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Our Idiot Brother

January 3, 2012

This was alright. I was expecting more of a comedy to be honest, but there weren’t a whole lot of laughs. It wasn’t failed laughs mind you, just not a lot of attempts. It did make me chuckle at times. The characters were good, especially the character of Paul Rudd’s Ned who is actually quite […]

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

December 29, 2011

Good movie, too bad there wasn’t more action. Kidding, kidding! MI4 is loaded with action. And not just any action: great action. Great suspense. Great movie. This is just one of those amazingly well-constructed action flicks which pump you up and leave you exhilarated as you walk out of the theater. Ghost Protocol follows the […]

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

December 28, 2011

I know these movies have made a gazillion dollars, but I was still kind of surprised when I heard a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean was announced. After all, everything was wrapped up at the end of the third. But I underestimated Hollywood’s ability to keep on flogging that horse. On Stranger Tides sees Captain […]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

December 27, 2011

Planet of the Apes is one of my all-time favourite science fiction movies, so when I heard that they were going to try to restart the series again, I was worried. After all, the 2001 remake was a travesty, and other remakes and prequels these days usually just make things worse, like Clash of the […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

December 22, 2011

Guy Richie is back with his unique adaptation of Sherlock Holmes in a sequel entitled A Game of Shadows. It is called such because Holmes is now face to face with his traditional nemesis Professor Moriarty. What results is an enjoyable romp much like the first installment though not quite on the same level. The […]

Another Earth

December 16, 2011

Another Earth is the story of a promising young lady whose life goes to hell after a tragic accident. But wait a minute, its also about the mysterious appearance of a planet seemingly identical to our own, which appears closer and closer to this planet as time goes by. And these two seemingly unrelated storylines […]

Immortals

December 4, 2011

Watching the trailer for Immortals, it looked to be another ancient Greece story in the same vein as 300. Turns out that its more similar to Clash of the Titans than it is 300. I wish it had more of 300’s visual style, because then I could still enjoy it on some level even without […]

Super 8

November 26, 2011

Super 8 is a rather delightful film which does a very good job of invoking the mood it wants, but never quite meets its own potential. Super 8 is the story of a small town in 1979 which starts experiencing strange events after a military train derailment. It focuses especially on a group of kids […]

Lucky

November 24, 2011

Colin Hanks stars as a simple person who wins the lottery and suddenly finds himself in a relationship with his gold-digging childhood sweetheart played by Ari Graynor. However we soon learn that he is also a serial killer.  The big problem here is that neither of these characters are likable.  Now, in skilled hands, such […]

Crazy Stupid Love

November 12, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love is the story of a man who is recently divorced and is taken under the wing of a young womanizer who teaches him how to pick up women.  The movie stars a large and impressive cast including Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore.  Oh, and also Kevin Bacon who […]

Captain America: The First Avenger

October 28, 2011

After a lull in comic book movies in 2010, this summer has seen a return with four major titles: Thor, X-Men First Class, Green Lantern, and of course, Captain America. Captain America intrigued me because of their decision to actually set the movie in the World War II time period, a decision which I did […]

The Tree of Life

October 19, 2011

The Tree of Life is certainly one of the most interesting and unique movies I’ve seen in a long, long time. Usually in my reviews I like to sum up what the movie is about in a line or two, but with Tree of Life speculating what its about seems to be the entire point […]

Moneyball

October 16, 2011

Fantasy baseball: The Movie. Otherwise known as Moneyball. Now, I really don’t care for baseball, especially modern day baseball, but the behind the scenes aspect of it did intrigue me enough to see this movie. And lets face it, I was also there for the Sorkin script and the Pitt performance. First the story, which […]

Bridesmaids

October 9, 2011

Bridesmaids has been described as the female version of The Hangover. So as a non-female, was I going to like this film? As it turns out, no. I don’t know if it was the gender barrier or not, but I think it might have been. The film itself seems like a solid construction with interesting […]

Horrible Bosses

September 17, 2011

In a time when movie comedies have hit a stride of mediocrity and have had an obsession for gratuitous gross-out scenes, Horrible Bosses is a breath of fresh air. Why? Its actually funny. And it doesn’t try to make me gag in the process. What makes this movie work? Without a doubt it is the […]