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THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Place Beyond the Pines Year: 2012 Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Play time: 2h 20min  Director: Derek Cianfrance Screenwriters: Derek Cianfrance Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic, foolish, hugely contrived melodrama that nonetheless hits with the force of a locomotive. It is Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine, but where t...[Read More]

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Phantom of the Opera Year: 2004 Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance Play time: 2h 23min  Director: Joel Schumacher Screenwriters: Gaston Leroux Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson The Phantom of the Opera is an awful play. Atrocious. The story, to the extent that it exists, makes absolutely no sense. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music, while sometimes tuneful, is hollow hackw...[Read More]

THE PAINTED VEIL (2006) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Painted Veil Year: 2006 Genre: Drama, Romance Play time: 2h 5min Director: John Curran Screenwriters: Ron Nyswaner Starring: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber Certain strata of society used to be more polite, but I’m not sure people ever were. There’s something instinctively compelling about this notion, which is why stories of cruelty lurking just below unerringly ...[Read More]

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (2008) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Other Boleyn Girl Year: 2008 Genre: Biography, Drama, History Play time: 1h 55min  Director: Justin Chadwick Screenwriters: Peter Morgan Starring: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana The Other Boleyn Girl is everything you could want from a melodrama set in Henry VIII’s royal court — hugely entertaining, wildly speculative, filled with details that are as compelli...[Read More]

THE OREGONIAN (2011) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Oregonian Year: 2011 Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller Play time: 1h 21min  Director: Calvin Reeder Screenwriters: Calvin Reeder Starring: Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Matt Olsen Screened at the 2011 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival A young woman, dazed and bloody from a car accident, wanders through a nightmarish backwoods dreamscape in Calvin Lee Reeder’s feature debut T...[Read More]

THE OMEN (1976) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Omen Year: 1976 Genre: Horror Play time: 1h 51min  Director: Richard Donner Screenwriters: David Seltzer Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens The Omen is a remake so direct as to be almost identical to Richard Donner’s 1976 movie of the same name — not quite shot-for-shot a lá Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, but close. Many people deplore this sort of exercise, c...[Read More]

THE NUMBER 23 (2007) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Number 23 Year: 2007 Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller Play time: 1h 38min Director: Joel Schumacher Screenwriters: Fernley Phillips Starring: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman Peculiarly, The Number 23 signals the precise nature of its awfulness early on. Walter Sparrow, the easygoing (metaphor alert!) animal control officer played by Jim Carrey, is trying to coax a rogue and men...[Read More]

THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (2005) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Notorious Bettie Page Year: 2005 Genre: Biography, Drama Play time: 1h 31min  Director: Mary Harron Screenwriters: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner Starring: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer The Notorious Bettie Page herself is an inspirational figure, though in few of the ways that Hollywood biopics typically venture. Mary Harron’s film hesitates to brand her a trailblazer or ...[Read More]

THE NEW WORLD (2005) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The New World Year: 2005 Genre: Biography, Drama, History Play time: 2h 15min  Director: Terrence Malick Screenwriters: Terrence Malick Starring: Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer There is any number of reasons why Terrence Malick is just not my bag, baby. But if I were to pick one characteristic of his films that exemplifies just what it is about them that fills m...[Read More]

THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED (2011) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Music Never Stopped Year: 2011 Genre: Drama, Music Play time: 1h 45min  Director: Jim Kohlberg Screenwriters: Gwyn Lurie, Gary Marks Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond It’s true that great actors can elevate mediocre material, but it’s equally true that watching them try can be painful. In The Music Never Stopped fans of overbearing indie quirk can watch ...[Read More]

THE MESSENGERS (2007) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Messengers Year: 2007 Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller Play time: 1h 30min  Director: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang Screenwriters: Mark Wheaton Starring: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart Depending on your level of disposable income and free time, The Messengers may be worth watching simply for the sight of Dylan McDermott playing a downtrodden sunflower farmer who at ...[Read More]

THE MACHINIST (2004) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Machinist Year: 2004 Genre: Drama, Thriller Play time: 1h 41min  Director: Brad Anderson Screenwriters: Scott Kosar Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón A few years ago, Tom Hanks got a lot of attention for going on a starvation diet to play a marooned FedEx executive in Cast Away. He’s got nothing (except a few pounds) on Christian Bale, whose phys...[Read More]

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