Universal Pictures

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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Aug 2 2013

2 Guns

Usually, studios leave August open for the movies that didn’t quite fit the rubric of the blockbuster summer movie, the easy moneymaker, the franchise film, or – as has proven to be popular with moviegoing audiences of late – the reboot. It’s here they dump off projects they didn’t want competing against high-profile releases or […]
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Jul 21 2013

R.I.P.D.

I’ll be about the one thousandth critic to compare this film to “Men In Black” and “Ghostbusters” – congrats to me –  but I was surprised by the shades of “Beetlejuice” and “Ghost” that filled out the rest of Robert Schwentke’s unusually out-of-whack “R.I.P.D”, which, like its “deado” baddies, lacks any soul. This film should’ve […]
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Jun 7 2013

The Purge

The blueprints for director James DeMonaco’s new film The Purge can be found between pages 173 and 177 of the hardcover edition of “Brain Droppings” by the late George Carlin; it’s here that he outlines his plan for “Legal Murder Once A Month,” an event where people are allowed to kill one person without consequence. […]
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May 26 2013

Fast & Furious 6

This review does not contain spoilers from “Fast Five,” which I highly recommend you rent first. Also, please excuse me for any automobile-related puns. “Fast & Furious 6” requires your suspension of disbelief, not your analysis. It’s an exercise in sheer spectacle, bigger and badder than the last film. Sure, it’s everything a summer blockbuster […]
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May 23 2013

Furious 6

(If you read nothing else of this review, know this: do not leave the theater until the credits start rolling up the screen.) It’s pretty hard to up the ante and the game from one sequel to the next. However, Furious 6 (also known as Fast & Furious 6) director Justin Lin manages to do […]
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