The Grand

Posted: April 21, 2008 at 10:13 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

This poker mockumentary from Zak Penn is funny and excellent addition to this sub-genre of films that there needs to be more of.Woody Harrelson is the closet to a lead as “One Eyed” Jack Faro in this ensemble piece about a poker tournament, “The Grand”, with a few million dollars at stake that will let […]

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Leatherheads

Posted: April 21, 2008 at 9:33 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort is a pretty entertaining affair, if you know what to expect going in. And what should you expect you might ask? The movie is a throwback homage to the screwball comedies of yesteryear and does an excellent job of capturing the spirit and fun of those films.Set in the 20’s […]

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Silk

Posted: April 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

François Girard up to the magnificent Red Violin is a mixed bag that starts of great and slowly devolves into something not quite as great. The film follows Michael Pitt as HervĂ© Joncour who decides to take on the job of a silk merchant who travels from France to Japan to get the most pure […]

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The Other Boleyn Girl

Posted: April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

This adaptation of the hit novel fails to create any real emotion nor evokes us to really care about our leads or anyone involved in this historical period piece.Scarlet Johansen and Natalie Portman star as Mary and Anne Boleyn, respectively, starting off as pawns in their families bid to gain favor and power with King […]

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Southland Tales

Posted: April 14, 2008 at 8:05 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Richard Kelly’s long delayed and highly anticipated follow up to super cult hit Donnie Darko is an entertaining film that upon first viewing is a bit all over the place, but seems to most likely benefit from repeat viewings.The film stars a trio of actors, Dwayne “don’t call me Rock” Johnson, Seann William Scott, and […]

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30 Days of Night

Posted: March 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

David Slade’s adaptation of the vampire graphic novel quickly becomes mess and while having one or two decent moments, it is for the most part and unmemorable failure.Josh Hartnett stars as the police chief of a small Alaskan town that doesn’t see the sun for thirty days every winter. As he investigates a series of […]

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Goya’s Ghost

Posted: March 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Milos Forman’s latest wow’s at the start but gets completely lost half way through, leaving one curious as to what happened to the picture by the end.Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem) opens the film calling for the inquisition to return Spain to a god fearing state as they evaluate paintings of Goya that depict the world […]

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The Bank Job

Posted: March 19, 2008 at 11:54 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

Roger Donaldson’s latest is one of his more successful filmmaking endeavors that serves as a classic bank heist film that while not doing anything dramatically new still serves as an excellent star vehicle for Jason Statham.We quickly learn that Terry, (Statham) is an entrepreneur trying to make a big deal to get his family secure […]

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Penelope

Posted: March 18, 2008 at 9:58 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

This modern day fairy tale follows the adventure of a cursed, pig nosed, girl searching for the man who can of blue blood decent that can break the curse and turn her to normal, and while it starts off strong it slowly fades into something pretty ridiculous and bad by the time it’s all over.Penelope […]

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4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

Posted: March 14, 2008 at 10:03 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews

This Romanian abortion thriller by Cristian Mungiu is an effective thriller that meanders too much for its own good and leaving a bit too many things vague while showcasing the trial and tribulations to getting an illegal abortion.The film feels gritty and real and captures the times of Romania very well in 1987. We get […]

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