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Robot Redux

by Rick Marshall July 3, 2014

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  It’s worth noting up front that I hail from that portion of the moviegoing populace that generally enjoys Michael Bay’s Transformers films for the silly, escapist eye candy that they are. And perhaps that’s why ...

Courage Under Fire

by Laura Leon January 16, 2014

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  With a title like Lone Survivor, it’s pretty apparent what the outcome will be, but even for those familiar with the remarkable story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the unfolding that leads to that conclusion ...

Fragments of Intrigue

by Laura Leon January 23, 2013

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  With knowing, if at times pandering, nods to film noirs like The Big Sleep, Broken City offers up much in terms of atmosphere and characters, if not gripping narrative. Mark Wahlberg plays Billy Taggart, a ...

Fuzzy Laughs

by Shawn Stone July 5, 2012

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The first thing you’ll want to know is, how funny is Ted? Pretty fuckin’ funny, that’s how funny Ted is. Especially if you are in tune with director and co-writer Seth MacFarlane’s brand of humor, seen ...

Nifty Goods

by Ann Morrow January 19, 2012

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The Icelandic novel Reykjavik-Rotterdam is probably a nifty little thriller, going by the American version of the Icelandic screen adaptation. Directed by Iceland’s Baltasar Kormákur, Contraband moves the action across the latitudes, to New Orleans-Panama. ...

Punk Drunk Love

by John Rodat January 5, 2011

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The names attached, however briefly, to The Fighter, preproduction, indicate that it was always intended to be a big film. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were in the running for the part that ultimately went ...