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Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

By at November 7, 2016 | 10:26 pm | 3 Comments

Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars Watching the first scene of The Phenom, I thought I was somehow in the middle of the film by mistake. The opening conversation between pro baseball pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) and his sports specialty shrink (Paul Giamatti) feels so natural, so in-progress, I momentarily questioned whether I was seeing the beginning of movie. I was, of course, more...

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This Is Your Brain on Drugs: JOHN DIES AT THE END Film Review

By at February 22, 2013 | 6:53 am | 3 Comments

This Is Your Brain on Drugs: JOHN DIES AT THE END Film Review

4 / 5 stars If you like your horror-comedies with drug-induced delusion, disjointed humor (and disjointed body parts), and villains made of reconstituted frozen meat, then John Dies at the End is your cult movie of the year. Writer-director Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep, Phantasm) doesn’t just let his freak flag fly; he lights it on fire, pees on it, and beats it with more...

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A Vote For George: THE IDES OF MARCH Film Review

By at November 10, 2011 | 6:52 am | 0 Comment

A Vote For George: THE IDES OF MARCH Film Review

4 / 5 stars After the considerable hype surrounding Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy earlier this year (earning $22M in the UK as of this writing), most other 2011 films of a political nature are faced with the very real possibility of going unnoticed. The Ides of March has in its favor some serious star power to lift it above the mire and into public attention. Man of the more...

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Life As A Wrestling Match: WIN WIN Film/DVD Review

By at August 28, 2011 | 5:12 pm | 0 Comment

Life As A Wrestling Match: WIN WIN Film/DVD Review

4 / 5 stars Every time you think Tom McCarthy's Win Win is heading toward something you've seen before, McCarthy tweaks it just so, and your expectations change. The filmmaker behind critical hits The Station Agent (superb) and The Visitor (somber) plays around with formula very carefully -- he works within familiar conventions that please an audience, but avoids more...

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