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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 …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Are You Here’ Rambles On Pointlessly About Love, Life, And Greed

Film: Are You Here
Directed by: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler

With Zach Braff’s feature Wish I Was Here, a film that was supposed to be about carrying on in life turned into a somewhat directionless narrative feature chock full of overstuffed allegory and inane ruminations about epiphanies. With Are You Here (burdened with a similar title), Braff will seem like a masterful auteur compared to this feature. While only striking comedic gold in short and un-sustained instances, this feature from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner falls flat under tedious character development and a paper-thin …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When The Game Stands Tall’ Falls Short

Film: When The Game Stands
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis
Directed by: Thomas Carter

When The Game Stands Tall hopes to sell audiences on religion by leveraging the intensity of high school sports, but fumbles every good idea it has along the way.

I am not the type of person who spends their year waiting for the start of football season, but for as long as I can remember I have been a sucker for films about high school sports. I think everyone is, at least to an extent, but when audiences pay to see movies they expect to feature …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is An Underwhelming Callback To Adolescence

Film: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin

After 9 years of waiting for another foray into bloody black and white cinematic madness, the sequel to Sin City has finally arrived. Was it really worth the wait, though? As a pre-teen back in 2005, this was the kind of pulp noir fiction that my puberty-stricken primal instinct fed off of. Now typing before you is a 21-year-old who hasn’t grown any wiser when it comes to violent entertainment like this.  Betwixt the beheadings, limb chopping, and nude …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life After Beth’ Replaces Brains With Mediocrity

Film: Life After Beth
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza
Directed by: Jeff Baena

Mixing genres can be a tumultuous task in film making today. In Life After Beth, writer/director Jeff Baena tries to raise the romantic drama genre from the grave whilst spinning a hilarious tale about zombie love. Unfortunately, all the film compiles into is an amalgam of wasted comedic talent that can’t seem to unearth the most worthwhile qualities from separate genres. Not to mention that this little zombie apocalypse setting that Baena produces is minimalistic and leaves a lot up to interpretation.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Giver’ Offers Nothing Of Value

Film: The Giver
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi

Working off a screenplay written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, director Phillip Noyce has delivered a frustrating and, at times, downright awful adaptation of Lois Lowry’s most beloved young adult novel.

The Giver offers a vision of the future that feels a bit like a watered-down 1984. Following the downfall of life as we know, mankind manages to rebuild society in such a way that all individuality has ceased to exist, including all color. In its place, an idea called ‘sameness’ has been put into action with …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Should Turn Itself In

Film: Let’s Be Cops
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.
Directed by: Luke Greenfield

There is little more than meets the eye when it comes to Let’s Be Cops. Written and directed by Luke Greenfield, this half-assed attempt at grown-up make believe loses steam long before it reaches its final destination.

Ryan and Justin are two men who are afraid of embracing adulthood. Though their motivations for doing so slightly differ, each has made it to what appears to be nearly 30 without having to make a single major commitment or decision in their entire lives. Neither is very …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Step Up: All In’

Film: Step Up: All In
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan
Directed by: Trish Sie

There is a moment roughly twenty minutes into Step Up: All In when a character known as Moose asks, “Does everything have to end in a giant dance battle?” This is the first moment of irony and self-awareness that the franchise has shown in its entire existence, and it stands as the first of many indications that growth is possible for any series – even those about dance crews.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hercules’

Film: Hercules
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Directed by: Brett Ratner

This is not the myth you remember, but it’s the legend you will love.

If you thought that line was corny, you may not want to purchase a ticket to Brett Ratner’s take on Hercules. It’s a wise-cracking, too cool for its own good type of film that [finally] gives us a good reason to care about so-called ‘sword and sandal’ films again. I went in expecting nothing and walked out with the realization I had just experienced one of the most entertaining 98-minute periods of the last year, if …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Origins’

Film: I Origins
Directed by: Mike Cahill
Starring: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Brit Marling

What if you experienced something in your life that would result in shattering your preconceptions about it? That’s what Mike Cahill, director of 2011’s mystifying Another Earth, is asking with his new film I Origins. Luckily, that overlying theme is just a backdrop to an intimate story about obsession as a scientist is challenged to believe that there might be a higher power than scientific logic. I Origins paints an achingly beautiful portrait about love, loss, redemption, and the struggle to believe in the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘And So It Goes’

Film: And So It Goes
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner has made an art out of telling simple stories with relatable characters. In a time where every film tries to be bigger and more extravagant than the one that came before, Reiner’s work exists to remind cinemagoers that the only thing a movie needs to be a hit is a good story with a few solid laughs. Big name stars help, too, of course, but they’re not a prerequisite for success.

And So It Goes is the latest work from Reiner, and like many …