Reel Reviews

Focus - Movie Review

The film’s real ace up its sleeve comes from the dialogue shared between Robbie and Smith

The Lazarus Effect - Movie Review

Playing God is not without consequence.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - Movie Review

Who ever imagined a film would need John Cusack so badly?

Mcfarland, USA - Movie Review

Oddly, Mcfarland, USA works because it is not just a movie about sports.

Birdman - Blu-ray Review

Michael Keaton is Birdman

St. Vincent - Blu-ray Review

Bill Murray is The Patron Saint of Comedy.

Nightcrawler - Blu-ray Review

What a mesmerizing character Gyllenhaal has created

John Wick - Blu-ray Review

With John Wick, retribution has a new name.

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Toy Soldiers (1991) - Blu-ray Review [The Cult Movie Collection]

Toy Soldiers - Blu-ray ReviewIn a world where the word terror has become synonymous with maniacs the world over hurting or killing innocent people in the name of their cause, revisiting this 1991 action thriller has reminded this reviewer it is hardly a new phenomenon  ...

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Cocoon (1985) - Blu-ray Review [U.K. Steelbook]

Cocoon (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewThe 80s just pumped out classic after classic. They took risks back then. They gave us some of the most memorable genre pictures in cinematic history. This was the decade of new horror icons galore, of Indiana Jones, and E.T. This was also the decade where Richie  ...

Read more: Cocoon (1985) - Blu-ray Review [U.K. Steelbook]

Black Sunday (1960) - Blu-ray Review

Black Sunday (1960) - Blu-ray ReviewOriginally titled The Mask of Satan, Mario Brava’s feature length debut, released here in the United States as Black Sunday, was a gothic-sized hit for Roger Corman’s American International Pictures.  The hype was all about its shocking images.  While tame when ...

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Focus - Movie Review

Focus - Movie ReviewFew film genres evoke the silly, impulsive giddiness we experience from a good con or heist flick. There’s just something supremely fascinating about watching some hapless rube get fleeced of all his worldly possessions at the hands of a well-oiled con team. That   ...

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The Lazarus Effect - Movie Review

The Lazarus Effect - Movie ReviewBringing the dead back to life is tricky business. Director David Gelb (last seen behind the lens of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi) doesn’t unearth any new treasures with The Lazarus Effect, his narrative film debut. He does; however, manage to dig up enough  ...

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The Wild Angels (1966) - Blu-ray Review

The Wild Angels - Blu-ray ReviewRoger Corman, famed producer and director of exploitation cinema from the 1950s through the early 1980s, captures the very essence of the biker counterculture years before Easy Rider would the be the be all and end all of the genre.  Hindered by B-movie trappings and  ...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Blu-ray Review

Birdman - Movie ReviewMichael Keaton is Birdman. The actor who, in my opinion, played the best cinematic version of Batman turns the role on its head (or is that on its wings??!) in Birdman, the latest art house flick from writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel).  Michael Keaton’s ...

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - Movie Review

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - Movie ReviewWhat’s the hallmark trait of a movie sequel that has nothing to offer? No, not semen sight gags, silly. Although there are  plenty of those in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, we were going for acid trip. After all, what better way to kill off large chunks of vacant runtime than by  ...

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Mcfarland, USA - Movie Review

Mcfarland, USA - Movie ReviewMcfarland, USA shouldn’t work. Its stock story about a white coach in a small rural town who transforms a band of ethnic misfits into a well-oiled championship team is just too commonplace and smells like a prefabbed assembly line sports drama. But it’s not  ...

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Digging Up The Marrow - Movie Review

Digging Up the Marrow - Movie ReviewWriter/director Adam Green is still the horror genre’s independent darling.  His Hatchet trilogy kicked up a fair amount of dust among Horrorhounds but it was the Hitchcockian Spiral and the chilling Frozen that really delivered the promise in his particular brand of madness  ...

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