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Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 11/08/2013 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Zachery Levi, Ray Stevenson

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense Sci-Fi action and violence, and some suggestive content , Running time 112 minutes, Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Compare to: Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Star Trek (2009)

It’s tough to judge a movie based purely on it’s own when it’s a movie like Thor: The Dark World. Not because it’s a sequel and it’s going to be compared to the first one; a film that defied a lot of expectations when it came to how such a fantastical character could be brought to film in a way that wasn’t a flat-out wacky cartoon. But they did it, didn’t they?

No, the reason this movie is hard to judge on it’s own is because it isn’t it’s own. Dark World takes plot devices, action scenes and even characters out of every major Sci-Fi film in the last decade and it’s too obvious to ignore. Continue reading

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 06/01/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality, Running time 127 mins, Action/Adventure/Drama

Compare to: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Robin Hood (2010)

For all the remakes and adaptions of comic books and so on, a “sleeper sub-genre” if you will, seems to keep its place in the cinema ranks; I’m speaking of fairy tale adaptions of course. Last year’s Beastly and Red Riding Hood didn’t do too bad financially, but with Snow White, the sub-genre might be getting its big break. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Avengers

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05/02/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi  action throughout and a mild drug reference. Running time 142 minutes, Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Plays like: Star Trek (2009), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Back in 2002, I remember reading an article for a possible Superman/Batman movie. This of course, was before they rebooted the Batman franchise altogether and I remember thinking “They’ll never do that! They can’t! It’d be too much and not enough at the same time!” And I think I was right about that still. So when there was talk of an Avengers movie in ’08 when the first Iron Man was released, I was skeptical. But with all the end-credits scenes and movie-by-movie, the heroes were introduced. Even as I was watching the Iron Man interract with Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury; I was still thinking “Man, I can’t believe they actually did it.” Well, they did and you’re gonna like it. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 04/13/2012 by McCutcheon

Five college students are getting away for the weekend and going to one of their relative’s cabin in the woods (stop me if you’ve heard this one). Horror/slasher cliches ensue until the five decide to make their way out…which of course can’t happen. I can’t tell you anymore of the plot without giving anything away but the movie takes a horrific Truman Show-esque turn.

I love horror movies. Not all horror movies, mind you. Not all are winners, I understand. In fact, when PG-13 Horror movies come to the theater, you can guarantee your local theater employee is in a hell of their own. Underage kids flock to the movies to get a taste of the violence. They yell at characters onscreen telling them how stupid they are, and how if they were in that position, they would do the exact opposite of what the character is doing, be it fight or flight. And every character has played their part in countless films. The funny one, the innocent one, the not-so-innocent one, blah blah blah. You know the drill. Movies like the Scream quadrilogy and the Friday the 13th series have made millions off of this formula. Making fun of the age-old story while still playing into the hands of the cliches.”Why am I watching this again?” I’ve asked myself on several occasions. But evidently, so have the screenwriters of The Cabin in the Woods, who not only recognize the constantly overused plots of horror films, but do a good job of tearing them apart. Continue reading