Reel Reviews

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Movie Review

A worthy entry into a progressing narrative

The Railway Man - Movie Review

An important film that needs to be seen

Transcendence - Movie Review

A conversation piece it isn’t.

Oculus - Movie Review

Thank God for originality

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Blu-ray Review

Now on Sparkling Blu-ray

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1926) - Blu-ray Review

Now on Sparkling Blu-ray

Anchorman 2 - Blu-ray Review

Now on Sparkling Blu-ray

Fargo (1996) - Blu-ray Review

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-man 2 - Movie ReviewAfter the epidemic of remakes, reboots (or as the cynic might say, ‘we’ve milked this cow in its current incarnation as much as we can, so here’s a new version!), there is something truly ‘amazing’ in that these things continue to make astounding money. Batman, after a significant  ...

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The Railway Man - Movie Review

The Railway Man - Movie ReviewIn 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, filmmaker David Lean gave us an entertaining – yet totally inaccurate – account of the hardships endured by Japanese-held POWs as they were forced to build the Thai/Burma “Death Railway” during WWII. In reality, there is no  ...

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Touch of Evil (1958) - Blu-ray Review

Touch of Evil - Blu-ray Review“I close this memo with a very earnest plea that you consent to this brief visual pattern to which I gave so many long hard days of work.” That is the closing line in writer/director Orson Welles’ 58-page memo to Universal after finally seeing the studio’s version of his movie.   ...

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Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses

Bad Ass 2 - Blu-ray reviewAging Bad Ass Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) returns to protect his Los Angeles neighborhood from the villains, the heathens, and the drug lords that surround his boxing community center. But this time he has help from a local bodega owner Bernie  ...

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Transcendence - Movie Review

Transcendence - Movie ReviewThe slow burn of Transcendence, the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight Trilogy) isn’t due to its mesmerizing story or its intoxicating visuals. It isn’t due to the fact that it was shot on 35mm instead of digital. Sadly, it’s due to your eyes  ...

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Blu-ray Review

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Movie Review"Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in," screams Al Pacino in The Godfather III.  I now know how he feels.  Honestly, the only way to begin a review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is with that famous non-haunted quote.  Why? Because ...

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Oculus - Movie Review

Oculus - Movie ReviewThank God for originality, even if it does make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Based off the short film Oculus Chapter 3: The Man with the Plan; Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Ghosts of Hamilton Street) creates an intriguing   ...

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Draft Day - Movie Review

Draft Day - Movie ReviewKevin Costner returns to the wide world of sports in Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. Already a champion of two classic sports films (albeit baseball themed), Costner is no stranger to what makes rooting for the underdog so much damn fun. Even with the minor splash of Tin Cup  ...

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - Blu-ray Review

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Blu-ray ReviewOnce upon a time ago, a movie as massive as Universal’s silent classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame could be made. It is considered one of the most unusual productions of the time period. For decades after its filming, the Universal lot was jammed with the façade of a super   ...

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Under the Skin - Movie Review

Under the Skin - Movie ReviewHere’s an Under the Skin viewing tip: know that Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who inhabits the skin and clothing of a human female, scours the Scottish Highlands luring unsuspecting male hitchhikers into her nondescript panel van before seducing them to a nearby location  ...

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