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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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Film Review: Brazil (1985)

SYNOPSIS: “In a highly structured and bureaucratic state, the government has installed extreme and highly counterproductive measures for which to track down terrorists. A ‘bug’ in the system mixes up the last name of a terrorist (Tuttle) and an innocent man (ironically enough Buttle). Thus, the wrong man (Buttle) is arrested and killed while Tuttle continues to roam free. Sam …

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Film Review: Hellraiser 7: Deader (2005)

SYNOPSIS: In London, after investigating crack addicted junkies for an article in her newspaper, the journalist Amy Klein watches a bizarre videotape. Her editor Charles Richmond received the footage of an underground group of youngsters in Bucharest apparently becoming zombies through the power of their leader Winter from a member, Marla, and invites Amy to prepare the story. Amy accepts …

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Film Review: Alphaville (1965)

SYNOPSIS: “Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city’s ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: One cannot speak of the European ‘New Wave’ movement of the sixties without mentioning French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who …

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Film Review: Forced Entry (1973)

SYNOPSIS: Crazed Vietnam vet hunts down and kills women. REVIEW: The tagline for Shaun Costello’s 1973 film Forced Entry reads as follows: “He was trained to kill…and kill…and kill…and kill…” There are two things that immediately come to mind when reading this. The tagline actually holds more (implied) action than the movie itself, in which only three people are killed. …

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Film Review: Pain and Gain (2013)

SYNOPSIS: Complacent body builder Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) discovers a spark to improve his life, to reach for the American Dream. Enlisting two of his body building buddies, Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), Lugo hatches the three-fingered plan to kidnap wealthy, spoiled businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and extort everything the man owns. REVIEW: Michael Bay …

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Film Review: Body Melt (1993)

SYNOPSIS: Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new ‘Body Drug’ that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death. REVIEW: If you were to mix the face melting scene from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the poisonous revelations of Super Size Me, and a couple drops …

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Film Review: The Dying (1997)

SYNOPSIS: Nicholson, this ambitious feature film tackles some very complex issues as seen through the eyes of vampires.  “Almost human, but not quite” defines these characters well  They bear little resemblance to the vampires of old except that they are very difficult to kill.  Even though it was shot on a budget that was less than they spent on catering for one of …

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Film Review: Sightseers (2012)

SYNOPSIS: After Chris learns his girlfriend Tina leads a sheltered life, he vows to take her on a road trip across the UK country side in an RV. Their vacation soon takes a dramatic twist as they see a monumental side of one another they hadn’t expected. REVIEW: Directed By: Ben Wheatley Starring: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies Sightseers …

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Film Review: Mama (2013)

SYNOPSIS: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how did they survive all alone in the wilderness? And were they really alone? REVIEW: January & February are the months during which Hollywood dumps the films that have either been laying around for a …

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