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Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel
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Monday June 17th, 2013
Man of Steel attempts to do for the Superman story what Christopher Nolan accomplished with his Dark Knight trilogy.  Where Joel Schumacher reduced the source material to pure camp, Nolan injected a dark sophistication by grounding the mythology in some plausibility and pathos. The superman story is higher hanging fruit however…More
 Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises
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Monday August 6th, 2012
Have you ever tried to build a house of cards?  With each successive story the house becomes less and less stable.  That is sort of the way I feel about sequels - especially since Hollywood feels obligated to outdo itself at the expense of the overall structure. For its part, The…More
Stanley Tucci & Jennifer Lawrenece in The Hunger Games
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Saturday March 31st, 2012
Within 20 minutes of the opening of The Hunger Games I wanted to puke. Was it the sushi? No it was the handheld cinematography employed throughout much of the film. A creative choice, and as such I respect director Gary Ross and cinematographer Tom Stern for making it. Yet I still…More
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
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Monday October 10th, 2011
In 690 AD Wu Zetian was preparing to become the sole Empress Regnant in Chinese history. There was a considerable amount of intrigue in the air as Wu was feared and hated for her ruthlessness in dealing with potential adversaries and dissenters. When a man overseeing the erection of a…More
Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
Friday April 29th, 2011
Director Joe Wright does a masterful job with Hanna a familiar but nevertheless riveting revenge/action thriller with an excellent performance by 17 year old Saoirse Ronan as Hanna. Ronan is totally believable as a girl who has spent her life in seclusion getting trained by her CIA agent-father (Eric Bana)…More

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