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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 …

Movie Review: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

on Jan. 13, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.
In Theaters “Zero Dark Thirty,” written by Mark Boal, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, 157 minutes, rated R. In 2008, screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow won over critics with the Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker,” and captured a slew of Oscars, setting the bar high for their follow …

Movie Review: ‘Struck by Lightning’

on Jan. 09, 2013, at 10:08 p.m.
In Theaters and On Demand “Struck by Lightning,” written by Chris Colfer, directed by Brian Dannelly, 84 minutes, rated PG-13. Chris Colfer, who at 22 has carved out his legacy in pop culture as “Glee’s” Kurt Hummel, tests his boundaries with “Struck by Lightning,” the actor’s first leading role since …

Movie Review: ‘Anna Karenina’

on Dec. 27, 2012, at 6:18 a.m.
In Theaters “Anna Karenina,” written by Tom Stoppard (screenplay) and Leo Tolstoy (novel), directed by Joe Wright, 129 minutes, rated R. Director Joe Wright has an impressive track record when collaborating with Keira Knightley, producing two period pieces in “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” that are both powerful and visually …

River City Cinema to screen ‘Betting the Farm’

on Dec. 01, 2012, at 11:11 a.m.
River City Cinema is hosting a screening of the Camden International Film Festival Audience Award-winning documentary “Betting the Farm,” at 7 tonight at the Performing Arts Center at the Brewer Community School. Since CIFF, and even before that, there has been a lot of buzz generated about “Betting the Farm,” …

Movie Review: ‘Red Dawn’ 2012

on Nov. 28, 2012, at 9:26 p.m.
In Theaters “Red Dawn,” written by Carl Ellsworth, Jeremy Passmore (screenplay), Kevin Reynolds and John Milius (1984 screenplay), directed by Dan Bradley, 114 minutes, rated PG-13. You know you’re in trouble from the opening moments of Dan Bradley’s “Red Dawn” remake, when you’re subjected to a series of disjointed political …

‘Downeast’: A documentary in defense of Antonio Bussone

on Nov. 20, 2012, at 8:16 p.m.
For years now, Antonio Bussone, a Massachusetts businessman whose tumultuous attempt to bring a lobster processing plant to Gouldsboro came to a messy end marred with lawsuits and the plant’s demise, has been surrounded by controversy in Maine. The latest trouble for Bussone comes from Rockland, where the city has …

Movie Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′

on Nov. 18, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.
In Theaters “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” written by Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) and Stephenie Meyer (novel), directed by Bill Condon, 115 minutes, rated PG-13. After three disappointing follow-ups to Catherine Hardwicke’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight,” the series finally regains its footing with its final installment, “Breaking …
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