Category: Movie Review

Dimitri shares his thoughts on the new movies opening in theatres as well as new DVD releases, long forgotten classics, and hidden gems from the vault.

Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 2.0

Cursed (2005)

Werewolves just aren’t scary anymore. It’s hard to get worked up about a monster regularly displayed on the back of kids’ cereal boxes. It’s…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 1.0

Dark Ride (2006)

It occurred to me while I was watching Dark Ride that it’d be unfair to fault the film for being stupid and exploitative. After…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 4.5

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

After a brief but solemn montage depicting the fall of humanity, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens with a close-up of an…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 2.5

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

I’ve expressed in the past my dislike of scary movies “based on real events”. Meant to further our suspension of disbelief, the conceit actually…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.5

Demons (1985)

In her 1969 essay Trash, Art, and the Movies, the late Pauline Kael wrote, “movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 4.0

Despicable Me (2010)

With some movies, you can just tell the producers fell in love with a high concept and hired a creative team to work backward…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 1.5

Devil (2010)

M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan has all the markings of an M. Night Shyamalan production, including his name…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.0

Divergent (2014)

Given the unprecedented success of The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games (2012), is it any wonder studios are now mining the entire young…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 4.0

Django Unchained (2012)

I contend that it’s impossible to discuss a movie by Quentin Tarantino without referencing his body of work as a whole. Consider his latest…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.5

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

In his book-length essay On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King compares horror fiction to our childhood fear of the boogeyman. Scary…

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