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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Good Deed’ Is No Good At All

Film: No Good Deed
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Directed by: Sam Miller
Genre: Thriller

There is a difference between adding a twist to a film and omitting information from the first half of your story in order to make the second half more compelling. No Good Deed falls victim for confusing the latter for the real thing, and that is only the start of its many troubles.

Colin Evans (Idris Elba) is an unstable serial killer with a mysterious criminal history that is explained at length during the opening credits of No Good Deed. He’s suspected of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘God Help the Girl’ Is A Melancholy Music Drama About Emotional Issues

Film: God Help the Girl
Starring: Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Olly Alexander
Directed by: Stuart Murdoch

Using music to avoid and/or get over emotional problems in life has played an integral part in musical cinema in the past and present. Whether it was a loner with headphones on or a longhaired Slayer fan bouncing through the mosh pit, music has always been a vessel for character development. In God Help the Girl though, music is front and center, overtaking the slim plot with its sad but lively soundtrack destined to have your foot tapping.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life of Crime’ Is A Sporadically Fun Little Crime-Comedy Romp

Film: Life Of Crime
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes
Directed By: Daniel Schechter

Elmore Leonard, a genius writer who passed away earlier this year, once again has had one of his properties adapted. Life of Crime (based on Leonard’s novel The Switch) can now join the ranks of Jackie Brown, 3:10 to Yuma, and Out of Sight as one of the most functional of Leonard’s adapted material. Decently recreating the rich-to-lower class caste system in 1980s-era Detroit (with country clubs, social events, etc.), Life of Crime spins a sometimes funny tale about trust, love and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Drop’ Is A Lingering Human Drama

Film: The Drop
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
Directed By: Michaël R. Roskam

Dennis Lehane, the author behind Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic River trades violence in for humanistic subtlety with The Drop, based upon his short story Animal Rescue. Starring Tom Hardy (Warrior), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), this new story about mobs and money in Brooklyn waxes about a man breaking his innocence in life more than anything. With an oft-times operatic and been-there-done-that representation of a crime-gone-awry in a seedy …

Love Is Strange Review 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Love Is Strange’ May Be The Best Film of 2014

‘Love Is Strange’ may be the best film of 2014. Alfred Molina and Jon Lithgow are fantastic, the script is hilariously heartfelt, and the cinematography turns even the most mundane moments in life into something worth watching.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Possession Of Michael King’ Is Thoroughly Unsettling

Film: The Possession Of Michael King
Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson
Directed by: David Jung

If you have seen one movie with a title that begins with The Possession Of… then you have seen them all, right?

If you had asked me that very question a week ago I might have agreed without a second thought, but living in a world where I have witnessed The Possession Of Michael King I no longer know what to think. Blending POV filmmaking with a documentary-like twist on found footage, the film manages to find thrilling new ground in a sub-genre riddled with …

The Longest Week Movie Review 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Longest Week’ Is A Wes Anderson Film Without The Whimsy

Film: The Longest Week
Starring: Jason Bateman, Billy Crudup
Directed by: Peter Glanz

While watching this oft-times lifeless tale about the bourgeoisie never growing up, I imagined a universe in which Wes Anderson and author Jonathan Ames may have met and collaborated. Anderson being the indie favorite director of such visually delectable films as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums while Ames’ authorial work was developed into the HBO show Bored to Death (which is gut-bustlingly hilarious). The Longest Week can’t quite seem to rise to the brilliance that these two artists could create together but performances from

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Frontera’ Finds Murder And Misunderstanding Near The US-Mexico Border

Film: Frontera
Starring: Ed Harris, Michael Pena
Direct by: Michael Berry

Frontera does not know what kind of movie it wants to be when it begins, but as the film’s first half unfolds things eventually settle into a thought provoking and ever-so-slightly political tale of murder near the US-Mexico border. Miguel (Michael Pena), a man determined to make a better life for his family, crosses into the US illegally in the dead of night with every intention of sending for his wife, Paulina, once he gets settled. Together with his traveling partner, the two cross the vast desert of southern …

Jamie Mark Is Dead Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’ Offers A Unique Supernatural Story

Film: Jamie Marks Is Dead
Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver
Directed by: Carter Smith

Jamie Marks Is Dead finds new ground in the realm of adapted supernatural young adult fiction, but it’s not enough to create a thrilling viewing experience.

The title of Carter Smith’s latest film is as much a fact as it is a lie. Jamie Marks is indeed dead, but his spirit, or something akin to it, survives. His tiny frame, protected only by a torn pair of boy’s underwear, saunters through the town his living self once considered Hell both day and night. He doesn’t believe …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The One I Love’ Ruminates on Love Lost With A Sci-Fi Twist

Film: The One I Love
Directed by: Charlie McDowell
Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

***This review originally ran during our coverage of the Provincetown Film Fest. We are posting it a second time because the film has just hit VOD and theaters nationwide.***

The One I Love is like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff? wrapped in the enigma of aTwilight Zone episode with Ted Danson’s character acting as the narrator instead of Rod Serling. So as you can see, this film is a completely different take on the romantic drama subgenre with an otherworldly twist to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Prince’ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: The Prince
Starring: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis
Directed by: Brian A. Miller

The Prince attempts to copy Taken’s formula for success but forgets to include the fun and suspense.

Jason Patric stars as a retired New Orleans crime boss and widow who has spent years trying to separate himself from his life in crime. This isn’t explained up front in the actual film, but it’s how marketing has set up the story. When his daughter is kidnapped seemingly out of a the blue, our hero must partner with an old acquaintance (John Cusack) to stop an old rival …

November Man Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The November Man’ Is Mean, Dull, And Entirely Forgettable

Film: The November Man
Starring: Pierce Brosnan
Directed by: Roger Donaldson

There is a difference between violent storytelling with an inherent sense of fun and violence for the sake of violence. November Man is more often than not the latter, and that is only the start of its many problems.

Making his first return to the world of spies and the lives they can never out-run for the first time in over a decade, Pierce Brosnan leads a cast of relative nobodies as an aging spy who thought his professional life was behind him. He walked away from training and …