Mystery/Suspense

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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Premium Rush (2012)

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Premium Rush (2012)

Premium Rush is a fun, smart little movie that employs a clockwork plot that is worth your time.  Finally, at last, here is a summer chase film that doesn’t insult your intelligence or waste your money.  It may not seem that way from the outset.  You may ask: What possible interest could there be for […]

| August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy is one of those movies that you’ve already seen before you’ve seen it.  It is about a man who is on the run from a secretive government agency that is trying to kill him.  That’s it. There is nothing else that needs to be said.  It looks and sounds important. It opens […]

| August 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with scary and cold efficiency. Two men stridently go about a mission that isn’t immediately clear. They line the back of their van with plastic, then go shopping for a drill, a mattress and other tools that, for a while give indications that they are building a house – […]

| April 9, 2009 | 0 Comments
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Iron Man (2008)

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Iron Man (2008)

Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” brings the superhero genre to a rock star status.  Frankly, it needs it.  It is a breath of fresh air after the Superman and Batman pictures which have been so vapid and overproduced that they forgot to be fun.  This movie overcomes all the handicaps that have kept the others down […]

| May 3, 2008 | 0 Comments
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Last Night (1998)

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Last Night (1998)

What would you do if you knew that the world was going to end at midnight? If we knew it was absolutely the last night on earth and we had ample warning, how would we spend it? Some would spend time with family and friends. Others wouldn’t wait until midnight. Some would spend it in […]

| November 28, 1998 | 0 Comments
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Murder by Decree (1979); ★★1/2

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Murder by Decree (1979); ★★1/2

It’s just a tempting idea, isn’t it?  The notion of reinventing Sherlock Holmes and putting him on trail of Jack the Ripper – famous detective, infamous criminal.  The best was James Hill’s 1965 adventure A Study in Terror with John Neville has Holmes.  Then  in the 70s there were two different films of varying quality.  The […]

| February 9, 1979
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The Big Fix (1978)

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The Big Fix (1978)

The biggest problem with The Big Fix is that it never lands on an idea of what it wants to be.  It’s a comedy, a drama, a message picture, a detective potboiler and an expose about how the radicals of the 60s have sold their souls to the corporate structure.  Those are the bullet points […]

| October 6, 1978
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