Samuel Estep

Reporting/Scouting for screenings. Fan of trailers.

The Reef (2010) Movie Review

Title: The Reef Year: 2010 Genre: Horror/Thriller Play time: 1h 34min Director: Andrew Traucki Starring: Kieran Darcy-Smith, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Damian Walsh-Howling Stalked by Flesh Eating Sharks in The Reef (2010) Screened at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, in Andrew Traucki’s mildly entertaining The Reef, a group of Aussies stranded on a capsized sailboat drifting o...[Read More]

Green Latern (2011) Movie Review

Title: Green Lantern Year: 2011 Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi Play time: 1h 54min Director: Martin Campbell Screenwriters: Greg Berlanti Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong Campbell Extraordinary Producing Skills Confirmed Once Again in Green Latern My sympathies to director Martin Campbell, who managed to rescue James Bond from stagnation not once but...[Read More]

Nights in Rodanthe (2008) Movie Review

Title: Nights in Rodanthe Year: 2008 Genre: Drama/Romance Play time: 1h 37min Director: George C. Wolfe Screenwriters: Ann Peacock, John Romano Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni Okay, look: everybody has got to stop crying. I can’t handle this. The characters in the obscenely weepy Nights in Rodanthe start leaking tears at the slightest provocation. They are constantly o...[Read More]

One Missed Call (2008) Movie Review

Title: One Missed Call Year: 2008 Genre: Horror/Mystery Play time: 1h 27min Director: Eric Valette Screenwriters: Andrew Klavan Starring: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise “Something doesn’t make sense here.” The Remake of Takashi Miike – One Missed Call Like any other industry, Hollywood fights to remain contemporary, and so we now regularly ge...[Read More]

Jumper (2008) Movie Review

Title: Jumper Year: 2008 Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi Play time: 1h 28min Director: Doug Liman Screenwriters: David S. Goyer Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell Hayden’s Weak Performance in Jumper I’m fond of saying that there’s little bad acting in major – and even independent – American films. There’s an occasional misfire, sure, and ...[Read More]

Bridge To Terabithia (2007) Movie Review

Title: Bridge to Terabithia Year: 2007 Genre: Adventure/Drama/Family Play time: 1h 36min Director: Gabor Csupo Starring: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel One of the best family films from the last decade, Bridge To Terabithia is a wonderful movie without a doubt. It was inspired by a book like many other family movies like Narnia and Harry Potter, yet this one is much more emotion...[Read More]

Blood Diamond (2006) Movie Review

Title: Blood Diamond Year: 2006 Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller Play time: 2h 23min Director: Edward Zwick Screenwriters: Charles Leavitt Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly DiCaprio Raises The Quality of Blood Diamond There was a time, wasn’t there, when Leonardo DiCaprio was considered just another vapid pretty face — somewhere circa Titanic? If that repu...[Read More]

Cinderella Man (2005) Movie Review

Title: Cinderella Man Year: 2005 Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport Play time: 2h 24min Director: Ron Howard Screenwriters: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko Cinderella Man – Oscar – Baiting Movie What did I do to deserve Akiva Goldsman? I rarely resort to insulting specific people when writing about film, mostly because I believe th...[Read More]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Movie Review

Title: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Year: 2004 Genre: Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi Play time: 1h 48min Director: Michel Gondry Screenwriters: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo     “Clementine has had Joel erased from her memory. Please never mention their relationship to her again.” Sidenote: If y...[Read More]

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2001) Movie Review

Title: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Year: 2002 Genre: Comedy/Drama Play time: 1h 44min Director: Peter Care Screenwriters: Jeff Stockwell Starring: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch     “When I look at you… I can hardly breathe.” The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is composed almost entirely of familiar elements, a coming-of-age story revolv...[Read More]

Romeo Must Die (2000) Movie Review

Title: Romeo Must Die Year: 2000 Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller Play time: 1h 55min Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak Starring: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington Jet Li Screen Presence is Weak – Romeo Must Die Where’s Jackie Chan when you need him? Of late, I’ve been getting sort of tired of the guy; his relentless impishness began to get on my nerves with his last two films. Romeo Mus...[Read More]

Bulworth Movie Review

Title: Bulworth Year: 1998 Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance Play time: 1h 48min Director: Warren Beatty Screenwriters: Warren Beatty Starring: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams Wag the Dog, Primary Colors and now Bulworth are all films with political agendas (I hesitate to say “political satires” because Primary Colors is marginal). They have all been released within the past year. They...[Read More]

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