Articles by Joel Crabtree


Q&A with ‘Roommate Wanted’ director Stephen Parkhurst

on July 15, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.
Full disclosure: I grew up with Stephen Parkhurst. I’ve known him since junior high school, where he and I, along with my brother Tony, bonded over our love of the cinema. When it came time for college, it was no surprise when Stephen went off to Keene State to pursue …

Movie Review: ‘The Lone Ranger’

on July 05, 2013, at 7:22 a.m.
In Theaters “The Lone Ranger,” written by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, directed by Gore Verbinski, 149 minutes, rated PG-13. There’s something to be said for the art of old-fashioned storytelling, in passing down a spoken tale from one generation to the next, and preserving it in that …

Movie Review: ‘White House Down’

on July 01, 2013, at 9:40 p.m.
In Theaters “White House Down,” written by James Vanderbilt, directed by Roland Emmerich, 137 minutes, rated PG-13. Director Roland Emmerich, best known for his patented brainless big-budget disaster movies such as “Independence Day,” “2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” etc. etc., really only knows how to make one type of movie: …

Movie Review: ‘Man of Steel’

on June 26, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
In Theaters “Man of Steel,” written by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan (story), Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman character), directed by Zack Snyder, 143 minutes, rated PG-13. Unlike Batman or any number of Marvel Comic properties, I’m just not sure there’s room for a modern Superman franchise. From a …

Movie Review: ‘This Is the End’

on June 24, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.
In Theaters “This Is the End,” written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jason Stone (based on the short film ‘Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse’), directed by Rogen and Goldberg, 107 minutes, rated R. Here’s one of the strangest and funniest end-of-the-world scenarios in film history: James Franco’s Hollywood …

Movie Review: ‘The Purge’

on June 10, 2013, at 7:40 p.m.
In Theaters “The Purge,” written and directed by James DeMonaco, 85 minutes, rated R. In the year 2022, the United States is a nation reborn, where poverty and unemployment rates have taken a drastic dip, and crime is at an all-time low. The country owes all of this prosperity to …

Movie Review: ‘Iron Man 3′

on May 07, 2013, at 9:23 a.m.
In Theaters “Iron Man 3,” written by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, directed by Black, 130 minutes, rated PG-13. The release of “Iron Man 3” marks the official beginning of the summer movie season, and if it’s any indication, it’s going to be a good summer. Robert Downey Jr. rounds …

Guest Blog: Films from Abroad Vol. 1

on April 20, 2013, at 8:10 p.m.
Films from Abroad Vol. 1 By Anthony Crabtree, Guest Blogger For those of you who don’t know my brother, Anthony, his taste in film can sometimes be a bit obscure. More often than not, that’s putting it lightly. With that said, here’s his latest guest blog, featuring reviews of titles …

Movie Review: ‘Evil Dead’ (2013)

on April 11, 2013, at 9:16 p.m.
In theaters “Evil Dead,” written by Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Sam Raimi (1981 screenplay), directed by Alvarez, 91 minutes, rated R. There’s a thin line one must walk when remaking a film such as Sam Raimi’s cult classic “Evil Dead.” Of course, you have to remain true to fans …

Movie Review: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

on April 09, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.
In theaters “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, directed by Jon M. Chu, 110 minutes, rated PG-13. Let’s be honest: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is really nothing more than a pregame warm-up to the next “Fast and Furious” movie. Even as that, it fails. The sequel to …

Movie Review: ‘The Host’

on April 02, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.
In theaters “The Host,” written by Stephenie Meyer (novel) and Andrew Niccol (screenplay), directed by Niccol, 125 minutes, rated PG-13. With all of the hoopla surrounding the “Twilight” saga, and the money that came with it, it’s no surprise that Hollywood would want to adapt Stephenie Meyer’s “other” novel, “The …

Movie Review: ‘Stoker’

on March 26, 2013, at 9:25 p.m.
In theaters “Stoker,” written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson (contributing writer), directed by Chan-wook Park, 99 minutes, rated R. There are a lot of foreign filmmakers who struggle with the language barrier when attempting to break into American cinema. For example, even some of the modern greats such …

Movie Review: ‘Spring Breakers’

on March 24, 2013, at 7:22 p.m.
In theaters “Spring Breakers,” written and directed by Harmony Korine, 94 minutes, rated R. “Spring Breakers,” from writer-director Harmony Korine, is the cinematic response to the moronic war cry of a generation: YOLO (you only live once, for those not in the know). In the wrong hands, this is the …

Movie Review: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

on March 18, 2013, at 8:53 p.m.
In theaters “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” written by Jonathan M. Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay), Chad Kultgen (story) and Tyler Mitchell (story), directed by Dan Scardino, 100 minutes, rated PG-13. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a comedy stuck in the past, living in an age where you could throw …

Movie Review: ‘Lore’

on March 17, 2013, at 7:09 p.m.
In theaters “Lore,” written by Cate Shortland (screenplay), Robin Mukherjee (screenplay) and Rachel Seiffert (novel), directed by Shortland, 109 minutes, not rated. Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland revisits some of the themes explored in her 2004 feature debut “Somersault” with her latest film “Lore,” a coming-of-age story set in post-Nazi Germany. …

Movie Review: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

on March 10, 2013, at 9:16 p.m.
In theaters “Oz the Great and Powerful,” written by Mitchell Kapner (screenplay), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), L. Frank Baum (novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”), directed by Sam Raimi, 130 minutes, rated PG. High expectations are the biggest burden for filmmakers wishing to travel back to Oz. Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic …

Movie Review: ‘Dorfman in Love’ (Maine Jewish Film Festival)

on March 07, 2013, at 10:47 p.m.
At the Maine Jewish Film Festival “Dorfman in Love,” written by Wendy Kout, directed by Brad Leong, 92 minutes, rated R. The 2013 Maine Jewish Film Festival kicks off Saturday in Portland with “Dorfman in Love,” a film written by Wendy Kout, best known for her work on TV’s “Anything …

Movie Review: ’21 and Over’

on March 04, 2013, at 9:22 p.m.
In Theaters “21 and Over,” written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, 93 minutes, rated R. The writing duo of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore has become notorious for their unfunny comedies with tired premises such as “Four Christmases,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “The Hangover,” “The Change-Up,” and …

Movie Review: ‘Dark Skies’

on Feb. 24, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.
In Theaters “Dark Skies,” written and directed by Scott Stewart, 97 minutes, rated PG-13. Writer-director Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”), who is known more for his work in visual effects than directing, doesn’t understand how to make a good horror movie. His latest film, “Dark Skies,” goes through all the horror …

Movie Review: ‘Safe Haven’

on Feb. 20, 2013, at 8:27 p.m.
In Theaters “Safe Haven,” written by Leslie Bohem (screenplay), Dana Stevens (screenplay) and Nicholas Sparks (novel), directed by Lasse Hallstrom, 115 minutes, rated PG-13. With every Nicholas Sparks film adaptation comes the feeling of déjà vu, where each subsequent film has a little less identity than the last, and audiences …
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