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Movie Review: ‘The Other Guys’

The buddy cop movie has been produced to great success many times, with the Lethal Weapon series being a prime example. There is a template that most follow and a short list of scenarios that show up in each. Writer/director Adam McKay was the man behind the widely popular Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Ghost Writer’

When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start – not the least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Outer Limits’ (Seasons 1 to 5)

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.” The first five seasons of the critically-acclaimed and most original series, The Outer Limits, has hit DVD. Like the classic 1960’s series of the same name, each episode is an imaginative exploration of humanity’s greatest hopes and darkest fears. It often […]

TV & Video Reviews: ‘The Warlords’

Chinese legends are some of the best subjects of storytelling because they are intriguing and, like a Shakespearean tale, often end in tragedy. General Pang Qingyun (Jet Li) is the sole survivor of a bloody battle that saw him lose all the men he commanded during the Qing Dynasty. However, he finds a new lease […]

Movie Review: ‘Salt’

Directed by Phillip Noyce. Starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Shiwetel Ejiofor and Daniel Olbrychski.

TV & Video Review: ‘The Runaways’ (Blu-ray)

It’s unfortunate the days of all-girl rock bands appears to have gone the way of vinyl records: out of style. But, for a cool rocker chick to admire, no young woman needed to go further than Joan Jett with her tough attitude, targeted determination and rocking tunes. With The Runaways, Jett was one of the […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Hung’ (Season One) (Blu-ray)

Thomas Jane’s actor’s resume includes roles as a vigilante (The Punisher), gumshoe detective (Give ’em Hell, Malone), town sheriff (The Tripper), shark wrangler (Deep Blue Sea) and futuristic gunslinger (Mutant Chronicles), but last year he added the ultimately masculine male gigolo to his list of pretend occupations. Ray Drecker (Jane) is a down-on-his-luck high school […]
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Movie Review: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Nicolas Cage is best known for his tortured looks and serious demeanour (excluding more recent pictures) and Jay Baruchel is well known for his deadpan deliveries in dark comedies. But in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, both actors appear to have decided to just have fun in the Disney live-action fantasy. Dave (Baruchel) is just an average […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Greenberg’ (DVD)

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale was a smart and touching look at a family struggling to deal with separation and change in the 1980s. Greenberg is about one man’s efforts to reacquaint himself into a world he left about a decade earlier. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), single, fortyish and at a crossroads in […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Chloe’ (DVD)

Chloe is sexy, mysterious and thrilling; but the conclusion is a disappointment. When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (DVD)

The Swedish film industry is truly beginning to make waves; last year’s critical smash was Let the Right One In and this year they’ve gotten an early start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Facing prison time for slander, discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by a reclusive industrialist for one last […]
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Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me’

The purpose of a trailer is to highlight the main selling point of a movie, hopefully without revealing too much of the plot. Those of you that have seen the trailer for Despicable Me probably recall a little girl screaming, “It’s so fluffy!” or asking, “Does this count as annoying?” You should note the star […]
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Movie Review: ‘Love Ranch’

While the story of the first legal brothel in Nevada already sounds like an intriguing tale, Love Ranch is somewhat unnecessarily made more enticing by a fictional love triangle that ends in murder. Grace and Charlie Bontempo (Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci) are a husband/wife team who own and run one of Nevada’s first legalized […]

New on DVD: The Crazies

The Crazies marks the return of survivalist horror to the big screen in the vein of zombie and outbreak films such as Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later. Ogden Marsh is a small town with a law-abiding population of a little more than 1,200. Suddenly overnight, the residents of the once picture-perfect community […]

Review: Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone is a straight-shooting drama sprinkled with a little mystery and deception in a remote location that becomes a hostile character of its own. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Laurence) is only 17 years old, but the weight of her family rests on her shoulders. She is forced to set out and track down her father […]

New on Blu-ray: Supernatural – Season 1

Spawned after the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural took demon hunting to a more practical place. Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting terrifying things, but he’s put that behind him to attend law school and live a more conventional life. When Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with news their father […]