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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:33

Not so Bad Grandpa'

Jackass production full of foul fun

We're rapidly approaching awards season, that time of year when all of the major studios begin trotting out their Oscar bait. Before long, we'll be seeing all manner of prestige pictures hitting the big screen at our local cineplexes.

But that's not all we'll see.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:16

Anarchy, American-style The Purge'

Near-future thriller doesn't quite deliver

It can be easy to feel like every story has been told before especially in an era when the recycling of ideas is a cottage industry in the entertainment world. So when an interesting twist on an old idea comes along, it can pique your interest. We all want to see something new or at least something old done in a new way.

'The Purge' wants to be that movie. Unfortunately, the film doesn't quite pull it off.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:11

The not-so-great Gatsby'

Literary adaptation more sizzle than steak

Turning a literary classic into a cinematic one is no easy task. Many talented filmmakers have tried and failed to bring a great novel to life on the screen.

Baz Luhrmann is taking a swing with his latest, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 'The Great Gatsby.' The novel, first published in 1925, is deemed by many to be on the short list of contenders for the best American novel ever written.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:26

The Host' with the least

Author Stephanie Meyer has a legion of adoring fans thanks to her best-selling 'Twilight' series of books. And the movies based on those books have grossed over $2 billion (yes, with a 'b') at the worldwide box office. So it stands to reason that Hollywood would leap at the chance to make a film of 'The Host,' Meyer's latest novel.

This time, it's aliens instead of vampires and werewolves. But never fear the empty-headed romances and ludicrous plot developments are still there. And really, what more could you want?

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Not quite worth the price of Admission'

College-bound comedy can't make up its mind

As someone who goes to the movies with regularity, I have grown accustomed to a certain level of misdirection when it comes to movie trailers. Trailers are one of the primary ways to get your movie onto the radar of the general population. So of course, you want to make your film as appealing as possible.

But I don't care for feeling deceived.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:07

Dreaming the dream Les Miserables'

Musical adaptation doesn't quite connect

Adapting a beloved work into a new medium is always a tricky prospect. Maybe it's a great work of literature, maybe it's a comic book, maybe it's a stage play regardless, if a cinematic adaptation is being made, chances are that there is a fairly devoted fan base out there a fan base that will let you know on no uncertain terms if you screw up their baby.

Published in Movies
First installment of trilogy strong in spots, but overlong

Certain films, by their very nature, are doomed to be disappointments.

Director Peter Jackson is once again taking audiences on a lengthy journey through the lands of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The director of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy has brought us the eagerly-anticipated first installment of 'The Hobbit.' This film, subtitled 'An Unexpected Journey,' leads off a brand new trilogy based on Tolkien's novel.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:34

Life of Pi' more style than substance

Film visually stunning, somewhat lacking in story

For many years, when a novel was referred to as 'unfilmable,' movie studios accepted it as such and more or less ignored it. Recently, however, it seems that Hollywood has taken that unfilmable label and viewed it as almost a dare.

The latest accepted challenge is 'Life of Pi,' based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. The fantasy novel was adapted for the screen by David Magee ('Finding Neverland') and directed by Ang Lee ('Taking Woodstock').

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:41

Too much to watch in The Watch'

Comedy overwhelmed by its three leads

We're entering the tail end of blockbuster season. Now that the last of the three monster superhero releases has hit screens, with 'The Dark Knight Rises' flying by the $500 million mark in global box office, we can look forward to the gradual tapering off of the big showy premieres.

That's not to say we won't get some good movies over the next month or so. In fact, the chances are good that we're going to get some high-quality stuff.

Unfortunately, 'The Watch' doesn't really fall into that category.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:28

Step Up Revolution' stumbles

Film offers elaborate dance numbers and not much else

As a film critic, I have the opportunity to see a lot of films that I wouldn't necessarily choose to see. I'm a pretty easy audience I have a fairly wide range of interest but even then, I occasionally wind up seeing a film that is completely outside of my typical area of enjoyment.

Which brings us to 'Step Up Revolution.'

Published in Movies
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