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Review – 300: Rise of an Empire

This is the long time coming sequel to Zach Snyder‘s adaptation of Frank Miller‘s historical fantasy graphic novel.  A companion piece to the original 300 – A highly fictionalized (and stylized) retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae – Rise of an Empire is a companion piece, taking place before, during, and after the events of theContinue reading “Review – 300: Rise of an Empire”

Review – Non-Stop

First thing’s first, it has to be done:  *Insert Taken on a Plane* joke here.  Okay, with that out of the way, other than being an action movie starring Liam Neeson, there’s not really much similar here to his recent “get his kidnapped daughter back and take revenge” success.  Though, being a Liam Neeson assContinue reading “Review – Non-Stop”

Review – Labor Day

When an injured man, Frank, (Josh Brolin) strongly suggests that Adele (Kate Winslet) and her teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) take him to their home, their lives change forever.  As the story of escaped convict, Frank, unfolds, a unique relationship begins to form between the three of them. Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek,Continue reading “Review – Labor Day”

Review – Grudge Match

It’s an idea that would have been brilliant – twenty years ago.  Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are two boxers with a history, pulled out of retirement to fight one final “grudge match” to settle the score.  Personally and professionally.  Instead of “Rocky vs. LaMotta” we get “Grumpy Old Men: Hitting Each Other.”

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

After a brief flashback detailing Gandalf’s (Sir Ian McKellen) first meeting with the dwarf heir Thorin Okenshield (Richard Armitage), the second part of this overly long adaptation of Tolkein‘s children’s tale by Peter Jackson picks up right where the first left off.  Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the company of dwarves are still on the run fromContinue reading “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Review: Out of the Furnace

Christian Bale is a man whose brother (Casey Affleck) is taken from him by a crazed illegal fights racketeer (Woody Harrelson).  Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard fill out the cast of this action drama revenge flick.  Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott, it seems like a no-fail formulaContinue reading “Review: Out of the Furnace”