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Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2014)
We are now days away from the Oscars, so here’s one more look at the rarer seen of the nominees: the short films, made possible of the Oscar Nominated Short showcases presented by the Academy. Like the Animated Shorts, the Live Action shorts are presented with seque material, this time featuring directors (most notably, 12 Years a Slave nominee Steve McQueen, who has made short films for most... 

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)
The Oscars are nearly here. While most movie-buffs are scrambling to get those last minute viewings of some of the big Oscar contenders in, the Academy has made it a bit easier to see some of the smaller pictures that will be getting attention this weekend: the short films. Strung together in a showcase that features seques with an animated ostrich and giraffe (standing in for Buzz Lightyear and Woody... 

Robocop (2014) [Review]

Robocop (2014) [Review]
In the 1980s and ’90s, Paul Verhoven  made a career out of making blockbuster science-fiction films that also served as thinly veiled modes of social commentary. Sure, Starship Troopers has little to do with the Heinlein novel from which it gets its name, but it’s a fun popcorn flick that also comments on the thin line of falling into a fascist government, the power of propaganda, and... 

The Lego Movie [Review]

The Lego Movie [Review]
Toy adaptation movies have been going on for quite a while, but for every Clue we get a Battleship. For every Transformers we get a G.I. Joe (you decide which one is the good or bad film in that comparison). When the trailer for The Lego Movie first hit the internet, I thought it was a giant joke. After all, we’ve been treated to an ongoing series of video games and DVD movies featuring... 

Much Ado About Nothing [Review]

Much Ado About Nothing [Review]
Unlike many in the geek world, my appreciation for Joss Whedon didn’t come from his hit television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Frankly, I was originally quite dismissive of the silliness I saw in the shows and it wasn’t until halfway through their runs that I finally gave them a chance as anything more than light viewing, eventually learning to appreciate what Whedon... 

The Wolverine [Review]

The Wolverine [Review]
Despite being a decades-long franchise driving character, Marvel hasn’t had much luck with Wolverine in their movie adaptations. Hugh Jackman was a virtual unknown when he was originally cast in the role (replacing the over-committed Dougray Scott), but time has revealed how multifaceted the actor really is. Unfortunately, excepting his brief (but wonderful) cameo in X-Men: First Class, each... 

The Conjuring [Review]

The Conjuring [Review]
I’ll admit I’ve never been the strongest fan of horror. I like to be (safely) scared and I like some of the ideas behind horror movies, but too frequently they are inconsistent in quality and trends in horror fluctuate based on whatever is popular at the time. For far too long a time, we were stuck in the “torture porn” version of horror, where the focus was on blood and gore.... 

R.I.P.D. [Review]

R.I.P.D. [Review]
If it wasn’t for The Lone Ranger already taking the prize, we’d have our winner for most disappointing movie of the summer with R.I.P.D., a movie that tries to capture on the formula of Ghostbusters and Men in Black by pairing up a couple of known entities and having them in pursuit of something supernatural. The difference between The Lone Ranger and R.I.P.D. is that there was at... 

Pacific Rim 3D [Review]

Pacific Rim 3D [Review]
Giant robots! Huge monsters! This is what the summer movie season is all about! Guillermo del Toro brings the ultimate popcorn movie to theaters this summer with Pacific Rim, his take on the “kaiju” genre – you know, movies like Godzilla or Cloverfield where a huge monster storms around tearing up the city and terrorizing citizens. Much like The Abyss, it turns out the human race... 

The Lone Ranger [Review]

The Lone Ranger [Review]
There’s a moment early on in The Lone Ranger where Tonto is transporting the nearly-deceased John Reid (the man who will become the titular hero) through the desert, dragged on a litter behind the horse Silver. The audience has already seen several examples of Silver’s mystical “spirit horse” powers, but in this particular moment, Silver pauses to expel the contents of his... 
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