Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Dec 8 2016

Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

Reason to watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon Gripping for a stint, but overall curiously pieced together, “Nocturnal Animals” is a decent thriller adapted from the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright. Having not read the book, I have no doubt that the translation to celluloid was a difficult undertaking—director Tom Ford’s production has its […]
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Apr 30 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Mike’s Review

During the opening sequence of  “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, in which our mega-heroes lay siege to a compound belonging to the sinister Hydra organization in a fictitious Eastern European country, I had a vision of the film’s writer/director Joss Whedon playing maniacally with action figures in his parent’s’ basement while mouthing the characters’ frequent wisecracks at […]
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Apr 30 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Eddie’s review

Isaac Asimov’s Zeroth Law of Robotics states: “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” In the 2004 film very loosely based on (it actually says “suggested by,” not “based on” in the credits) Asimov’s I, Robot, we see the evolution of this Zeroth Law into something very […]
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Aug 16 2013

Kick-Ass 2

(Note: there is a post-credits scene at the end of the movie; the closing credits don’t last very long, so don’t worry about the wait.) Films like Kick-Ass and its new sequel, Kick-Ass 2, weren’t made to set examples on how to act in real life; it’s escapist entertainment that uses the medium of film […]
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Nov 16 2012

Anna Karenina

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on November 16, 2012.) Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The story of a woman torn between her family, her extramarital love, and the societal pressures that destroy them all. It’s a novel that has more film, television, and staged adaptations than you could possibly want to see. The […]
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