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I, Frankenstein Movie Review

PLOT: 200 years after his creation, Frankenstein’s monster is drawn into a centuries-old battle between demons trying to rule the world and gargoyles who will do anything to stop the takeover.

REVIEW: You actually have to hand it to I, FRANKENSTEIN. It’s utterly ridiculous in every imaginable way, yet it goes about business with a straight face. Perhaps that’s because it’s “hero”, Adam (Aaron Eckhart) aka Frankenstein’s monster, is about as boring and bland as can be, reacting to every absurd situation the same exact way. There may be demons ripping off their human disguises and gargoyles descending from rooftops every five minutes, but Adam’s tediousness never wavers. Continue reading I, Frankenstein Movie Review

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review

If you haven’t seen the hype for Anchorman 2, you have probably been living under a rock for the past six months.  Every news station and television show, it seems, has had a member of the esteemed cast on its programming to promote the premiere.  Well, the movie is finally out and crowds have been flocking to see the latest installment of the Ron Burgundy series. Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review

American Hustle Movie Review

If you notice one thing about American Hustle, it’s that director David O. Russell has recreated the late-1970s with queasy vividness. Most people don’t notice a second thing. This is a movie that’s built on a specific era and the styles that went with it, and because we’re talking about what my brother has always called the Fashion Depression, those styles are so ridiculous it’s hard to understand how they were ever considered appealing. Russell piles on the broad lapels, the beefy kneckties, the garish wallpaper and, above all, the hair that seems, in retrospect, to have defined the decade more than politics or sports or any other part of the culture. He piles them on with a hyperstylized exaggeration that feels like a con artist’s misdirection. But what is Russell distracting us from? Maybe it’s the film’s shortcomings as anything other than a glossary of hair don’ts. Continue reading American Hustle Movie Review

Saving Mr Banks Movie Review

Many motion pictures have storied histories, the infamous production of “Cleopatra” or the remake of “The Stepford Wives” as example. The story of “Saving Mr. Banks,” a new movie about bringing Walt Disney’s 1964 musical “Mary Poppins” to the screen, isn’t a tale of infighting and clashes of egos during filming. Continue reading Saving Mr Banks Movie Review

Disney’s Frozen Movie Review

I was skeptical about Frozen. I think most people were. Disney didn’t market it much at all, which made me suspicious of secret suckitude. That weird quote about animating women didn’t help, nor did controversy over the visual similarity between Anna and Tangled‘s Rapunzel.

Then, a few weeks ago, something weird happened. I started seeing reviews about how great Frozen is. Not “better than you think it is” or “pretty good, considering.” Just great. And then Thanksgiving weekend hit. You know the film’s going to make bank, because it’s a kid’s movie on a holiday weekend. But it smashed Disney Animation’s opening weekend record.

So I decided to see it. And I was not disappointed. Continue reading Disney’s Frozen Movie Review

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

We are told, when we’re young, that all we have to do is dream big, and if we work hard and persevere, we can truly be anything we want. Of course, that’s all crap, the kind of illegitimate lip service people pay to children (and teens) to keep them from feeling the eventual reality of defeat. Sure, some of us get what we want, earning enough and applying it appropriately so that something resembling the above-stated promise is the result. But for most of us, the regular life of Walter Mitty is where we’ll be mired: dead-end job, no real relationships, synced to our laptop with endless hours spent balancing checkbooks and organizing our ordinariness. Perhaps this is why the hero of Ben Stiller’s Generation Y Gospel spends so much time in fantasy. Without it, what would be the point of living? Continue reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

Catching Fire Movie Review

Like every other book-reading teen on the planet, I love the Hunger Games series. When the first movie rolled around, however, I left the midnight premiere majorly disappointed. I was unhappy with the casting, effects and disloyalty to the core of what our beloved story of The Girl Who Was on Fire is truly about.

Given my previous experience, I walked into the 8 p.m. showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night with low expectations. I heard rumors that this adaptation was more loyal to the book, but I wasn’t sure that would be enough to win me over. To my delighted surprise, 30 minutes into the almost two and a half hour film, I was sure that this movie would live up to everything I wanted it to be. Continue reading Catching Fire Movie Review