Movie Reviews


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fury’ Offers A Haunting and Thrilling Vision Of World War II

Film: Fury
Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman
Directed By: David Ayer

Fury is a violent film about bad men doing bad things in the heart of Nazi-occupied Germany at the tail end of World War II. It’s the complete opposite of a feel-good film, but it just might be one of the year’s best cinematic experiences.

The men who inhabit the tank known as Fury are not a group of people you would normally think to pair together. You have a fearless leader who’s seen it all, the war-worn young man clinging to the hope that God has good plans …

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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 …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Varsity Blood’ Fails In Almost Every Way

Film: Varsity Blood
Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon
Directed by: Jake Helgren

High school set horror films have always been a hot commodity in Hollywood, but in recent years very few titles have been worth more than a scoff and laugh. Varsity Blood hopes to put this trend to an end with a truly unique killer, but the latest feature from writer/director Jake Helgren ultimately falls victim to the same problems that have plagued this sub-genre for the last three decades.

Living in a small town where the biggest event on any given fall week is the local …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets tangled in its own web in all the wrong places, but somehow finds its spider-sense in all the right ones. First off, I need to get something out of the way: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just downright has too much going on. Too many villains without true purposes fleshed out, too many plot deviations, too many dub-step “drops,” or whatever kids call them these days, just too much. But, when Marc Webb and company slow things down, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Machete Kills

Film: Machete Kills
Starring: Danny Trejo
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

When Robert Rodriguez originally announced plans to turn his Grind House faux trailer for Machete into an actual film many wondered if the final product would ever see the light of day. It did, and it surprisingly turned out to be a fantastic exercise in exploitation and escapism riddled with callbacks to the heyday of b-moviemaking. Machete Kills was teased when the film was released, and again many wrote it off as a joke, but here we are a handful of years later and Rodriguez has again made the ridiculous …


MOVIE REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

Film: Fruitvale Station
Starring: Michael B. Jordan
Directed by: Ryan Coogler

If there is one indie film poised to make a big splash when awards season picks up, it’s Sundance favorite Fruitvale Station. Based on the true story of a young black man shot by a police officer on New Year’s Eve, the film captures a type of situation our society finds itself dealing with all too often, and in doing so makes itself one of the most important films of 2013.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant, which is the actual name of the person whose life …

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Movie: Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Writers: Shane Black, Drew Pearce
Studio:Marvel Studios, DMG Entertainment

You can stop saying “Stark Knight Rises” now. This expression has been doing the rounds since the very first trailer landed for Iron Man 3, implying that Tony Stark’s third outing would be some kind of serious, redemptive meditation on Marvel’s original [cinematic] superhero and his attempts to adjust to a post-Avengers universe. Well, that isn’t quite the case. It should have been clear from the moment Shane Black was announced as co-writer and director but Iron Man 3 is nothing like any …


MOVIE REVIEW: Men In Black 3

Film: Men In Black 3
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Sitting in the AMC Loews Boston Commons Monday night, I found it hard to believe a decade had past since we last followed agents J and K into battle against forces from outer space. There was an excitement in the theater, even if the film was 3D, that something reminiscent of the joy attached to the memory of those times might be found in the digital experience that lie ahead. An hour and forty-six minutes later we had our answer: No.…


MOVIE REVIEW: The Avengers

Film: The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon

We come to it at last. The great cinematic moment of our time. Take a deep breath in, for nerdvana is here. The Avengers (or, as it’s hilariously titled in my neck of the woods, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) have finally come together on the world stage, realising that utopian vision first hinted at in Iron Man and built upon in a litany of post-credit sequences since. And, without further ado and token sentences about fanboy expectations and comic aficionado Joss Whedon as captain of the potentially troublesome ship, let me say straight out …

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HOW BAD IS IT?! “New Year’s Eve”

Head of the UTG film department and mastermind behind Reasonable Remakes, Justin Proper has brought us another new edition of his no-holds-barred column. Ladies and gentleman, allow us to introduce you to: How Bad Is It?

Once a year the entire world sets aside their differences and comes together. For that one night, everything is put on hold as everyone looks towards the new year with hope for the future. People forget about their debt, their classes, and about all the stress in their life just to relax for a few hours and celebrate a new beginning. Sure, two days …