Review: Real Steel (2011)

Mobster’s Rating:   Jean Luc Godard once said that the best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. This thought popped into my head while watching Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, Touchstone/DreamWorks’ newest giant robot adventure. I have no idea if Levy set out to craft an indictment of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise […]

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Review: Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

  Running time: 116 min. Rating: Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman Written by: Christopher Bertolini Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Peña Mobster’s Rating: Early reviews of Battle: Los Angeles have suggested the film is a chaotic, frantic mess that focuses more on action and FX than character definition. Furthermore, all of those traits somehow qualify it as a disaster. This criticism feels like an exercise in futility, […]

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Review: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Mobster’s Rating:   Paranormal Activity manages a hat trick that most ongoing franchises can’t; just when it should be running out of steam, it course corrects and delivers an entry that is scarier, funnier and more distinctly cinematic than its predecessors. This isn’t art, but it is damn scary at times. I wasn’t won over by Oren […]

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Chaos Theory (2008)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language. 87 Minutes Directed By: Marcos Siega Written By: Daniel Talplitz Staring: Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Sarah Chalke, Mike Erwind, and Constance Zimmer Review A movie about an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature […]

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Review: I Am Number Four (2011)

Mobster’s Rating: The aliens have arrived among us and they have officially claimed our movie theaters . Leading the next wave of interstellar cinematic invasions is the wispy little teen thriller I Am Number Four. Based off a series of young adult novels,Four mixes jittery teen anxiety with superhero wish fulfillment, throwing in some gnarly weapons and grotesque beasties […]

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Review: Water for Elephants (2011)

MOBSTER RATING:   I have always been fascinated by the concept of the travelling circus. Not the modern-day sanitized iterations provided by the rehabilitated Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey, but the historical and mythical world of the 1920’s circus troupe; a rag-tag menagerie of overworked and abused animals, rugged, surly work hands, and virtual […]

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Review: The Ides of March (2011)

Mobster’s Rating:   George Clooney’s ambitious and interesting directorial career finally bites off more than it can properly chew with his new political potboiler, The Ides of March. Although it’s never short on tension or aesthetic skill, this latest work lacks the confidence and presence of the others; even with a sports farce like Leatherheads Clooney had no […]

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Review: Speed Racer (2008)

Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language. 135 Minutes Written and Directed By: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski Staring: Emilie Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Christina Ricci, Scott Porter, Christian Oliver,Jack Herforth, Kick Gurry, Christian Oliver, Paulie Litt, Roger Allam, and Matthew Fox Racing’s in our blood. Like for Pops, it isn’t just a […]

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Review: Machete (2010)

Running time: 105 minutes. Raing: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity. Directed and Written By: Robert Rodriguez with Alvaro Rodriguez Staring:Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson, Daryl Sabara, Shea Wigham, Steven Seagal.   Blah. Blah. Blah. Danny Trejo chopping off heads, hands, and legs […]

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