Movie Reviews

Feb 24 2012

Goon

(This review was originally published on February 24, 2012 at Reel Film News) “Goon” will be a cult classic, I just know it. Like “Over the Top”, or films like “Men at Work”, people will watch this thing repeatedly when it comes out on DVD, recite it like “Super Troopers”, and re-enact it like “Fight Club”.
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Feb 24 2012

Rampart

(This review was originally published on February 24, 2012 at Reel Film News) “Rampart” is familiar territory for novelist/screenwriter James Ellroy, whose version of Los Angeles has seen its share of corrupt cops (“Street Kings”, “Dark Blue” and “L.A. Confidential”). Director and co-writer Oren Moverman takes a surprisingly subtle tack in conveying the ugliness of the material, […]
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Feb 17 2012

Coriolanus

(This review was originally published on February 17, 2012 at Reel Film News) ‘A place calling itself Rome’ looks a lot more like war-torn Serbia in “Coriolanus”, Ralph Fiennes’ version of the politically charged Shakespeare tragedy. Not as much an update of the play as an application of the script to a more relatable era […]
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Feb 10 2012

W.E.

(This review was originally published on February 10, 2012 at Reel Film News) “You know what they say,” says Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) at some point during the rambling drama “W.E.”. “Expectations lead to disappointment.” Luckily my level of anticipation was in neutral going into the film; only a few lines of dialogue are delivered with […]
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Feb 3 2012

Chronicle

(This review was originally published on February 3, 2012 at Reel Film News) The protagonist is a tricky role to identify in the complicated, often cruel world of post-adolescence. Such is the case in “Chronicle”, a film that consolidates several of the oddball sub-genres that have emerged in the past few decades. The basis is the […]
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Jan 22 2012

Haywire

(This review was originally published on January 22, 2012 at The Rogers Revue) It’s nice to see an action film that doesn’t complicate things just for the sake of looking smart. As much as I enjoyed most of the spy films from 2011, we saw almost every variation and mind-boggling complexity that the genre had […]
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