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.

GoldenEye (PG-13)

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After a five-year hiatus, the James Bond series was re-invigorated in 1995 with this, “GoldenEye,” starring Pierce Brosnan as the double agent. The film, which seemed to carry on the tradition on Bond films that had preceded it, hosted the spy in a variety of locations, sandwiched between action, explosions, and women throughout. And even […]

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You Can’t Hear Me (NR)

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“You Can’t Hear Me” is a spoken word film directed by Chris Folkens, and written by and starring Malcom-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”), Chris Wood, and David Bianchi. The film, powerfully spoken and wonderfully scored, is both a call to arms to look around us in an America that is in a variety of ways […]

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Mortal Kombat (PG-13)

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The video-game-to-movie genre is a difficult one to master. Some of the more successful ones (“Silent Hill”) have been able to maintain the mysterious allure of the game while crafting a scary, visual experience for moviegoers. The genre’s failures, such as 2005’s “Doom,” do little but litter their films with nods to the game’s fanbase, […]

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21 Jump Street (R)

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“21 Jump Street,” with a story by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill, keeps loose ties to the television show that preceded it, while coming up with a funny and oddly warm film that breaks convention. It takes the awkwardness of high school – being funny enough to comment on its upsides but smart enough to […]

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Mr. Nobody (R)

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It often takes directors without anything to prove to make a statement. We’ve seen this with films written and directed by the same person, such as the late Bill Paxton’s excellent “Frailty.” With the 2009 effort “Mr. Nobody,” written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, we find a film that blends fantasy and reality, and […]

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Cast Away (PG-13)

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“Cast Away” explores several themes – themes deeper than the usual lost at sea film – and thus presents a deeper picture than expected at first glance. It’s greatest assets are the desolate island that is its home, and the casting of Tom Hanks – both of which are utilized to near perfection. It starts […]

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Casino Royale (PG-13)

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The “James Bond” franchise has seen many changes over the years; a testament to this fact is the passing of Bond actor Roger Moore, announced just today. After a long stretch of Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, it was fitting that the franchise was relaunched in 2006 with this, “Casino Royale,” starring British actor Daniel Craig […]

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The Crow (R)

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While director Alex Proya’s “The Crow” would become famous for its on-set tragedy (actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during filming when a real bullet was fired at him from a prop gun by co-star Michael Massee), the real testament to its success lies in its status as a cult classic that has held up […]

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (R)

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While Arnold’s famed “I’ll be back” was cemented in the annals of movie history in 1984’s “The Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” boasts what few sequels have been able to accomplish: to be heralded as better than the original. Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the terminator in this film, but with a twist – this […]

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xXx (PG-13)

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Building off of the momentum of then relative newcomer Vin Diesel’s “The Fast and the Furious,” Rob Cohen’s “xXx” attempts to blend the genres of extreme sports with the classic Bond tale. Surprisingly, the effort works. With just the right amount of ‘fish out of water’ element, and a high-octane special effects package, “xXx” is […]

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