Film Review: Monsters

Monsters’ 94 minutes feels about three times as long in this science fiction drama. Devoid of any real sense of threat, the film is not engaging in the least, opting for shallow symbolism and ample screen time for two of the most boring protagonists imaginable. Six years after a probe carrying samples of alien life crash landed in Mexico, have […]

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Film Review: Machete

Gloriously violent and at times hilarious, Machete is unabashedly good fun. The only thing that lets the film down is its political angle, which feels out of place in a movie such as this. Machete, a former Federale agent, is hired to assassinate a US senator. When things don’t go according to plan, Machete embarks on a revenge mission, enlisting […]

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Film Review: Leap Year

In a year brimming with bleak films, Leap Year may just be the bleakest of them all. The film effectively builds tension, but feels unsatisfying in its exploration of the protagonist. Laura lives a very solitary existence in her Mexican apartment. She lies to her others, inventing friendships that do not exist. After a string of one-night stands that lead nowhere, Laura […]

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Film Review: Skyline

At a certain point in Skyline, how soon depends on your patience, you will wish the protagonists would just succumb to their fate so this awful film will end. The special effects are decent, but sadly little else is. Elaine and Jarrod are awoken by strange bright lights shining into the Los Angeles penthouse apartment. People are drawn to these […]

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Film Review: Unstoppable

Inspired by actual events, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable is a white-knuckle ride almost from the offset. There are, of course, the inevitable Hollywood clichés, but for the most part the movie is thrilling entertainment. After an engineer’s error, an unmanned freight train speeds toward densely populated areas in Pennsylvania. As the rail company scramble to prevent widespread damage, a veteran engineer […]

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Film Review: My Afternoons with Marguerite

My Afternoons with Marguerite wisely avoids straying too far into schmaltz territory; a direction it could have easily taken, given the premise. The result is a sweet-natured film that never become too saccharine. Germain Chazes is a middle-aged man with poor literacy. He begins chatting one day to Margueritte, a well-read elderly lady. Her love of reading ignites a spark in Germain, and the pair […]

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Film Review: We Are What We Are

Part drama, part horror, Jorge Michel Grau’s film is macabre, but lacks a feeling of terror. We Are What We Are is more effective in its attempts at gritty realism than it is when trying to generate apprehension. When their father passes away, it is up to Alfredo and his two siblings to look after the family and continue its […]

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Film Review: Jackass 3D

Jackass 3D offers much the same as before, but this time in three dimensions. The film is as crude as its predecessors, but also as amusing. Johnny Knoxville and his band of cohorts return for another feature filled with stunts ranging from the dangerous to the disgusting. In between, the gang also prank each other… The film follows exactly the […]

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