‘Unicorn Store’ is a rare breed

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Brie Larson the actress recently headlined a big action movie where she committed to intense training, but as a director has chosen her first project to be … Read more

Cast a vote for ‘Long Shot’

“The past is never where you think you left it.” – Katherine Anne Porter One year from now, the United States presidential election will completely dominate daily discourse. At this moment, anticipation is building for just who will end up … Read more

‘Back Fork’ deals deftly with drugs and death

A.J. Cook and Josh Stewart in Back Fork

“There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child.  Things never get back to the way they were.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Movies about drug addiction are not new. Movies about a death in the family are not new. Movies about small rural towns are not new. And yet, Back Fork feels like something fresh and needed.

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‘Homefront’ is incomplete and underdeveloped

Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in 'Homefront'
Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in ‘Homefront’

[rating=2]Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic
Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Sylvester Stallone

While lately movies made from kids and teen books have been all the rage and able to develop as franchises, adult-oriented fare hasn’t been as lucky. Last year gave us the very disappointing Alex Cross and Jack Reacher, which likely stopped any plans for follow-ups dead in their tracks. Now Phil Broker comes to the screen in Homefront, and although not renaming the film after the character was a good start, more wrong choices were made than right.

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‘Gravity’ is likely the best science fiction film of 2013

Sandra Bullock fights to survive in 'Gravity'
Sandra Bullock fights to survive in ‘Gravity’

[rating=3]Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Gravity is probably the best movie in which the main character spends half the time in her underwear. But to leave it at that does the movie a big disservice; it may well end up being the best science fiction film of the year.

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‘Anna Nicole’ is a Lifetime channel movie that’s better than expected

Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie
Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole Smith in the Lifetime channel movie

[rating=3]Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Cary Elwes, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg
Director: Mary Harron
Writer: John Rice, Joe Batteer

Mary Harron has tackled Valerie Solanas, Bettie Page, and Patrick Bateman. Now she takes on the fractured fairy tale story of Anna Nicole Smith.

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Remembering Karen Black

Karen Black, veteran and Academy Award-nominated actress who has been in roughly 200 works, passed away after battling ampullary cancer last month. She was 74.

‘Kick-Ass 2’ retains original’s mix of wit and violence

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz are back for more in 'Kick Ass 2'
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz are back for more in ‘Kick Ass 2’

[rating=3]Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow

The first film based off a work by Mark Millar was Wanted, which was a horrible butchering that turned a unique comic into a generic action movie. But Kick-Ass got it right, with a proceeding that was anything but generic. Luckily Kick-Ass 2, despite a change in directors and studios, keeps up the same manic blend of humor and violence.

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