Review: Red 2 (2013)

Red 2

Red, a sort of adaptation to DC Comics’ limited comic book series of the same name, was released two years ago to modest box office success and lukewarm critical reception. You’d think, then, that the sequel, which sees Dean Parisot assume the directorial reigns, would iron out the issues that plagued its predecessor. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the case, and Red 2 ends up being as nonsensical, irritating and lacking in credible narrative as Red was. Continue reading “Review: Red 2 (2013)”

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Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

G.I. Joe Retaliation

Though G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra was considered by many to be a complete and utter write-off, it also had a cartoonish and flippant sensibility that resulted in a decent box office haul, making its sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, inevitable. The sequel, however, which finds new director Jon M. Chu and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick attempt to overhaul the series, loses that camp buffoonery and replaces it with an all-too serious military realism that’s sluggish and irritating. Continue reading “Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Brings The Cool To Looper

When he turned 7-years-old, Joseph Gordon-Levitt landed his first role in television film Stranger On My Land, starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones. In the years that followed, he enjoyed limited, yet sustained success with roles in such well-known TV series’ as Murder, She Wrote, Dark Shadows and Quantum Leap, building up a strong portfolio and an honest passion for his art. It was his role as the awkward, yet unchaste Tommy Solomons in 3rd Rock From The Sun Continue reading “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Brings The Cool To Looper”

Review: Looper (2012)

In the year 2044, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a contract killer – or “Looper” – for a mysterious figure known as the Rainmaker, who exists in a future in which time travel has been invented. Joe’s job is to kill those sent back from the future and dispose of their bodies, ultimately destroying any evidence of their existence. However, when he’s ordered by his boss Abe (Jeff Daniels) to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) and “close his loop”, he chokes, giving his older Continue reading “Review: Looper (2012)”

Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)

When one of the team is mercilessly killed on a what should have been a routine assignment, The Expendables – comprised of Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Lee (Jason Statham), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Hale (Terry Crews), Toll (Randy Couture) and new recruit Maggie (Nan Yu) – are driven to exact revenge on Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme). However, when his savagery prove too much even for them, they’re forced to call upon past friends to achieve their objective Continue reading “Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)”

Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

In the throes of childhood infatuation and the restlessness of everyday life, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) decide to run away together from being an adopted khaki scout and an unreadable problem child. With the entire island called upon to find them and return them to safety, including Sam’s scout leader (Edward Norton) and Suzy’s anxious parents (Bill Murray and Frances MacDormand), their eagerness for freedom offers up some home truths to the Continue reading “Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)”