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Movie Review: Zarra’s Law (2014)

From its first scene of dialogue, older Italian men with permanent scowls etched into their world weary faces mumbling to each other in a Brooklyn bar, Zarra’s Law reads like a mob movie made by someone who wants to imitate the genre but doesn’t speak a word of English. For a significant portion of the…

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

Channing Tatum has found his calling. Well, he really found it in 2012 during the “21 Jump Street” reboot, where the cardboard cut-out with matinee idol good looks suddenly came alive in front of the camera with an inspired and lovable comic performance. After that, he mostly returned to generic action roles (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”…

Movie Review: Brick Mansions (2014)

Remakes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, some more similar to their source material than others. The mold that Brick Mansions was formed in is the kind that thrives on familiarity, though it’s probably a good thing in this case. An English-language update of the 2004 French flick “District 13,” Brick Mansions…

Red Band Movie Trailer: 22 Jump Street (2014)

With “21 Jump Street” being the surprise hit that it was, there could be no doubt a sequel would follow eventually. Today, Sony Pictures shows us what they have in mind with the first red-band trailer for 22 Jump Street. Slacker cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) have graduated to college! Yeah, not…

Movie Review: Filth (2013)

Irvine Welsh’s provocative novels seem to be a popular choice when it comes to book-to-film adaptations. It’s no surprise when you look at the success of his controversial debut novel “Trainspotting,” realized on screen with Ewan McGregor as lead Renton and directed by Danny Boyle (who has also recently been confirmed to be working on…

Movie Review: InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

There is a sketch in the comedy InAPPropriate Comedy which features a racist guy hawking free boat rides to Africa to black passerbys. Unexpectedly — or at least I hope it wasn’t planned — one guy takes offense (and rightfully so) and proceeds to beat the living crap out of said white supremacist, continuing even…

Movie Review: The Heat (2013)

The buddy cop genre gets a gender twist in Paul Feig’s The Heat, much as the pre-wedding shenanigans genre did in Feig’s 2011 film “Bridesmaids.” Both films are comedies full of outrageous moments that are determined to throw subtlety out of the window. Of an airplane. Into a volcano. Yet as important as it is…

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