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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,...

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...

The Great Gatsby Review: Luhrmanns Excess Isnt 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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

Evil Dead Review: Blood Stains Cant 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...

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...

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...

VFX protest outside the Oscars, photo courtesy of VFX artist Jeff Heusser

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...

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...

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