Psycho (R)

October 1, 2014

I haven’t seen a horror movie in the last ten years that I was surprised by the ending. Modern horror is filled with gore and special effects, but not surprise. Imagine my surprise when I rented “Psycho,” Hitchcock’s 1960 baby, and was caught by complete surprise by not just its ending, but its production value and impact despite its black and white presentation. To compare “Psycho” to modern horror attempts such as “Hostel” or “The Conjuring” is impossible. This is simply an amazing film with a lasting impact that hasn’t been seen in the horror genre for a very long time. (more…)

Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13)

September 13, 2014

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We are accustomed to the annual visit to the big screen of one more Woody Allen film. A man with a huge filmography filled with great films all written and directed by him. Many of them where he is the protagonist himself. This year he presents us with another one of his comedies, the full of charm “Magic in the Moonlight.”

In 1928, the famous, talented, and mystical Wei Ling Soo, is in the spotlight. Known throughout the world for his fantastic performances of illusionism, he is worshiped and idolized by many.  (more…)

Men at Lunch (NR)

September 11, 2014

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Documentaries generally fall into one of two categories; You either have to watch it for school or work, or you want to watch it in order to learn about a subject matter that peeks your interest. Even in terms of the latter, they are generally informative as a rule, and not something glistening with entertainment. (more…)

Rise of the Footsoldier (R)

September 10, 2014

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Based on the real life story of former football hooligan firm leader Carlton Leach, the 2007 biographical crime piece “Rise of the Footsoldier” takes elements of European Football hooliganism and adds the grey and powerful undertones of a gritty British gangster film to create an exciting movie. Not a huge success financially, “Rise of the Footsoldier” has probably been missed by many crime movie buffs, and due to its bloody nature and torture scenes, its not for the easily offended. (more…)

What If (PG-13)

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We already know that the market for romantic comedies in Hollywood is somewhat saturated, but when it comes to independent romantic comedies there is something that still manages to captivate me about them. Perhaps the fact that they are smaller productions makes them more honest and that “indie feeling” in the air seems to make them more realistic. “What If” is one of those cases. (more…)