FEAR OF CLOWNS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

NEW INDIE HORROR! “Fear of Clowns” is an enjoyable little surprise…It does what many other horror films fail to do: it entertains…


Posted on December 26, 2005 by

THE AGE OF ELEKTRA

BEST OF 2005! Elektra Natchios, the heroine portrayed by actress Jennifer Garner in the 2003 film version of “Daredevil,” is making a habit of rising from the ashes, from the dead. So is Garner…



Posted on December 22, 2005 by

MINDHUNTERS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE, MAY 13TH! “Mindhunters” is a thriller with a great set-up – full of real fear and genuine suspense that’s uncommon in most of today’s thrillers – but the film sabotages itself with an artificial and phony ending that isn’t worthy of the film that came before it…


Posted on May 11, 2005 by

THE AGE OF ELEKTRA

Garner feels that this incarnation of the Elektra character will be more faithful to the tone of the Frank Miller stories where Elektra first came of age. “I think I really identify with the Frank Miller version of Elektra and I think this film will be true to that,” says Garner. “After her father dies, […]



Posted on January 14, 2005 by

WALKING TALL

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Walking Tall” is a completely forgettable revenge action-thriller that fails to take advantage of the momentum of The Rock’s previous film, the terrifically entertaining “The Rundown.” “Walking Tall” is the kind of tired effort you’d expect an action star to make at the end of his career, not the beginning…


Posted on April 4, 2004 by

DAWN OF THE DEAD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! Is this film as good as the original? No, of course not, but such comparison is moot…


Posted on March 19, 2004 by

MIRACLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Miracle” is inspiring without being overly sentimental thanks to an excellent performance by Kurt Russell who makes us forget that he’s Kurt Russell for the first time since “Tombstone.” This is the first hockey film that really understands hockey and, even though the whole world remembers the ending of the story by heart, the story’s sense of time and place makes us believe in the miracle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team…


Posted on February 7, 2004 by

HOUSE OF THE DEAD (DVD)

1 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

WORST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER! “House of the Dead” is nothing more than a cinematic fraud designed to lure unsuspecting moviegoers into theaters for two or three days until word-of-mouth gets out and the movie vanishes like a bandit in the night. Don’t fall for the scam.


Posted on February 6, 2004 by

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: BROKEN BUTTERFLY WINGS 

According to Bress and Gruber, part of the initial resistance shown towards The Butterfly Effect came from the fact that the writing partners like to push the genre envelope, determined to tell stories in a way they’ve never been told before. “When we write, we ask ourselves one question and that’s if we’ve ever seen […]



Posted on January 27, 2004 by

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: BROKEN BUTTERFLY WINGS 

According to Bress and Gruber, part of the initial resistance shown towards “The Butterfly Effect” came from the fact that the writing partners like to push the genre envelope, determined to tell stories in a way they’ve never been told before…



Posted on January 26, 2004 by

KEN KIRZINGER: THE NEW JASON

“FREDDY VS. JASON” ON DVD JANUARY 13TH! For the first time since 1986’s “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives,” there’s a new Jason stalking the grounds of Camp Crystal Lake and Kane Hodder, the man who’d been playing Jason since 1988’s “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood,” is none too happy about it…



Posted on January 9, 2004 by

ROBERT ENGLUND: FINDING FREDDY

BEST OF 2003! If Robert Englund had never appeared in the long-running “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, he’d probably still be considered a genre staple, whether it be as the kindhearted alien on the ‘80s television series “V,” or as a character actor in dozens of horror films over the past thirty years, including “Urban Legend” and “Wishmaster…”



Posted on January 2, 2004 by

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1981
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 99 minutes

ON DVD! The Special Edition “Escape From New York” DVD offers a fascinating look at the end of an era in genre filmmaking and in the career of John Carpenter for whom “Escape From New York” marked the end of the most successful period in the director’s subsequently disappointing career. This is the last of the Special Edition DVDs to be produced from Carpenter’s “golden age,” before Carpenter stepped his toes into big studio efforts, and, like most of the previous Carpenter DVDs, the “Escape From New York” DVD is a lot of fun to watch regardless of what you think of the film itself…


Posted on December 25, 2003 by

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 126 minutes

IN THEATERS! “House of Sand and Fog” features a great performance by Ben Kingsley and a very good performance by Jennifer Connelly as two seemingly incongruous characters who are both headed on a path to destruction. The only problem with “House of Sand and Fog” is that it’s too faithful to the novel it was based on and it might’ve been a great film had it not been as faithful to the novel and gotten rid of one annoying character in particular…


Posted on December 22, 2003 by

LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 90 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” is an entertaining trip down memory lane – a rapid fire collection of star cameos, zany slapstick and cartoon references that never stops to take a breath. “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” is a funny tribute to the great Warner Bros. cartoons of the past and the film is a testament to the fact that Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are two of the most beloved characters in cartoon history…


Posted on November 16, 2003 by

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