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Edge of Tomorrow review

Edge of Tomorrow review

It’s probably too late to rescue Tom Cruise’s latest film from box office oblivion, but I would like to go on record saying that the financial failure of EDGE OF TOMORROW represents the greatest inverse relationship between quality and ticket sales since TWILIGHT sent breathless teen girls storming into theatres.* Easily surpassing the summer’s successful [...]

Godzilla - Radio Film Review

Godzilla – Radio Film Review

Turns out maintaining a presence in the social network only makes life more complex for a film critic. I had to delay my viewing of GODZILLA ’til Sunday, meantime trying to avoid the various hosannas and the occasional nay-say (not to mention Steve Biodrowski’s own in-depth analysis) being splattered all over Facebook, Twitter, etc. An [...]

Godzilla: Spotlight Podcast 5:19.1

Godzilla: Spotlight Podcast 5:19.1

Godzilla has stormed into theatres, and he’s too big to fit into one podcast! That’s right: this week the Cinefantastique Spotlight will be presented in two parts. The first features regulars Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski, along with special guest Steve Ryfle (author of Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biograph of the Big G). Listen [...]

Godzilla (2014) review

Godzilla (2014) review

Is Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA the perfect re-imagining of the classic kaiju character as the star of a Hollywood blockbuster? No. Is it a decent antidote to the disappointing 1998 film from Sony Pictures? Yes. Does that mean the new film is a mediocrity that falls somewhere in the middle? Hell no. For all its dramaturgical [...]

Man of Steel: alien anchor baby makes good

Man of Steel: alien anchor baby makes good

Nolan, Snyder, and Goyer ground Superman in reality. But when something is grounded, can you expect it to soar?
If you want to know all you need to know about MAN OF STEEL in just over three minutes, Hans Zimmer’s theme music is a perfect synecdoche – a small part that effectively stands for the whole. [...]

Man of Steel 58% rotten on tomato-meter

Man of Steel 58% rotten on tomato-meter

Two days ago I noted that MAN OF STEEL had an impressive 84% rating among critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Since then, more reviews have come in, and the rating has plummeted to 58%, moving the film out of the “fresh” category into the “rotten” designation. Statistically, it is not immensely surprising that the early average [...]

Jack the Giant Slayer: Review

Jack the Giant Slayer: Review

There’s no magic in this beanstalk, and viewers foolish enough to spend money on tickets are likely to feel as cheated as Jack when told he’s been swindled out of a horse and cart for a few worthless beans. The root of the problem lies in a fatal uncertainty about exactly what JACK THE GIANT [...]

Man of Steel in 3D & IMAX June 14

Man of Steel in 3D & IMAX June 14

Warner Brothers releases their reboot of the Superman franchise, which has been dormant since the disappointing SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006). Zack Snyder (SUCKER PUNCH) directs from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, from a story developed by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film offers [...]

'Dark Knight Rises': TV Spot #3

‘Dark Knight Rises’: TV Spot #3

Bruce Wayne claims to be “retired”, but the lure of Bat-gadgets remains.

'Dark Knight Rises' — Trailer 3

‘Dark Knight Rises’ — Trailer 3

Ominous tone intensifies in third trailer for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.