Film

5 to 7

5 to 7

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When aspiring writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin; Star Trek: Into Darkness) meets the gorgeous French Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe; Skyfall), the connection between them is immediate and powerful.  However, they don’t make it through their first date before Brian discovers that Arielle has a husband (Lambert Wilson: The Matrix: Reloaded).  Arielle and her husband have an […]

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Last Days of the Nazis

Last Days of the Nazis

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the end of WWII, Allied forces arrested thousands of Nazis, as well as German citizens suspected of being complacent in Nazi crimes.  These people were interrogated to determine their activities during the war.  This mini-series from the History Channel tells the story of these interrogations, getting a history of the third reich from an […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Usually when a movie is based on a true story, you have to take that with a grain of salt.  Countless times, the people these films are based on come out and tell us all the inaccuracies.  The Blind Side and Captain Phillips stand out as a couple of recent examples of movies that took […]

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Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

I thought that instead of just doing a review of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, I’d take the opportunity to offer my opinion for how the five movies in the franchise rate against each other.  I’ve been hearing a lot of people on the podcasts I listen to rank the espionage thrillers, and I wanted a […]

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I write this, Fantastic Four has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and honestly I don’t know why it’s being so universally panned.  It’s not perfect by any means, and I’ll get to my issues with it, but the predominant criticism I keep reading is that it’s boring.  I was never bored by it.  […]

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Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015′s Pixels is one of the biggest flops to come out of this year’s summer blockbuster season. An Adam Sandler vehicle purporting to pay tribute to the golden age of video games while making it clear that the film’s creators find them to be outdated and lame, Pixels ironically pressed all of the wrong buttons. […]

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The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

Phoenix

Phoenix

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The impermanence of identity becomes the primary focus of director Christian Petzold’s latest film Phoenix. The story takes place in Berlin in 1945 and follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish ex-nightclub singer who has survived being interned at a Nazi concentration camp. With her face disfigured from a bullet wound, Nelly undergoes reconstructive surgery, emerging […]