• Posts Tagged ‘Disappointing’

    The Dark Tower

    by  • August 29, 2017 • Uncategorized

    Idris Elba (l) and Matthew McConaughey (r) face off in The Dark Tower

    Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor Rated: PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. Translating a book (or books) into a movie is a tricky proposition, like disassembling a car for parts and using those parts to build a motorcycle. They’re both story-telling vehicles, but...

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    Dark Shadows

    by  • May 14, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Once upon a time, there was a soap opera called "Dark Shadows." I grew up hearing about it, but never saw it myself. I caught the short-lived revival starring Ben Cross, but found it uninspired. Now Tim Burton brings us a film based on the original, with a fabulous cast led by Johnny Depp....

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    Ides of March

    by  • October 18, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    The political thriller is a known quantity: cynical, frequently gritty, and not generally given to happy endings. George Clooney’s new film, “Ides of March,” is no different. The cast is spectacular, but the film winds up a rather heavy-handed, workmanlike piece, hampered by a so-so script. It’s not bad, but it’s not as great...

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    Killer Elite

    by  • October 3, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Gary McKendry Starring: Jason Statham, Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen Rated: R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. There are few things quite so sad as a film whose premise and cast promise awesomeness but whose execution falls flat on its face. "Killer Elite" should be a ton of fun -- it's an international assassin...

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    The Debt

    by  • September 4, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: John Madden Starring: Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas Rated: R for some violence and language Moral ambiguity is a staple of the espionage thriller genre. Spies, assassins, and their targets and employers tend not to be people at the all-good end of the ethical spectrum. "The Debt" takes...

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