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Review: “The Lazarus Effect”

An uneven first half leads to a satisfying finale. “The Lazarus Effect” rehashes a classic storyline.  Scientists playing god, discounting spirituality, and trying to overcome death. In the history of storytelling, this has never worked out to their benefit.  In this film, lover/geniuses Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) have developed a serum that [...]

By |February 27th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Last Five Years”

A musical that would have been more interesting without the singing is a sad thing indeed. “The Last Five Years” tells the tale of a doomed marriage set to bland stage music.  It begins with Kathy (Anna Kendrick) singing of their pending divorce.  Each of her numbers tells the story in reverse order, from despair [...]

By |February 20th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”

Does “The Hangover 2” taking place in the future sound like a good idea to you?  If so this movie is for you.  Otherwise, steer clear. Most of the gang is back for “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”  Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob(Clark Duke).  All that’s missing is Adam (John Cusack).  Instead [...]

By |February 20th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness”

Scooby and the gang’s latest adventure is good for younger kids, but only teases the rest of us with nostalgia. “Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness” was just released on DVD and Digital HD, and it follows the same Scooby formula we are all familiar with.. Mostly.  Fred, Velma, and Daphne find themselves in another shady situation [...]

By |February 17th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Fifty Shades of Grey”

There are two kinds of people out there. People who really want to see this movie, and people who have absolutely no interest at all.  This review will sway neither group. The film is based on the book virtually everyone has heard of by now.  For the past few years it has been both praised [...]

By |February 13th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Jupiter Ascending”

The Wachowskis have released their most disappointing film yet by crafting a prime example of “all style, no substance.” The creative minds behind the “Matrix” are once again demonstrating that they seem to be more interested in visual spectacles than coherent storylines.  While they have had a number of excellent films, they’ve had an equal [...]

By |February 6th, 2015|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Duel At The Mound’: Underhanded pitch walks the bases

Duel at the Mound is the latest feature length film from director Travis Mills and Running Wild Films. ‘Mound’ opened the first week of November 2014 and screened for several weekends that month at the Tempe Pollack Cinema. Afterwards it became available as a pay-per-view on Vimeo. ‘Mound’ is currently off the grid as it [...]

By |February 1st, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments