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Movie Review: London Has Fallen

Please stop this franchise. A foreign soil-set follow-up to White House attack thriller Olympus Has Fallen, Babak Najafi’s London Has Fallen (D+) is largely a load of bollocks. Najafi stages an elaborate British state funeral sabotaged by terrorist assassins followed by

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

A meditative and engaging slow-burn thriller about U.S. operatives infiltrating the drug culture on our Southern border, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (B) unravels its mysteries in small bursts but doesn’t quite achieve the expected heft of its high-minded messages. For a

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Posted in 2015, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The Gift (2015)

Writer/director/actor Joel Edgerton pulls off the surprise of the summer with a psychological suspense film that gets at the heart of relationships, memories and truth. The Gift (B+) centers on a relationship between Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as a

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Posted in 2015, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Maps to the Stars

Films such as Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, Altman’s The Player and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive are some of the most definitive movies in the “gritty inside Hollywood” canon; and really, the always interesting David Cronenberg’s latest work, Maps to the Stars (B-),

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Lucy

Luc Besson’s Lucy (C-) has momentum and drive and a super-cool premise; it just doesn’t really know where to start or end. The film theorizes that if people could harness one hundred percent of the potential that lies in the

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: Gone Girl

Director David Fincher’s brilliant career has been marked by incredible displays of calculating gamesmanship, manifested in modern-day classics such as Se7en, Zodiac, Fight Club, The Social Network and, well, The Game, so it’s not altogether inconceivable that he’d adapt a

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: Prisoners

An absorbing dramatic thriller about the lengths people will go to in the wake of child abduction, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (A) is this year’s master class of acting. Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman go to extremes as central protagonists obsessed

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Posted in 2013, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: World War Z

In Mark Forster’s World War Z (C-), a ham-fisted and improbable zombie adventure, Brad Pitt turns in a vacant-eyed performance to match the sleepwalking screenplay. There are three nice action sequences, one of which will probably not screen on an

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects (B+) is both a twisty psychological thriller and a cunning examination of the pharmaceutical industry with an all-star cast including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Soderbergh uses his trademark ability to showcase characters in

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Posted in 2013, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Contagion

NOTE: 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control. Many believe this film is a very accurate depiction of the CDC in action. The show “On Second Thought” on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s NPR radio will examine the

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Posted in 2011, Rent It Tonight

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