‘Memory’ Review: A Liam Neeson Shooter You’ll Soon Forget

The Reel Deal

I’m convinced Liam Neeson is simply putting out the same movie every six months and waiting to see how long it takes people to catch on.

“Memory” is the latest “Liam Neeson with a gun” film, this time following an aging hitman with early onset dementia who must save an illegal immigrant child from a trafficking ring. Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Harold Torres, Taj Atwal, Ray Stevenson, and Ray Fearon also star while Martin Campbell directs.

This is the 16th film in which Liam Neeson plays a [retired/retiring] [profession involving guns] in which he must battle [disease/personal demon] to rescue a [child/damsel] from a [topical situation]. His last outing was “Blacklight” this past February, and that was among the worst of the bunch. “Memory” is an improvement over that, but still fails to scratch the glory days of “Taken” and “Run All Night.”

Liam Neeson tries in these movies, so…

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Review: “18 1/2”

Katie at the Movies

To this day, no one is certain what exactly was said during the 18 ½ minute gap in a tape of President Richard Nixon reportedly discussing the Watergate break-in with his then Chief of Staff, Bob Haldeman, or who erased it in the first place. Nixon’s secretary claimed to have pushed a wrong button and accidentally recorded over the conversation, but the truth of that statement has always been a source of debate. It’s that question that forms the basis of director Dan Mirvish’s “18 ½,” a twisty comic thriller that invites the viewer to consider a version events where the missing portion of that tape was located.

The story, set amidst the scandal in 1974, centers around Connie (Willa Fitzgerald), a government stenographer who stumbles upon the missing piece of the tape. She decides to bring it to a reporter, Paul (John Magaro), in the hope that…

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movie review: flightplan (2005).

THE CAFFEINATED FANGIRL

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Whenever I become obsessed with interested in a new actor, I usually end up watching movies that I would never have watched otherwise. That was the case with Flightplan, which I watched solely for Sean Bean. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by just how much I enjoyed the film in general. (Though Sean Bean remains my favorite part. *wink*)

So what is Flightplan about? Jodie Foster plays Kyle, an American aviation engineer who is heading back to the States (from Germany) with her young daughter Julia and the body of her recently deceased husband. While en route to America, Julia disappears. Kyle is understandably frantic—how on earth could a child disappear from a plane that has been searched top to bottom? As Kyle’s fear and paranoia grows, questions arise in the minds of the crew as to whether or not Julia even existed in the first place.

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Jason X – Movie Review

Slick Dungeon's Dusty Tomes and Terrible Films

Jason… in space…

Hello horror fans! It’s Friday the 13th once again and I’m here to review the outright weirdest of all Friday the 13th movies, Jason X. There will be spoilers in this review but at this point either you have seen this thing or you’re never going to. Still, you’ve been warned.

Jason Voorhees has been through a lot. He’s gone from a little boy who died in tragic circumstances, to the murderous maniac separating campers from their limbs in Crystal Lake, to the big apple New York City, and then all the way to hell. He’s been coming back from the grave for more in nine films and Jason X as the title implies is the tenth film.

The movie starts with a couple of people trying to cryogenically freeze Jason’s body. There’s a scientist there who wants to learn from the regenerative properties of Jason’s…

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Near Dark – Movie Review

“A small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.”

Scream’s first solo movie review. 😀

This vampire movie has been on my radar for a little while now and after work one day this past week, I decided it was time to indulge my curiosity.

Boy meets beautiful girl one night. He pushes himself on her non-stop. He seriously needs someone to explain consent to him however, due to his insistence, girl gives in and makes out with him. Then bites him, and you know what? Good for her. She probably should have just drained him dry and saved herself a hell of a lot of hassle, but this is one of those horrid, love at first sight plots.

She brings him back to her vampire family and they insist he has to earn his place. He needs to kill…

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Catch the Fair One Review

Danny O's Movie Reviews

There has always been a grand tradition of athletes making a transition to starring in films, which had it start in the late 60s and 1970s. Former football players such as Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Fred Williamson got their start in the movies by starring in blaxploitation films of the time. In 1988, professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper became one of the first professional wrestlers to have a lead role in a film by starring in Hell Comes to Frogtown and They Live. Today, there have been a variety of athletes who have transitioned to film, from the likes of professional wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista, and John Cena to MMA fighters like Rhonda Rousey and Gina Carano. And now is the film debut of another athlete, this time professional boxer Kali Reis, in a completely different type of movie from the usual athlete affair. Directed by…

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‘The Batman’ is a Dark Investigative Thriller and it is Awesome

Movie Reviews Today

Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon and Robert Pattinson as The Batman in The Batman

The World’s Greatest Detective. The Dark Knight. The Batman. One of the premier superheroes with no superpowers, Batman was a staple of my childhood. I watched the animated series, played the “Arkham” games, and donned the cape and cowl for Halloween. There is no singular character I have a more vested interest in, and throughout my lifetime I have been blessed with a rich abundance of material. When discussing live-action movies (however, do not sleep on some of the incredible animated films that are just as good if not better), I particularly enjoy Tim Burton’s 1989 movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, the Christopher Nolan trilogy that needs no introduction, and even the critically loathedBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. With so many iterations of the same character, it begs…

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The Last Weeb

Plenty of Popcorn

Step aside children, your elder cometh through. I’m speeding towards the age where I’ll be lecturing youths on how things used to be. Remember pre-2016? What an era. And box office weekends? What a time. But were these days really as good as I remember or was that just the haze of inexperience? As usual, Netflix comes charging in with the answer and has uploaded a fresh crop of 21st century gems – like The Last Samurai. Take note, young people! This is the kind of movie – painstakingly sculpted with first class cinematography, music, story, and design – that would show up at the Oscars and not win a damn thing. Why? Because 2003 had even better movies on the menu and that was the year The Return of the King founded a religion. Still, The Last Samurai deserves its legacy and I will happily explain why…

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House of Gucci ***

Jules Movie Reviews

Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) works for her fathers trucking firm, revelling in the attention of drivers as she sashays across the forecourt. Patrizia works and parties hard, skills include forging her fathers signatures on cheques to save time, which may come in useful later.

Patrizia has dreams, most of which do not include working at a nondescript trucking firm in Milan. Following a chance meeting with Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) a different path opens up, moving her closer to her materialistic dreams.

Over time Maurizio swallows the offered hook and goes deep enough to marry someone the Gucci family determines “unworthy” to carry their famous surname.

Cut off from his father Rodolfo’s (Jeremy Irons) 50% stake in the Gucci fashion empire, Patrizia encourages Maurizio to reclaim his legacy with assistance from his uncle Aldo (Al Pacino). However, Maurizio seems content washing trucks…

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4K Ultra HD Review: Scream (2022)

The Joy of Movies

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

Partway through Scream, the fifth film in the horror comedy series that somewhat confusingly adopts the same name as the 1996 original, one of the film’s new characters explains the concept of a “requel.”

It’s not a full remake or reboot, they explain, or else fans won’t be happy, but rather a legacy sequel that follows a similar formula with new characters, while having enough connections to the original film and characters to please the die hard fans. That this description perfectly fits the film itself is in keeping with the meta spirit of the franchise, which became famous for its self-referential side.

The first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, with the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) taking over for the late horror master, this Scream likewise copies a…

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