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“Trouble with the Curve” is the furthest thing from a curveball

“Trouble with the Curve” is the furthest thing from a curveball

By Wesley Emblidge

September 22, 2012

I think I speak for most people when I say I really wish Clint Eastwood had stopped working a long time ago. With the downhill spiral of his directing career, his embarrassing speech at the Republican National Convention recently, and now his latest starring role, "Trouble with the Curve," it's hard to rem...

Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” is funny and sweet, but unfocused

Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” is funny and sweet, but unfocused

By Wesley Emblidge

September 12, 2012

As a high school senior, college is one of the main things on my mind. However, something I think about almost as much as college itself is life after college. How will I get a job? Find a place to live? Pay taxes? Afford insurance? The day you graduate college is the day you’re truly on your own for th...

Great performances elevate “Lawless” from it’s fairly standard story

Great performances elevate “Lawless” from it’s fairly standard story

By Wesley Emblidge

August 30, 2012

To me, there are two kinds of horror movies. There’s the type that just flat out comes out and scares you, like another movie I reviewed recently, “V/H/S.” However the other kind is one I like far more; the kind that gives you an overwhelming feeling of fear the entire film. It’s never a...

“V/H/S” manages to make found-footage movies interesting again

“V/H/S” manages to make found-footage movies interesting again

By Wesley Emblidge

August 30, 2012

Countless terrible horror movies come out every single year, and along with them, there are a few terrible found footage (a film where all the footage was shot by the characters) movies released as well. Both kinds are made in bulk for one reason: they’re cheap to produce. So we get stuck with...

“Cosmopolis” is a little different, just like Robert Pattinson’s prostate

“Cosmopolis” is a little different, just like Robert Pattinson’s prostate

By Wesley Emblidge

August 26, 2012

I’m still not entirely sure what to make of “Cosmopolis,” but like a lot of films directed by David Cronenberg, I may never really be sure. This is a movie that almost seems intent on being strange and confusing for the majority of its runtime, It focuses more on what things mean and on expressing ...

“The Bourne Legacy”: Jeremy Renner needs his fix

“The Bourne Legacy”: Jeremy Renner needs his fix

By Wesley Emblidge and Wesley Emblidge

August 23, 2012

When Matt Damon stepped away from the Bourne franchise, that should have been the end of it. No Damon, no Bourne. Unfortunately that’s not the sensible world we live in. Rather we live in one where actors no longer hold as much power as a brand name. People didn’t see “The Dark Knight Rises” becaus...

“Prometheus” Review: Polished on the outside, hollow on the inside

“Prometheus” Review: Polished on the outside, hollow on the inside

By Wesley Emblidge

June 10, 2012

I can’t adequately describe how excited I was for “Prometheus” when I sat down to see it. I was excited enough to see it on my birthday and go into the city to see it on a nice big IMAX screen. And really, why shouldn’t I have been? A new film from Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, in whi...

“Men in Black 3” a fun but forgettable ride

“Men in Black 3” a fun but forgettable ride

By Wesley Emblidge

May 26, 2012

  Going into “Men in Black 3” (or is it MIB³?) I had a question: why does this film exist, especially now? The first film in what I guess is now a trilogy, “Men in Black,” is a fun film from 1997, but not much more. People make it out to be an amazing classic, and although I do enjoy it and I own it...

“Battleship” Review: This ship sunk itself

“Battleship” Review: This ship sunk itself

By Wesley Emblidge

May 19, 2012

“They ain’t gonna sink this battleship, no way,” says one Navy officer toward the last act of “Battleship,” in total seriousness. It made me contemplate, for maybe the hundredth time, how did we get here? How is hollywood so creatively bankrupt they resort to adapting a boring board game in...

Nothing can save clunky “Dark Shadows” from its own script

Nothing can save clunky “Dark Shadows” from its own script

By Wesley Emblidge

May 16, 2012

From just the first few shots at the beginning of “Dark Shadows,” you can already tell, this is obviously a Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp’s voice-over lets you know that, since he’s in it, there’s at least a 50% chance Burton directed it. Add in a Danny Elfman score, and stunning, stylized...

Overlong “The Five-Year Engagement” still has fun despite runtime

Overlong “The Five-Year Engagement” still has fun despite runtime

By Wesley Emblidge

April 30, 2012

On the surface, “The Five-Year Engagement” sounds great. The director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshal” teaming up with his star from that movie, Jason Segel, on another R rated romantic comedy. A great cast makes it look even better, with Segal supported by Emily Blunt (“The Adjustment Bureau”), Chris Pratt (“Parks & Recreat...

Charms of cast save “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

Charms of cast save “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

By Wesley Emblidge

March 8, 2012

The title “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” might seem to be some sort of metaphorical title, but in fact it’s exactly what the film centers on. The consultant (Emily Blunt) for a sheik in Yemen (Amr Waked) attempts to get help from a fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) on how they might introduce salmon into t...