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Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

Review: Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell.
Movie hell
By Tom Meek  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: Trespass

If Rod Lurie's errant remake of Straw Dogs didn't tickle your morbid fear of home invasion, then perhaps the latest from Joel Schumacher ( Falling Down ) might do the job.
Home invasion
By TOM MEEK  |  October 14, 2011
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Thomas McCarthy's game plan for Win Win

As an actor, he usually plays the colorful minor character. Which might explain why when he's a director, Thomas McCarthy's movies feature leading roles that would be bit parts in any Hollywood picture.
Putting up w's
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Drive Angry

If The Adjustment Bureau confused you about the grand plan of the man upstairs, don't expect John Milton (Nicolas Cage) in Patrick Lussier's 3D revenge flick to explain the ways of God to man.
Like a not-so-funny episode from Grindhouse' cutting room floor
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011
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Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

A version of the title episode from Fantasia (1940) doesn't appear in Jon Turteltaub's plodding potboiler until two-thirds of the way through, but by that point, so many other blockbusters have been plagiarized, I was surprised that (SPOILER!) the St
Cage can't redeem this one
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 16, 2010
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Review: Death at a Funeral

Once the enfant terrible of misogynistic movies (see 1997’s In the Company of Men ), Neil LaBute has moved on to remakes. His take on a 1973 horror classic ( The Wicker Man ) is either classically horrible or classically brilliant.
Farce in the age of Obama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010


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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010
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Silly season

Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010
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2009: The year in movies

As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009


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Review: Red Cliff

Hong Kong auteur John Woo hit commercial and artistic pay dirt in the US with Face/Off , his loopy Nicolas Cage/John Travolta neo-noir, but once he’d directed Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II , was there anywhere left to go?
John Woo returns east
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 27, 2009
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Interview: Nicolas Cage

"When people like to label any kind of performance as over the top, I suggest that if you were to go to the Guggenheim and look at a Francis Bacon, would you call that over the top?"
Xtreme acting
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Nicolas Cage is at his best in Bad Lieutenant
Knight of the Iguana: Nicolas Cage at his best
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: G-Force

A hero named Darwin and a convoluted plot about "global extermination" are the first clues that director Hoyt Yeatman isn't taking the cute route with his cast of animated guinea pigs.
Surprisingly satirical
By ALICIA POTTER  |  July 31, 2009


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Review: Knowing

Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009

Crossword: ''Slash of inspiration''

You have to draw the line somewhere
You have to draw the line somewhere
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2009
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Bangkok Dangerous

For genre fare Hollywood has long turned to Asia for a creative spark.
Like a Nine Inch Nails video in need of trimming for YouTube
By TOM MEEK  |  September 09, 2008
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

In this follow-up to the 2004’s National Treasure , renowned relic hunter Benjamin Gage finds his family line linked to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Taut, but the pieces don't fit
By TOM MEEK  |  December 26, 2007
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Next

If you know your Philip K. Dick, you know screen adaptations of his work are all over the map.
A pendantic thriller
By TOM MEEK  |  May 02, 2007


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Production lines

The guy builds songs.
Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 09, 2007
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Ghost Rider

If Nicolas Cage weren’t a goofball with a hunky physique and droll wit, this Marvel-comic-to-big-screen adaptation would have no torque at all.
Without Cage, an infernal flame-out
By TOM MEEK  |  February 21, 2007
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Out to Lynch


The three decade nightmare on film
By PAUL BABIN  |  December 07, 2006
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Urban renewal

Wim Wenders’s 1987 film Der Himmel über Berlin — Wings of Desire , as it’s known to us — had two defining characters that would seem impossible to re-create outside of the film itself.
Wings of Desire at the ART
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 21, 2006
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Whack-a-mole

Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
A movie guide to undercover cops
By PAUL BABIN  |  October 05, 2006


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The Wicker Man

Neil LaBute dusts off the Edward Woodward/Christopher Lee relic, an effective 1973 curio that pitted Christianity against Paganism. Watch the trailer for The Wicker Man   (QuickTime)
Swan dives into bad-movie bliss
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 06, 2006
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Feel-good movie of the summer

With the upcoming November elections poised to determine the future of Congress, what better gift could Republicans ask for than a popular Hollywood movie that conjures the image that for five years has granted them power and impunity? Watch the trai
Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican sellout of World Trade Center
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2006
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Off Center

The result is emotional pornography not unlike that produced by cable stations when they pump up the “human” angle of catastrophe for higher ratings. Watch the trailer for World Trade Center (QuickTime) Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone:
Oliver Stone’s trite take on 9/11
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2006
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Below the surface

It’s another hot day in Boston, and Paramount has taken over the 10th floor of the Ritz Carlton to host a press junket for Oliver Stone’s sunny take on 9/11, World Trade Center . Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot
Checking WTC for conspiracies
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 09, 2006