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Review: John Carter

March 14, 2012

Bombing at the box office this weekend, John Carter isn’t a terrible movie. It has some great special effects and action but the plot and attempts to explain hundreds of pages of mythology bogs it down considerably.

Review: Act of Valor

February 27, 2012

Real Navy SEALs deal with a fake terrorist plot in Act of Valor; a movie that takes a lot of cues from Call of Duty and features some fantastic, realistic action sequences.

Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

February 20, 2012

The original Ghost Rider was a snoozefest with terrible special effects, a lame villain and a bored looking Nicolas Cage. What happens when the Cage is unleashed and Crank directors Neveldine/Taylor are behind the camera? You get the insane sequel, Spirit of Vengeance.

Review: Safe House

February 13, 2012

The always welcome bad ass side of Denzel Washington is in full effect in Safe House, which, while it doesn’t do anything original, is still a solid action movie.

Review: Chronicle

February 6, 2012

Chronicle is a surprisingly great super hero/powers movie that doesn’t really benefit from being found footage but features great effects and a trio of well rounded protagonists.

Review: The Grey

February 2, 2012

The first great movie of the year, The Grey is a tense survival thriller with a surprising amount of emotional depth, despite what you might think from seeing the trailers.

Review: Haywire

January 23, 2012

Steven Soderbergh enters the action genre with Haywire, starring former American Gladiator and MMA fighter Gina Carano. As you might expect when you have an MMA fighter for your star, the fights are great, but what about the rest of the movie?

Review: Contraband

January 19, 2012

Mark Wahlberg stars as a master smuggler in Contraband but he should have smuggled a sense of fun and a script that wasn’t completely full of heist movie cliches.