Browsing all articles from August, 2014.

The Possession of Michael King

The Possession of Michael King 

* * For awhile, the supernatural thriller The Possession of Michael King, about an atheist documentarian and grieving widower who turns to the supernatural for answers, delivers the goods—ingenious concept, strong acting, palpable atmosphere and some genuine scares.  And while there’s nothing quite new in David Jung’s moderately compelling “found footage” feature, there are spooky […]

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 

* * There’s one thing to recommend—or maybe two—in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s tediously stylized mayhem opus Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and that’s a delicious Eva Green as a scheming femme fatale who leads several men to doom. Green, who similarly elevated this year’s Spartan epic 300: Rise of an Empire, […]

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What If

What If 

* 1/2 When writing a screenplay intended to be “offbeat,” it’s probably not a good idea to employ a shopworn and predictable plot, as is the case with the untenable new romantic “comedy” What If, starring a pair of otherwise accomplished actors playing exactly two conditions—haplessly befuddled and manically pixie—right to the hilt, and right […]

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