Review: Blackthorn (2011)
Posted On 07 Oct 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, Drama, Reviews, Western.
Mobster's Rating: Telling the speculative story of what ‘really happened’ to legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy after that fateful shootout in the boarding house in Bolivia, Blackthorn delivers a decidedly classic Western with an undeniably iconic turn by Sam Sheppard. The result is a film that marches laconically to its own ... Read More
Posted On 07 Oct 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, Family/Kids, Reviews, Science Fiction, Sport.
Mobster's Rating: Jean Luc Godard once said that the best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. This thought popped into my head while watching Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, Touchstone/DreamWorks' newest giant robot adventure. I have no idea if Levy set out to craft an indictment of Michael ... Read More
Posted On 30 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, By Genre, Comedy, Drama, Reviews.
Mobster’s Rating: ‘It’s cancer.’ Those words are a devastating diagnosis, whether delivered in the real world or up on a movie screen. For films, it’s usually a death sentence of saccharine melodrama and repetitious, somber goodbyes tearfully delivered by self-serious actors. Has there ever been a truly funny movie about ... Read More
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 23 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), By Star Rating, Drama, Reviews, Sport.
Mobster's Rating: Moneyball is a baseball movie aimed at people who many not necessarily even be a fan of the game. It chronicles the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics, a Major League ball team that managed to set the league’s record for a winning streak after a wobbly start ... Read More
Posted On 18 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, By Star Rating, Drama, Foreign, Reviews.
MOBSTERS RATING: I walked into King of Devil's Island expecting either supernatural warriors or maybe a giant monkey or dinosaur. But Marius Holst’s new Norwegian drama is something more mundane and altogether different. What's more, it's better for it. Based on a real revolt at a youth correctional facility on the ... Read More
Mobsters Rating: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive plots an unconventional course through action thriller territory. Take that big chase for example. Ryan Gosling driving a getaway car for a pair of thieves while most of the Los Angeles police department pursue him by car and helicopter. All of it captured in such ... Read More
Posted On 12 Sep 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), By Genre, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction.
Mike Cahill's Another Earth proposes what would happen if we were confronted with another world, another life, another version of ourselves. A smart science fiction drama with equally smart characters.
Posted On 08 Aug 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Reviews, Science Fiction.
MOBSTERS RATING: Although it’s being marketed and pitched as a prequel to the 1968 Charlton Heston classic, Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is actually a remake of sorts. Mirroring some of the events and characters of the fourth sequel in the franchise, Conquest of the Planet ... Read More
Posted On 10 Jun 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, Family/Kids, Fantasy, Reviews, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller.
I am a proud child of the 80s; a once flannel-wearing, Goonies-watching, Zebra-gum chewing, Q-bert playing brat who recalls a time when there were new episodes of The Snorks, Small Wonder and Manimal airing on fuzzy network television. I present this context because JJ Abrams Super 8 has been specifically ... Read More
Posted On 06 May 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2010, 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, By Star Rating, By The Year, Fantasy, Reviews, Science Fiction.
MOBSTER’S RATING: Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor' is the kind of big, fun silly summer movie that looks more simplistic than it actually is. When you are adapting a comic book character that's part of a big commercial tie-in with a franchise like The Avengers, this quality is a welcome one. On the heels of ... Read More
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