Tag Archive: Samuel L. Jackson

Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more… Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro

BBBBB (out of 5) Celebrated author and civil rights activist James Baldwin worked on a book meant to cover the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading

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The Legend Of Tarzan

BB.5 (out of 5) How you gonna keep him down on the manse, after he’s seen the free, free jungles of Africa?  Tarzan, now John Clayton, lord of Greystoke, has returned to the land… Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight

BBB (out of 5) Samuel L. Jackson blocks the path of a coach making its way to Red Rock across a nineteenth century snow-capped Wyoming ridge, begging a ride from its passengers. Jackson… Continue reading

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn… Continue reading

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

BBBB (out of 5) More than a decade after his military father was killed in the field, young punk Taron Egerton has grown up a rough London bloke who is at odds with his… Continue reading

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The New Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Disappointing comedy that reunites Peter Weller and Judy Davis, who previously performed together in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch. They play a middle-aging couple in California who, thanks to employment… Continue reading

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to,… Continue reading

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Shaft (2000)

BBBB (out of 5) Samuel L. Jackson rules this film update of Ernest Tidyman’s cool-as-sin cop creation, first filmed in 1971 with Richard Roundtree. John Singleton brings Shaft to the nineties without losing the… Continue reading

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Unbreakable

BB.5 (out of 5) M. Night Shyamalan must have thought the intensity in his previous classic thriller The Sixth Sense was the result of having everyone speak in a low hush from the depths… Continue reading

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A Time To Kill

BB.5 (out of 5) One of the most overproduced John Grisham film adaptations is taken from his first book.  It would be far too easy to point out the drawbacks of this dramatic… Continue reading

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Patriot Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) CIA man Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, continuing the role that Alec Baldwin created in The Hunt For Red October) becomes the target of revenge after he takes out an… Continue reading

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Mother And Child

BB.5 (out of 5) The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting into trouble with her high school boyfriend.  We then fast-forward to thirty seven years later, where a lonely… Continue reading

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Eve’s Bayou

BBBB (out of 5) Stunning Southern Gothic atmosphere is the backbone of this lush family drama about a young girl (Jurnee Smollett) who grows up believing that she is responsible for the death… Continue reading

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Sphere

BB.5 (out of 5) Disappointing adaptation of Michael Crichton’s (much better) novel about the discovery of a spaceship on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Psychiatrist Dustin Hoffman, math geniuses Samuel L. Jackson and… Continue reading

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S.W.A.T.

BB (out of 5) Colin Farrell is once again furrowing his eyebrows in the name of action heroism.  If it’s possible, however, this humdrum action film is less inspired and less interesting than his… Continue reading

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Captain America: The First Avenger

BBBB (out of 5) More superhero fun from the Marvel universe, this time with the added charm of wide-eyed nostalgia for a bygone era. Scrawny, undersized Chris Evans (made diminutive thanks to some very… Continue reading

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Jurassic Park

BBBB (out of 5) Sam Neill and Laura Dern are paleontologists who are invited to a remote Costa Rican island belonging to a billionaire (Richard Attenborough) to view his latest project. After years of digging… Continue reading

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to… Continue reading

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Deep Blue Sea

BBB (out of 5) Hilarious horror movie about a research laboratory in the middle of the ocean that is studying Mako sharks with genetically augmented brains for Alzheimer’s research purposes. Things look fine… Continue reading

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Coming To America

BBB.5 (out of 5) An African prince (Eddie Murphy) finds none of the marriageable women in his kingdom interesting and so decides to venture forth in search of one in America. He decides upon… Continue reading

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

BBBB (out of 5) One would have hoped that this excellent performance by Geena Davis would begin a career of her playing more like-minded heroines, but sadly she’s done very little since this action… Continue reading

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Losing Isaiah

BB.5 (out of 5) Somehow these made-for-television movies make it to the big screen. Jessica Lange plays a hospital staffer who takes a baby home after she finds it abandoned in a trash bin.… Continue reading

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Changing Lanes

BBBB (out of 5) Compelling Hollywood thriller with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson as random strangers thrown together by destiny when their cars collide on a New York Freeway. Jackson is on… Continue reading

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The Negotiator

BBBB (out of 5) Tense as anything can be, this slick Hollywood thriller will keep you in your seat till the curtain comes down.  Samuel L. Jackson is a top-notch hostage negotiator who finds… Continue reading

