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Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Lincoln



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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Tony Kushner
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Jackie Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Bruce McGill, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, Dane DeHaan
Studio: DreamWorks
Genre: Drama
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-lincoln

Review:

There is perhaps no U.S. president more beloved than the 16th man to hold the office, Abraham Lincoln. He got the country through a very difficult time in its history, when brother fought brother and slavery still festered in many states throughout the nation. While many like to think that he was solely the one responsible for accomplishing the great things he did (guiding the country through The Civil War, freeing the slaves), there were in fact several people who helped support the president in his endeavors. Now one of our country’s greatest filmmakers, three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, has brought together an extraordinary group of actors to tell the story of how the president and his supporters accomplished the amazing deeds that changed this country forever...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (10/10) , Forgotten (7/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

The Sessions



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Directed by: Ben Lewin
Written by: Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William Macy, Moon Bloodgood
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Genre: Drama
Official Site: www.thesessionsmovie.com
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-the-sessions-1

Review:

“The Sessions” begins by introducing us to its main character, Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a 38-year-old man who has had polio for nearly his entire life, which causes him only to be able to move his head. Most of his time is spent in an iron lung, a machine that breathes for him, and one which he can only leave for a few hours at a time. However, these limitations have not stopped him from trying to lead a productive life. He’s gone to college, earned a degree, and with the help of an assistant, he goes outside, goes shopping, and does other various activities...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: cerealkiller182 (8/10) , darkvampire (8/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

A Late Quartet



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Directed by: Yaron Zilberman
Written by: Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Wallace Shawn
Studio: RKO Pictures
Genre: Drama
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-a-late-quartet-2

Review:

“A Late Quartet” tells the tale of a quartet that has been playing together for 25 years. They’ve gotten to know each other quite well over all of those years with two of them even marrying. Their group is celebrated around the world, as evident by a very crowded concert schedule. They’ve all settled into their roles in the group, and nothing much ever changes, that is, until recently...[more]...

Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Skyfall



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Directed by: Sam Mendes
Written by: John Logan
Cast: Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw
Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure
Official Site: www.jamesbond.com
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-skyfall-1

Review:

When Daniel Craig burst onto the scene as the new James Bond back in 2006, he ended up making one hell of a debut with “Casino Royale,” a film that many consider to be the best of the franchise. It was the perfect blend of suspense, action, and drama, containing a story that was riveting every step of the way. Craig’s second outing as the super spy, “Quantum of Solace,” was far less successful. It was a mess of badly-shot action scenes that featured one of the puniest villains of the entire franchise. This immediately led to hopes that, after taking a little time to do some retooling and figuring out where things went wrong, the series would come back with a bang in its next entry. This brings us to the 23rd adventure in the longest running film series of all time, “Skyfall.”...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Weapon X (10/10) , bigred760 (9/10) > Display all
IwishIwasBond
IwishIwasBond at 03:19 PM Nov 11

So far this is the best review for this movie, I don't know what everyone is talking about. One of the weakest for me. Well said, sir.

Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

[REC] 3 Genesis



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Directed by: Paco Plaza
Written by: Paco Plaza
Cast: Leticia Dolera, Javier Botet, Diego Martn
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Official Site: www.magnetreleasing.com/rec3/
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/dvd-review-rec-3-genesis

Review:

DVD Review...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Terror Australis (6/10) , Anakin (5/10) > Display all
timmyd
timmyd at 10:16 AM Nov 06

Good stuff , Buddy . You do have to wobnder why they'd drop the found footage angle and turn to a run of the mill Zombie flick . Perhaps Spain is unaware of the phrase ' if it ain't broke , don't fix it ' ?? After that bangin' opening , this thing stunk . Leticia Dolera was groovy though .

Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Fire with Fire



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Directed by: Barrett David
Written by:
Cast: Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, 50 Cent
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action, Drama
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/dvd-review-fire-with-fire

Review:

DVD Review...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Roger Smith (5/10) , zombie_bro (1/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Paranormal Activity 4



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Directed by: Henry Joost
Written by:
Cast: Katie Featherston
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Horror
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-paranormal-activity-4-2

Review:

My apologies right up front if this ends up sounding exactly like my review of the previous installment of the series (and the one before that, and the one before that). However, this is a consequence of remaking the same bad movie three times in a row while changing almost nothing about it. You would think the filmmakers and the studio would attempt to improve the quality each time, but unfortunately this had not been the case, only going to show that as long as they make money, quality doesn’t matter...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Terror Australis (6/10) , darqjade (2/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Argo



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Directed by: Ben Affleck
Written by: Chris Terrio
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Michael Parks, Richard Kind, Victor Garber
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-argo

