MOVIE REVIEW: Evil Dead

96557_galMore often than not I’m a harsh critic of horror reboots (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and Halloween were all predictably sub-par), but I’ll occasionally come away from one happily frazzled (The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead and My Bloody Valentine all surprised me, for example). While this re-imagining of Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic definitely belongs in the latter category, I think my expectations must have been unreasonably elevated. Why, I’m not sure; as perhaps the biggest horror cult classic of the last three decades, The Evil Dead must have been some pretty intimidating material to approach for a makeover, if for nothing other than trying to please legions of skeptics who were just waiting to tear it down. By that measure, this Evil Dead must be commended for eschewing almost every trend in contemporary cinema. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Evil Dead”

MOVIE REVIEW: Evil Dead

If you read nothing else of this review, know this: if you go see Evil Dead, you must stay all the way past the credits. There’s, shall we say… a little treat.
Now, onto the fun.

Evil Dead 3
Gorehounds, rejoice! For those of you who like your entrails, severed limbs, and blood effects hard and heavy, in copious amounts akin to what Peter Jackson did in Dead Alive, but you don’t want to sit through a “torture porn” flick, you have a new movie to champion: Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, an update/remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic, The Evil Dead. And for those of you who want a thoroughly uncomfortable, extremely disgusting, yet surprisingly fun movie to watch in theaters this weekend, you can’t go wrong with this movie. Make no mistake – this new incarnation of Evil Dead is a particularly nasty bit of business that the Catholic News Service will probably classify as “O – morally offensive,” and how the filmmakers were able to release this with an MPAA-sanctioned R-rating is even beyond me. But it’s getting released today in theaters nationwide, and there are some technical achievements that definitely need to be discussed, as well as the similarities and differences between the original and remake. Let’s get to it, shall we?
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Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus has Fallen in one frame
The entire story of Olympus has Fallen in one frame.

With a title like Olympus Has Fallen, the premise should be as clear as the scope on a sniper’s rifle. I’ll do my best to cover the basics of the movie but, I promise you that Olympus Has Fallen isn’t one of those ‘thinking’ movies. Continue reading “Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen”

MOVIE REVIEW: Olympus Has Fallen

100030_galIn my opinion, criticizing a movie just for being clichéd has become something of a copout, even though it’s increasingly difficult to resist doing so, kind of like condemning the plot of an action flick for being implausible. Still, I swore I’d stop, or at least cut back, on using the ‘c’ word. Usually there’s a subtext of some sort that deserves a little more examination when writing a review, otherwise we’re just being lazy, right? And we’re pretentious if we harp too much on realism, aren’t we? Not in this case. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Olympus Has Fallen”

MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Man Down

100046_galIn the short time I’ve had to ruminate on the pros and cons of Dead Man Down, which is the American feature debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (who made the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with it. Not because it’s a bad film, or because it requires you to overlook the typical plot holes (of which there are surprisingly few for its overworked premise), but because I cannot reveal its biggest flaws without also dropping some major spoilers. Despite its few glaring weaknesses, however, it manages to give us something that feels different, both in tone and plot progression, even when it starts undermining itself to reach an acceptable conclusion. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Man Down”

MOVIE REVIEW: Looper

Looper_2[1]It speaks volumes for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s agent that the actor has starred in the two best sci-fi action films of the past decade; first Christopher Nolan’s Inception in 2010 and now Rian Johnson’s Looper, which takes the concept of time travel into mind-bending new territory, to say the least. Though undoubtedly inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, Gene Roddenberry and even Stephen King (more than one scene reminded me of Firestarter), Johnson transcends comparison to his forefathers by sticking to his creative guns. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Looper”

MOVIE REVIEW – Lockout

Sometimes when you go to the movies, you have to go with the expectation that you’re going to have to suspend your expectations in order to have a good time.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be seeing a bad film, but rather your original impression of a film from viewing its trailer is that it’s a hodgepodge of plots from past movies dealing with prisons, espionage, and escapes.  And oh yea, it’s set in space.  So it’s going to be the kind of film that you have to just enjoy rather than critique at first.

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Live Chat With Angelina Jolie Tonight at 8PM ET Here

Tonight, Reel Film News is happy to make available to you the opportunity to speak directly with Angelina Jolie and ask her questions regarding her film, In The Land of Blood and Honey.  Read more to access the page.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Drive

Drive

Do you remember a time in film when male lead of a film rarely talked? And when he did speak there was a point to it. A time in film when the male characters were tough and his foes weren’t over the top cartoons but characters themselves? How about when you saw violence, it wasn’t fun or pretty or looked like video game. If you do then you should see Drive. If you don’t or never had the chance then you should see Drive.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Drive

Drive

Do you remember a time in film when male lead of a film rarely talked? And when he did speak there was a point to it. A time in film when the male characters were tough and his foes weren’t over the top cartoons but characters themselves? How about when you saw violence, it wasn’t fun or pretty or looked like video game. If you do then you should see Drive. If you don’t or never had the chance then you should see Drive.

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Box Office Actuals for April 29 – May 1

Box Office

The box office actuals are in for the weekend of April 29 thru May 1.

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Friday Box Office Figures (Weekend of April 15-18)

Box Office

Box office results are in for Friday.  Find out whether it’s Rio or Scre4m (Scream 4) on top…

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MOVIE REVIEW – Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer

Inspirational movies are always enjoyable. Especially when they’re based on true life events. They usually have the main character overcoming some kind of adversity. It’s not easy. Everyone goes through something in their life that means something to them and is something they want to overcome. But it’s the journey that’s most important. It’s how we face facts, learn to deal with them, even through struggle. And when you reach your goal, which you hopefully do, it means more to yourself and to the others around you.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Insidious

Insidious

Anyone who’s ever lived in a house knows that it can be a pretty scary place at times, especially at night.  The house settles and makes noises.  Dark rooms are everywhere.  Closets can hold unknown frights.  Someone could be hiding in the house, you just don’t know.  So when strange things start happening that you can’t control, you’d really be afraid.  Afraid for yourself, your spouse, and very afraid for your children.

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