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HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 17 days ago



Directed by: Ben Falcone
Written by: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Gary Cole, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: After wrecking her car, losing her fast food job, and finding out her husband's cheating on her, Tammy runs off with her alcoholic grandmother.


There are scenes and lines throughout the movie "Tammy" where I found myself chuckling. Yes, Melissa McCarthy is playing a variant of her ignorant blowhard, kind of a female Chris Farley, but this is her most down-to-earth, realistic portrayal of such a character. For starters, Tammy works at a fast-food restaurant, and still lives in her home town (in Kentucky, I think, though filming took place in my home state of North Carolina). The opening scenes are actually pretty funny as she's fired by her boss (co-writer, director, and husband Ben Falcone), and proceeds to act exactly the way we would like to act in her shoes...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Horrorfan99 (4/10) , MattRooney92 (2/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

John Wick


Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot: Retired hit man John Wick is newly widowed. He lost the love of his life, and now it's just him, his '69 Mustang, and a little Beagle puppy his wife ordered for him before she died. Then some Russian hoods led by Iosef (Alfie Allen) break into his house, kill the dog, and take his car.



Other reviews of this film: Jedd the Jedi (8/10) , Weapon X (8/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

All the Boys Love Mandy Love


Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Jacob Forman
Cast: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch
Studio: Senator Distribution
Genre: Horror
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Plot: "There she is boys, Mandy Lane. Untouched, pure. Since the dawn of junior year men have tried to possess her, and to date all have failed. Some have even died in their reckless pursuit of this angel."


From a horror standpoint I'm not sure anything disturbed me quite as much as the opening sequence, wherein Mandy Lane (Amber Heard, in a case of perfect casting), being ogled by every boy in school, is invited to a pool party by a jock a-hole, who later kills himself trying to prove his love for her by jumping off his roof into the pool at the encouragement of her nominal boyfriend Emmet. It's one of those bits of foreshadowing that caught me off-guard because that stuff actually happens. After that the gears of the genre begin to turn...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: goNADSgo69 (10/10) , Psycho-Pirate-99 (7/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 4 months ago

Under the skin


Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Written by: Walter Campbell
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan
Studio: Film4
Genre: Horror, Science-Fiction, Thriller
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Plot: A beautiful alien roams Scotland in search of male victims.


I'm not a big fan of Jonathan Glazer. "Sexy Beast" is a pretty good movie that manages to pay homage to the likes of "The Long Good Friday" and "The Hit" in spite of Glazer's arty pretentiousness, and pacing issues that keep it from being great. "Birth" has tremendous acting, but neither the story, nor some of his jarring editing choices, did much for me. So naturally, "Under the skin" is the perfect vehicle for his talents--a slow-paced, largely improvised mood piece that pays homage to '70s art-house giants like Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Stanley Kubrick...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: MattSlash (3/10) , VitamanMan8 (9/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 6 months ago

2 Guns


Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Written by: Blake Masters
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward, Edward Olmos, Patrick Fischler
Studio: Universal
Genre: Action, Crime
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Plot: Two undercover agents - DEA and Naval Intelligence - find themselves unlikely allies after a bank robbery puts them in the crosshairs of a drug cartel, the Navy, and a CIA accountant.


The buddy/action genre was king in the late '80s and early '90s, before it turned into parody, and subsequently was swallowed up by comedy, with the work of Edgar Wright, Adam McKay, and Paul Feig having a lot more in common with the buddy vibe of something like "48 Hrs." than most straight entries. So "2 Guns" gets points for just trying. But it also deserves credit for actually being entertaining...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Hal2001 (6/10) , drzeek (5/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 12 months ago

The Wolf of Wall Street


Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Terence Winter
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
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Plot: The rise and fall of Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort.


Sex, drugs, and greed permeate every corner of the screen for the full three hours on this fifth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and my personal favorite. "Wolf of Wall Street" feels cut from the same cloth as Scorsese's best collaborations with Robert De Niro. Like "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "King of Comedy" it deals mainly with the psychology of one man, but like "Goodfellas" and "Casino" it also tackles the epic story of a criminal enterprise. "Goodfellas" in particular shares DNA with this tale, as both Henry Hill and Jordan Belfort started out at the bottom and worked their way up. But while cocaine was the downfall of Henry Hill, for Belfort, it is only the beginning...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Nick KEWL (10/10) , oscarxp25 (8/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 year ago

Only God Forgives


Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas
Studio: Radius-TWC
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: A cycle of vengeance in Bangkok.



Other reviews of this film: Hal2001 (4/10) , lukearmy7 (1/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 year ago



Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Written by: Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery
Studio: Fox
Genre: Action, Fantasy
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Plot: Pure '80s modern fantasy about a four-hundred-year-old Scotsman wandering modern-day New York City.



