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Nov 26 2013

Oldboy

Note: This is a spoiler free review of “Oldboy”. Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 Korean film “Oldboy” is a visually alluring blend of noir thriller, action flick and “Twilight Zone” episode, but it lacks the discipline to keep all these components from getting in the way of one another as it transitions from creepy, cerebral […]
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Nov 26 2013

Oldboy

28 years later, and Josh Brolin’s still stealing odd-looking bikes to follow his antagonists. Yes, I just referred to 1985’s The Goonies, another movie in which Brolin plays an almost unwilling participant in events borne of someone else’s whimsy. However, Oldboy is no kid’s treasure hunt; instead, Brolin’s character, Joe Doucette, is given mere hours […]
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Apr 5 2013

Evil Dead

(This review was originally published on April 5, 2013 at Reel Film News) More often than not I’m a harsh critic of horror reboots (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween” were all predictably sub-par), but I’ll occasionally come away from one happily frazzled (“The Crazies”, “Dawn of the Dead” and “My Bloody Valentine” […]
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Apr 4 2013

Evil Dead

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on April 4, 2013.) If you read nothing else of this review, know this: if you go see Evil Dead, you must stay all the way past the credits. There’s, shall we say… a little treat. Now, onto the fun. Gorehounds, rejoice! For those of you who […]
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Mar 21 2013

Olympus Has Fallen

(This review was originally published on March 21, 2013 at Reel Film News) In my opinion, criticizing a movie just for being clichéd has become something of a copout, even though it’s increasingly difficult to resist doing so, kind of like condemning the plot of an action flick for being implausible. Still, I swore I’d […]
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Mar 8 2013

Dead Man Down

(This review was originally published on March 8, 2013 at Reel Film News) In the short time I’ve had to ruminate on the pros and cons of “Dead Man Down”, which is the American feature debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (who made the Swedish version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), I’ve grown […]
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