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Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

A B-actioner with grade-A action seems like a cinematic contradiction, but what better way to describe “John Wick” and its sparkling new sequel? The cheesy one-liners, stock villains, thin plot, and characters built entirely on an actor’s presence all put John Wick: Chapter 2 in B-ish territory (an easier place for shoot-em-up pics to find…

Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Passengers, the newest Sony Pictures (Village Roadshow) release, directed by Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”), is a visually stunning outer space adventure with a very good cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne) that fails to lift off due to an earth-bound, cliché-ridden script. That last item can be blamed…

Movie Review: Man of Steel (2013)

Any re-boot or re-make of a film franchise, no matter how well done, will inevitably draw comparisons to original or earlier productions (see “Batman Begins” or “The Amazing Spider-Man“). This is especially true of Zach Snyder’s (“300″) efforts to turn the “Superman” story on its ear by updating it through a series of multi-million dollar…

Movie Trailer #2: Man of Steel (2013)

The second trailer for Warner Bros. Man of Steel is a harrowing ordeal. It starts with Clark Kent being a lost soul — he has the internal drive to want to help but his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, thinks otherwise. This conflict tears Clark apart during his formative years but it’s the perfect setup for…

Movie Trailers: Man of Steel (2013)

With one hero franchise ending (“The Dark Knight Rises” is Batman’s farewell), it’s the perfect time to tease on the rebirth of another superhero icon — Warner Bros. has released two teaser trailers their upcoming film Man of Steel. Both trailers are essentially the same just the voiceovers are different (Russel Crowe who plays Jor-El…

Movie Review: Contagion (2011)

It’s all in a touch — love, rage, suffering and happiness are all defined by our proximity to one another. Even a soldier a thousand miles away staring at a screen that a drone projects back to him needs to press a key to make an insurgent disappear. Steven Soderbergh’s fitfully disturbing and fully realized…

Movie Trailer: Contagion (2011)

Besides a nuclear disaster, one of the biggest fears any government can have is the outbreak of a fast spreading, lethal virus. And it is this premise that the upcoming thriller Contagion delivers on. How does the populace react as more and more people fall victim? How will the government handle the growing fear (both…

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