Category Archive: Movie Reviews

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Feb 24 2013

A BANG NOT A WHIMPER: What ‘The Walking Dead’ has to say about guns and the NRA mentality

Includes spoilers for ‘The Walking Dead’ At a gun violence prevention hearing on January 30th, 2012, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cited a possible “lawless environment in this country” as an example of when a legally owned military-grade assault rifles, and other firearms, would come in handy.  ”I have an AR-15 at home,” Graham continued, “I …

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Jan 18 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

We never really know anything about Maya (a wonderful Jessica Chastain), except that she’s a CIA agent on the all-consuming hunt for the world’s most wanted man and that underneath her pale, fragile features lies a steely and quasi-desperate determinism that won’t be discouraged. Over the long years that Zero Dark Thirty effortlessly spans, you’ll …

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Nov 13 2012

Movie Review: Skyfall (2012)

It must be said, and it has been, that Skyfall, the new James Bond film, is beautiful. Like, really, really beautiful. The cinematography is from the legendary Roger Deakins, so that visual wonder is to be expected, and yet it still manages occasionally to take your breath away on the strength on it alone. If …

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Oct 31 2012

Movie Review: Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001)

The city of Mogadishu, in famine stricken Somalia. It’s 1995 and a joint task force of Army Rangers, Delta Force, and the 160th SOAR, here to support UN peacekeeping operations against the militia of Mohammed Farrah Aidid, organize a quick strike raid into the city to capture some of the local warlord’s top lieutenants. It …

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Oct 23 2012

Movie Review: Argo (2012)

To call Argo, Ben Affleck’s based-on-a-true-story thriller, a spectacular achievement would be, in all honesty and respect, reaching a bit too far. And branding it simply a “great movie,” which seems to be something that many have done recently, isn’t enthusiastic enough. Rather, here’s what it is – the best, and most vivid, cinematic rendering …

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Sep 08 2012

Movie Review: Lawless

If you have to have one reason to see Lawless, John Hillcoat‘s violent and grimy bootlegging film set in Depression- and Prohibition-era 1930s rural Virginia, make that Tom Hardy. Coming off The Dark Knight Rises, you might consider his role here — as the hulking and seemingly “invincible” Forrest Bondurant, who conveys more with his …

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Nov 25 2006

Casino Royale faithful to Fleming – and authentic

Casino Royale faithful to Fleming – and authentic by Bill Glasheen Casino Royale was Ian Fleming’s first James Bond (007) novel. When it was introduced in 1952, it was quite racey by those days’ standards. Today however these are just "good books." Those who grew up learning about 007 via the Hollywood screen rather than …

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