Universal Pictures

Dec 19 2012

Les Miserables

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 19, 2012.) In 1990, my father bought my two older sisters and me tickets to Les Misérables at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. as consolation for the middle sibling being jilted by her Sadie Hawkins date that day. As I recall, it was an […]
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Dec 19 2012

This is 40

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 19, 2012.) Before watching This is 40, I heard a lot of talk about how not funny it was, or that it was just too long, or that it wasn’t as good as director Judd Apatow’s previous films. After watching This is 40, I realized […]
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Aug 10 2012

The Bourne Legacy

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on August 10, 2012.) Author Robert Ludlum published a trilogy of novels concerning a man named Jason Bourne from 1980 through 1990, starting with The Bourne Identity. The Bourne Supremacy was published in 1986, followed relatively shortly by the final installment, The Bourne Ultimatum. In 2002, Swingers […]
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Jun 26 2012

Ted

(This review was originally published on June 29, 2012 at Reel Film News.) When we were children, we all dreamed and wished that one day, our stuffed animals or dolls would be able to talk and actually interact with us.  More often than not, we would say, “Oh, ____ (insert object of childhood desire here), […]
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Apr 6 2012

American Reunion

(This review was originally published on April 6, 2012 at Reel Film News) When “American Pie” was released in 1999, it revamped a genre that was being suffocated by watered-down, PG-13 box office fluff. It was, in a sense, a throwback to the comedies of the ‘70s and ‘80s when “Animal House” and “Porky’s” were the […]
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Nov 5 2011

Tower Heist

(This review was originally published on November 5, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) It’s good to have Eddie Murphy back in the realm of comedy, and a relief to know that characters like Reggie Hammond and Billy Ray Valentine still have a place amongst the Norbits and Pluto Nashes that have weighed down his bag of […]
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