Review: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Explores New Territory, Gets Lost

The fifth entrant in the Paranormal Activity found-footage series picks up its home video cameras, moves to a new location, and introduces a new set of characters with the same old problem: How do you make a movie about things... More »
  

Review: Stiller Waters Fail to Run Deep In THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Imagine a would-be studio blockbuster that sets out to be all things to all audiences, a soaring positive journey of a film that manages to include a bit of social observation; an entertaining winner on all fronts. This is the film... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Not Exactly a Family Destination

If you like attending your own dysfunctional extended family gatherings, you'll just love paying to attend someone else's! That must be the prevailing assumption behind the decision to release this film this time of year. Having been through multiple mandated... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: GRUDGE MATCH More Than Matches Expectations

"No matter how hard you guys work, you won't be your best." "It's the best we got."No, that response is not John Wayne in Rio Bravo. It's Sly Stallone responding to Kim Basinger in Hollywood's latest round of retiree-baiting, Grudge... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: 47 RONIN Is A Classic Display Of Hollywood Ignorance

Keanu Reeves can do little more than observe from the sidelines as first-time director Carl Rinsch desecrates one of Japan's most revered historical epics with an inexplicable parade of sorcery and monsters..and other, you know...Asian stuff.The revenge of the 47... More »
  

Review: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Roars

Tapping into a primal force that is mercifully unbound by decorum or good taste, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio tear up New York's financial district in their latest collaboration. The Wolf of Wall Street finds both director and actor baying... More »
  

Review: ANCHORMAN 2 - THE LEGEND CONTINUES Tickles The Genitalia

Beowulf. Lancelot. Ron Burgundy. Legendary characters of mythology, heroic figures that transcend space, time, and good taste. But only one had a mustache that would provoke eruptive disturbances in the the genitalian region of even the most ascetic of deities,... More »
  

Review: Spike Jonze's HER Is The New Anthem For The Millennial Generation

It's hard to believe that Her is only Spike Jonze's fourth feature film, since he has been in our pop-culture consciousness for a long time. With his innovative music videos and films, he's always been creating worlds that are both... More »
  

Review: SAVING MR. BANKS Banks on "Mary Poppins" Goodwill

When observing the familiar corporate synergy just under the surface of Saving Mr. Banks, one might be inclined to judge it as something quite atrocious. But, while that is indubitably not the proper verdict, this "true history" of Walt Disney's late-in-life... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: AMERICAN HUSTLE Offers Laughs, Lies, And Toupees

There is indeed something uniquely American about American Hustle, a loosely fact-based comic drama about chicanery, ambition, corruption, government bureaucracy, and good old-fashioned greed. Nearly everyone in it, from the self-admitted con men to the supposedly upright FBI agents, is... More »
  

Review: THE RAILWAY MAN, A Difficult But Confused Adaptation

Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story... More »
  

Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, A Hell Of A Ride

When last year's The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey hit, I addressed the central question being asked by most fans of the Lord of the Rings films: "How could something so relatively slight, an explicitly childish work that's little more... More »
  

Review: OUT OF THE FURNACE And Into The Fire

"When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose..."   A reference to that famous line from "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan might seemingly be more at home in a review of Inside Llewyn Davis, the early... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HOMEFRONT, Jason Statham Squares Off Against Meth Dealers

Some higher profile names than you might expect grace Jason Statham's latest outing as a lead. Produced and written (some time ago) by none other than Expendables stablemate Sylvester Stallone, Homefront is bolstered by an eclectic supporting cast that... More »
  

Review: Spike Lee's OLDBOY, A Failed Attempt At Something New

The easiest thing to do with Spike Lee's latest work, a "don't call it a remake" of Park Chan-wook's 2003 film Oldboy, is to simply dismiss it. Know that this isn't a particularly good film, let alone a capable... More »
  

Review: FROZEN, An Instant Disney Classic

A true delight, Frozen is a visually spectacular retelling of a fairy tale done with the kind of gumption and bravado for which classic Disney animation gained its reputation. What Frozen is not, fortunately, is the type of film that... More »
  

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Kicks It Up A Notch, Sets the Stage For A Grand Finale

Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is a great read if you're into that sort of thing (reading), and it's shrewdly constructed. The first book, memorably adapted last year into a star-making vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence, focuses on the Hunger Games... More »
  

Review: THE BOOK THIEF, More A Pamphlet Than A Novel

With its rich photography, lush score, and feel-good script with a bite, it's easy to dismiss The Book Thief as an old-fashioned throwback film. So easy, in fact, that that's what I'm about to do.Based on a much-loved, much book-clubbed... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ENDER'S GAME, LAST VEGAS and MAN OF TAI CHI!

Not exactly a mighty weekend, save for a slew of Oscar contenders that opened weeks ago that are are slowly rolling out. Meanwhile, tonight's slate had us talking Ender's Game, the banal Last Vegas, and the forgettable Man Of Tai... More »
  

Review: LAST VEGAS, Elevated By Actors Who Earn Their Money The Old-Fashioned Way

Genial and amiable though it may be, the comic fantasy world of Last Vegas would barely be worth visiting were it not for the presence of its leading players. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline are... More »
  
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