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Film Review: Love Sick Love (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A ‘boy meets girl’ romance that quickly turns into a twisted thriller. Dori, a sexy siren, traps Norman, a slick New York businessman, and forces him to live through a year of holidays to prove they’re a perfect couple. But with Dori, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations take place over one weekend in an isolated country house …

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Film Review: Crush (2013)

SYNOPSIS: A secret admirer develops a murderous crush on a high school soccer star. REVIEW: A thoroughly professional thriller that draws good performances from its cast and delivers a winning blend of mystery, suspense and teenage romance. Scott (Lucas Till) has it all: not only is he the star of his high-school soccer team, he’s bright, popular and a hit …

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Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

SYNOPSIS: The crew of the Starship Enterprise follow Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) on a desperate mission to capture Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a Starfleet agent who has gone rogue. Their adventure takes them to the far edges of federation space onto the doorstep of the …

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Film Review: DeepStar Six (1989)

SYNOPSIS: At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace. REVIEW: After Friday the 13th, director Sean S. Cunningham went in a different direction with his horror films. A Stranger Is Watching was a similar torture/slasher film a couple of years after, then came the 80’s comedy Spring Break. But in …

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Film Review: The Cloth (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A headstrong young man reluctantly joins a religious order that is locked in combat with the forces of darkness. REVIEW: Some impressive visuals and a decent script are undermined by weak acting and a desperately unoriginal story in this lively but unsatisfying tale of priests and demons. In a rehash of one of the most famous sequences from William …

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Film Review: Dark Skies (2013)

SYNOPSIS: As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. REVIEW: When “Dark Skies” arrived on the market, I’ll confess that I didn’t run out and see it. Apparently in this “later” review, neither did any of my writers. Though, …

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Film Review: K-11 (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A record producer comes around after binging on drink and drugs. He finds himself in a section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for homosexuals, which is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey. REVIEW: The film “K-11“, was a bit of an odd surprise. To start things off, you should know that this is not a horror film. …

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Film Review: Akira (1988)

SYNOPSIS: “Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the …

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Film Review: The Grifters (1990)

SYNOPSIS: A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend–both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play. REVIEW: “The Grift”, as they would call it, refers to the lifestyle of con-artistry. Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is a small time con artist, just trying to make his way thru life while stowing away …

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Film Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

SYNOPSIS: “This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula …

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Film Review: Live Feed (2006)

SYNOPSIS: Holidaying in Japan, a group of ignorant youths decide to take a break from the constant drinking and partying to check out an underground P*rno theatre. When said cinema turns out to be a hangout and occasional hangout for a local gangsters’ mob, the youths find themselves in for the fight of their life. It’s all fun and games, …

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Film Review: Sleeper (1973)

SYNOPSIS: “Health food store owner and wannabe jazz clarinetist Miles Monroe is involuntarily cryogenically frozen in 1973 after a mishap while in minor surgery. His still frozen body is found in 2173, and unfrozen by scientists Melik and Orva. In unfreezing Miles, the doctors have committed an illegal act in what is now a totalitarian police state, where records of …

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Film Review: Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)

SYNOPSIS: “Commander Kit Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are orbiting Mars in an exploratory surveyor. A malfunction forces them to eject with only Draper and a monkey named Mona surviving. Draper must learn to survive in this hostile environment fighting thirst, hunger and even hostile aliens if he expects to see home again.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Genre filmmaker Byron Haskin …

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Film Review: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

SYNOPSIS: A supernatural drama centered on a local teenager and the mysterious new girl in town who uncover dark secrets about their respective families. REVIEW: Based on the novel by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, “Beautiful Creatures” is a film that while catering to a Twilight-style crowd, “feels” very much like the movie novelization it is. This well-directed, well-acted …

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Film Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2013)

SYNOPSIS: Twenty years ago the town of Newt, Texas, exacted vengeance on the Sawyer family for their role in assisting and concealing murders committed by the chainsaw-wielding maniac Jeb Sawyer, aka “Leatherface”. The entire family was presumed killed when Burt Hartman led the townspeople to burn down their farmhouse, but the Sawyer infant survived and was secretly taken away by …

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Film Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

SYNOPSIS: Tony Stark, still dealing with the affects of his adventures in New York with the Avengers, now faces a super villain terrorist called The Mandarin who attacks not only everything Tony owns but everything he is. Stripped of his belongings and his self confidence with only an all-but-destroyed set of Iron Man armor at his disposal and with his …

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Film Review: Expiration (2011)

SYNOPSIS: Four participants sign up for a mysterious medical test. REVIEW: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Cliche statement, that might be, but, its all too true, sadly. In an oftentimes rocky economic world, people can be driven to extremes in a bid for survival. Some take grueling shifts at burger joints, some do dirty deeds for dirt cheap, and …

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