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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie review

Like the first installment of the rebooted franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features little in the way of surprises, but is generally superior to Rise without being especially remarkable. 
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula movie review

I love the highly stylized drama that is Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  The amazing performances and directing keep bringing me back to this movie even 20 years later.  So… yeah.  I like this movie.  Read the rest of this entry

Robocop (2014 – quick movie review)

The Robocop reboot wasn’t boring and I didn’t hate it, but it just didn’t work very well. It had some interesting ideas but didn’t convey them in a passionate way. The biggest issue is probably that Robocop himself is boring. I didn’t care about him when he was Alex, I didn’t care about him or his family once he became Robocop. I liked that they didn’t just rehash the original and the callbacks were clever, but they don’t work. While the commercials and news programs in the original felt like organic parts of this universe, the Samuel L. Jackson stuff almost feels like it’s from a different movie. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton all turn in their usual, high quality performance, but it’s not enough. One area this movie falls super short in (especially in comparison to the original) is in the antagonist area. These guys just don’t scare me… and the other cops treat Alex as if he was out on vacation when he comes back to work as Robocop… it’s kinda bizarre.
The original is outstanding – I recommend watching that instead. This is a movie that just didn’t need a remake. I give it a 5 out of 10 and I’m going back to the watch original maybe as soon as this evening.

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