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Movie review: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Adapting a TV series to film is usually a recipe for disaster, and dropping a dated spy-fi franchise in late summer between the twin juggernauts of Mission: Impossible and James Bond is something akin to a box office suicide mission; that said, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. beats those odds. It’s a brisk, smart, fun action … Continue reading

Movie review: “Slow West”

An alt-western with plenty of quirk but little bite, John MacLean’s Slow West is a wasted opportunity kept afloat by a bevy of skilled actors. It goes for a revisionist approach to the genre, but misses the mark. That’s disappointing, as the set-up is a rich one: hopeless romantic Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) arrives in the American … Continue reading

And the Stomp Goes On: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird from 60 Years of Godzilla Movies

Godzilla is easily the greatest cinematic creation ever. Consider the evidence: He’s the size of a skyscraper, breathes atomic fire, has alternately stomped on and/or protected many of the world’s major cities, is the subject of a song by the Blue Öyster Cult, and has appeared in 29 feature films, with a brand new one … Continue reading

A Many-Splintered Thing: The 7 Most Romantic Movies EVER

Valentine’s Day is nigh, and as sales of candy, flowers, and see-through lingerie sky-rocket, it’s important to remember the reason for the season: celebrating your love for your significant other, and possibly getting laid in the process. Here’s a selection of classic romance movies to set the mood; single people should stick with porn and preferably lay low on … Continue reading

Swords of Doom: Our Favorite Samurai Films

Keanu Reeves has kinda, sorta re-invented himself as a purveyor of old-fashioned martial arts flicks, having recently made his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi and by starring in the upcoming 47 Ronin as an avenging samurai. We here at Movie Ink are suckers for a good samurai movie (a bad one will do in a pinch, … Continue reading

Celluloid Ghosts: How Past Filmmakers Have Rolled with the Loss of an Actor

Paul Walker’s untimely death in November devastated the friends and fans of the popular actor; it also put the Fast and Furious franchise in limbo. The seventh film in the series — which was intended as a starting point for a third trilogy of F&F movies — was in mid-filming when Walker died, and the … Continue reading

Dragon Quest: The Best Fire-Breathers on Film

We here at Movie Ink were a little peeved around this time last year. We sat through the interminably long first installment of The Hobbit for one simple reason: We wanted to see a giant, flying, fire-breathing dragon. All we got was a tease — a wing here, an extreme close-up of an eyeball there. … Continue reading

The Final Frontier is a Harsh Mistress: A Look at Space-Disaster Movies

The stunning, vertigo-inducing trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (opening in theaters next month) has been shaking up audiences for the past few weeks with hair-raising footage of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts cast adrift during a disastrous spacewalk. The Final Frontier captures the human imagination like nothing else, but often we forget that … Continue reading

Q&A: The Lads of “The World’s End”

After establishing themselves in the UK in the late ’90s with the cult-classic sitcom Spaced, writer-director Edgar Wright and his perennial co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost snuck onto the world stage with the zombie rom-com Shaun of the Dead in 2004 and the action movie spoof Hot Fuzz in 2007. Since then, Wright put … Continue reading

Superman and the Curse of the Cape

Man of Steel opens June 14, starring Henry Cavill as Superman. We here at Movie Ink are excited by the prospect of seeing Superman on the big screen again — and we’re also a bit apprehensive. The careers of many of the actors who played the character in film and television have usually tanked afterwards, … Continue reading

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