group of highly skilled mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is hired to take out the dictator of a South American island nation… but they soon learn the full picture. Stallone gathered as many old-school action stars he could find (and approached many others who declined) for this adventure, a tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading The Expendables

Surrogates

HOW DO YOU SAVE HUMANITY WHEN THE ONLY THING THAT’S REAL IS YOU? Sometime in the future, most people prefer to stay at home and experience life through better-looking androids (called “surrogates”); crime has been virtually erased, but then two murders happen… You either buy into this slickly produced concept or you don’t, but Gattaca-type … Continue reading Surrogates

The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

FRANK GALVIN HAS ONE LAST CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT.  Paul Newman had six Oscar nominations behind him when he was once again nominated in 1983, this time for his performance as an ambulance-chasing lawyer in The Verdict. He didn’t win the Oscar this time either, but it is one of his finest efforts. He … Continue reading The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

What Just Happened

IN HOLLYWOOD, EVERYBODY CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.  This movie, which chronicles a Hollywood producer’s harried life as he’s trying to please studio bosses, egotistical movie stars and two ex-wives is easy to believe as it was based on real-life producer Art Linson’s book. Everybody involved here must have had plenty to bring to the table; … Continue reading What Just Happened

Alpha Dog

ONE CRIME. 3 DAYS. 38 WITNESSES. California, 1999; a conflict between a drug dealer and one of his customers (Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster) results in the kidnapping of a 15-year-old kid (Anton Yelchin). This crime drama was based on real events and in a few sequences tries to create a documentary feeling. A half-hearted effort, … Continue reading Alpha Dog

In Country

THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY. Two decades after the Vietnam War, a 17-year-old Kentuckian (Emily Lloyd) is trying to understand her father’s experience as a soldier with a little help from her uncle (Bruce Willis), a surviving veteran. A faithful adaptation of Bobbie Ann Mason’s acclaimed novel that doesn’t quite capture its compelling contrast … Continue reading In Country