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Movie review: ‘RoboCop’

When Jose Padhila’s RoboCop remake/reboot was announced two years ago it was met with a chorus of jeers so fervent they bordered on cries of “Heresy!”. Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action spectacle is a cult classic, and as such it has a slightly over-inflated reputation. It certainly remains clever and groundbreaking, but in all fairness it … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Total Recall’

For a movie about a guy with memory loss, Total Recall seems awfully familiar — and not just because it’s a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 cult-classic hyper-violent action adaptation of author Philip K. Dick‘s short story “We can Remember It for You Wholesale”. Written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) and directed by Len Wiseman (the Underworld series), … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Straw Dogs’

Another in Hollywood’s incredibly long line of pointless, unnecessary remakes, Straw Dogs is a hollow, superficial film that trades moral ambiguity for cheap sensationalism. Granted, director Sam Peckinpah’s version (based on the novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams) was a savage male fantasy of misogyny and macho empowerment that left the viewer feeling … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Debt’

Best known for more romantic fare such as Her Majesty Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, director John Madden turns in a muddled but modestly enjoyable thriller with The Debt, a remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov. Much of the story unfolds via flashback, in East Berlin in 1966, where a team of Mossad agents — … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

Though a very literal adaptation of the 1973 TV movie, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark nevertheless manages to stand on its own merits as a creepy, suspenseful, squirm-inducing thriller that impressively taps into all those irrational dreads and fears that plagued us as children. Bailee Madison gives and impressive performance as Sally, an elementary … Continue reading

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