New Releases - Film (41)

Sometimes, your expectations going into a movie are so incredibly low that the film almost can't help but exceed them. This isn't to say that said film is actually good; it's more that it never quite reaches the abysmal depths for which you've steeled yourself.

Enter 'The Smurfs 2.'

(Don't worry even if you haven't seen the first one, you'll be able to catch yourself up.)

Even in a summer landscape dotted with superhero franchises, big-budget sequels and formulaic effects-laden action movies, Hollywood has left room for the movie stars. It's always nice to see a movie in the mix that doesn't feel the need to rely on anything except its own old-school cool.

Denzel Washington is a movie star. He's one of the most recognizable film actors on the planet, at ease whether he's onscreen in critically acclaimed awards bait or big box office popcorn movies. No matter the project, Denzel elevates it and makes it his own not a bad definition of 'movie star.' Mark Wahlberg isn't quite a movie star, but he's a lot closer than you might think. He doesn't have the range of someone like Denzel, but he's found a way to use what limited range he does have extremely effectively.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:42

Words, words, words

Written by Allen Adams
As a lover of the written word, I was intrigued when I first heard about 'The Words.' The idea of a movie built around the nature of authorship and the siren's song of literary fame and fortune sounded pretty good to me. But then a simple, fundamental question occurred to me - can they actually make this interesting?
For me at least, the answer was 'yes.'
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:03

'Premium Rush' delivers - kind of

Written by Allen Adams
Let's be clear: Right now, we're in the process of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt become a movie star. He's pulled supporting roles in epic Hollywood blockbusters ('The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Inception') and led the way in more intimate fare ('50/50,' '500 Days of Summer').
So why, you might ask, is he doing a movie about bike messengers?
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 06 September 2012 07:51

'Hit and Run' more run than hit

Written by Allen Adams
August's end also marks the end of the summer movie season. This means that the last couple of weeks of that month are the repository for many of the studios' also-rans. These are films that don't fit the blockbuster bill, nor do they warrant inclusion in the fall's lineup of more sophisticated movies. Calling it a wasteland is probably harsh, but not overly so.
1.5 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:42

'The Expendables 2' explodes

Written by Allen Adams
How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?
Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with 'The Expendables 2,' the second installment in Stallone's ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.
5 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:26

A vote of confidence for The Campaign'

Written by Allen Adams
2012 is an election year, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see politically themed movies make the scene over these next few weeks leading up to November. What is surprising at least a bit is who fired the first satiric salvo of the season.
It's Will Ferrell.
4 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:16

A franchise re-Bourne'

Written by Allen Adams
The 'Bourne' franchise has been incredibly popular over the past decade. All three films have managed to be both commercial and critical hits nine figure box office takes don't combine with rave reviews all that often. Matt Damon's Jason Bourne (loosely based on the novels struck a chord. He was a hero that matched up well with the uncertain, gray-area-laden mood of the first few years of the 21st century.
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Current conventional wisdom (or what passes for it in Hollywood, anyway) indicates that there's very little room in the Cineplex for original ideas. It's all about creating and maintaining franchises or else buffing a modern sheen onto repackaged old ideas, so the fact that Hollywood rebooted a movie like 'Total Recall' isn't nearly as surprising as the fact that it took over 20 years for them to get around to it.
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:46

Revisiting historywith an ax

Written by Allen Adams
By any measure, Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had. They don't put you on Mount Rushmore for being a slouch. But according to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' there's a whole lot more to the legend of Honest Abe than America could have ever dreamed.
4 out of 5 - Read full review
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