• Posts Tagged ‘Rated R’

    Kick-Ass 2

    by  • August 20, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    KickAss2

    “Kick-Ass 2,” the follow up to 2010’s “Kick-Ass”, seems unsure of what exactly it wants to be. The first film was an (admittedly very, very violent) exploration of what happens when ordinary people try to be superheroes, and the psychological toll that takes on ordinary kids. The sequel seems to be trying to continue...

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    Elysium

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Elysium

    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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    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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    Side Effects

    by  • February 11, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    SideEffects

    Some thrillers are so convoluted that it’s almost impossible to discuss them without revealing twists and turns best left to be revealed in the watching. “Side Effects” is one such -- the first act of the story can be mostly gathered from the previews and is fairly simple, but where the plot goes from...

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    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    by  • February 5, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    HanselandGretel

    Written and Directed by: Tommy Wirkola Starring: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare Rated: R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity, and language There’s something ever-appealing to me about fantasy-action films. The good ones don’t take themselves seriously and are pure fun, and the bad ones are so deliciously...

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    Parker

    by  • January 29, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

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    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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    The Last Stand

    by  • January 21, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Johnny Knoxville and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand

    Directed by: Jee-woon Kim Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eduardo Noriega, Jaime Alexander, Luis Guzman, Zach Gilford, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville Rated: R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language It’s been eight years since we’ve seen Arnold Schwarzenegger in any major role other than Governor of California, and he’s picked a perfect film for his...

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    Django Unchained

    by  • January 8, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    DjangoUnchained

    “Django Unchained” is, on its surface, a fairly straightforward “man is wronged and loses his woman, then meets a man who helps him achieve his quest to avenge himself and get his woman back” sort of story. It’s certainly easy to enjoy the film on that level, especially if you’re a fan of Quentin...

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    Killing Them Softly

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    KillingThemSoftly

    Sometimes watching a movie is sort of like watching a train wreck in slow motion, as if a child has set up a train set so that several trains will all smash into each other. “Killing Them Softly” is a movie like that. We know from the moment we meet most of the characters...

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    The Man with the Iron Fists

    by  • November 6, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    TheManWithTheIronFists

    The moment the opening credits for “The Man with the Iron Fists” start to roll, you can tell exactly what kind of movie it is. There’s an explanatory voiceover and a massive fight, paused periodically for over-saturated, old-school-style still frames for each credit -- and the credits are all in both English and Chinese....

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