Movie Reviews

Apr 6 2012

American Reunion

(This review was originally published on April 6, 2012 at Reel Film News) When “American Pie” was released in 1999, it revamped a genre that was being suffocated by watered-down, PG-13 box office fluff. It was, in a sense, a throwback to the comedies of the ‘70s and ‘80s when “Animal House” and “Porky’s” were the […]
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Mar 23 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

(This review was originally published on March 23, 2012 at Reel Film News) First-time feature director David Gelb finds modesty and discipline in his documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, a glimpse at the life of 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, proprietor of a renowned ten-seat sushi bar that is tucked unassumingly in the bustling underground of […]
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Mar 23 2012

The Raid: Redemption

(This review was originally published on March 23, 2012 at Reel Film News) It’s been a while since I’ve had difficulty containing my excitement after watching an action flick. It’s been even longer since a movie has delivered tenfold on the promise of its trailer. “The Raid:Redemption”, a movie for which I might need to create […]
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Mar 16 2012

Jeff, Who Lives At Home

(This review was originally published on March 16, 2012 at Reel Film News) It’s tough to dislike a film that promotes a genuine faith in humanity, especially as seldom as that type comes around these days. Such is the case with “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”, a breath of fresh air for those embittered souls […]
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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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