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Jul 19 2013

The Conjuring

Say what you will about the Saw films, but the original film was (and still is) one of my favorite horror movies. Why? Director James Wan kept the mood tense and intense, relying on less gore than the sequels that followed. He created a very tight, suspenseful, jaw-torquing film that gets forgotten due to its […]
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Jul 14 2013

Pacific Rim

Each week in this season of mega-budget movies I’ve come a little closer to making the comment, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all”. Of course, that would be a major backslide for me as a critic (I’m still trying to dial down my use of the word “cliché” in my reviews), but as […]
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Jul 12 2013

Pacific Rim

You know what makes summer movies so memorable? Great characters, great stories, and great writing. Think of your favorite summer movie, and you’ll find a memory about it that’s so strong that it’s almost physically tangible. It doesn’t even need to be an action movie; Raiders of the Lost Ark wasn’t teeming with action, as […]
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Jun 15 2013

Man of Steel

If your knowledge of Superman is limited, you won’t be a whole lot more familiar with the guy by the end of “Man of Steel,” which is closer to “War of the Worlds” than a DC Comics adaptation. As we’ve come to expect from director Zack Snyder (“300”, “Watchmen”), the film puts its emphasis on […]
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Jun 14 2013

Man of Steel

(If you read nothing else of this review, please note: skip the 3D and go with 2D. This will be explained in the review.) Full compliments go to director Zack Snyder and his cast and crew for tackling a venerated, well-established property. Superman has been around for 75 years, and the various incarnations of him […]
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May 22 2013

The Hangover Part III

(This review was originally published on May 22, 2013 at Reel Film News)  – ZERO STARS – Sitting through the “Hangover” sequels has been like helplessly watching from a remote satellite feed while someone vandalizes my car. The 2009 mega-hit original was something of an anomaly, at least as far as box office-topping comedies go. […]
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