• John Wick

    by  • October 28, 2014

    The first warning sign “John Wick” gives us is that there was very, very little publicity about it. Your humble reviewer sees several movies a month, plus previews, and saw nary a single preview for Keanu Reeves’ latest vehicle. The second, of course, is that Reeves is in it. He’s not untalented, but he...

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    Dracula Untold

    by  • October 13, 2014

    Vampires are nothing new. Dracula in particular is nothing new. “Dracula Untold” gives us an entire film of what we saw only briefly in Francis Ford Coppala’s version of the famed vampire’s life: the (rather brief) mortal life of Prince Vlad III – the national hero who saved his people and became a monster....

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    The Equalizer

    by  • September 30, 2014

    Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Johnnie Skourtis, Chloe Grace Moretz Rated: R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references The plotline featuring a retired/semi-retired man driven to take up his violent ways once more to save a woman is not new. In fact, there’s almost nothing...

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    The Drop

    by  • September 16, 2014

    Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam Rated: R for some strong violence and pervasive language Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz There’s a subgenre of crime films that linger over their characters, whose plots move slowly at first, but gradually become increasingly tense until the final confrontation is not only...

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    As Above, So Below

    by  • September 2, 2014

    Directed by: John Eric Dowdle Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar Rated: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout So many movies in the last few years have focused on using visceral horror and supremely disgusting special effects to be scary that it’s refreshing to find one...

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    The Expendables 3

    by  • August 25, 2014

    Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas Rated: for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language There’s a new Expendables movie out, catching the end of the...

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    by  • August 12, 2014

    Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan Michael Rooker, Glenn Close Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language Marvel Studios has been bringing out big, fun superhero movies for several years now, and they’ve reached...

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    by  • July 29, 2014

    Starring: Scarlett Johanson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked Written and Directed by: Luc Besson Rated: R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality Suspension of disbelief, the willingness to overlook things that aren’t real or possible, is a vital part of enjoying almost any fictional movie. Superheroes, action stars, mad scientists, they all...

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    Edge of Tomorrow

    by  • June 20, 2014

    Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Noah Taylor Directed by: Doug Liman Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material There’s a situation almost anybody who plays enough video games has experienced, where you have to keep doing the same thing over and over,...

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    by  • June 20, 2014

    Directed by: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley Rated: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images A delightful villain is a must-have for a good fairytale story, and Disney’s old, animated “Sleeping Beauty” had one of the greats – Maleficent....

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