Browsing all 227 posts in Cinema.

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Paranormal Activity 2

How do you judge a horror movie? ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ stands alone as a horror Best Picture Winner and therefore it seems uncharitable to expect filmmaking brilliance. The one prerequisite of a good horror movie seems to be that it scares you, and [...]

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The Kids Are All Right

(This review was first posted in July 2010) This might be the first film that really epitomizes Obama’s America. Free-wheeling West coast liberal lesbians and college aspiring multi-talented kids- what’s not to love? Even the sperm donor who’s supposed to be a bit of a [...]

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RED

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss… it reads like a who’s who of aging actors, cobbled together into a slightly improbable fighting unit. RED supposedly stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous. Hm, despite the unlikely premise this is a film [...]

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The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud

There is something wrong at the heart of this movie. What should have been a troubling portrait of post traumatic stress disorder is pawned off as a soppy romance. A character who suffers for five years from complex multiple hallucinations is relegated to ‘troubled teen’. [...]

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The Social Network

The founding of Facebook is an origin story that you wouldn’t immediately associate with a Hollywood movie. ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and ‘Batman Begins’ are the sort of ‘birth of an icon’ films that we’re used to seeing at the top of the US Box Office- [...]