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Don’t feed us more Hancock

As a big fan of the superhero genre, it’s my responsibility to lambast movies that should not be made. “Hancock 2” is one of them.  “Hancock” director Peter Berg has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for his announcement that the sequel to his horribly mediocre superhero with a PR problem movie is […]

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Archive Review: Hancock (2008) – 2.5/5 Stars

John Hancock is far from your average superhero, but the trailer told you that. What the trailer doesn’t tell you, is that after the rogue anti-hero drunkenly parades about as advertised, he has to develop a backstory and make the film go from a clever spin on a hot- ticket genre to an emotional action […]

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Archive Review: Predator (1987) – 3.5/5 Stars

Never saw the original “Predator” until today. It’s worth mentioning that Robert Rodriguez is producing a re-make that’s just started filming. “Predator” boasts a few unique claims, one being that it’s the only movie to feature two US governors. The “Jaws” and “Alien”-inspired monster attack film also gave birth to one of the most original […]

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On DVD: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The superhero genre reached a higher echelon in 2008 with “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight,” and considering the success of 2/3 of the X-Men franchise so far, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” can certainly be held to those standards, especially a movie whose title alone suggests getting right down to its hero’s adamantium core. But “Wolverine” […]

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Disney con dishes on Toy Story 3, Pirates 4

It might not be Comic Con, but it’s getting close. I know I promised more TIFF coverage today, but I’ve lost my research, so that’s out. Anyway, Disney’s D23 convention made some big movie headlines Friday and over the weekend that I figured were worth scooping despite being a few days late. I’ve bulleted them […]

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Archive Review: Apocalypse Now (1979) – 5/5 Stars

It’s hard to argue that “Apocalypse Now” is anything but one of the top three war films if not the best ever made. There’s just nothing wrong with it. Sure, there might be parts that don’t resonate as well and the film certainly doesn’t broadcast its messages in the most direct of ways, but confusion […]

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Weekend Preview (9.11.09)

After an incredibly weak box office performance last Labor Day weekend, there isn’t a whole lot of reason to be confident that this weekend’s take will be any better. There are a few new films to choose from, but if you’re smart, there’s only one clear choice of what to do with your money: keep […]

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Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tonight

As a movie blogger, it wouldn’t be fair to keep ignoring the many esteemed film festivals that take place around this time of year, so I’ve decided to preview this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a nine-day extravaganza that previews just about everything the fall has to offer in terms of American movies and […]

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Archive Review: Fanboys (2008) – 3/5 Stars

An easy way to measure how much you will or won’t enjoy “Fanboys” is how closely you fit to the titular category. The more of a Star Wars fan you are and the more your gender and maturity is on par with ‘boy,’ the more you’ll like this ode to Star Wars fans. The premise […]

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"The Road" moves to Thanksgiving

For those of you that agreed heartily with my choice of putting the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” on my must-see list for the fall, you will certainly be interested to hear that Dimension Films has pushed the movie back to Thanksgiving instead of its original Oct. 16 release, another piece of news […]

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"Up in the Air" teaser is up online

You might not know director Jason Reitman by name, but you sure know his body of work. Does “Juno” and “Thank You For Smoking” ring a bell? Whether you consider him on the cusp of becoming one of the best comedy directors of our time or not, the teaser for his new movie, “Up in […]

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Archive Review: Romancing the Stone (1984) – 3/5 Stars

Kathleen Turner stars as a romance adventure novelist who ends up on a romantic adventure of her own in “Romancing the Stone.” Naturally, fans of romance adventures will most enjoy this one, but to its credit there’s a good balance of action to make this film enjoyable for just about everyone. “Romancing the Stone” is […]

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New on Blu-ray: Requiem for a Dream (2000)

I don’t know why in God’s name anyone would want to watch “Requiem for a Dream” in Blu-ray high definition, but it’s now available in that format for those of you who’d like to see Jared Leto’s infected arm in all its 1080p glory. Below is my review of the cult classic that you only […]

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Archive Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – 3.5/5 Stars

It’s not unfair initially to dismiss “The Day the Earth Stood Still” as sci-fi pulp from an era full of it, but the film’s anti-war message given the Cold War context it was released in makes it nothing short of a classic. Its commercial exterior featuring posters with Gort the space robot pales in comparison […]

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Archive Review: The Elephant Man (1980) – 5/5 Stars

“Looks are deceiving” would be an adequate way to describe the “The Elephant Man” as a film from the outside, but it would be a horribly amateur way to describe its message. David Lynch’s film soars beyond mere pity for those with life-altering physical abnormalities and serves as more than just a slap on the […]

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