Other reviews of this film: Muta (7/10) , Cochise (5/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

This is the End


Directed by: Seth Rogen
Written by: Seth Rogen
Cast: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Martin Starr, David Krumholtz, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
Studio: Sony
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot: James Franco's house becomes a fortress against the elements in what could be the End of Days.


If you are a fan of Judd Apatow movies, and the majority of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's scripted films, then you will probably enjoy this one. While not necessary, knowing some of the references in their filmographies doesn't hurt...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: trapdoors (10/10) , Hal2001 (5/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Gangster Squad


Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Written by: Will Beall
Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Drama
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Plot: Inspired loosely on the LAPD outfit that brought down Mickey Cohen.


When it was first announced, with the cast (in particular Sean Penn, who I pegged as being just right for playing the role of Mickey Cohen) I was excited. I've got a soft spot for gangster movies, and gangster history, and Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen has only really featured in a supporting capacity in movies like "Bugsy" and "L.A. Confidential." That this movie was allegedly based on articles written about that time in the L.A. Times sounded promising. And while it may have sounded like "The Untouchables" on paper, surely, because this was true (and because the real Untouchables barely got in a scrape with Capone), it might actually be the kind of film I was waiting for...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: RandomK1NG (10/10) , drzeek (4/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Man of Steel


Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David Goyer
Cast: Julia Ormond, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Science-Fiction
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Plot: Superman origin story.


Starting out of the gate, I really liked this movie. I'd stop short of actually "loving" this movie, but I did really like it. There's a lot of good stuff here, and I was a little surprised how fun it was, since in this day and age you cannot always count on your super-heroes to be fun. At the same time, if this thing WASN'T fun that would be a violation of the cardinal rule of a Superman movie. So, good job Mr. Snyder on keeping my mind occupied with the spectacle here...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Muta (8/10) , drzeek (6/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

The Paperboy


Directed by: Lee Daniels
Written by: Peter Dexter
Cast: Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo
Studio: Millenium
Genre: Drama
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Plot: Two brothers get involved with a sex-starved hairdresser and a man convicted of killing the sheriff, who may be being railroaded. Set in Florida in 1969.



Other reviews of this film: drzeek (4/10) , cerealkiller182 (5/10) > Display all
Desh Bouksani
Desh Bouksani at 12:08 PM Jun 09

A hard movie to take in, but I liked it.

HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

The Way of the Gun


Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: James Caan, Benicio Del Toro, Taye Diggs, Henry Griffin, Mando Guerrero, Jan Jensen, Nicky Katt, Dylan Kussman, Kristin Lehman, Geoffrey Lewis, Juliette Lewis, Andres Orozco, Jose Perez, Ryan Phillippe, Neil Pollock, Irene Santiago, Sarah Silverman, Scott Wilson
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Genre: Thriller
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Plot: Two lowlifes kidnap a surrogate mother for ransom.


When I first watched this movie over a decade ago, all I remember was feeling disappointed it didn't live up to the promise Christopher McQuarrie made with "The Usual Suspects." But parts of the film nevertheless stuck with me, particularly after I became acquainted with the work of Sam Peckinpah, who definitely gets a big nod from McQuarrie here. And while this is still a very flawed movie, it's still fun to see what works...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Rumpelstiltskin (8/10) , cerealkiller182 (10/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Killing Them Softly


Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Written by: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Max Casella, Sam Shepard
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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Plot: When a mob-protected card game gets robbed, the bosses send in enforcer Jackie Cogan to police the situation.


Having both read the book, and seen the movie "Friends of Eddie Coyle," I knew beforehand to expect an unglamorous mob story about crooks who look at their lot in life with a bit more cynicism than in most mob movies. To these lowlifes what they do isn't opportunism, it's just work. And that's part of what I liked about this movie. Dare I say, this gangster movie feels down-right European. Like something Jean-Pierre Melville or Jules Dassin would have made back in their time...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) , brewsky99 (10/10) > Display all
HoyleHaw posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Magic Mike


Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Reid Carolin
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: A talented male stripper becomes mentor to a young recruit at the same time as he's trying to find a way out.


It may sound ridiculous, but I'm just going to say it. This was the best Steven Soderbergh movie I've seen in years. Granted, he's enough of a workaholic director that I haven't seen all his most recent work, but as much as I admire the man, he has a tendency at times to get in his own way. The movie that led to this one, where he and Channing Tatum met, "Haywire," promised to be a badass, female-led action thriller, which would have been great if Soderbergh hadn't left certain basic questions unanswered until the very end (like why is such a valuable asset suddenly a target by her employer...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: drzeek (7/10) , Flimmaker1473 (7/10) > Display all
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