Category: Movie Reviews

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (3D)

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**1/2
Director: Tommy Workola

Hansel and Gretel though originally a Grimm’s fairy tale, turns out to be a cautionary tale of sorts.  Lesson here?  Don’t go out into the woods alone and don’t spend 60 million dollars thinking you can turn a fairy tale into 192 minutes of good entertainment (without really working at it!)

We all know the story— young Hansel and Gretel are ditched in the woods by their parents.  The two young kids find a candy cane house, they find a witch inside who wants to end their existence.  They depose of  the witch, find their way home and live happily ever after. Continue reading

Attack The Block


****1/2
Director: Joe Cornish
DVD Release

Alien invasion or coming of age film?   Regardless, the British film, Attack the Block, stands heads above many of the Hollywood releases in the last few years. Director/writer Joe Cornish takes us on an action-filled romp through a South London Social Housing neighbourhood.  Seedy, violent yet in the end redemptive as a gang of young black hoodlums defend their homes from alien invasion.  Sounds silly?  Maybe, but this film works. Continue reading

Premium Rush

****1/2  Director: David Koepp
Release Date: August 24, 2012

Can a film with a super contrived plot, no nudity, and cardboard characters still be entertaining?  Well, if you love films, bikes and summer matinees the answer is an overwhelming yes!

Writer/Director David Koepp (writer/War of the Worlds) plays it at street level with this tale of  Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), New York City’s number one bike courier who, on his brakeless fixed gear bicycle, careens through the streets of Manhattan with nothing more than guts, a handheld GPS and speed.  A lot of speed.  So much speed that his cycling prowess carries most of the movie even when things pass the point of ridiculous, but  you’re never bored.

The story is a simple one.  Our roadrunner friend, in spite of disregard for traffic rules, and authority in general, does maintain a semblance of integrity when after accepting an envelope for delivery says to the bad guy, (Michael Shannon) who wants the envelope back- “ Once the envelope goes into the bag, it’s gotta stay in the bag”.  As it turns out this bad guy is a New York City detective who needs the contents of the envelope to settle his gambling debts in Chinatown.  And dude’s not taking “no” for an answer.  So begins our tale of cat, mouse and bikes. Continue reading