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Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008)

It took seven years and a great deal of apathy, but in 2008 a sequel to Joy Ride was released, direct-to-DVD — because nothing inspires confidence like a late direct-to-video sequel. None of the previous cast returned, and even though one character is back, he’s been transformed into something that only kind of resembles the […]

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Joy Ride (2001)

Joy Ride is the type of thriller you want to see if you want to be scared. It lives up to its “thriller” genre title by having a filmmaker who knows how to build suspense and tension. It has been directed by John Dahl, and he understands that often waiting on something to happen is […]

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Weakness (2010)

The first few scenes are not positive ones for the protagonist of Weakness, an English teacher named Josh (Bobby Cannavale). In the first scene, he learns that his mother is dying of cancer. He is told he’ll now have to take care of his mentally impaired brother, Pete (Keith Nobbs). A couple of scenes later, […]

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Runner Runner (2013)

An inconsequential movie with so little on its mind that you might think it was created by a robot with no idea of what a person is outside of what it’s seen in bad movies, Runner Runner is a thriller in the loosest sense of the word. Suspense is not generated in this movie. The […]

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Popcorn (2007)

For movie buffs, working at a cinema sounds like a dream job. You get to talk movies all day, get into free screenings, and be around the product you love during working hours. It’s kind of surprising, then, that more films aren’t set inside the movie theater. I mean, doesn’t it seem as if filmmakers […]

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Elysium (2013)

A sci-fi actioner that has ambitions of saying something about more than a couple of hot-button issues currently facing the world — and the United States in particular — Elysium might be a disappointing follow-up to director Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, but that’s only because almost anything he did would be disappointing in comparison. Elysium […]

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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)

Shot back-to-back with Ginger Snaps 2, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning: The Beginning is a prequel set in the 1815 during a Canadian Winter. It once again stars Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins as Ginger and Brigitte, although these are the foremothers of the characters we’ve grown to know over the past two films. They […]

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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

Horror sequels almost always suffer in comparison to the original. It often gets worse the more installments are added on. Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, only the first sequel to 2000′s Ginger Snaps, doesn’t match the lofty standards set by its predecessor but does enough differently that it’s worth seeing anyway. It’s one thing to do […]

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Ginger Snaps (2000)

A smart, funny, and scary movie about teenage werewolves, Ginger Snaps is possibly the epitome of the genre — better than all similar films before it and something to which films following it can aspire. This is a fantastic horror movie from start to finish, and it’s absolutely one that you should seek out. It […]

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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)

If The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman had been a film that came out of the Hollywood studio system as opposed to the independent circuit, it would be safe to assume that it would be received as an ambitious project that was likely cut down due to meddling studios. It feels as if it’s missing […]

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Broken Flowers (2005)

Broken Flowers initially seems like it’s a mystery film. It will trick some viewers and then disappoint them by not providing answers. The film is not about the central mystery; it is simply a plot device used in order to both frame a journey and get its lead character off the couch and out into […]

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3 Days to Kill (2014)

A modest accomplishment that’s only successful because it’s relatively funny, 3 Days to Kill isn’t a film that you need to see but it works well as background noise and if you happen to glance at it every now and then, you’re going to have a moderate amount of fun. Strangely, it works primarily when […]

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Pompeii (2014)

A film that feels like a cross between Gladiator and whatever killer volcano movie you want to think of, Pompeii is a dumb movie made even worse when you remember that the vast majority — if not all — of the melodrama will be completely pointless once the inevitable volcanic eruption occurs. We know the […]

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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Remember in the Lethal Weapon movies how Danny Glover’s character would frequently say that he’s getting too old for whatever silly and action-filled plot the films were putting him through? That’s sort of how John McClane (Bruce Willis) is feeling at this point. The key difference being that John is still enjoying the action even […]

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Scary Movie 5 (2013)

The Scary Movie franchise was not supposed to last past four installments. The original plan was for the films to be done after Scary Movie 4, but because that one made money, Scary Movie 5 exists. They at least gave the series a break, with this one coming out seven years after its predecessor. There […]

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Scary Movie 4 (2006)

So, Scary Movie 4 opens up with Dr. Phil and Shaq doing the Saw routine. Remember when Shaq was the brunt of one of the jokes in the first Scary Movie? I guess either he’s forgotten or is a good sport, because now he’s actually in the movie. Funnily enough, his acting doesn’t come up. […]

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Scary Movie 3 (2003)

To say that Scary Movie 3 isn’t as bad as its predecessor is kind of like saying the plain vanilla yogurt is better than the moldy plain vanilla yogurt. They’re both kind of gross but at least one isn’t harmful, and if you add some things to it, perhaps it might start to taste good. […]

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Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Scary Movie was a fun enough time while watching a film. It fired jokes at a rapid rate, and even though many of them didn’t work, the sheer amount that it contained ensured that even if 1/3 of them did, it would still be relatively funny. Its main spoof of slasher movies provided a good […]

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