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“The Hangover Part III” Review

“The Hangover Part III” Review

By Wesley Emblidge

May 24, 2013

“It’s funny because he’s Jewish!” exclaims Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). “Don’t you get it?” Alan (Zach Galifianakis) sees the joke he’s trying to make, but doesn’t laugh. He doesn’t laugh, not only because it is, in fact, not funny at all, but also because he’s grown tired of Chow. And after...

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Boldly Going Where The First Film Went Before

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Boldly Going Where The First Film Went Before

By Wesley Emblidge

May 17, 2013

When J.J. Abrams rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise in 2009, I was faced with an interesting dilemma: a movie that was very dumb and poorly written, but was so fast and so much fun to watch that it actually didn’t matter. The energy was high, the cast was perfect, it was just hard to not have a good t...

“The Great Gatsby” Review: Luhrmann’s Excess Isn’t Enough

“The Great Gatsby” Review: Luhrmann’s Excess Isn’t Enough

By Wesley Emblidge

May 11, 2013

The news story “Warner Brothers Greenlights $100 Million 3D Adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ For Summer” sounds like an article from The Onion, but it is in fact the movie we’re faced with this weekend. A book where, admittedly, not that much actually happens, has been turned into a big, lavish,...

“Stories We Tell” Review: Storytelling From Multiple Perspectives

“Stories We Tell” Review: Storytelling From Multiple Perspectives

By Wesley Emblidge

May 8, 2013

 Sarah Polley’s new documentary “Stories We Tell” is somewhat hard to describe by simply relaying the plot. Polley has had success directing narratives with “Away From Her” (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award) and last year’s “Take This Waltz,” but here she crafts somethi...

“Iron Man 3” Review: Marvel Kicks off “Phase 2” With A Bang

“Iron Man 3” Review: Marvel Kicks off “Phase 2” With A Bang

By Wesley Emblidge

May 3, 2013

A year after the massive success of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” Marvel is back to start the “Phase Two” with the latest film from their most popular hero. Robert Downey Jr. dons the suit again for the third installment, this time backed by writer/director Shane Black (“Lethal Weapon,” “K...

“Shadow Dancer” Review: Spy Drama Focuses On Tension More Than Action

“Shadow Dancer” Review: Spy Drama Focuses On Tension More Than Action

By Wesley Emblidge

April 25, 2013

James Marsh is a director best known for his work with documentaries, primarily his Oscar-winning 2008 film “Man on a Wire.” The film about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope stunt was exciting, tense and thrilling, and it was all true. Now, with “Shadow Dancer,” Marsh has successfully translated...

“Oblivion” Review: A Movie That Will Fade Into…

“Oblivion” Review: A Movie That Will Fade Into…

By Wesley Emblidge

April 19, 2013

In 2010, director Joseph Kosinski came out of practically nowhere to helm Disney’s franchise-relauncher “TRON: Legacy,” a film that no one seems to have liked all that much and that didn’t light up the box office the way Disney might have hoped. I really only enjoyed parts of the film, mainly ...

“Evil Dead” Review: Blood Stains Can’t Cover Up Everything

“Evil Dead” Review: Blood Stains Can’t Cover Up Everything

By Wesley Emblidge

April 5, 2013

About a month ago I saw Sam Raimi's new film, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and took note of one specific shot that reminded me of the fun, creative camerawork in the 1981 horror classic “The Evil Dead” that made Raimi a star. In the shot, Oz (James Franco) is in a hot air balloon that has been wh...

“Room 237” Review: Conspiracy Theorists Examine “The Shining”

“Room 237” Review: Conspiracy Theorists Examine “The Shining”

By Wesley Emblidge

March 29, 2013

"I'm not saying we didn't go to the moon, I'm just saying that what we saw was faked, and that it was faked by Stanley Kubrick." At what level of obsession do you become crazy? That’s a question that should probably be posed to the interviewees in “Room 237,” a new documentary examining fan...

“GI Joe: Retaliation” Review: Still Dumb, Still Boring, But Slightly Less So

“GI Joe: Retaliation” Review: Still Dumb, Still Boring, But Slightly Less So

By Wesley Emblidge

March 28, 2013

After the first scene of “GI Joe: Retaliation,” there’s a sort of animated recap of who all the characters are and what happened in the last movie. It’s kind of like when TV shows will have a short “previously on” segment to try to get new viewers, as if to say “Hey! You don’t need to see the stuff that came before this!” Almost all ...

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Support the VFX Protests

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Support the VFX Protests

By Wesley Emblidge

March 17, 2013

There were a lot of terrible things at the Academy Awards this year: Seth McFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” song, the use of the “Jaws” theme to play people offstage, and “Skyfall” not winning best cinematography. But nothing could top the somewhat horrifying moment where, right after winning...

“Ginger & Rosa” Review: A Coming-of-Age Story That Never Comes of Age

“Ginger & Rosa” Review: A Coming-of-Age Story That Never Comes of Age

By Wesley Emblidge

March 15, 2013

Coming-of-age stories are, by definition self-indulgent. Filmmakers generally take material from their own lives, essentially saying, “look how interesting I am!” Most of the time that’s easy to forgive because we’re interested, we like the characters, and we care about what’s happening....