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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:28

‘Flatliners’ dead on arrival

Written by Allen Adams

Hollywood’s current tendency toward remakes and reboots of preexisting properties isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, the right filmmaking team can take an older idea and breathe new life into it, creating something that both honors the source material and brings something uniquely its own to the table. The end result can be a really enjoyable movie.

Other times, a filmmaking team can completely miss whatever it was that made a property engaging in the first place and create something that is utterly devoid of anything remotely resembling value – entertainment or otherwise. That end result can be a truly terrible movie.

A movie like “Flatliners.”

Friday, 29 September 2017 09:45

'American Made' flies high

Written by Allen Adams

Are we running out of movie stars?

One of the unanticipated side effects of the current trend toward blockbuster franchise building is a sense of interchangeability with regards to the actors. That’s not to say there aren’t gifted actors floating around in spandex or grittily shooting bad guys; there certainly are. It just doesn’t matter as much anymore which specific gifted actor it might be. These films are about the property, not the performer.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:37

'Gerald's Game' well worth playing

Written by Allen Adams

We’re in the midst of a Stephen King moment.

If it seems like the master of horror has achieved a sort of pop culture ubiquity recently, well … that’s because he has. Big-screen cinematic projects (“IT,” “The Dark Tower”) and television series (“Mr. Mercedes,” “11/22/63,” “The Mist,” “Under the Dome”) have been abundant over the past couple of years, but the latest new offering lands somewhere in the middle.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:43

‘Friend Request’ should not be accepted

Written by Allen Adams

As much as we might like to believe that the movie business is about creating quality entertainment for audiences, the reality is right there in the term – it’s a business. With very few exceptions, it’s all about that sweet, sweet box office cash.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:23

The mainstreamed madness of ‘mother!’

Written by Allen Adams

Aronofsky’s latest a bizarre, unsettling allegory

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:22

‘American Assassin’ doesn’t quite kill it

Written by Allen Adams

Action thriller formulaic, but serviceable enough

Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:57

Pennywise, pound terrifying – ‘IT’

Written by Allen Adams

Stephen King is one of the best-selling, most-celebrated novelists of his generation. He’s written dozens of books over the past few decades; all have their merits, but there are a few that have achieved a sort of general consensus as the best of the best.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:42

Electric Goonaloo - 'Goon: Last of the Enforcers'

Written by Allen Adams

Low expectations can be a gift when it comes to movies. When you don’t have a lot of hope for a film, your odds of disappointment are greatly reduced and there’s room for you to occasionally be pleasantly surprised.

Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:15

Dim bulb - ‘Tulip Fever’

Written by Allen Adams

Historical drama tonally jarring, nonsensically plotted

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