Movie Reviews

Aug 12 2011

Final Destination 5

(This review was originally published on August 12, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) When a film franchise consistently attempts to deliver a greater spectacle than its previous installments, there is an inherent risk as the gap between a recycled premise and its ability to surprise the audience widens. The “Final Destination” series has had the potential […]
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Jul 29 2011

Another Earth

(This review was originally published on July 29, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Mike Cahill’s ethereal tale of a young woman’s struggle for redemption, “Another Earth” is something of a visual poem, a minimalist rendering of a very large concept. The film’s ambition is laced with a quiet despair that feeds its ominous tone, effective in […]
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Jul 29 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

(This review was originally published on July 29, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) A movie with a premise like “Cowboys & Aliens” might draw plenty of unwarranted criticism from biased moviegoers, but its content isn’t as black-and-white as its title might suggest. Jon Favreau’s $180 Million blockbuster-to-be is unquestionably an epic, but it unwittingly parlays its winning […]
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Jul 22 2011

Friends With Benefits

(This review was originally published on July 22, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) When a film taps into a recurring theme like the fabled existence of complication-free ‘relations’, it stands to reason that aspects of its script would appear like faded remnants of rom-coms in the past. These days it’s hard  to talk about anything […]
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Jul 9 2011

Horrible Bosses

(This review was originally published on July 9, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) If Seth Gordon were a less competent director, I might be tempted to make a few cheap and obvious critical references to the title of his newest film “Horrible Bosses”, though I would not be proud of myself for it. Fortunately, his […]
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Jun 28 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Movie Review

(Originally published at The Rogers Revue on June 28, 2011.) Grand excitement, beautiful slow-motion shots of explosions, bodies flying around, an orgy of crunching metal and bone, hopelessly absurd physics, theater speakers being pushed beyond their maximum decibel levels, and more action than the human eyes can possibly handle?  Yep.  Sounds like a Michael Bay […]
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