Reviews

The Wrestler

Posted: December 18, 2008 at 11:00 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Darren Aronofsky has returned with his fourth feature and the results are an engaging, sad, and fantastic character study anchored by a fantastic performance by Mickey Rourke.Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was “The” wrestler back in 1986. Working his way through the ranks, The Ram made his way to the top of the professional […]

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The Brothers Bloom

Posted: December 18, 2008 at 10:59 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Rian Johnson is back with another solid entry in his sophomore debut, which is full of humor, style, and great work by everyone involved, all mixed with a story that really makes you care about the characters and their plot they are involved in.Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) have been con men for […]

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Posted: December 16, 2008 at 11:01 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Keanu Reeves stars in this remake of the lauded cautionary tale original, putting a relevant green spin on things; the effect is a solid sci-fi thriller that operates with reserve instead of going way over the top.Helen Benson (Jenifer Connelly) is a scientist that deals with studying bacteria and elements on outer space bodies like […]

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Four Christmases

Posted: December 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Seth Gordon’s feature debut is unfortunately a lackluster affair, though is saved from being a complete atrocity from the work of Vince Vaughn (though, he has been far, far better at times).Brad and Kate have been a happily unmarried couple for three years now, they are successful, live together, and have no interest in spending […]

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Man On Wire

Posted: December 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

James Marsh’s latest documentary is the story of one man’s dream to tight rope walk between the two towers of the world trade center and the lengths the man, and the people around him, went through to make his dream a reality.Philippe Petit is the man who had this dream and he himself is a […]

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Transsiberian

Posted: December 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Brad Anderson’s train thriller is an effective piece of cinema that keeps tension high while taking a series of twists and turns along the way.The film opens with the police investigation of a drug dealer that was robbed and killed, with the investigation headed up by Grinko (Ben Kingsley) who after discovering that someone is […]

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Twilight

Posted: December 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

The hotly anticipated adaptation of the hit teen vampire romance series is a fairly successful adaptation to the big screen.Bella (Kristen Stewart) lives happily in Phoenix but is forced to relocate back to her home town of Forks, Washington, the wettest and most cloud covered city in the country. Moving in the middle of second […]

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Fear(s) of the Dark

Posted: December 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

This animated collection of short films is a visual treat and some great story telling and while it isn’t necessarily that scary of a film, it is a fine compilation of some interesting and creepy tales.The film is a compilation of six works by the some of the best animators working today, Blutch, Charles Burns, […]

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Milk

Posted: December 2, 2008 at 9:47 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Gus Van Sant’s latest is another great film for the director and is one of the best biopics in recent memory.Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) was a closet homosexual in New York in the early seventies, picking up men on the Subway, one of which happens to change the direction of his life. Upon picking up […]

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Australia

Posted: December 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Baz Luhrmann’s long gestating epic is a solid visual feast that is a bit disjointed story wise, but remains an entertaining film nonetheless.Nullah is the films narrator and he is a young aboriginal boy who lives and helps around Far Away Downs, which is a cattle ranch owned by Lady Sarah Ashley’s (Nicole Kidman) husband, […]

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