Category: 2.5/4

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The Internship [2013] ★★½

Sometimes a shamelessly silly comedy is all you want out of life. “The Internship” more than fills the bill. Is it cheesy? Heck yes. Is it predictable? You bet it is. But it’s also entertaining and really funny at times. Cheers to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who gave us “Wedding […]

Emperor [2012] ★★½

Interesting slice of World War II history has Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox (“Lost”, “Vantage Point”) assigned to help rebuild Japan after the war and bring Emperor Hirohito (Takata rô Kataoka) to trial for war crimes. It’s a minor picture for sure, with a great performance by Jones, […]

The Call [2013] ★★½

If you’re willing to pay money to see a movie in which Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who spends most of the time talking on the phone, then you know exactly what you’re in for. There’s no use complaining. What makes the movie a fun ride (and […]

3096 Days [2013] ★★½

“3096 Days” is the true story of Natascha Kampusch, the 10 year old Austrian girl who was snatched off the street by a stranger in 1998. Her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil shut her in an underground room beneath his garage, telling her that the doors and windows were booby trapped and […]

Evil Dead [2013] ★★½

First things first: I’m a huge fan of the original “Evil Dead”, in which 5 friends traveled to a cabin in the mountains where they found evil spirits lurking around in the forest. The movie was shot on a tight budget, but still managed to provide a violent and […]

Jack The Giant Slayer [2013] ★★½

“Jack the Giant Slayer” is far from the disaster it’s been made out to be in some circles…nor is it a wonderful achievement. It has enough visual effects and production values for three movies, but not enough story material, which is one of its problems. But it does provide […]

Mama [2013] ★★½

It has a spooky atmosphere, a wicked story and a solid performance by Jessica Chastain as a woman who is trying to solve the mystery of how her boyfriend’s nieces survived in the wilderness for five years and why they still seem to be haunted by a menacing ghost […]

Warm Bodies [2013] ★★½

Comparing “Warm Bodies” to “Twilight” doesn’t do this movie justice. Unlike “Twilight”, this is a larger-than-life zombie yarn with special effects and a sense of humor. It isn’t my favorite kind of entertainment, but writer-director Jonathan Levine (who won us over with his 2011 movie “50/50”) has brought an […]