Movie Reviews

Nov 23 2011

My Week With Marilyn

(This review was originally published on November 23, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Has anyone ever really gotten the Marilyn Monroe biopic thing right? Not in my opinion. But even Mira Sorvino’s depiction of the platinum blonde bombshell opposite Ashley Judd’s innocent but tragically scarred alter ego in the 1996 HBO movie “Norma Jean and […]
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Nov 18 2011

The Descendants

(This review was originally published on November 18, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Alexander Payne has an affinity for bringing complex literary characters to life in situations of conflict, compromise and absurdity. This was best exemplified in 2004′s “Sideways”, a snarky little gem that effectively walked the line between comedy and tragedy.  His first film in […]
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Nov 5 2011

Tower Heist

(This review was originally published on November 5, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) It’s good to have Eddie Murphy back in the realm of comedy, and a relief to know that characters like Reggie Hammond and Billy Ray Valentine still have a place amongst the Norbits and Pluto Nashes that have weighed down his bag of […]
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Nov 5 2011

Spooky Movie Festival 2011: “Pig” and “Skew” Reviewed

(This review was originally published on November 5, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) In the midst of celebrating the blood and gore at this year’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival in Washington, DC, two relatively introverted head scratchers emerged that ended up in my top picks, “Pig” and “Skew” (see also my reviews of “The Watermen”, “The Millennium […]
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Oct 31 2011

Spooky Movie Festival 2011: Reviews of “The Watermen”, “The Millennium Bug” and “The Dead”

(This review was originally published on October 31, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) A FOUR DAY INDULGENCE OF ZOMBIES, SLASHERS, PSYCHOTIC DEVIANTS (AND FEW THINGS I’M NOT SURE THEY HAVE A NAME FOR YET), THE FESTIVAL BOASTS AN ECLECTIC AND TWISTED SELECTION OF HORROR FROM A BEVY OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS. AND JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN – […]
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Oct 28 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

(This review was originally published on October 28, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) “Martha Marcy May Marlene” begins as a quiet, unsettling psychological thriller that plants a seed of apprehension within its eerie first minutes and patiently grows into something considerably more terrifying. We see a young woman emerge from a cabin with a backpack, seemingly in […]
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