Mystery/Suspense

Noah (2014)

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Noah (2014)

There are a lot of things to admire about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah , most refreshing is the fact that, for once, a biblical epic is being helmed by a competent director.  After the recent short shrift given to Jesus in Son of God and the torpid Christian pep-rally of God’s Not Dead, it is nice […]

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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2 Guns (2013)

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2 Guns (2013)

A lot of crime movies feature mountains of illegally obtained money.  Like the sight of shiny sports cars and healthy bosoms, its a fun treat that can be easily photographed – when we see it, we know exactly what we’re looking at.  Yet, Baltasar Kormákur may be the first director in history to place the […]

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Pacific Rim (2013)

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Pacific Rim (2013)

With his new science fiction thriller “Pacific Rim,” director Guillermo del Toro effectively takes Michael Bay to school on how to make a movie about giant robots.  Unlike Bay’s torpid transforming nonsense, del Toro’s film is thoughtful and smart.  It may not be perfect, but it’s got way more style, way more substance and way […]

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

They say that in show business timing is everything. That said, it might be reasonable to question whether or not a movie about an attack on the White House by a North Korean terrorist sect is a good idea given the world situation. With the North Koreans currently rattling their sabers, and prepping for war, […]

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Call (2013)

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The Call (2013)

Brad Anderson’s The Call is a thriller that, for about the first hour or so, runs on a degree of tension and efficient writing.  The screenplay is written with lock-step thinking that keeps you riveted.  Unfortunately, it can’t maintain that tone and is burned down by a nonsensical third act that is just plain stupid.  […]

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Side Effects (2013)

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Side Effects (2013)

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects doesn’t ask you to pay attention to the details because the movie is so brilliantly constructed that you find yourself doing that involuntarily.  His camera is generous in allowing us to remember things, tiny things in the corners.  We take in details as our eyes unconsciously scan the frame.  We notice […]

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

A century from now, the hunt and assassination of Osama bin Laden may ultimately prove to be the most studied and celebrated event of this decade.  The man responsible for so much evil in the world perished more or less the way Americans wanted him to, dragged out of bed in the middle of the […]

| January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Taken 2 (2012)

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Taken 2 (2012)

Bryan Mills, the hero at the center of Taken 2, is apparently the most brilliant man in the history of international espionage.  He can triangulate his location over the phone, guiding his daughter who is using a map and a shoestring, all while handcuffed to a pipe in a basement (more on that later).  He […]

| October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
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