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Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 02 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Changeling (2008) I have yet to determine whether or not I really enjoy films based on a true story.  On the one hand they are interesting due to their basis in reality.  On the other hand, they can often just be creepy and disturbing.  “Changeling” is one of the latter.  You wouldn’t think it, until the Northcott Farm comes into the picture.  Things spiral toward the disturbing from that point on.  The film’s psychological thriller nature and creepy reality probably hurt the film overall, as it only grossed $35 million at he box office, about $20 million below the cost of the film.  Nonetheless the film certainly delivers steady performances and directing. Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) is a telephone operator in Los Angeles during the late 1920s.  She is a single mom, with a son, Walter.  One Saturday she is called into work ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Friday, 20 February 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Boondock Saints, The (1999) “The Boondock Saints” has developed a cult following over the past decade.  While many take greater pleasure in “The Departed,” “The Boondock Saints” has something that its successor doesn’t – Purpose and originality.  The story may not seem original, but the fashion in which it is carried out most definitely is.  Still, the film was only in theaters for one month, with a pitiful gross of $30,000.  Once released on home video however, the sales rose.  Best of all, the original creators and actors deemed that a sequel, a decade later, is called for.  Scheduled for late 2009, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” is to be released.  Original writer/director, Troy Duffy returns to the sequel, as do the original main actors, Sean Patrick Flannery, