December 20, 2010

‘Black Swan’ review: It’s dark and intense but goes a little too far at times

Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is almost perfect. And I’m about to give it an almost perfect review. Not perfect, almost perfect. I’ll explain why soon. I really liked the movie. I loved the mind-f**k. I LOVED the amped ballet score as the movie score. I loved Natalie Portman. I loved Barbara Hershey. I even loved […]

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August 15, 2010

‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’ review: Best movie of the summer

Geek movies come and go but “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is what those movies only wish they could be when they grow up. Edgar Wright‘s video-game/comic-based fantasy-action-comedy, upon first glance, seems like a lot of things it’s not: A film aimed only at nerds, a film that’s trying to play into too many genres, […]

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September 13, 2009

DVD REVIEW: ‘Grace’ is why vegan lesbians shouldn’t have babies?

I don’t ask for much when it comes to movies. Hell, I love subtlety and the power of suggestion. But I need at least a little bit of guidance from a filmmaker. Paul Solet gives me none in his feature debut “Grace.” I still have no idea exactly what I watched. What I do know […]

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August 28, 2009


Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) has a dead-end job and lives with his mother. He doesn’t date and spends his nights listening to sports talk-radio and masturbating. He’s 35. And he couldn’t be happier. His happiness is at its peak during football season and as long as his beloved New York Giants are on top, he’s […]

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August 17, 2009

Tuesday’s best bet: ‘The Last House on the Left’

“The Last House on the Left” hits the shelves Tuesday, and besides Dexter Season 3, it’s your only good option. Mini review:  I have almost no trust in movie remakes. But every now and then, one comes along and totally surprises me. The reboot of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was one and now, “The Last […]

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July 27, 2009

Insomniac review: ‘Smiley Face’

So “Smiley Face” is two years old. Well it was new to me last night when I watched it at 2 a.m. on Showtime (I think). And it was so bad that I thought I couldn’t resist a review. Maybe “Insomniac Review” can become a standing feature. We’ll see. OK, the review. Anna Farris (“Scary […]

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July 17, 2009

NIGHT TRAIN – Movie Review

“Night Train,” the mystery thriller from writer/director Brian King, seems to have a lot going for it with a promising cast, but the story never quite feels like it leaves the station. Featuring Danny Glover, Steve Zahn, and Leelee Sobieski, “Night Train” follows three passengers on a train who, faced with the ultimate challenge of […]

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March 6, 2009

WATCHMEN Movie Review

It’d be impossible to fully sum up “Watchmen” with its complex storyline and powerful delivery, but after watching it this afternoon I can calm fears of those who closely guarded the original. “Watchmen” comes as close as I could have hoped to capturing everything the story held and while I didn’t find it as exhilarating […]

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