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.

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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Taken (PG-13)

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In a sea of action packed macho movies to hit the market in the late 2000s (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Expendables”) “Taken” was a surprising hit. It pitted Liam Neeson, known for varied performances (ranging from the über serious “Schindler’s List” to his fun appearance in “Love Actually”) as a man who probably won’t be […]

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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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