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Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms – 4K UHD Review

Movie Review The Mortal Kombat franchise is one of those few franchises that I can say is “mine.” As fans, we often tend to take ownership of properties whether we should or not, and my admiration of MK certainly fits that description. It’s why I felt confident calling Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge the best piece of non-game media this franchise has had since th...[Read More]



X-Men: First Class – Theatrical Review

This is what the first X-Men should have been. That lone thought kept popping into my head as I sat through X-Men: First Class. The continuity has been jumbled with enough over the years that I could get over my qualms we wouldn’t get the original class that kicked things off from the books. The last two abominations of X-Men pictures did more than enough to hurt hopes that the series would ever b...[Read More]



Unknown – Theatrical Review

Unknown is being marketed wrong, which will likely upset viewers who go in this weekend expecting Taken 2 (or if you’re like me and prefer to call that 2009 action fest by it’s proper name, Don’t F*ck With Liam Neeson 2.) There’s action in it, sure, but Liam Neeson’s Martin Harris isn’t a real instigator of the majority of it, nor does he finish most of his targets off in awesome ways like he did ...[Read More]



TRON: Legacy – Theatrical Review

There used to be a time when it was acceptable for big-budgeted blockbusters to have muddled plots, limber acting, but dazzle its audience with money shots or mesmerizing effects. Perhaps around 2002, with Sony’s Spider-Man we began to demand more from our blockbusters. Gone were the days when Michael Bay could get away with not explaining why NASA would hire drillers instead of training their ast...[Read More]



Clash of the Titans (2010) – Theatrical Review

0When James Cameron said Avatar was a “game changer”, he was right for the wrong reasons. Yes, there will be an influx of 3D films to come for the foreseeable future, but when it comes right down to it, many of those pictures will be converted to the format rather than actually shot for it like Avatar was. While 3D is really just the studios way to combat piracy and make an extra dolla...[Read More]



Shutter Island – Theatrical Review

There’s a moment in Shutter Island where Martin Scorsese proves he doesn’t have it in him to make bad cinema. This moment happens when the much maligned twist happens toward the end of the movie. Most directors would have played it as the most important piece in the picture, but Marty’s smarter than that. Instead this titan of cinema chooses to play it as just another piece in the story, never mak...[Read More]



The Wolfman – Theatrical Review

A colleague of ours wrote a piece last year proclaiming that horror fans are the most forgiving of all. The Wolfman seems to be a litmus test for how much the viewer will be able to forgive in lieu of tremendous set design, some decent kills, and an awesomely goofy battle towards the end. While these are some of director Joe Johnston’s finest offerings in this picture, there’s also a pretty underd...[Read More]

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