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The Call
Halle Berry plays a 911 phone operator who takes a call in which everything's on the line.
"...A pastiche of classic plot devices scrounged from The Taking of Pelham One..."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Red Dawn
This remake's inspiration comes more from Call of Duty and other first-person-shooter games, rather than the 1984 original.
"...iconography). The original Red Dawn, John Milius’ 1984 cult classic about Midwestern teenagers who defiantly defend themselves and their..."

Nov. 23, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Resident Evil: Retribution
In the fifth installment of this horror franchise, Milla Jovovich again stars as the saga's heroine Alice, who fights the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
"...Nobody goes to a Resident Evil movie expecting a classic but this fifth entry in the series is just..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Possession
A divorced couple reunite in their efforts to save their daughter from an evil spirit.
"...much mired in rampant predictability. It's not exactly a classic of Jewish horror cinema (and is there such a..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Even though it's primarily a cautionary ecological tale, this animated film is fun and visually pleasing.
"...transition from book to screen, Dr. Seuss' 1971 children's classic comes across like cautionary science fiction for the prepubescent..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Nicolas Cage rides again.
"...yet to match the sheer action-splattered lunacy of their cult-classic double header, Crank and Crank: High Voltage. That has..."

Feb. 24, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Albert Nobbs
This melancholy picture is distinguished by Glenn Close's vanishing act in the titular role.
"...his hotel's servant, the titular Nobbs, and utters the classic male complaint: "Women." The brief scene is a hoot..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bollywood action thriller.
" press time. This remake of a 1990 cult classic of the same name is a Bollywood action thriller...."

Jan. 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

War Horse
A stylistic throwback to classic studio movies, Spielberg's film about war as seen through a horse's experience of it rarely rises to the occasion.
"...The film’s visual style is a throwback to classic studio movies: epic in composition, drenched in widescreen vistas,..."

Dec. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Women on the 6th Floor
This light comedy from France is pure bourgeois fantasy, but it's a genial fantasy nevertheless.
"...senses exactly where this story is heading: toward the classic upstairs/downstairs affair between the boss and the domestic help...."

Dec. 2, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

All's Faire in Love
Christina Ricci stars in this strained romantic comedy set in the world of renaissance festivals.
"...George A. Romero's criminally underrated and terminally underseen cult classic Knightriders...."

Oct. 28, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Paranormal Activity 3
Turns out that the third time is the charm: This one delivers the jolts with subtlety and brio.
"...Activity 3 is still no one's idea of a classic horror film, but it delivers the gotcha moments (of..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sam Shepard stars in this film which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived and lived on in Bolivia.
" the end of George Roy Hill's genre-redefining 1969 classic, but instead lived on – one of them, anyway..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Finally, a remake that’s not a just a mindless retread.
"...let’s remember that the mid-Eighties film is no great classic of cinema, although its heartfelt story about stifled teenagers,..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Moving Violation
Classic sexploitation films shake things up at the Alamo
"...Wear No Clothes, a monthlong series of scintillating, code-busting classics on the original 35mm and 16mm film prints...."

Oct. 7, 2011 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fright Night
The new Fright Night isn't a prick on the neck of the 1985 original, but what it does it does well.
"...perfection with this slick and gleeful adaptation of the classic Eighties vampire-next-door flick. Sex and death go head-to-head here,..."

Aug. 19, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Drive Angry
Nicolas Cage plays a parent on a mission to avenge the murder of his daughter and granddaughter.
"...better drive-in films of yore, most obviously Jack Starrett's classic Race With the Devil and Robert Fuest's The Devil's..."

March 4, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

For Colored Girls
Tyler Perry tackles Ntozake Shange's beloved play.
"...Perry release, his choice to revive and recalibrate Shange’s classic work is a good thing overall...."

Nov. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Soul To Take
Wes Craven wrote and directed this serial-killer movie – but you'd never know it to look at it.
"...who recall the psychological heft and bad-dream imagery of classic Craven – The Serpent and the Rainbow, the first..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This Robert Rodriguez-produced film doesn't try to be a sequel to the Schwarzenegger picture but, instead, is a new story about humans hunted by the merciless Predators.
"...Predator; it's the "aliens on a hunting spree" sci-fi-actioneering classic that should have been. Alas, we had to endure..."

July 16, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Splice is a twisted little update of the Frankenstein story, as well as a thriller, love story, and meditation on the possibilities of science.
"...1997 stunner Cube), and here he has crafted a classic cautionary tale that works simultaneously as a thriller, love..."

June 4, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this nearly bloodless, family-friendly throwback to a cinematic age when Persian palace intrigue, winsome princesses, and ambitious princes ruled the back lots.
"...a whale of a time, to all appearances, mining classic Hollywood swords-and-sandals tropes and allowing Kingsley, as a villainous..."

May 28, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Disney's A Christmas Carol
The novelty of this motion-capture rendition of Dickens classic eventually gives way to emotionally bland storytelling.
"...whillikers” reaction to Zemeckis’ motion-capture rendition of the Dickens classic eventually turns to “bah, humbug” as the film’s technological..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The House of the Devil
This retro horror film is the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season.
"...the overall suspense to Chinese-water-torture levels. It's not a classic so much as it is a doppelgänger; part of..."

Oct. 30, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In this animated adventure by the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, a 5-year-old boy forms a friendship with a goldfish princess who longs to be human.
" Spirited Away nor as much an instant kidhood classic as the incomparable My Neighbor Totoro, it's still far..."

Aug. 21, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

District 9
District 9 is a wrenching, riveting, occasionally violent, often heartbreaking, socially conscious science fiction film, and, best of all, a love story.
"...entire cast and crew have created an instant genre classic that transcends the self-limiting ghetto implied by the term..."

Aug. 14, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Stoning of Soraya M.
This impassioned work of persuasion is like a splatter film made for the Lifetime network, a screed against stoning made for audiences who already agree.
"...good. However, The Stoning of Soraya M. is a classic case of preaching to the choir, since it’s doubtful..."

July 31, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wheatsville Bags BookPeople
Wheatsville's alternative softballers top the BookPeople Filthy Animals
"...Love You but I’m Not in Love With You” Classic – with all the drama of two ex-somethings running..."

April 23, 2009 Sports Post by Mike Crissey

Solider of Fortune
Thin Lizzy's “Still Dangerous,” just ask its anchoring guitarist Scott Gorham.
"...Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977,” not only powers up the ‘classic’ Lizzy line-up – Lynott, Gorham, Robertson, and third Lizzy..."

April 23, 2009 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Alien Trespass
Taking its cues from several classic 1950s sci-fi films, Alien Trespass is a deeply affectionate homage to the era when every kid on the block knew what "Klaatu borada nikto" meant.
"...Smyth and Andrew Dunbar. Taking its cues from several classic 1950s sci-fi films – the superlative, eerie It Came..."

April 3, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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