Review:

1979: Amid a chaotic time in Iran, protestors storm the American Embassy in Tehran, taking several hostages, beginning what is commonly referred to as the Iran Hostage Crisis. However, what the Iranians didn’t know at the time was that six Americans were able to slip out a backdoor onto the street and make their way to the Canadian Ambassador’s residence. They may have made it away from the center of the chaos, but they were a long way from being safe...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: draven_ftw (10/10) , Derek237 (10/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Taken 2



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Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Written by: Luc Besson
Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Studio: Fox
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-taken-2-1

Review:

Just a few years ago, a little film called “Taken” was released. It was a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that was the rare case of a movie that’s almost entirely action working extremely well. As far as the story went, it kept you glued to your seat as you follow a father who is willing to do anything he can to get his daughter back. Sure it wasn’t developed particularly far, but it didn’t have to be in order to work as an action template...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: tbondrage99 (5/10) , Roger Smith (4/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

V/H/S



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Directed by: Radio Silence
Written by: Radio Silence
Cast: Calvin Reeder, Hannah Fierman
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Genre: Horror
Official Site: www.magnetreleasing.com/vhs/
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-v-h-s

Review:

“V/H/S” harkens back to the horror anthologies of old like “Tales from the Crypt” and “Creepshow.” These were groups of stories that, while not very long, were just enough to unsettle you while making you wonder where each creepy tale was headed. It’s not surprising that someone would want to try something similar nowadays. However, if “V/H/S” is any indication, it seems they have failed to grasp what made such anthologies work in the first place...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Anakin (8/10) , cerealkiller182 (7/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Looper



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Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo, Xu Qing
Studio:
Genre: Action, Science-Fiction, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-looper

Review:

Rian Johnson is a writer/director who has slowly been making a name for himself. In 2005, he brought us the bizarre mystery film “Brick,” a film that I didn’t care much for, but which earned him a reputation. His follow-up film, “The Brothers Bloom,” was an excellent example of a con film that plays with the audience as much as it does with its characters. Now Johnson brings us his latest project, “Looper,” a fascinating science-fiction film that asks you to wrap your head around the age-old concept of time travel...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Servo (10/10) , Derek237 (6/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Hotel Transylvania



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Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Written by: Dan Hageman
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Miley Cyrus, Kevin James, David Spade, Andy Samberg, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, David Koechner, Selena Gomez
Studio: Sony Pictures Animation
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-hotel-transylvania-1

Review:

“Hotel Transylvania” is the latest release from Sony Pictures Animation, the same people who have brought us such films as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Arthur Christmas,” and most recently, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” Looking back at their past releases, you can notice a trend. These films have had interesting animation and some pretty good vocal talent involved, but they’ve been lacking in the one place that’s the most important: the story. Unfortunately, with “Hotel Transylvania,” the trend has been allowed to continue...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: darkvampire (9/10) , drzeek (5/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

The Master



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Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Drama
Official Site:
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-the-master

Review:

It’s been five years since Paul Thomas Anderson brought us “There Will Be Blood,” a critical success that ended up winning two Academy Awards. With his latest film, “The Master,” there has been controversy swarming around it from the very beginning as many have said that it tells the story of the founding of Scientology, despite the continued denials from those who made it. However, in this critic’s view, that is far less important than whether or not Anderson has been able to put together a compelling film, especially given his fascinating and eccentric filmography...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Servo (10/10) , Strider (9/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 2 years ago

Resident Evil: Retribution



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Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Jason Isaacs, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Action, Horror, Science-Fiction
Official Site: www.residentevil-movie.com
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-resident-evil-retribution

Review:

“Resident Evil: Retribution” brings us to the fifth entry in a series that ran out of steam a long time ago. Once again, despite there being no demand for yet another sequel, we are faced with one, and as you can probably expect, it’s filled with the same problems that writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson has refused to address for the last several years now. Sometimes consistency can be a good thing, but in this case, it’s only continuing to weigh this series down...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Anakin (8/10) , razgriz21 (5/10) > Display all
Hal2001 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 2 years ago

Arbitrage



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Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki
Written by: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Genre: Thriller
Official Site: www.arbitrage-film.com
Plot: Here's the link to the published version of my review: http://www.examiner.com/article/movie-review-arbitrage

Review:

“Arbitrage” is a film that puts a morally-questionable character through his paces. He’s a man that has lied, cheated, and done everything in his power to cover it up. All of these things have allowed him to become quite successful, or, at the very least, to appear successful. However, these things do eventually catch up with him, causing his normal life to be turned completely upside down, with the potential consequences being quite dire...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (9/10) , cerealkiller182 (7/10) > Display all
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