Columbia Pictures

Jun 28 2013

White House Down

Roland Emmerich does well with spectacle movies. Who can forget the indelible image of the White House being eviscerated by alien laser fire in Independence Day? Nor can one dismiss the awesome power of the tidal wave hitting New York City in The Day After Tomorrow. With his latest film, White House Down, Emmerich goes […]
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Jan 11 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

(This review was originally published on January 11, 2013 at Reel Film News) “Zero Dark Thirty” is nothing if it isn’t meticulously put together, and that seems like enough to qualify this smart, painstaking film for my top three of 2012, if not the last five years, particularly because of  how scrupulously it treats such a delicate topic without catering to any obvious agendas. Though Oscar […]
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Nov 8 2012


(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on November 8, 2012.) This is kind of a new foray for me. How does one actually rate and review a James Bond movie? Do you treat it like any other movie, or are these movies held to a different standard due to their cultural status? This […]
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Sep 28 2012

Hotel Transylvania

(This review was originally published on September 28, 2012 at Reel Film News) You don’t mess with the Count, or Adam Sandler’s box office draw, even if it means miscasting him as an animated character. Half the cast of “Grownups” play monsters seeking refuge from nasty humans in “Hotel Transylvania”.
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