Director Tarsem Singh’s ‘Self/less’ is sadly, soulless

Ryan Reynolds in ‘Self/less’

Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Dockery,  Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Melora Hardin

Writer(s):  David Pastor and Alex Pastor

Director(s):  Tarsem Singh

Human beings have been in search of immortality since we first learned about death.  Self/less is the latest in a long line of films exploring the ‘what-if’ of being able to live beyond our alloted “three-score and ten” as someone once wrote.

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‘Iron Man 3’ proves the third time is a charm

"Tony Stark" (Robert Downey Jr) tinkers with his Iron Man suit in "Iron Man 3"
“Tony Stark” (Robert Downey Jr) tinkers with his Iron Man suit in “Iron Man 3”

[rating = 4]Starring:  Robert Downey Jr., Gwynneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Stephanie Szostak, William Sadler, Paul Bettany, Ty Simpkins and Miguel Ferrer
Writer(s):  Shane Black and Drew Pearce, based on the Marvel Comic Book
Director(s):  Shane Black

In bowling, throwing a strike usually means you hit the target perfectly.  Three straight shots where you hit that target perfectly and make strikes is known as a “turkey”.  Iron Man 3 is certainly NOT a turkey, but it is the third straight film in the franchise that hits the target, perfectly.

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‘The Dictator’ is tasteless rude and offensive – and laugh out loud funny

Sasha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox in 'The Dictator'
Sasha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox in ‘The Dictator’

There’s a little “ditty” on Steve Martin’s comedy album “Let’s Get Small”.  One lyric from it is:  “Be tasteless, rude and offensive.”

That’s the formula Sacha Baron Cohen has applied in making his latest film, The Dictator.

It is terribly tasteless, ridiculously rude and obnoxiously offensive.  And the formula works like a charm.

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