Columbia Pictures

Sep 29 2014

“The Equalizer” – Mike’s Review

Denzel Washington has emerged from an early career of incredibly diverse roles to become a staple in the action genre. The ten-or-so-year transition has cumulatively re-defined the term “one man army” as a more conceivable, complex, deeply human character in films like “Man On Fire”, “Book of Eli” and “Safe House” (though those movies as a whole range […]
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Sep 25 2014

The Equalizer

I remember it like it was yesterday: large yellow letters spelling “The Equalizer” over a picture of a man standing by his car in silhouette, its headlamps blazing through the misty night, with light slowly spilling onto actor Edward Woodward’s face. As an 11-year-old, I didn’t have many television shows I could really call “my […]
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Jul 18 2014

Sex Tape

In between long stretches of incomprehensible stupidity and lazy writing, we actually get some laugh-out-loud moments in “Sex Tape”, a relatively sexless but otherwise self-explanatory comedy that is no better or worse than director Jake Kasdan’s last movie, the similarly unambiguous “Bad Teacher”. It’s a shame, because most films like this — Apatow-era adult comedies that […]
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Feb 11 2014


1987’s RoboCop was a watershed movie of its time. Boasting hyperviolent action, scathing sociopolitical commentary, and some brilliant performances, it ushered in a new era of cinema and practically dared any other film to follow in its footsteps. Smart, hilarious, brutal, and rather touching in places, RoboCop followed the story of Alex Murphy, a beloved […]
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Dec 19 2013

American Hustle

The notorious FBI Abscam operation provides the premise for the stylized, hyperkinetic period piece “American Hustle”. The characters, however, undoubtedly belong to director David O. Russell, who co-wrote with Eric Singer (“The International”) this heavily-fictionalized, often comical account of the sting that took place during the late ’70s – early ’80s. Russell’s star-studded magnum opus, based […]
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Jul 15 2013

Grown Ups 2

It’s hard to describe how terribly unfunny 2010’s “Grown Ups” was, and even more of a challenge to capture the ineptitude of this week’s “Grown Ups 2” with words, other than to say I might need to increase my rating for “Hangover Part III” by a half star just to make space for this one […]
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