Universal Pictures

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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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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Jan 18 2013

Mama

(This review was originally published on January 18, 2013 at Reel Film News) If you think it’s tough being a single parent, try doing it after you’ve been dead for over a hundred years. A CGI rendered, shape-shifting apparition is the matriarchal menace in this nonsensical horror tale about two feral little girls who are brought […]
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Dec 24 2012

Les Misérables

(This review was originally published on December 24, 2012 at Reel Film News) It doesn’t require a love of the theatre – or necessarily even a like of it – to be completely consumed by this adaptation of “Les Misérables”, which is the most moving piece of musical cinema I’ve seen in some time. By […]
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Dec 20 2012

This Is 40

(This review was originally published on December 20, 2012 at Reel Film News) Sometimes Judd Apatow reminds me of that kid that accidentally does something funny and gets some laughs, so he keeps trying to reproduce the moment over and over. I’m not saying “This Is 40” isn’t funny; in fact upon a second viewing, […]
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