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Movie Review: “Dead Man Down”

Movie Review: “Dead Man Down”

Film District(NEW YORK) — Dead Man Down stars Colin Farrell as Victor, who at first glance is a faithful henchman for New York City gangster named Alphonse, played by Terrence Howard. How faithful is Victor? During a raid on a rival’s drug den a…

Movie Review: “Snitch”

Movie Review: “Snitch”

Summit Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Snitch stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as John Matthews, a construction business owner and the father of two children: a son from a previous marriage and a young daughter from his current marriage.  Ho…

Movie Review: “Snitch”

Movie Review: “Snitch”

Summit Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Snitch stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as John Matthews, a construction business owner and the father of two children: a son from a previous marriage and a young daughter from his current marriage.  Ho…

Movie Review: “The Last Stand”

Movie Review: “The Last Stand”

Merrick Morton/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — In his first leading role in 10 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger (unfortunately) is back in The Last Stand.  And thank the celluloid gods, because after an exceptional year in cinemas that saw box office records f…

Movie Review: "The Collection"

Movie Review: "The Collection"

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — From the creators of the Saw franchise comes The Collection, a film that, as far as I can tell, is about killing and torturing as many people as possible in the most brutal, graphic, gratuitously violent ways possible. …

Movie Review: "The Man with the Iron Fists"

Movie Review: "The Man with the Iron Fists"

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Set in 19th century China, The Man with the Iron Fists stars rapper-turned-actor/director RZA as the Blacksmith. His specialty, as it turns out, is making weapons.  That’s going to come in handy when Silver Lion an…

Movie Review: "Chasing Mavericks"

Movie Review: "Chasing Mavericks"

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — When we first meet Jay Moriarity, he’s an 8-year-old California boy with a passion for timing ocean waves, but it turns out to be a bit of a dangerous hobby. On this particular day, a friend’s dog chases a ball to th…

Movie Review: "Alex Cross"

Movie Review: "Alex Cross"

Summit Entertainment(NEW YORK) — In Alex Cross, Tyler Perry plays the title character — the creation of prolific author James Patterson — earlier in his career as a detective and psychologist for the Detroit Police Department.  Cross is a tough…

“Argo” Review: ‘Fists Will Be Clenched…Hearts Will Palpitate’

“Argo” Review: ‘Fists Will Be Clenched…Hearts Will Palpitate’

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, highlighted by the forthcoming release of the next Bond film, Skyfall, we’re reminded of just how much we love a good spy story.  B…

Movie Review: "Hit and Run"

Movie Review: "Hit and Run"

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) — The underrated Dax Shepard (Parenthood and Punk’d) wrote, co-directed and stars in Hit and Run, a low-budget indie comedy filled with dirty jokes, exciting car chases and co-starring his real-life fianc&eac…

Movie Review: "Sparkle"

Movie Review: "Sparkle"

TriStar Pictures(NEW YORK) — During a scene in Sparkle between the title character and her sister Dee, Sparkle says, “If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”  Well… Ok, there are a f…

Movie Review: "The Campaign"

Movie Review: "The Campaign"

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — In The Campaign, Will Ferrell is Cam Brady, an incumbent Texas congressman who says his values are whatever the polls say his values should be.  In other words, he has no values.  What he does have is a long list of …

Movie Review: "Hope Springs"

Movie Review: "Hope Springs"

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — When you put Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in a movie together, the expectation is that you’re going to see something special. In Hope Springs, they’re not just in the same movie, they’re practically in every sce…

Movie Review: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"

Movie Review: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"

Diyah Pera/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — For the third year in a row, we get another Diary of a Wimpy Kid film, based on the popular series of young adult books. This time, it’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, a reference less about an actua…

Movie Review: "To Rome with Love"

Movie Review: "To Rome with Love"

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Perhaps the only refreshing thing about To Rome with Love, Woody Allen’s follow-up to his most successful film of all time, 2011′s Midnight in Paris, is whenever Alec Baldwin looks in the direction of a …

Movie Review: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Movie Review: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — If it had been a documentary titled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I might have been intrigued, but what made this genre-bending horror flick intriguing was the trailer. After all, that’s exactly what a trailer is s…

Movie Review: "Brave"

Movie Review: "Brave"

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — Brave marks the first time Pixar has given us a female protagonist. At first, Merida, a feisty Scottish teen who happens to be a princess, seems like a great character.  As the father of a two-year-old who has adorable ye…

Movie Review: "Rock of Ages"

Movie Review: "Rock of Ages"

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Rock Of Ages is adapted from a popular Broadway show which built a story around actual 1980’s hair metal hits and power ballads. The director, Adam Schankman, did a fine job with his last musical-to-movie adapta…

Movie Review: "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted"

Movie Review: "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted"

Dreamworks/Paramount(NEW YORK) — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted starts out with some of our favorite animated animals stuck in Africa, longing for the confines of the Central Park Zoo — I think. It’s not really clear.  Once again…

Movie Review: "Prometheus"

Movie Review: "Prometheus"

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Anyone who’s been paying attention to the evolution of Prometheus has been hearing director Ridley Scott, the actors and almost anybody else involved in the production, say it’s not a prequel to Alien, but instead in…

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