Posts in "2 STARS"
MOVIE REVIEW: Man of Tai Chi

Keanu Reeves has two features this second half of 2013.  The headliner is 47 Ronin, a samurai spectacle slotted to join the blockbusters on Christmas Day with a wide release.  The other is the smaller-scale Man of Tai Chi, which premiered at screenings in competition at the Beijing, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals.  The film is Keanu's directorial debut is now playing in limited release here in the United States (including three locations here in the Chicagoland area) concurrently with Video On Demand offerings on several platforms.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The World's End

Well, this year's culprit for blowing up a good idea and a solid start is The World's End, the third entry in the cult favorite "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy that combines writer/director Edgar Wright, producer Nira Park, and buddy lead actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  The previous two entries of that team were the zombie romp Shaun of the Dead and the buddy cop spoof Hot Fuzz.  Both were fairly successful cult comedies that each added a little extra weirdness layer to their character yarns to varying degrees of success.  For The World's End, the third time is not the charm.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Blue Jasmine

I hate to say this, but it's hard to get behind a movie with an unlikable main character.  Call me a chipper optimist at heart, but, unless we are getting the classic "change of heart" story or a "you get what you deserve" comeuppance tale of returned karma, I feel like I waste my time trying to engage and get behind negative main characters.  

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

As fun as it is, G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn't breaking any new ground, but, again, it doesn't have to.  While it's less out-there than the first film, it still delivers enough cool action to entertain.  It was better than A Good Day to Die Hard in this critic's opinion.  It's not a movie you'll brag about at the workplace water cooler on Monday, but it's one you'll catch yourself still sitting down to watch again on basic cable for the next several years.  It's not dazzling enough to reach a cult status or guilty pleasure level, but if they keep bringing out the big guns, we are likely to keep coming back.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Master

I'll go on the record right now and say that I've never been a fan of director Paul Thomas Anderson.  His movies, while technically sound and visually sharp, always seem tiresome, bizarre, and vague to me.  In many eyes of big-wig critics, those adjectives make him a courageous, risk-tasking genius.  Sorry, but I think it makes him exactly what I said: tiresome, bizarre, and vague.

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