Stranger by the Lake (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 24th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Serpentine Stranger a Bewitchingly Seductive Noir Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a quiet man. He spends his summers at a secluded lake in rural France looking for brief sexual encounters with a variety of nameless, practically faceless men. One day he meets the dashingly sexy Michel (Christophe Paou), and while danger signs are present for whatever […]

Serpentine Stranger a Bewitchingly Seductive Noir Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a quiet man. He spends his summers at a secluded lake in rural France looking for brief sexual encounters with a variety of nameless, practically faceless men. One day he meets the dashingly sexy Michel (Christophe Paou), and while danger signs are present for whatever […]

Gimme Shelter (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 24th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Well-Meaning Shelter Does Its Subjects a Disservice Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) has escaped. She’s 16, frightened, desperate and extremely angry, living with her junkie prostitute of a mother June (Rosario Dawson) proving to be untenable. Worse, she thinks she might be pregnant, making every move she makes even more a complicated burden. Turning to […]

Well-Meaning Shelter Does Its Subjects a Disservice Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) has escaped. She’s 16, frightened, desperate and extremely angry, living with her junkie prostitute of a mother June (Rosario Dawson) proving to be untenable. Worse, she thinks she might be pregnant, making every move she makes even more a complicated burden. Turning to […]

Devil’s Due (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 17th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

The movie doesn’t deliver, not at the end, at least, but it does carry its tension to term, that in and of itself almost good enough to make seeing the baby born moderately worthwhile.

The movie doesn’t deliver, not at the end, at least, but it does carry its tension to term, that in and of itself almost good enough to make seeing the baby born moderately worthwhile.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 17th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, clunky title aside, does a nice job of making Clancy’s hero relevant again. It brings him into the post-9/11 world with invigorating and suspenseful aplomb, and while Branagh’s effort doesn’t rise to the same heights as the two Phillip Noyce directed efforts with Ford, and is certainly light years away from the near-perfection of John McTiernan’s The Hunt for Red October, it’s still a solidly entertaining thriller that’s easy to enjoy.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, clunky title aside, does a nice job of making Clancy’s hero relevant again. It brings him into the post-9/11 world with invigorating and suspenseful aplomb, and while Branagh’s effort doesn’t rise to the same heights as the two Phillip Noyce directed efforts with Ford, and is certainly light years away from the near-perfection of John McTiernan’s The Hunt for Red October, it’s still a solidly entertaining thriller that’s easy to enjoy.

Like Father, Like Son (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 17th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Insightful Father Showcases Heartbreaking Universal Truths Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) are celebrating the fact their six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya) has secured a spot in an exclusive primary school. At the same time, they have also learned from the hospital he was born at that a shocking mistake was […]

Insightful Father Showcases Heartbreaking Universal Truths Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) are celebrating the fact their six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya) has secured a spot in an exclusive primary school. At the same time, they have also learned from the hospital he was born at that a shocking mistake was […]

Ride Along (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 17th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Ride Along is rarely funny. More than that, Hart and Cube aren’t all that great a team.

Ride Along is rarely funny. More than that, Hart and Cube aren’t all that great a team.

Cold Comes the Night (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 10th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Cold Comes the Night is a B-movie noir handsomely mounted and professionally acted, both Cranston and Eve giving far more of themselves to the production than it probably deserves. The script, credited to director Tze Chun, Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon, doesn’t do a ton that isn’t expected, and other than a rather sudden bullet directed into the head of a relative innocent I can’t say I was ever shocked by anything that took place.

Cold Comes the Night is a B-movie noir handsomely mounted and professionally acted, both Cranston and Eve giving far more of themselves to the production than it probably deserves. The script, credited to director Tze Chun, Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon, doesn’t do a ton that isn’t expected, and other than a rather sudden bullet directed into the head of a relative innocent I can’t say I was ever shocked by anything that took place.

Lone Survivor (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 10th, 2014 - Movie Reviews

Love Survivor not just a touching testament to the soldiers who fight and die for the country that the love but also a rousing aria speaking to the better angels the world over hoping to make it a better place to live for each and every one of us.

Love Survivor not just a touching testament to the soldiers who fight and die for the country that the love but also a rousing aria speaking to the better angels the world over hoping to make it a better place to live for each and every one of us.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 3rd, 2014 - Movie Reviews

The central mythos behind these Paranormal Activity adventures is intriguing, but the meandering nature propelling The Marked Ones onward is growing tiresome. It’s getting played out, the handicaps of the ‘found footage’ framing device starting to handicap the proceedings more than they are helping it rustle up tension or scares.

The central mythos behind these Paranormal Activity adventures is intriguing, but the meandering nature propelling The Marked Ones onward is growing tiresome. It’s getting played out, the handicaps of the ‘found footage’ framing device starting to handicap the proceedings more than they are helping it rustle up tension or scares.

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