Posted On 27 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 1989, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Comedy, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller, Throwback Tuesday.
It's been years since I've seen Joe Dante’s The 'Burbs. As a kid I adored it—watching it so many times that the entire thing feels branded onto my cerebral cortex. Just the other day my wife and I were discussing the issue of lunatic neighbors, and the film came up. It ... Read More
Posted On 27 May 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3.5 Stars (Exceptional), Action, Action-Adventure, Animated, By Genre, Comedy, Family/Kids, Fantasy, Reviews.
Mobsters Rating: ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ is the kind of movie that gives sequels a good name. Helmed by first time director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the new installment isn’t a simple rehash, but makes good on the promises of the original and pushes the franchise to new heights. Not pausing to recap, ... Read More
Posted On 16 Apr 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2 Stars (Mediocre), 2011, Action, By Genre, Comedy, Horror, Reviews.
Mobsters Rating: Absence, apparently, really can make the heart grow fonder. It has been about 14 years since the original Scream slashed its way into the hearts of horror fans and created a doomed spiral of self-reference and pop-culture slumming. For years after, the genre was locked down in a slog ... Read More
Posted On 08 Apr 2011 By Bartleby. Under 1.5 Stars (Insignificant), 2011, Action, Action-Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Reviews.
Mobster Rating: David Gordon Green, where have ye gone? Once the most promising and inspiring of indie filmmakers, directing such poignant American vignettes as George Washington, Undertow, and All the Real Girls, Green has lately turned over to crass stoner comedies. While that artistic about-face paid off with 2008’s Pineapple ... Read More
It may be unoriginal, but in a movie landscape where comedies are haphazardly thrown together without rhyme or reason, you discount the fact that Take Me Home Tonight is actually funny and competent. And features a Dan Fogler performance that ISN'T grating. That matters too.
Posted On 04 Mar 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3.5 Stars (Exceptional), Action-Adventure, Animated, By Genre, By Star Rating, Comedy, Family/Kids, Fantasy, Reviews, Western.
Running time: 85 min. Rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking. Director: Gore Verbinski Writers:John Logan (screenplay), John Logan (story) Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Stephen Root, Bill Nighy Mobsters' Rating: Gore Verbinski seems well-suited to the world of animation. Based solely upon ... Read More
Review: Barney’s Version (2011)
Paul Giamatti brings another apathetic schlub to glorious life in the hit and miss adaptation of Mordechai Richler's celebrated novel, Barney's Version. Too much fidelity renders many of the characters flat, but there's no stopping the lead, who grabs this one by the teeth and never lets go.
Posted On 10 Feb 2011 By Jonathan Sullivan. Under 2010, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Reviews.
Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content. Starring: Jaoquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Antony Langdon Written by: Casey Affleck/Jaoquin Phoenix Directed by: Casey Affleck I'm Still Here is not a real documentary. Did I just ruin everything for you? Sorry to do that, but it's important that ... Read More
A movie about an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature of love and forgiveness is a lot to swallow in one breath. But what Chaos Theory succeeds at is manipulating this story base and makes for a compelling/interesting character piece.
Posted On 14 Jan 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2 Stars (Mediocre), 2011, Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, Comedy, Fantasy, Reviews.
Mobster Rating: Who is the Green Hornet really? Britt Reid, the intrepid journalist of the golden age of radio was Batman before there was a Batman. He was spiritual sibling to Lamont Cranston, the shadowy mystique replaced by an exotic Asian sidekick, Kato. Reid even had an impressive lineage; his great uncle ... Read More
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