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‘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.

Remade horror film lacks lasting bite

By | Aug 31, 2011

Unlike new-aged depictions of television vampires who sweep women off their feet and fight their natural urges, “Fright Night” tries to put the blood back in blood lust.

Jail-break scheme builds suspense

By | Dec 8, 2010

What sacrifices can free an innocent loved one? Is he or she worth the hard fight? “The Next Three Days” asks these questions with excitement in its powerful and thrilling take on the prison escape movie genre.

Predictable film strays off track

By | Nov 18, 2010

One hundred tons of uncontrolled steel barrels down a track at 70 miles per hour. Anything unfortunate enough to get caught in the way is destined to be a pile of rubble — too bad not much does. Sure, there are some thrilling scenes in “Unstoppable,” but for the most part, the movie is a…

‘Saw’ series ends on familiar feeling

By | Nov 3, 2010

With its disjointed story, underwhelming gore and uninteresting characters, “Saw 3D” is indistinguishable from others in the series.

Thriller’s story mirrors original

By | Oct 27, 2010

“Paranormal Activity 2” has swooped in to capitalize on “Paranormal Activity.” The sequel is exhilarating with its documentary style, unpredictable pace and simple but spooky special effects. However, it re-hashes old tricks and is too similar to the original film.

‘Jackass’ returns with funny antics

By | Oct 20, 2010

America’s guilty pleasure has returned to the big screen in “Jackass 3-D.”

Setting and effects light ‘Wall Street’

By | Oct 6, 2010

In Oliver Stone’s sequel to the 1987 hit “Wall Street,” he captures the massive scope of the cut-throat stock market. Grand visuals and a character-energized story of revenge and redemption blend to create “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”