• Posts Tagged ‘Rated R’

    Resident Evil: Retribution

    by  • September 18, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a new Resident Evil movie out. This one is "Resident Evil: Retribution," the fifth film in the franchise. It has everything we've come to expect: Milla Jovovich, zombies, mutants, and an evil corporation. Like all good sequels, it's more of the same but turned up a notch.

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    Magic Mike

    by  • July 17, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    If all you know about "Magic Mike" is that it's a movie about male strippers, you are in for a surprise. Firstly, the film is loosely based on star Channing Tatum's life as an exotic dancer before he became a model and then an actor. Secondly, at heart it's a story about a man...

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    by  • June 11, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    If the measure of great art is how much thought and discussion it inspires, "Prometheus" is very great art indeed. It asks so many questions, and leaves so many of them unanswered, that it is producing interesting, thoughtful discussions far and wide. It's more of a meditation on the eternal questions of philosophy than...

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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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    The Cabin in the Woods

    by  • April 24, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The five teens from The Cabin in the Woods

    Some movies lend themselves to reviewing, and some don't. Last week's "Lockout" was a straightforward flick to write up. "The Cabin in the Woods" is anything but -- it has a very specific, narrow audience and you're either in it or you're not. If you are, you probably know it already and saw the...

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    Safe House

    by  • February 13, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a certain pleasure in seeing a familiar job done well with a slightly new mix of tools, and that's just what "Safe House" is. There's not much new about this CIA double-cross story, but the setting, actors, cinematography, and story details are a new combination, and it's enjoyable watching familiar gears mesh and...

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    by  • January 24, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a lot to like in Steven Soderbergh's new film, "Haywire," but there's a lot that doesn't quite come together. The director is reportedly planning to take a sabbatical once his currently in-progress films are wrapped, to get a fresh start, and it's easy to interpret the uneven pacing and cinematography in "Haywire" as...

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    by  • January 16, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "Carnage" is being billed as "a comedy of no manners," and that's it in a nutshell. When one boy hits another in the face with a stick, knocking out two of his teeth, the boys' parents meet to discuss the situation. The victim's parents, community-building Penelope (Jodie Foster) and blue-collar Michael (John C. Reilly),...

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    A Dangerous Method

    by  • January 10, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: David Cronenberg Starring: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen Rated: R for sexual content and brief language The birth of psychoanalysis was as painful and difficult as most births seem to be -- but it involved several people rather than one surrounded by midwives and caretakers. The fraught relationships between Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung,...

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    by  • January 2, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Tomas Alfredson Starring: Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch Rated: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language It's rare to see a film with the courage to be as slow and quiet as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is, but director Tomas Alfredson is no stranger...

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