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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Black Sea’ Is A Leaky Ship

Film: Black Sea
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Scoot McNairy

Submarine thrillers that emanate claustrophobia and heist thrillers with big risks are two subgenres that have been retreaded over and over. In director Kevin Macdonald’s newest, a world is envisioned where the two could work in tandem. Add a dash of grim humor, deep cockney accents, a crazed Ben Mendelsohn performance, and a murder plot and you get Black Sea. Things get a bit predictable and linger on for far too long, but a committed slew of great character actors help make the material rise …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Project Almanac’ Is Found Footage Fun

Film: Project Almanac
Directed By: Dean Israelite
Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Sam Lerner

Teenage hormones are abound in this Michael Bay-produced effort about a group of young’ns grappling with the dangers of time travel. Adopting the found footage aesthetic of many features, Project Almanac attempts and mostly succeeds at taking something weary in cinema and breathing an EDM-laden breath directly onto the screen. Sure, a large amount of the humor is generational and caters to people in their younger years, but this effective little film veers from a tired path in a thrilling (albeit a bit predictable) way.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everly’ Will Kick Your Ass

Film: Everly
Starring: Selma Hayek
Directed by: Joe Lynch

With bullets and creative flare to spare, Everly ushers in a new age of cool for its lead, as well as its director.

Joe Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film that made it to audiences with his vision in tact since Wrong Turn 2. In the time between, Joe has contributed to various film projects (Chillerama, for example), starred in a sitcom (Holliston), and even made a movie that was taken from him and cut to shreds by a third party who then completely mishandled the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Runs On Fumes

Film: The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Another January, another hit-and-miss comedy from Kevin Hart that was largely ruined by an ad campaign that showed far too much.

Returning to theaters with his third starring role since last January’s Ride Along, Kevin Hart has blended buddy comedy staples with tired romcom antics to deliver The Wedding Ringer. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it simply is, and how much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how many times you were made to watch the film’s numerous trailers over the last six …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Taken 3′ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: Taken 3
Starring: Liam Neeson
Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Seven years after first saving his daughter from an underground prostitution ring, Bryan Mills is back once more with a story that lacks the heart, grit, and fun that previously set the Taken franchise apart.

The setting is Los Angeles, and for the first time since he and his wife were abducted abroad in Taken 2 Bryan Mills is finally living the life he always wanted. He’s close with his daughter, Kim, and he’s managed to remain close with his ex-wife, Lenore. It’s clear the horrors of previous years no …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Woman In Black 2′ Offers Nothing New

Film: The Woman In Black 2
Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine
Directed by: Tom Harper

Lacking its original lead and any real sense of purpose, The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death is just another entry in the long line of horror sequels that never should have been made in the first place.

The second World War is in full effect when The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death begins, and hiding from the Nazis amongst other London natives is a woman named Eve. She, with the help of her co-worker Jean, takes it upon herself to evacuate …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Interview’ Disappoints

Film: The Interview
Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Directed by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

All controversy and media hype aside, The Interview is another hit-and-miss comedy with more budget than brains.

Seth Rogen and James Franco have long cemented their place in Hollywood history as one of the premier comedic duos. Ever since their time roaming the halls in Freaks And Geeks, these two funny men have been rising through the Tinseltown ranks whether together or apart. The times they have worked together have been, for the most part, incredibly successful. They’ve also been incredibly unique, placing the two …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife’ Delivers Big, Inconsistent Laughs

Film: Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Starring: Donald Faison, Patrick Wilson
Directed By: Scott Foley

Following a long tradition of comedic films about murder that never find the right groove, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is an inconsistent romp that works more often than not.

Ward is a full-grown man with a decent job, a beautiful new child, lifelong best friends whom he sees regularly, and a wife he – as well as everyone else – cannot stand. She is a mean, snobbish, and overly-protective woman who seems to only find pleasure in making others miserable. Everyone wishes she were dead, including …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Imitation Game’ Is Both Thrilling & Heartbreaking

Film: The Imitation Game
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Though it feels created almost entirely for the purpose of generating awards season buzz for its lead actor, The Imitation Game is well-crafted World War II tale that is made a tad foolish thanks to bad CGI.

The story of Alan Turing is one that has long been needing a big screen adaptation, but it wasn’t until the last decade that his story found any real sense of closure. The reasoning for that is something I won’t give away in this review, but suffice to say there is a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Top Five’ Is The Funniest Film of 2014

Film: Top Five
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Chris Rock

Taking filmmaking cues from everyone who has previously captured NYC and relationships with unflinching honesty, Chris Rock has crafted one hell of a comedic feature with Top Five. It’s a story about love, both for others and yourself, as well as a satirical take on our society that will leave you in stitches for days.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Pyramid’ Is A Fun, Yet Familiar Thrill Ride

Film: The Pyramid
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare
Directed by: Grégory Levasseur

Capping off what can only be described as one of the worst years for mainstream horror in the last decade, 20th Century Fox has delivered a fun, yet familiar thrill ride with The Pyramid.

It’s August 2013 and the streets of Cairo are on the brink of complete chaos. The government and its citizens are fighting for reasons far too meaningful for a film like The Pyramid to try and explain, but it does, however, provide a great setting to begin a film that otherwise would need …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Homesman’ Offers First-Rate Storytelling

Film: The Homesman
Starring: Hillary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

In a world overrun with over-the-top CGI epics, The Homesman serves as a reminder that sometimes the simplest stories are also the most compelling.

Directed and co-written by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman tells the story of an unlikely adventure that takes place in 1850s North America. It’s based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, which I have never read or even heard of prior to researching this film. I’m all for recognizing the works that films are based upon, but …