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  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    ★★★

    Make no mistake: This is a real stinker. There’s just about no interest in character development, the plot is somehow both featherweight and overstuffed, and the special effects look like they were lifted directly from the video game itself (which is not exactly a compliment given the fact that this is a big-studio theatrical release). But really though, there’s no denying that this is an freaking blast to watch: Director John R. Leonetti has no loyalty to the preceding movie…

  • Roald Dahl's The Witches

    Roald Dahl's The Witches

    Given the genuinely horrid special effects that completely litter this alleged adaptation of Roald Dahl’s legendary family classic, it’s hard to reconcile that director Robert Zemeckis is the same Robert Zemeckis who made the “Back to the Future” movies, not to mention “Forrest Gump.” Unfortunately, this is more of the Zemeckis of the last fifteen years, what with his misbegotten full-length CGI abominations like “A Christmas Carol” and “Beowulf” that mistake loudness for excitement. Everything here is cranked up to…

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  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★

    Ok, I have to be honest here: I’ve seen “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” from beginning to end, I’ve watched the numerous trailers a number of times, and I’ve read interviews with star-creators Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo… and while I’m still not quite sure what it’s about or what I watched, I liked watching it a lot anyways? I really don’t know how to explain the plot of the movie, other than to say that it’s…

  • Jacob's Ladder

    Jacob's Ladder

    ★★★★

    “Jacob’s Ladder” is one of those acclaimed movies that I somehow managed to avoid for some reason. Maybe it’s the portentous trailer, or the unclear nature of the storyline that never caught my attention, but I decided to casually watch it over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Viewed through a modern lens, it often recalls the structure of “The Sixth Sense” or “Carnival of Souls” in order to heighten its core mystery, which leads to a series of…