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“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 ...

“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....

“Upside Down” Review: Should’ve Been Right-Side Up

“Upside Down” Review: Should’ve Been Right-Side Up

By Wesley Emblidge

March 15, 2013

Remember that scene from “Inception,” where Leonardo DiCaprio is in a dream and Paris starts folding in on itself, until there’s a city upside down above the city he’s in? Well, that lasted for only a few seconds in “Inception,” but writer/director Juan Solanas has essentially taken that sc...

“Oz the Great and the Powerful” Review: Even A Great Wizard Can’t Save Oz

“Oz the Great and the Powerful” Review: Even A Great Wizard Can’t Save Oz

By Wesley Emblidge

March 10, 2013

The main compliment people have given Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and the Powerful” is “well, it’s better than ‘Alice in Wonderland.” It’s pretty faint praise, but the movie looked like it could have been just as bad or even worse than Tim Burton’s boring 2010 CG-fest. Both are big, f...

“The ABCs of Death” Review: F is for Failure

“The ABCs of Death” Review: F is for Failure

By Wesley Emblidge

March 8, 2013

26 different directors were chosen to work on “The ABCs of Death,” a new kind of experiential project that is "Based on a nightmare by Ant Thompson." Each director was given a letter from the alphabet to title their short film with, so for the first segment of the anthology, Nacho Vigalondo (the incredible...

“It’s A Disaster” Review: A Simple End-of-the-World Comedy

“It’s A Disaster” Review: A Simple End-of-the-World Comedy

By Wesley Emblidge

March 5, 2013

Why are we obsessed with the world ending? It’s as if we all want the world to end, to the extent that we’ll search and search for the next doomsday prophecy to be terrified of. From Y2K to 2012, the stream of supposed dates for the end-of-days seem to, well, never end. This means the movies too will ...

“Jack the Giant Slayer” Review: Fee Fie Forget It

“Jack the Giant Slayer” Review: Fee Fie Forget It

By Wesley Emblidge

March 2, 2013

I wrote about the trend of big-budget action movie adaptations of fairy tales only a few weeks ago with the deplorable “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” but already there’s another to add to the list, and it’s not much better. Delayed for about a year, “Jack the Giant Slayer” turns the ...

“A Good Day To Die Hard” Review: It Really Isn’t

“A Good Day To Die Hard” Review: It Really Isn’t

By Wesley Emblidge

February 14, 2013

Oh, “Die Hard.” How I loved you. How I loved the way you turned such a simple premise into a near-perfect action movie. How I loved the way you introduced us to Bruce Willis, now an action star and not the lead in rom-coms. How I loved all your characters, action scenes and comedy beats. How I was so let down by your sequel, ...

“Side Effects” Review: A Tense, Shape-Shifting Thriller

“Side Effects” Review: A Tense, Shape-Shifting Thriller

By Wesley Emblidge

February 8, 2013

As a society we trust our doctors with our lives. We get a flu shot because they say we need it, have an operation because they say we’ll die without it, and take medication because they say it’ll help us. We trust them because we don’t really know any better. Sure, they went to medical school and have studied thes...