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The Lone Ranger -- a Mini Review

Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger

Yeah, I saw it. Floyd R. Turbo — taking one for the team so you may not have to fellow Threedonians. You’re welcome. The long and the short of it? I wanted to like it. It was insulting. Why? Good question. Here are [...]

Makin' flippy-floppy

Fewer things more satisfying on the schadenfreude scale than watching yet another lefty message movie tank at the box office. Eh, I’m sure the Obama sycophants at the studios (but I repeat myself) thoughts go a little something like, “At least White House Down made more in one weekend than our 20+ Bush-bashing movies [...]

Film Review: Iron Man 3

Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke, Kurt Cobain, James Dean, River Phoneix – name your favorite artist who passed too soon and play the game. What if? What if Hendrix found another sonic barrier out there, or Joplin wedded her blues with her prodigious talent and a hint of stability in her [...]

Searching

Martin Scorsese wrote a great review of The Searchers last week for The Hollywood Reporter.

The Searchers has been more or less officially recognized as a great American classic. But I have to admit that I never really know what that kind of recognition amounts to. The film turns up on many 10-greatest-films-of-all-time lists, [...]

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Director Christopher Nolan’s challenge in making his third Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” was simple enough – how do you top the untoppable?

It’s a question that hovers over Rises like a shadow in the twilight. Success breeds its own set of challenges, and the challenge for Nolan, who directed what many consider [...]

Top Five: Last Five Watched

The Social Network: The plot – a group of drunks and pretentious dweebs in the Ivy League go into business together, then sue each other at the end of the movie. The movie is strangely riveting, given it has so few genuinely likeable characters. It has become a kind of window into the soul. When [...]

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows

Putting a finger on what was missing from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” isn’t too difficult. It’s hard to do justice to a work, whether it a film or book, when that piece of work is missing one of its most important characters.

This was the problem with “A Game of Shadows.” Sure [...]

Movie Review: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

The world waited to see how Brad Bird, the accomplished director of animated fare “The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille” would work with actual humans. Given his first lead actor in his firstĀ  live-action adventure was Tom Cruise, we have to wait, since Cruise (who is pushing the half-century mark) has undergone more [...]

Movie Review: The Avengers.

People often try to find ways to measure the quality and enjoyability of movies. Sometimes these measuring devices consist of stars (usually four or five at most) or even thumbs. Superhero/comic book movies are measured on a different scale.

That scale consists of the “it” moment. The “it” moment is something along the lines [...]

Movie Review: 21 Jumpstreet

This year's prom theme is Glock.

Surprise is a word with one defined meaning, yet existing in two substantive types. To explain: there are two different types of surprises. There is the surprise of waking up one morning in Vegas, having realized you married Kate Upton. There’s the other kind of surprise, best expressed [...]