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith

BB.5 (out of 5) Following their rescue of Chancellor Palpatine from the separatist Droid army, headstrong Annakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finds himself wavering between his devotion to the Jedi and his growing fondness… Continue reading

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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Vast improvement on Episode One of the Star Wars series’ adventures continues the story from The Phantom Menace ten years later with a grown up Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen),… Continue reading

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

BBBB (out of 5) Solid good fun from George Lucas’ fertile imagination that precedes the events in his 1977 blockbuster Star Wars.  In this episode, the story suffers from a strong emphasis on… Continue reading

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The Red Violin (Le Violon Rouge)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Four stories of various eras and cultures surround the solitary figure of a violin steeped in its own turbulent history. Samuel L. Jackson plays an art collector in modern day… Continue reading

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Twisted

B (out of 5) It’s rather nice to see that so many Hollywood thrillers have been made lately with tough, uppity females in the leads (Gothika, High Crimes, Trapped); what a shame that… Continue reading

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Ragtime

BBBB (out of 5) This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical).… Continue reading

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Die Hard With A Vengeance

BBB (out of 5) Probably the least entertaining of the first three Die Hard films, and the most uneven to boot, but still a pretty good action movie that doesn’t play too easily… Continue reading

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Iron Man 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that his status as Iron Man has made world news, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has become something of a joke, more a glorified party host than a… Continue reading

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Iron Man

BBBB (out of 5) Weapons manufacturing tycoon Robert Downey, Jr. is injured during a PR stunt in Afghanistan and ends up a hostage in a terrorist cell. A kindly fellow prisoner brings him… Continue reading

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Basic

BBB (out of 5) A former army bigwhig and current DEA investigator (John Travolta) arrives on a Panama army base to interrogate a recruit (Brian Van Holt). The recruit was one of six… Continue reading

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Snakes On A Plane

BB (out of 5) An impressive rarity: a film that became a cult classic before it was even released! A barrage of internet publicity and some help from the fellows on The Daily… Continue reading

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White Sands

BB.5 (out of 5) Totally bland, unmemorable thriller about a cop (Willem Dafoe) in a small town whose investigation of a murder leads him to a big operation being controlled by the FBI.… Continue reading

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Jungle Fever

BBBB (out of 5) Even when Spike Lee makes a less-than-perfect movie it’s still incredibly watchable for many good reasons. The story wanders too many places and lacks a cohesive focus, but each of… Continue reading

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School Daze

BBB.5 (out of 5) Spike Lee’s passionate touch is all over this enjoyable musical, even though the screenplay itself isn’t quite as tidy as it should be. The action concerns the goings-on at… Continue reading

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Do The Right Thing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled down to the microcosm of a street corner in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the… Continue reading

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Goodfellas

BBBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement in the gangster-themed movies. Featuring exceptional performances and a brilliant script co-written by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, author of the original novel Wise Guys that… Continue reading

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xXx

BB (out of 5) Vin Diesel is the superspy for the new millennium: big muscles, big guns, and not one intelligible word issuing forth from his mouth. Imagine the dopiness of Stallone but without… Continue reading

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Black Snake Moan

BB.5 (out of 5) You ever hear the one about the nympho and the blues singer? Craig Brewer doesn’t do full justice to the interesting premise of this steamy drama, but it does… Continue reading

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Thor

BB.5 (out of 5) After leading his mythical world into battle against their enemies, defying his father’s wishes, heroic Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished from the kingdom and sent to present-day Earth as… Continue reading

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Inglourious Basterds

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s a scene, relatively early on in this picture, when a member of the titular special elite force of Jewish American soldiers secretly operating in Germany finishes his killing… Continue reading

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2

BBBBB (out of 5) Did you think she wouldn’t come back for more? She’s only halfway done! With three people still left on her list of cold-blooded revenge, the Bride (Uma Thurman) travels… Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

BBBB (out of 5) Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the big screens and took audiences by storm. It’s an epic piece about low-level gangsters, a… Continue reading

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In My Country (Country of My Skull)

BB.5 (out of 5) The Truth And Reconcilitation Hearings that marked the overthrow of South Africa’s Apartheid government are the setting for this unconvincing and disappointing drama. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a Washington… Continue reading

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Out Of Sight

BBBBB (out of 5) Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank robber (George Clooney) who falls in love with the FBI Agent (Jennifer Lopez) on his tail. Ving Rhames shines as Clooney’s partner in crime… Continue reading

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