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The Giver: Lower your expectations

The Giver: Lower your expectations
August 19, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Phillip Noyce Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush Recognized as a brilliant children’s novel, there are high expectations going into The Giver — a two-hour dystopic film filled with intense chase scenes and heroic triumphs. But while the ... Read More »

The Expendables 3: Still fumbling at lost mediocrity

The Expendables 3: Still fumbling at lost mediocrity
August 18, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Patrick Hughes Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Arnold Swartznegger, Harrison Ford, Terry Crews and Antonio Banderas Watching The Expendables 3, it’s hard not to feel bad for Sylvester Stallone. As he stares pupppy-eyed into the camera you ... Read More »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Unremarkable nostalgia exploitation for kids

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Unremarkable nostalgia exploitation for kids
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fitchner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxsville, and Jeremy Howard.  It’s possible to produce a satisfying movie about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but that would be too risky. There are two ways ... Read More »

Obvious Child: The anti-Juno

Obvious Child: The anti-Juno
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Gillian Robespierre Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Polly Draper, Gabby Hoffman, David Cross and Gabe Liedman Written by three women and addressing the issues surrounding women’s health, Obvious Child is the kind of film that answers women’s studies majors’ prayers ... Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s semi-risky space opera pays off

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s semi-risky space opera pays off
August 5, 2014 No Comments »

Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Salanda, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace.  If Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy got one thing right it was its self-deprecating marketing campaign. With trailers identifying its heroes as “a bunch ... Read More »

Chef: Favreau makes a delicious film

Chef: Favreau makes a delicious film
August 4, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Mainstream success in arts often necessitates creative sacrifice. The highest incarnation of a dish, film, or t-shirt imposes demands on the patron — including patience, courage, and a ... Read More »

Life Itself: A Powerful Obituary to Roger Ebert

Life Itself: A Powerful Obituary to Roger Ebert
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

Rating: Two Thumbs Up Director: Steve James EBERT, Roger Joseph — of Urbana, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, in his 71st year. Dear husband of Chaz. Survived by loving ... Read More »

Fading Gigolo: Woody Allen’s still got it

Fading Gigolo: Woody Allen’s still got it
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

  Director: Woody Allen Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber  In the year of our Lord 2014 Woody Allen has made a bold leap into new territory. Just kidding. Allen makes a rare ... Read More »

Lucy: Not as smart as it thinks it is

Lucy: Not as smart as it thinks it is
July 30, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik For a film that is about humans unlocking 100 per cent of their brain capacity, Luc Besson has clearly used zero per cent of his brain to write ... Read More »

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing
June 5, 2014 No Comments »

The Railway Man Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  The Railway Man will be playing at the Hyland Cinema until June 12th.  When Patti Wallace (Nicole Kidman) meets Eric Lomax (Colin ... Read More »

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty
June 2, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning When Sleeping Beauty graced cinemas in 1959 Walt Disney’s heart was no longer in animation. Disneyland had taken hold. The resultant movie was extravagant and hollow but stylistically innovative. Maleficent, which reimagines the ... Read More »

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan Joe will be playing at the Hyland until Thursday, June 6th.  Thwack. Thwack. Your hatchet strikes the Longleaf Pine tree. Thwack. The hatchet’s dripping in poison supplied from ... Read More »