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Movie Review: LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE (2011)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 17, 2011

Rated PG-13 for Sexual Material and Language

Starring: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, Jane Seymour, James Brolin

Written by: Anouska Chydzik & Caprice Crane

Directed by: Dermot Mulroney

Distributed by: IFC Films

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Fellas, here’s a good way to judge your significant other: if she finds any of the antics Mandy Moore gets into through the course of this movie “cute” or “smart”, RUN. RUN WHILE YOU STILL HAVE LEGS BECAUSE SHE WILL PROBABLY CUT THEM OFF WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING.

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Movie Review: THE UNDYING (2011)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 14, 2011

Starring: Robin Weigert, Anthony Carrigan, Jay O. Sanders, Wes Studi

Written by: David M. Flynn, Steven Peros

Directed by: Steven Peros

Distributed by: MTI Home Video

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Let’s be honest, who hasn’t fallen in love with a ghost of a Civil War soldier at some point in their lives?

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Movie Review: PALO ALTO, CA (2007)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 13, 2011

Starring: Johnny Lewis, Aaron Ashmore, Ben Savage, Justin Mentell, Autumn Reeser, Ryan Hansen

Written by: Tony Vallone

Directed by: Brad Leong

Distributed by: Image Entertainment

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Palo Alto, CA has some good performances and a too cute to hate romance subplot, but when you boil down to it a simple fact remains: nothing really happens.

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Notable DVD Releases – December 13, 2011

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 13, 2011

When Billy Bob offers you a handful of manure, YOU TAKE IT.

Here’s what you’ll find this week on the DVD shelves: a long on the shelf surrealist movie about manure salesman, three horror films (one that got some festival love this year, one with a dumb premise, the other with a “so ridiculous I already love it” premise), and a release attempting to ride the buzz of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Hope your couch is nice and comfortable.

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Movie Review: ALIEN ARMAGEDDON (2011)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 6, 2011

Starring: Katharine McEwan, Don Scribner, Rochelle Vallese, Benjamin J. Cain Jr.

Written and Directed by: Neil Johnson

Distributed by: Phase 4 Films

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Don’t judge Alien Armageddon by its cover; although it seems like a rip-off of both Cowboys and Aliens and Battle: L.A. it’s actually a work that feels completely of its own. Playing out like a trashy science fiction novel, writer/director Neil Johnson presents 90 minutes that is filled with interesting ideas, above average special effects, and more importantly decent acting. Unfortunately it goes a little overboard with both the information and the set up, slowing down the proceedings and it will most likely test the patience of any potential viewers. Those who stick with it though may be pleasantly surprised.

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Notable DVD Releases – December 6, 2011

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 6, 2011

It’s Christmas time so you know what that means, right? Santa Claus beating the crap out of some zombies. Also a clever attempt to cash in on Cowboys and Aliens and Rip Torn takes a few minutes away from beating up everyone in his path to star in a movie.

Hat tip to DVDReleases.org as I got all this information (plot synopsis especially) from them.

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Movie Review: TEN INCH HERO (2007)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on December 3, 2011

 

 Starring: Elizabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall, Danneel Harris, Jensen Ackles, John Doe, Sean Patrick Flanery

Written by: Betsy Morris

Directed by: David MacKay

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Just reading that title makes me feel like less of a man. Don’t worry that’s the last penis joke for this whole review. Maybe.

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Movie Review: ENEMIES AMONG US (2010)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on November 30, 2011

Starring: Griffin Hood, James DuMont, Eric Roberts, Billy Zane, Robin Givens

Written and Directed by: Dan Garcia

Distributor: Phase 4 Films

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Let’s not mince words here: Enemies Among Us is downright terrible. A political thriller lacking any thrills, it’s both relentlessly preachy and for good stretches, immensely boring. Its worst transgression? A decided lack of Billy Zane. And that’s despite the fact he’s top billed. Talk about false advertising.

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Movie Review: ARENA (2011)

Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on November 29, 2011

Starring: Kellan Lutz, Samuel L. Jackson, Katia Winter, Johnny Messner

Written by: Tony Giglio/Michael Hultquist/Robert Martinez

Directed by: Jonah Loop

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Arena stars Kellan Lutz as David Lord, a fireman in Colorado who loses his pregnant wife (Nina Dobrev, for some reason) in a massive car wreck. Despondent, he heads to Mexico to drink away his troubles but ends up kidnapped and forced to participate in an underground fight league orchestrated by the sadistic but goofy Logan (Samuel L. Jackson, for real real). David soon finds himself fighting for his life against a host of opponents as millions watch worldwide on the internet. Will he make it out? Will he get his hands on Logan and his henchman Kaden (Johnny Messner)? Does this all seem vaguely familiar?

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