Melissa Unger
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Review: '300: Rise Of An Empire' Is Visually Stunning

March 7th, 2014 9:07am EST
300: Rise of an Empire
“300: Rise of an Empire” is the long awaited and highly anticipated follow up to 2006’s “300,” which made Gerard Butler a star. This time around writer and director Zack Snyder is only picking up the pen for this story and giving Noam Murro the directing chair. Noam, who is known for being an award winning commercial director, does not miss a step in this visually stunning Greek action adventure.

“300: Rise of an Empire” tells the story of the second Persian invasion of Greece (480–479 BC). The film focuses on Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) as he leads his Greek army into...

Liam Neeson's Non-Stop is One Hell of A Thrill Ride

February 26th, 2014 10:54am EST
Liam Neeson is back again on the big screen in Non-Stop re-teaming with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Although Unknown is also an action thriller, Non-Stop definitely packs a larger punch as far as intensity and suspense. The film is a classic who-done-it that moves at the speed of a jet plane at 40,000 feet while Neeson is clearly at the helm of this fast paced thriller.

This non-stop is a flight between New York City and London with U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) fighting to keep passengers alive. Unless the government transfers $150 million into an off-shore account, on...

3 Days to Kill Just Kills Your Time and Wallet

February 25th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Kevin Costner returns to the big screen within just a month in “3 Days to Kill.” This is the second out of five Kevin Costner flicks to be released in 2014. In January, he played a supporting character in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” but now in “3 Days to Kill” he is front and center. But sadly, this is not that type of movie to be proud of being the lead character. Directed by McG (“This Means War” and “Charlie's Angels”), “3 Days to Kill” is an ambitious disaster. The film tries to be an action movie and a domestic comedy, but unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger's “True Lies,” it just doesn't h...

Endless Love' is a Good Valentine Day Flick, Though It Can Feel A little Never Ending

February 14th, 2014 1:51pm EST
A first love can be powerful, reckless, dangerous, overwhelming and challenging. Director Shana Feste sought to capture that raw emotion in her new movie “Endless Love.”

The film stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as two teenagers who fall madly in love for the first time. It is actually a remake of a Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name and second adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel. In the film, Gabriella plays Jade Butterfield a privileged girl who lives a sheltered life ever since her brother's death. Upon graduation from high school, Jade runs into David a charismatic boy, ...

Don't Be Fooled, 'The Lego Movie' Is 'Awesome!'

February 9th, 2014 11:06am EST
Don't Be Fooled, 'The Lego Movie' Is 'Awesome!'
A film based on Lego toys may seem like a questionable choice for entertainment. But luckily Warner Brothers knows better. They brought in the writer-director duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who specialize in taking potential disasters and turning them into "awesome" delights. Remember “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street.” Both films seem crazy on paper, but on the big screen they are box office gold.

Not only is "The Lego Movie" cleverly written with plenty of gags like the "Kragle" and using Jonah Hill to voice the annoying Green Lantern, but also it is visua...

Review: 'Prisoners' Is One Of The Best Thrillers In Years

September 20th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
In A Nutshell: If you can stomach the film's intense and graphic scenes, the film is worth it!  Prisoners is 2013's ”Silence of the Lambs.” It is that damn good!

At first glance, Prisoners may seem nothing more than a dark, cliché and an unoriginal thriller. There is nothing new about the all too common story of child abduction and the havoc it wreaks on families and communities. But Canadian director Denis Villeneuve avoids all the pitfalls of having a big budget Hollywood debut (he received an Oscar nomination for his first foreign-language film Incendies) and delivers a truly riveting,...

'The Family' is Dysfunctional

September 20th, 2013 9:16am EDT
Boasting an impressive, Oscar associated cast of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, the veteran iconic filmmakers Luc Besson’s and Martin Scorsese’s The Family is quite dysfunctional as a Mafia comedy.

Besson, who is known for The Professional, directs and co-writes the screenplay, while Scorsese, known for Goodfellas, acted as executive producer. Being a Mafia storyline, it’s easy to see references to both previous cinema masterpieces. The two most likely set out to have some fun making the film (since it is a dark comedy) more than their typical hard-boiled gangster ...

'One Direction: This Is Us' Explores And Entertains

September 3rd, 2013 12:30pm EDT
One Direction’s new 3D concert documentary, This Is Us, is being called a “docubuster” by the film’s director Morgan Spurlock. Summer is known for movie blockbusters, super action heroes, and blowout concerts, but documentaries?  Spurlock ends the summer with this one, because it’s a behind the scenes of the phenomenon that is One Direction.

For fans of this British boy band, the film certainly appeals to the legions of screaming tween fans despite the fact that they probably already know more about the band than the documentary presents. For the rest of us, the picture is a highly enterta...

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' is Silly, but Highly Entertaining

August 30th, 2013 12:35pm EDT
Image from set
At first glance, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones might look like just another studio’s attempt to launch their own Twilight or Hunger Games franchise, and it probably is, but then the complex love story with a twist  would be missed. Spoiler Alert! Think Star Wars bombshell.

Yes, the film does have over melodramatic parts with dialog that seems at times to grow sillier by the second. Mix that together with some bad teenage acting (sorry Lily) that might make you think this is just a knockoff set to the age-old battle between the forces of good and evil. To round out the dark side an...

'Kick-Ass 2': Not As Good As The Original

August 19th, 2013 11:15pm EDT
Kick-Ass 2
DIY real-world teen crime fighter Kick-Ass is back in Kick-Ass 2 and though fans of the first film may line up around the block to see this film, chances are they will be disappointed. Directed by newcomer Jeff Wadlow, the sequel brings in star power from Jim Carrey this time around as opposed to Nicolas Cage and doubles down on the violence with an unexpected streak of nastiness. Yes, Chloe Grace Moretz is still the scene stealer, Mindy Macready’s Hit-Girl, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Kick-Ass, but the film suffers from a case of sequelitis. A lot of familiar faces are back along with chea...