Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Movie 43

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John Dies at the End

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Mama

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The Last Stand

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Broken City

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Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review

R, 157 m., 2012

Jason Clarke (Dan), Reda Kateb (Ammar), Jessica Chastain (Maya), Kyle Chandler (Joseph Bradley), Jennifer Ehle (Jessica), Harold Perrineau (Jack), Jeremy Strong (Thomas), J.J. Kandel (J.J.), Wahab Sheikh (Detainee on Monitor), Alexander Karim (Detainee on Monitor), Nabil Elouahabi (Detainee on Monitor), Aymen Hamdouchi (Detainee on Monitor), Simon Abkarian (Detainee on Monitor), Ali Marhyar (Interrogator on Monitor), Parker Sawyers (Interrogator on Monitor). Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and produced by Stephanie Antosca, Bigelow, Boal and Megan Ellison. Screenplay by Mark Boal.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty renders with astonishing attention to detail the near-decade long hunt for Osama bin Laden in the post-9/11 culture of anti-terrorist zeal and near-xenophobic disdain for those of Middle Eastern descent. By depicting the man hours, the devotion, and the self-sacrifice, it manages to be powerfully affecting. Continue reading

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Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad Movie Review

R, 113 m., 2013

Sean Penn (Mickey Cohen), Holt McCallany (Karl Lockwood), Wade Williams (Rourke), James Landry Hébert (Mitch Racine (as James Hébert)), Ambyr Childers (Milk Skinned Blonde), Josh Brolin (Sgt. John O’Mara), Mick Betancourt (Detective Sgt. Will Hendricks), Mac Brandt (Bruiser), Brandon Molale (Jimmy ‘Bockscar’ Knox), Michael Papajohn (Mike ‘The Flea’), Jeff Wolfe (Giovanni Vacarezza), Anthony Molinari (Lorenzo Molinari), Austin Highsmith (Patty), Ryan Gosling (Sgt. Jerry Wooters), Neil Koppel (Max Solomon). Directed by Ruben Fleischer and produced by Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross. Screenplay by Will Beal, based on the book Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman.

May fortune favor the editor behind the trailers (pre-Aurora shooting and post) of Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad, because it takes real talent to take a so-so movie like this and make it look so much better than the sum of its parts. This is a great-looking throwback to everything from The Untouchables to L.A. Confidential that ultimately falls short in the screenplay and performance departments. Continue reading

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A Dark Truth

R, 106 m., 2012

Lloyd Adams (Ben), Alfredo Álvarez Calderón (General Aguila (as Alfredo Alvarez-Calderon)), Josh Bainbridge (Mattie), Danielle Baker (Reporter #2 / Reporter), Steven Bauer (Tony Green), Devon Bostick (Renaldo), Sarah Bryant (Robert Johnson’s Assistant), Elias Caamaño Perez (Captain Perez (as Elias Caamano)), Clint Carleton (Baddie #1), Rod Carley (Cop), Colby Chartrand (Baddie #5), Eugene Clark (Clive Bell), Kim Coates (Bruce Swinton), Jorge Contreras (Neck Slit Villager), Lara Daans (Karen Begosian). Directed by Damian Lee and produced by Gary Howsam and Bill Marks. Screenplay by Lee.

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Texas Chainsaw 3D

R, 92 m., 2013

Alexandra Daddario (Heather Miller), Dan Yeager (Leatherface), Trey Songz (Ryan (as Tremaine ‘Trey Songz’ Neverson)), Scott Eastwood (Carl), Tania Raymonde (Nikki), Shaun Sipos (Darryl), Keram Malicki-Sánchez (Kenny), James MacDonald (Officer Marvin), Thom Barry (Sheriff Hooper), Paul Rae (Burt Hartman), Richard Riehle (Farnsworth), Bill Moseley (Drayton Sawyer), Gunnar Hansen (Boss Sawyer / Leatherface (archive footage)), David Born (Gavin Miller), Sue Rock (Arlene Miller). Directed by John Luessenhop and produced by Carl Mazzocone. Screenplay by Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms, based on a story by Stephen Susco and Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan, based on characters by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper.

I must be depressed. Here it is the first week of January and while I went into Texas Chainsaw 3D in a misanthropic mood and fully expected to hate it, I found it oddly watchable. Oh, sure enough on some purely logical, rational plane of my mind I can’t help but think how stupid and at times incompetent it is, but that doesn’t completely dilute the fact that as it was going on I wasn’t really bored. Continue reading

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Promised Land

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The Impossible

The Impossible Movie Review

PG_13, 114 m., 2012

Naomi Watts (Maria), Ewan McGregor (Henry), Tom Holland (Lucas), Samuel Joslin (Thomas), Oaklee Pendergast (Simon), Marta Etura (Simone), Sönke Möhring (Karl), Geraldine Chaplin (Old Woman), Ploy Jindachote (Caregiver), Jomjaoi Sae-Limh (Red Cross Nurse), Johan Sundberg (Daniel), Jan Roland Sundberg (Daniel’s Father), La-Orng Thongruang (Old Thai Man), Tor Klathaley (Young Thai Man), Douglas Johansson (Mr. Benstrom). Directed by J.A. Bayona and produced by Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín, Ghislain Barrois, Enrique López Lavigne (as Enrique López-Lavigne). Screenplay by Sergio G. Sánchez, based on a story by María Belón.

In 2004, a tsunami hit Thailand. J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible takes that painful reality and depicts it in as visceral and involving a way as possible. Based on a true story, Bayona’s film shows the remarkable human ingenuity it took to survive in the wake of such a stunning disaster. Continue reading

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56 Up

56 Up Movie Review

UNRATED, 144 m., 2012

Featuring: Bruce Balden (as Bruce), Jacqueline Bassett (as Jackie), Symon Basterfield (as Symon), Andrew Brackfield (as Andrew), John Brisby (as John), Peter Davies (as Peter), Suzanne Dewey (as Suzy), Charles Furneaux (archive footage), Nicholas Hitchon (as Nick), Neil Hughes (as Neil), Lynn Johnson (as Lynn), Paul Kligerman (as Paul), Susan Sullivan (as Sue), Tony Walker (as Tony). A documentary directed by Michael Apted, based on 7 Up directed by Paul Almond and produced by Apted and Claire Lewis.

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