Archive | June, 2012

[Review] – Brave

30 Jun

Title: Brave
Year: 2012
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell
Writers: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell and Irene Mecchi, based on a story by Ms. Chapman
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger
MPAA Rating: PG, some scary action and rude humor
Runtime: 93 min
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 69

Last year Pixar broke its unbreakable streak. It was the one studio that had released only truly great films, the animated house that gave us Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E, that, from 1995 to 2010, had released 11 films that ranged form incredibly good to masterpieces, and had won a ton of Oscars in the process. Sure, you could say that their 2006 effort, the original Cars, was simply okay. And that’s true, were I to hand out grades to its first 11 films that would get a B+, the only one with a grade in the B-range. But it was still solid.

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[Review] – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

29 Jun

Title: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Year: 2012
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, based on his own novel
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas
MPAA Rating: R, violence throughout and brief sexuality
Runtime: 105 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 37%
Metacritic: 42

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter started as a novel in 2010 written by Seth Grahame-Smith, the man who, with his 2009 novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, had pretty much made famous the mash-up literary genre that saw either history or classic literature being combined with a popular kind of genre like zombies or something of the kind. The novel behaved as a biography of sorts of the life of the 16th President of the United States, but intertwined his life events with a secret double life he led as a vampire hunter.

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[Trailer] – The Sessions

28 Jun

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival a film called The Surrogate got some really great buzz, and Oscar talk surrounding the lead performance from John Hawkes. The film then changed its name to Six Sessions, and now it’s just The Sessions, and a trailer has just been released, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Silver Linings Playbook

28 Jun

The trailer for a movie that’s sure to get some pondering over come the awards season, Silver Linings Playbook, is now out, and you can watch it after the cut.

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[Review] – The Woman in the Fifth

27 Jun

Title: The Woman in the Fifth
Year: 2012
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writer: Pawel Pawlikowski, based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
MPAA Rating: R, some sexual content, language and violent images
Runtime: 85 min
IMDb Rating: 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Metacritic: 57

Tom Ricks is a writer who goes from America to Paris in order to be closer to his young daughter, who’s living with his estranged ex-wife, maybe get their loves back, start over again, you know how those things go. Suffice it to say things don’t go just as he planned: his wife slams the door in his face, he falls asleep on a bus and when he wakes up his luggage and most of his cash is gone, which means he’s pretty much broke and must accept a job as a kind of night guard in a small room with a video camera; if someone calls up he must ask what they want, and if they say a certain name he’ll push a button. A quiet and lonely job that, he hopes, will have inspiration for his new novel strike all the quicker.

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[Trailer] – Arbitrage

26 Jun

Watch the first trailer for Arbitrage, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Here Comes the Boom

26 Jun

Watch the first trailer for Here Comes the Boom, the MMA-themed comedy starring Kevin James, after the cut.

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