THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – Movie Review

Like many, I have been eagerly anticipating The Dark Knight Rises, the finale to Christopher Nolan’s masterful Dark Knight trilogy.  However, coming off the heels of The Dark Knight, which featured an Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker, there was a lot for this film to live up to.  This is the last film in the series, and in order to be successful, it needs to give the fans a real sense of closure with the characters and universe in general.  And while it definitely doesn’t top The Dark Knight, nor is it a perfect film, The Dark Knight Rises is as good as summer blockbusters get, and serves as a satisfying ending to the series. Read more…

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TED – Movie Review

Seth MacFarlane has been pretty hit or miss for me over the years.  I’ve certainly enjoyed episodes of his shows Family Guy and American Dad, while others are lazily written, beating a joke, that wasn’t funny from the start, dead into the ground.  I was interested to see what he could do with his first feature film, Ted.  And it’s safe to say that it has both MacFarlane’s strengths and weaknesses as a comedian. Read more…

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – Movie Review

I went into Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with relatively low expectations.  The title and concept were intriguing, but all of the trailers looked way too dark and serious for a movie with this ridiculous of a premise.  Luckily, the movie embraces the goofiness and cheese, which is why I had fun with it.

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RUBY SPARKS – Movie Review

June 18, 2012 1 comment

I saw Ruby Sparks at the 2012 LA Film Festival, and walked in with little expectation.  I hadn’t seen any trailers and roughly knew the film’s premise.  However, I did know that it was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team behind Little Miss Sunshine; and while it’s not anywhere up to par with that film, there is a good amount to like. Read more…

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ROCK OF AGES – Movie Review

I’m not a big fan of musicals, but I went into Rock of Ages a bit optimistic.  Granted the 80s aren’t my favorite decade, I was still completely on board for a classic rock-based musical.  Unfortunately, while it’s not a complete disaster, it has a lot of problems. Read more…

MADAGASCAR 3 Dances to #1, PROMETHEUS Lands at #2 – Weekend Box Office Report (June 8 – 10, 2012)

It was a neck-and-neck race this weekend between the two wide releases Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Prometheus for the #1 spot, as both had large audiences and both were in 3D.  However, in the end, the family fare took the prize, as Madagascar opened with a strong, estimated $60.4 million.  This is about on par with the opening for the second Madagascar film, 2008’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and bigger than the last three DreamWorks Animation movies’ three-day openings. Read more…

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PROMETHEUS – Movie Review

I had heard incredibly mixed buzz walking into Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.  Some loved it, while others were severely disappointed.  The big draw of the film, regardless, is the fact that it presumably takes place in the same universe as Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien.  The debate, though, was whether or not Prometheus was a direct or indirect prequel to it.  Having now seen the film, it’s safe to say it’s definitely not a direct prequel, but it’s a great, intelligent modern sci-fi film. Read more…

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