Movie Reviews

Film Review: Ghostly, Entertaining “Haunted Mansion”

Film Review: Ghostly, Entertaining “Haunted Mansion”

I visited Disneyland dozens of times while growing up in Southern California. It was the #1 destination for our visitors, school trips, and even my high school marching band. While the park has grown and evolved over the years, two rides at the amusement park have...

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Film Review: Violent, Amusing “Night of the Assassin”

Film Review: Violent, Amusing “Night of the Assassin”

There's a certain vibe that seems to be the foundation of most all Asian martial arts movies. They're set in an unspecified historic era where there are no guns and no electricity and it's generally a sullen martial arts hero stepping up to protect an innocent peasant...

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Film Review: Epic and Complex Biopic “Oppenheimer”

Film Review: Epic and Complex Biopic “Oppenheimer”

The history of humanity has been all too intertwined with us inventing bigger and more efficient ways to kill each other. Spears beget bows and arrows, gunpowder begets cannonballs and artillery, along with rifles and pistols. Knives became swords, and little bombs...

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Film Review: Twisty Sci-Fi “Hypnotic”

Film Review: Twisty Sci-Fi “Hypnotic”

Imagine a film that's a mashup of Scanners, Memento, and Inception, where things are endlessly unwrapped to be shown as other than what you - and the protagonist - thinks is going on. Those are the main inspirations for the twisty, entertaining sci-fi thriller...

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Film Review: Gorgeous Wuxia “Code of the Assassins”

Film Review: Gorgeous Wuxia “Code of the Assassins”

Like too many modern movies, there are so many characters in the fantastic and highly entertaining Chinese action film Code of the Assassins (also known as Song of the Assassins, or, if you prefer Chinese, Qing mian Xiuluo) that it's best if you just assume you'll...

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Film Restoration Review: Invaders from Mars (1953)

Film Restoration Review: Invaders from Mars (1953)

It was just a few years after the end of World War II and color had only just arrived in the science fiction genre a few years earlier with the science-heavy Destination Moon (1950). Director and production genius William Cameron Menzies was engrossed by a short...

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Film Review: Half-Baked, Half-Pint Horror “M3GAN”

Film Review: Half-Baked, Half-Pint Horror “M3GAN”

The 2001 sci-fi film A.I. - Artificial Intelligence explores a mythic and timeless tale of a mechanical child that joins a family beset by a terrible tragedy. Haley Joel Osment is "David", a startlingly realistic robot who seeks to assuage the pain of his human...

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Film Review: The Pretentious Are On “The Menu”

Film Review: The Pretentious Are On “The Menu”

Most of us know a self-proclaimed "foodie" who is not just excited about food, preparation, authenticity, and ingredients but is also impressed with their own knowledge and quick to share their insights with everyone else. We say "this is a nice wine" but they say...

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Film Review: Exciting and Epic “Wakanda Forever”

Film Review: Exciting and Epic “Wakanda Forever”

The 2018 film Black Panther was a tremendous success, far beyond what people expected. The film introduced most filmgoers to Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation hidden in Africa, and created a star out of Chadwick Boseman, who played T'Challa, King of Wakanda,...

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