Author: Mark Ziobro

About Mark Ziobro

Mark started "The Movie Buff" in 2011 with Matt Christopher, and it has quickly catapulted into a passion. Focusing on genres as action, horror and drama, he seeks to review films from all genres and to broaden his horizon. Mark's also a lover of independent films, and more than one indie typically makes his top ten lists. Follow Mark on Twitter at @The_Movie_Buff for all site news.

Children of the Corn (R)

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With films like “The Shining” and “The Green Mile,” many of Stephen King’s blockbuster novels have been turned into hit motion pictures. Unfortunately, the 1984 film “Children of the Corn” is not one of them. The movie had such promise: a town run amok by killer kids branding all manner of weapons, the ghost town […]

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Misery (R)

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In “Misery,” a famous novelist’s car crashes in the remote winter mountainside, and he is nursed back to health by an unstable woman who bills herself as his “Number 1 fan.” Of course the book this film is based on is of the same name and written by Stephen King. We see that King, as […]

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The Stepfather (R)

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“Who am I here?” Jerry Blake asks, seconds before attacking a would-be victim. Blake is played by Terry O’Quinn (TV’s “Lost”) and the film is this, 1987’s “The Stepfather.” As a horror film, it holds up to the test, including both setting and scares, a rare feat compared to much modern horror, which is fascinated […]

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Nosferatu (NR)

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Vampires have been represented in many different forms over the years in cinema. Their continued presence (even amidst critic outcry in regards to the “Twilight” series) shows audiences’ fascination with vampires isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There’s quite a difference, however, between the representation in films like even Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” and […]

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The Avengers (PG-13)

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Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” does for the superhero genre what “Rocky” did for the boxing picture. It’s exciting, encapsulating, all-encompassing. It’s also a culmination of other superhero films come before it. Early films such as “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Daredevil (2003) started the new Hollywood trend toward blockbuster comic book pictures, with others, such as “Thor” […]

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Wall Street (R)

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“Wall Street,” released in 1987, is a wide reaching picture. It’s about ‘80s Wall Street, it’s about the ins and outs of being a successful stockbroker, it’s about greed. Its themes run deep, its acting is excellent, and its direction without error. The film takes place in New York City – in so many ways […]

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We Make Movies (NR)

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“We Make Movies” is an independent film written and directed by Matt Tory. Tory, who has seven writing credits to his name, including 2013’s “The Family” and the 2014 short “Out of the Blue,” tries his hand at a mockumentary-style film here, with mixed results. “We Make Movies,” as other critics cite, is lighthearted, and […]

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Maid in Manhattan (PG-13)

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“Maid in Manhattan” is a formula picture to the fullest. Little happens during its run-time you don’t expect or don’t see coming a mile away. But it’s sweet in its presentation, has likable leads, and gets under your skin by the end. However, despite its formulaic approach, the film’s biggest affront is not a lack […]

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Con (NR)

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Addiction as a disease has been tackled by many movies. Sometimes it’s done with humor, as with 1981’s “Arthur.”’ And other times it’s done grimly, seen in the heartbreaking suicide memoir “Leaving Las Vegas.” Whether by poking fun or mourning, it’s a topic usually centered on those deep in the throes of addiction. What’s unique […]

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