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Review: Dark plotline hits too hard in ‘Killing Them Softly’

By | Dec 11, 2012

Though “Killing Them Softly” has a solid production and distinguished cast performances, its subject and themes hold too dark a tone to entertain fully.

‘The Cabin In The Woods’: Horror finds refuge in twisted script

By | Apr 18, 2012

While horror films set in isolated woodlands aren’t hard to find, “The Cabin in the Woods” brilliantly takes the stereotypical thriller movie tropes and twists them inside out like a horror victim gutted in spectacular fashion. In the film, a group of college kids trek up to a secluded cabin for a weekend retreat. Someone…

‘Wrath of the Titans’: Mythical movie lacks expected wrath

By | Apr 4, 2012

Titans and monsters cause trouble once again in “Wrath of the Titans,” the sequel to the 2010 “Clash of the Titans.” Though there are plenty of creatures and giants, they make a mess of both Greece and the movie as they stumble on screen. Perseus (Sam Worthington), the half-human, half-god son of Zeus (Liam Neeson),…

‘Silent House’: Thriller flick opens new doors in horror

By | Mar 21, 2012

Though “Silent House,” a psychological thriller, may have some kinks in its storyline, its experimental shooting and editing  has the potential to establish a trend for mockumentary style horror films. A house renovation turns into a home invasion when a prowler attacks Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) and her father, John (Adam Trese), while they fix up…

‘Reign of Terror’: Hard-hitting electric tracks ring out loud in fiery album

By | Feb 29, 2012

Noise pop serves as an understatement to describe Sleigh Bells’ newest release. The second album from the youthful band, “Reign of Terror,” combines electric guitar with techno beats. Sleigh Bells rocks on with a fair diversity of sounds cranked up to 11 in attitude. Lead singer Alexis Krauss invokes the grungy spirit of Joan Jett…

‘Safe House’: Thriller lacks potent impact

By | Feb 22, 2012

“Safe House” may seize the interest of thriller fans with handsome spies, fast action scenes, and a beautiful location. But with its predictable redundant formula and dizzying camera work, the excitement doesn’t get very far after leaving the safe house that the film is based on. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is trapped in a dead-end…

‘The Grey’: Survival spectacular seizes intrinsic spirit

By The Ithacan | Feb 8, 2012

Writer and director Joe Carnahan, whose past works include flashier shoot-em-ups such as “Smokin’ Aces” and “The A-Team” scores with the acton-intensive film “The Grey.” Based on the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, “The Grey” is a raw, wilderness epic of survival and brotherhood. Seven men are all who remain after a…

‘The Thing’: Icy remake loses thrill

By | Oct 26, 2011

In his new release, director Matthijs van Heijningen attempts to transform John Carpenter’s 1982 psychological terror film, “The Thing,” into a modern thriller, but only manages to create a sometimes-amusing, predictable monster flick.

‘Moneyball’: Superior script brings film home

By | Oct 12, 2011

With a dedicated cast and relevant down-to-earth humor, “Moneyball” chronicles the struggle and triumph of one of the most compelling sports stories of the new millennium.

Cast chemistry kills spy thriller

By | Oct 5, 2011

With professional assassins, secret societies and government agents playing all sides of the law, “Killer Elite” has all the ingredients for an outlandish spy action thriller, but its two heroes and their motivations never fully ignite the story.

An alternative pick-me-up

By | Sep 28, 2011

For people without a car craving a massive burger from Five Guys Burgers and Fries, or for those wishing to open their front doors to a burrito from Moe’s, the up-and-coming delivery service Ithaca To Go may be just what the delivery guy ordered.

Conventional ideas damage sci-fi story

By | Sep 14, 2011

“Apollo 18” takes elements from every horror movie with that handheld-camera look in the past decade and sends them to the moon in a new sci-fi thriller that fails to launch.