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Peeples (2013)
Critic Rating - 3 out of 5

A Tyler Perry-produced version of "Meet The Parents"?  Sure, why not?  Wade (Craig Robinson of "The Office" and "Hot Tub Time Machine") is heading up to the Hamptons to meet his girlfriend's family and to propose marriage.  The girlfrien...(read more)

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Critic Rating - 4 out of 5

The first "post-Avengers" film from Marvel Studios (another Thor movie is on the way later this year, as well as another Hugh Jackman "Wolverine" picture) features Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) dealing with the events of New York City, in whi...(read more)

Critic Rating - 3 out of 5

"The Place Beyond the Pines" is one of those frustrating movies that starts off so promising but eventually falls apart under the weight of its own ambition.  Performances by Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Cooper, Emory Cohen an...(read more)

Evil Dead (2013)
Critic Rating - 1 out of 5

It takes a lot of nerve to try and re-make Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead".  Made in 1979-1980, it was Raimi's feature length debut and was overflowing with creativity and passion, in spite of it's low budget.  It attained a "cult status", becomi...(read more)

Side Effects (2013)
Critic Rating - 5 out of 5

I'll admit it: "Side Effects" had me buffaloed.  Nearing the midway point of the film, I was ready to walk out.  I was fidgeting in my seat, nit-picking the way the soundtrack was lurking ominously in the background for no apparent reason, an...(read more)

Argo (2012)
Critic Rating - 5 out of 5

Ben Affleck the "director" is something of a new thing, he has just two other feature films under his belt, but "Argo" demonstrates a particularly seasoned approach to film-making that is a bit of a rarity these days.  The performances are fine, b...(read more)

Warm Bodies (2013)
Critic Rating - 2 out of 5

"Warm Bodies" bills itself as a sort of "anti-zombie movie" zombie movie.  In this post-apocalyptic world, zombification is reversible through the power of love.  Being a new family man myself, my mind was ready for a sunshine-and-love, sesam...(read more)

Mama (2013)
Critic Rating - 3 out of 5

"Mama", based on a short by the same name, takes a simple 3-minute premise and expands it to feature length.  First time director Andrés Muschietti doesn't content himself with the cheap scares that so often inhabit the PG 13 horror movie, ...(read more)

Critic Rating - 4 out of 5

"Silver Linings Playbook" has the feeling of an old 1940s romance.  Perhaps something starring Jimmy Stewart.  Bradley Cooper ("Pat") certainly fills the bill as the distressed but nice guy who has a breakdown after catching his wife in the a...(read more)

Critic Rating - 5 out of 5

Director Kathryn Bigelow's matter-of-fact, fly-on-the-wall, almost documentary-like films have an aura of authenticity to them despite their controversial subject matter.  Case in point is "Zero Dark Thirty", a film that follow the CIA's billion-d...(read more)

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