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.

Casino (R)

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Like Martin Scorsese’s renowned “Goodfellas,” his 1995 effort “Casino” would again concern mobsters, the reach of their empire, and would reunite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. De Niro, who played a thieving hitman in “Goodfellas” would play a different role here, filling the shoes of a quasi legitimate casino president who prefers to look […]

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Gangs of New York (R)

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Director Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” is a purposeful and definitive look at gang life in New York City during the epoch of the Civil War. It’s not a look at the types of gangs that commit lawlessness during an otherwise peaceful society, but a look at gangs that exist amidst a lawless society. […]

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Turner & Hooch (PG)

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In the world of police procedurals, the ‘buddy cop’ routine is fairly established. We’ve seen it before with films like “Rush Hour” and “Cop and a Half.” However, the 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” takes a different take on the genre, establishing as a cop’s buddy not a kid or a hardened officer, but rather […]

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Animal House (R)

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National Lampoons is known for producing its share of raunchy comedies, and the 1978 “Animal House” is no exception. It’s a college movie through and through, and a celebration of that side of college life sandwiched between sleep and good grades – parties, drinking, girls…fraternities. The film follows the exploits of a rowdy and black […]

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Caddyshack (R)

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Before he would star in “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis would direct “Caddyshack,” a wild time of an ‘80s movie released, aptly, in 1980. The film had a bevy of stars renowned today, such as Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield, and mixed a posh country club setting with ‘80s hijinks aplenty. Oddly nominated for a […]

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Road Trip (R)

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“Road Trip” is a zany movie, a film, like “American Pie,” that borders on raunchy yet is never cruel, that uses hijinks and sex to tell it’s story. It’s a college movie. This is unmistakeable from its opening, which features a dumbed down tour of Ithaca College by an aloof character named Barry (Tom Green […]

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Chasing Amy (R)

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From the man who directed “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy” remains one of Kevin Smith’s deepest and best. Smith’s later films have such a way of including zany or larger than life material (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma” the best examples of these), that we forget […]

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Before We Go (PG-13)

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Before Chris Evans starred in “Fantastic Four” or donned the garb of Captain America, he appeared in a film called “London.” In retrospect, the movie would be off color for him…not a lot of machismo or tough guy banter. No heroics. It was a film draped in melancholy, a film that chose exposition and the […]

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The Impossible (PG-13)

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A true account of one family’s story of survival during the tsunami that struck that Pacific Basin in the winter of 2004, “The Impossible” is both gut wrenching and poignant. While many natural disaster/survival movies often personify disasters as their own purveyors of misfortune, “The Impossible” does no such thing. Instead, it is a very […]

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Everything Must Go (R)

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Will Ferrell turns in an honest and heartfelt portrayal as an alcoholic in what we glean is his latest bender in the 2010 drama “Everything Must Go.” The film opens with Ferrell, drinking out of a flask, musing on the art of the business deal in a corporate car, seconds before his character is fired […]

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