YES MAN

YES MAN
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

“Yes Man” can be construed as an acknowledgment that the drive for acceptance, which has haunted Carrey since his traumatic childhood, has finally been quashed. He now realizes that, to paraphrase Minnesota’s next senator, he is ‘good enough, smart enough, and gosh-darn it, people DO like him’.


Posted on December 27, 2008 by

DRAGON HUNTERS

DRAGON HUNTERS
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

“Dragon Hunters” does have a visual vocabulary all its own and there are moments in this film that deserve to be framed and hung on a wall.


Posted on December 26, 2008 by

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

More so than any of the other movies, The Punisher is directly responsible for the mayhem and chaos that goes down. As the plot unfolds, we quickly realize that if Castle had simply stayed out of the way, pretty much every bad guy that is targeted by Castle would have been arrested on capital charges in a matter of days anyway.


Posted on December 25, 2008 by

MY NAME IS BRUCE

MY NAME IS BRUCE
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 86 minutes

If you’re a Bruce Campbell fan, then nothing I say would dissuade you from seeing this one in the first place. If you’re not, I suggest you try watching “Burn Notice” first.


Posted on December 24, 2008 by

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

“Nothing But The Truth” absolutely deserves your attention. It rises to the level of quality that we should not take for granted, even while we wish we could. It’s just a darn good movie.


Posted on December 23, 2008 by

VALKYRIE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 120 minutes

Singer and Cruise have made a fine historical pulse racer that is surprisingly satisfying and tense. Before Cruise’s 2005 couch-jumping antics, it was taken for granted that a Tom Cruise thriller would be at least this good. Valkyrie is every bit as good as you remember a Tom Cruise movie being, back when you still liked Tom Cruise.


Posted on December 19, 2008 by

GRAN TORINO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

It is a fun, witty, and poignant last dance that ends up being a modern day take on the classic western archetype that Eastwood knows so well. It is every bit as appropriate an acting finale as John Wayne’s The Shootist.


Posted on December 16, 2008 by

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

He (Mark Ruffalo) is one of the few actors that automatically makes a movie better just by appearing in it. This is the closest thing he’s had to star vehicle and he does not waste the opportunity. This is an Oscar worthy performance and one of the very best of the year.


Posted on December 16, 2008 by

FROST/NIXON

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 122 minutes

Other than some fine moments by Langella and some nice supporting turns by Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon, “Frost/Nixon” fails to add anything of substance to the history that it portrays…


Posted on December 5, 2008 by

BATMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

It is the highest quality adult entertainment, that just happens to be pitched at a level that still renders it appropriate for children. It is easily one of the finest cartoons ever made, and perhaps the very best adaptation of a comic book in any medium…


Posted on November 10, 2008 by

SAW V

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 89 minutes

In five films, we’ve gone from teaching junkies and murderers to appreciate their lives to going after cops who care too much and follow their instincts. I predict in “Saw VI” that Jigsaw will be punishing people for tilting pinball machines, loving their children too much, and driving in the carpool lane unaccompanied…


Posted on October 25, 2008 by

QUARANTINE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 89 minutes

TO BE REVIEWED! On March 11 2008, the government sealed off an apartment complex in Los Angeles. The residents were never seen again. No details. No witnesses. No evidence. Until now…


Posted on October 13, 2008 by

THE DARK KNIGHT

THE DARK KNIGHT
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

Despite several genuine flaws, the film works splendidly as a Batman story, an action drama, and an intelligent and thoughtful adult entertainment. That it’s merely one of the best films of the year and not the greatest movie ever made is no shame. By any rational standard, “The Dark Knight” is a triumph…


Posted on July 20, 2008 by

MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA!
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 108 minutes

Since the story takes place on a small Greek island, they are often accompanied by a literal Greek chorus. And, when everyone is singing and everyone is dancing, “Mamma Mia!” literally rocks, and rocks hard…


Posted on July 20, 2008 by

HANCOCK

HANCOCK
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 92 minutes

Despite the inexplicable pile on that early critics have engaged in, Peter Berg’s “Hancock” is a truly engaging and emotionally compelling character drama that happens to be disguised as a broad superhero satire…


Posted on July 6, 2008 by

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