March 27, 2015

'The Riot Club' Film Review


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A Bad Education...

   

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If anything, that seems to be what director Lone Scherfig wants audiences to take away from The Riot Club, a film that spins a cautionary tale about the dangers of indulging in excess, telling the story of an elite group of spoiled-rotten Oxford University students who let their debaucherous ways get the better of them.

'It Follows' Film Review


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Boogey Nights...

   

What if the boogeyman was real? And what if he was a sexually transmitted disease? Don't laugh, for what may sound like a bizarre premise — plucked straight from the storyline of a forthcoming Scary Movie sequel — is actually treated with the utmost seriousness in It Follows, the second feature from writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

March 25, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Into the Woods


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Storybook Sondheim...

From West Side Story to Sweeney Todd, the Broadway repertoire of lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim has been a source of inspiration for Hollywood filmmakers for the last five decades. Now comes Into the Woods, a stage-to-screen adaptation over twenty-five years in the making. It's a musical that weaves together the well-known children's fables of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk. But if there's one thing more impressive than the movie's roster of beloved storybook characters, it's its knockout cast.

March 20, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings


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New movie, same Old Testament...

The story of how Moses led Egypt's Hebrew population out of slavery and into the promised land is one that has been retold time and again. Cinematically, the most famous example is, of course, Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments, which starred Charlton Heston as Moses. And now, nearly six decades later, it's director Ridley Scott's turn to bring the Biblical Exodus to the big screen, this time with Batman himself, Christian Bale, in the lead role. Yes, it's an Exodus for a new generation. In fact, you can just think of it as "Moses Begins."

Film Review: The Gunman


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Point-blank Penn...

When it comes to action movies, you couldn't have picked a more unlikely leading man than Liam Neeson. Before starring in director Pierre Morel's Taken, the now-63-year-old was best known for his dramatic roles. Now, you'd be hard pressed to find a movie poster of him posing sans gun. Well it seems Sean Penn is looking to muscle his way into Neeson's territory, because he's teamed up with Morel for his newest film, The Gunman. But does Penn have what it takes to be the next big action hero, or is The Gunman just shooting blanks?