• Posts Tagged ‘Just Plain Bad’

    Assassin’s Creed

    by  • January 2, 2017 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Justin Kurzel Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariani Labed Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language It’s generally best to keep one’s expectations low when it comes to movies based on video games, and “Assassin’s Creed” is no exception. If all...

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    by  • December 27, 2016 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Morten Tyldum Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen Rated: PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril There are common tropes in movies that drive some viewers up a wall but don’t bother others in the slightest. Modern romantic comedies are stuffed with them, and don’t let its scifi premise fool you: “Passengers”...

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    Mechanic: Resurrection

    by  • September 6, 2016 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Jason Statham and Jessica Alba in Mechanic: Resurrection

    Directed by: Dennis Gansel Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh Rated: R for violence throughout and language Summer movie season has pretty much wrapped up, and we’re heading into the Halloween crop of scary movies before the big family flicks of Thanksgiving and Halloween. If you haven’t quite...

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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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    The Raven

    by  • April 30, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "The Raven" is one of those movies that never quite seems to figure out what it wants to be. Is it a gothic thriller, all period costumes and hushed terror? Is it a splatter movie, like so many modern horror films? Is it a black comedy? A silly, over-the-top piece of camp? Sure, plenty...

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    by  • November 21, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Tarsem Singh Starring: Henry Cavil, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Frieda Pinto Rated: R for sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality "300" has a lot to answer for. Since the success of the film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, we are seeing more and more flicks set in classical/mythological Greece and...

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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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    Angels & Demons

    by  • May 18, 2009 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Ron Howard Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Armin Mueller-Stahl Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images, and thematic material. Parental Notes: The violence in this film makes it unsuitable for most youngsters. There’s some fairly antiseptic gunplay, but the film also includes people being burned alive and...

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    Babylon A.D.

    by  • September 1, 2008 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language, and some sexuality. Parental Notes: This is a fairly standard PG-13 film, likely inappropriate for young children but fine for preteens and older.

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