Category Archives: Reviews

Review: MAN OF STEEL

Man of Steel

Superman – the superhero of all superheroes.  It’s said that the symbol of hope on his chest is the second most recognizable symbol in the world after the Christian cross.  This is a character that is so beloved, a man was literally brought to tears at the microphone during the Q&A after seeing the first footage for Man of Steel at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.  But who is Superman?  Is he an alien from the far reaches of the universe?  Or is he the adopted son of Kansas farmers?  He is us – a manifestation of our hopes, our dreams, and our humanity brought to life through the golden-age splash pages of comic books.  Read the rest of this entry

Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Star Trek Into Darkness Chris Pine 3Space….The final frontier. The voyages of the starship Enterprise have fascinated fans of all ages for decades. When director J.J. Abrams took the reins of the beloved franchise, many fans were uneasy about the prospect. After reviving the series with 2009’s fantastic Star Trek, Abrams goes bigger, bolder, and better with Star Trek Into Darkness. Read the rest of this entry

Review: THE GREAT GATSBY

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When Australian director Baz Luhrmann signed on to helm the fifth film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed American classic, fans and critics alike were both excited and weary.  Similar to his work on Moulin Rouge!, Luhrmann gives The Great Gatsby his signature over-the-top shimmering and colorful cinematic style accompanied by an electric and eccentric soundtrack.  Read the rest of this entry

Review: IRON MAN 3

Iron Man 3 Poster 2For the superheroes of Hollywood, 2008 is a year that will always be remembered.  The summer of ’08 gave us what many people consider to be the greatest film of the comic book genre, The Dark Knight, while Iron Man gave birth to the much adored Marvel Cinematic Universe.  DC’s Caped Crusader and Marvel’s billionaire playboy propelled the genre into heights never-before-seen – and look at how far we’ve come. Read the rest of this entry

Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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Writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines is a riveting and compelling drama that shows us why he is one of the most innovative, ambitious, and gifted new directors in all of filmmaking.  This wisely crafted epic is a gripping portrayal of the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons that approaches heights of Shakespearean artistry wrapped in the weight of a Greek tragedy. Read the rest of this entry

Review: SPRING BREAKERS

Spring Breakers

“Spring break…..Spring break forevaaaa.”  Words uttered by James Franco’s outrageous and eccentric Alien that resonate throughout the duration of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.   Spoken soft and slow, this dialogue suggests that spring break isn’t just a week of raucous and irresponsible decision making – it’s a state of being. Read the rest of this entry

Review: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

oz-the-great-and-powerful-banner-posterVictor Fleming’s dazzling adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has provided countless images that will forever be cemented into the sidewalks of pop culture.

Director Sam Raimi sits behind the curtain as he takes us back down the fabled yellow brick road to witness Oz The Great and Powerful in this lavish and ambitious prequel to the famous 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz – captivating audiences with stunning visuals and childlike enthusiasm.

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RUMOR: New Detailed Review of MAN OF STEEL Sings Praises – SPOILER FREE

Man of Steel Poster 2Reactions for Zack Snyder’s epic tale of The Last Son of Krypton, Man of Steel, continue to ring in faster than a speeding bullet.  Last week, we saw a short list of bullet point reactions from an individual lucky enough to attend a screening of the film on the Warner Bros. lot.  Over the weekend, an atomic bomb of exciting news was dropped on us as it was reported that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale may return for the Justice League film to team up with Snyder and Cavill.  Now, a detailed review of MOS has surfaced on a message board from an individual who claims to have attended a test screening at WB.  It is edited to remain spoiler free, so hit the jump to take a look.  (Be advised: this is just a rumor). Read the rest of this entry

Review: WARM BODIES

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Now I’ll have to admit, I had no plans to see Warm Bodies in theaters.  I’m not even sure if I was going to watch it on DVD.  But last Thursday night an email came across my phone with passes to attend a screening, and I figured, why not? Read the rest of this entry

Review: ZERO DARK THIRTY

Zero Dark Thirty Poster 3In 2009’s The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal teamed up to show us the harsh realities of a post 9/11 world.  “War is a drug,” says the opening screen of the film. In Bigelow and Boal’s latest, Zero Dark Thirty, they focus on obsession yet again.  This time it is billed as “the greatest manhunt in history”—the decade long search for Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is more in the form of cinema journalism, in which we see Boal’s script laid out like an extensive classified report.  What the audience also needs to keep in mind is that this is technically a fictional account of real events, considering the information is still classified… Read the rest of this entry