Mystery/Suspense

The Loft (2015)

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The Loft (2015)

I’d rather stab myself with a fork then watch this movie again. The only thing that I knew about The Loft when I walked in was that it was made four years ago and, for one reason or another, is only now getting a theatrical release. Having seen the godawful movie, I understand why no […]

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Taken 3 (2014)

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Taken 3 (2014)

There is virtually nothing that lingers in your mind when Taken 3 is over, except for the fact that Forest Whitaker’s character learns to love bagels. It’s true, early in this movie as he’s investigating a murder he opens a bag of warm bagels that has been left at the scene. Then he proceeds to […]

| January 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

For those who treasure the great film noir thrillers of yore, A Walk Among the Tombstones seems like return to a genre that Hollywood has forgotten how to make. These days, action thrillers are unremittingly simple-minded, put together by filmmakers who are so terrified of offending moviegoers with short attention spans that every detail of the […]

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Godzilla (2014)

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Godzilla (2014)

The most tickling moment in Godzilla comes when we first see the creature.  He’s revealed slowly; first a shot of his foot, then his hip, then his hands, and then his world-famous dino-mug.  What’s tickling is that he almost seems to be smiling – or possibly sneering.  The fact that, at that moment, he is […]

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Blue Ruin (2014)

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Blue Ruin (2014)

John Saulnier’s Blue Ruin is a joy to anyone who is utterly bored with the Hollywood revenge fantasy of Jason Bourne and the ridiculous Taken series with Liam Neeson. While those movies are disposable fantasy, Saulneir’s film is about the messy, bloody business of revenge as it might happen to the ordinary person next door […]

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Devil’s Knot (2014)

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Devil’s Knot (2014)

Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot is wholly unnecessary.  Here is a fictionalized recreation of the brutal 1993 murders of three elementary school boys from West Memphis, Arkansas that has already been documented to death, first in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s brilliant 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and then in […]

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Machine (2014)

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The Machine (2014)

I can’t get anywhere without my GPS.  I’m told that I am “directionally challenged.”  I depend on my cell phone for so much that I could be accused leaving normal functions to wires and microchips.  When I get home, I spend a majority of my time on the computer.  I don’t think I’m alone.  This […]

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In the Blood (2014)

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In the Blood (2014)

In the Blood has nearly the same plot as the Liam Neeson thriller Taken but it is much easier to swallow.  Here again is another movie about someone who finds that their loved one has been kidnapped and must twist and turn into a seamy underworld to bring them back.  The difference between the two […]

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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