Olga Kurylenko

Jan 16 2016

A Perfect Day

1995, somewhere in the Balkans. Aid Across Borders workers battle post-war UN bureaucracy when tasked with sanitizing the sole source of drinking water  for a small mountain community. The culprit: a bloated corpse floating at the bottom of their well–curiously, the only fat guy in this undernourished town.  So, yank the dead dude and throw […]
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Aug 27 2014

The November Man

Director Roger Donaldson seems to have a lot of movies in his filmography about a mentor and his protégé, only to have said protégé either flake out or flat-out turn on his mentor. No Way Out, Cocktail, The Recruit, and now The November Man. In addition to this cliché, this film seems to sport every […]
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Feb 11 2014

Vampire Academy

Welcome to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a boarding school where young vampires are completely shielded from the outside world but somehow manage to pick up all of our annoying social habits. It’s also a place where they learn to fight and hone their skills in magic, among other things; basically, it’s a Hogwarts for the undead. […]
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Apr 18 2013

Oblivion

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on April 18, 2013.) Science-fiction is a very broad genre these days. My wife once told me that traditional science-fiction can be boiled down to two specific premises: technology gone awry and social commentary. A lot of what passes for “sci-fi” films are really action movies, like […]
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Apr 18 2013

Oblivion

(Note: This review was originally published on April 18th, 2013 at Reel Film News) Even though it takes place on a demolished Earth some 60 years in the future, “Oblivion” manages to be far more beautiful than bleak. With the grand spectacle of our abandoned planet as a backdrop, there’s never too little to marvel […]
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