Universal Pictures

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


(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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Aug 31 2011

The Debt

(This review was originally published on August 31, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) Oftentimes when thrillers attempt to weave the realism of a historically relevant era into their plot, they get wrapped up in the mechanics of what the characters are doing instead of the characters themselves. “The Debt”, John Madden’s re-imagining of the 2007 Israeli thriller […]
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Aug 30 2011

Director John Madden Talks About “The Debt”

(This review was originally published on August 30, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) For an Oscar nominated director, John Madden is a modest man. From theatre and radio to television and eventually feature films, he is also a Jury Member at Filmaka, a studio that harnesses up-and-coming talent in the filmmaking industry. Perhaps best known […]
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