• Posts Tagged ‘Mediocrity at its Finest’

    American Assassin

    by  • September 20, 2017 • Movie Reviews and Features

      Directed by: Michael Cuesta Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Charlotte Vega, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan Rated: R (strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) There’s something uniquely disappointing about a movie that checks off all the tick-boxes for a decent action-thriller-type film but just doesn’t pull it all together. “American Assassin” is a...

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    xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    by  • January 24, 2017 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: D.J. Caruso Starring: Vin Diesel, Toni Collette, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Rory McCann, Samuel L. Jackson Rated: PG-13 for extended sequences of gunplay and violent action, and for sexual material and language As we saw Samuel L. Jackson say in the trailer for “xXx: The Return...

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    Jurassic World

    by  • June 15, 2015 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril It’s been 22 years since “Jurassic Park” came out, and “Jurassic World” brings us a vision of what things might be like...

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    Last Vegas

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Movies about older people are becoming more and more common as a certain population segment finds themselves aging. “Last Vegas” is the latest of this genre, a blend of jokes about aging and mild introspection about how older people should live. Like others before it, it has a fabulous cast and some good dialog,...

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    Elysium

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The rich live highly privileged lives, in complete luxury and with access to phenomenal health care. Everyone else (the vast majority of humanity) lives in slums, dangerous places with brutal police, uncaring bureaucrats, and general misery. Oh, and it’s 150 years in the future, and all the rich people live in space. Welcome to...

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    World War Z

    by  • June 25, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Marc Forster Starring: Brad Pitt, Mirelle Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga Rated: PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images Every so often a film tries to be two or more things that seem incompatible. In some cases, this succeeds – but most of the time,...

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    Olympus Has Fallen

    by  • March 26, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in Olympus has Fallen

    There’s a type of action movie that requires a lot of its audience. You have to suspend not just your disbelief, but also your common sense. If you’re willing to do that, it’ll give you the ride of your life – but if you’re not, you are in for an unpleasant time. “Olympus Has...

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    Parker

    by  • January 29, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Anyone who sees the trailers for “Parker” and is strongly reminded of the 1999 Mel Gibson movie “Payback” is on the money -- both are based on novels from the same series by Donald E. Westlake (under the pseudonym Richard Stark). They’re based on different novels, but have very similar premises: career criminal Parker...

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    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    by  • October 29, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The “Silent Hill” series of video games is enormously popular among a select crowd of fans – their complex mythology and survival-horror genre (meaning combat is less important than finding a way to survive long enough to escape) are very engaging to the right kind of person. The film franchise is notably less celebrated,...

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    Total Recall

    by  • August 7, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Let's get a few observations out of the way up front: no, there was no reason to remake the classic nineties cheesefest "Total Recall." Yes, the new film is technically a remake even though the entire setting and big-picture conflict are different. No, the new film isn't as terrible as I was expecting. Yes,...

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