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‘Act of Valor’: Militaristic plot lacks command

By | Feb 29, 2012

Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh’s “Act of Valor” offers a tense story with mesmerizing visuals, though it has strong propagandizing undertones. Starring active service U.S. Navy SEALs, the action movie follows a fairly standard template. During a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative (Roselyn Sanchez), the SEALs uncover a massive terrorist plot. And…

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’: Spiritless sequel flops on screen

By | Feb 22, 2012

In spite of a new writing team, new direction and completely revamped visual style, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” fails to generate excitement. Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, a former stunt motorcyclist now possessed after an ill-advised deal with the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). This time around, Blaze finds himself protecting a young…

‘The Three Musketeers’: Film fails classic story with computerized graphics

By | Oct 26, 2011

Director Paul Anderson’s recent adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel “The Three Musketeers” features clichéd writing and recycled visuals that fail to recreate the adventurous feel of the classic story.

‘The Ides of March’: Star cast shines

By | Oct 12, 2011

Alluding to William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” George Clooney’s well-crafted new drama chronicles the struggle between personal integrity and political ambition.

Poor direction fails impressionist film

By | Oct 5, 2011

Miranda July’s latest film, “The Future,” is an impressionistic and underdeveloped romantic drama that fails to convey a substantial message.

Ape activist film stays balanced

By | Sep 21, 2011

James Marsh’s “Project Nim,” a documentary about the life of a chimpanzee raised in human society, explores how researchers’ fascination with their animal subjects often impedes on them treating their subjects with respect and dignity.

‘True Blood’ star shines in heroic story

By | Sep 7, 2011

Leon Ford’s feature-length debut, “Griff the Invisible,” is a late entry to the emerging sub-genre of “superheroes in the real world” movies, but still manages to show its superiority.