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Walking Tall: JACK REACHER Film / DVD Review

By at June 5, 2013 | 11:13 pm | 0 Comment

Walking Tall: JACK REACHER Film / DVD Review

4 / 5 stars How does Tom Cruise measure up as Lee Child's bestselling supercop, Jack Reacher? Let's start with the obvious: Tom Cruise is 5’ 7”. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher is 6’ 5”. Yes, it’s been a talking point for fans of the book series ever since Cruise was cast in Christopher McQuarrie's big-screen adaptation of "One Shot," the ninth in a series of more...

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Stories from the (Un) Funny Farm: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Film Review

By at April 30, 2013 | 9:37 pm | 5 Comments

Stories from the (Un) Funny Farm: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars There’s no logical reason why Golden Globe voters categorized Silver Linings Playbook as a comedy during the 2012 awards season. Even at its most effective and appealing, David O. Russell’s tale of psychiatrically troubled souls doesn’t have much to laugh at. Mental illness, painful loss, obsessive gambling... This clearly ain’t What About Bob? more...

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Motor City Melancholy: DETROPIA Film Review

By at January 16, 2013 | 6:26 am | 2 Comments

Motor City Melancholy: DETROPIA Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars For a passing moment in Detropia, the dying-city documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), we get a glimpse of the fallout from the 1967 Detroit riots. Burned and gutted buildings. Law enforcement in the streets en masse. An unlikely citizen brandishing a gun. It’s all positioned as a visual comparison, with painful similarities, to the more...

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Come Fly With Me: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Film / DVD Review

By at November 9, 2012 | 11:07 pm | 1 Comments

Come Fly With Me: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Film / DVD Review

3.5 / 5 stars The concept of time travel has been around popular modern storytelling since H.G. Wells (and even earlier), but it’s recently taken up residence in the world of smaller, low-budget films. What was once near-exclusive territory for science fiction has become the basis for tricky brain teasers (Primer), tantalizing mysteries (Sound of My Voice) and, with more...

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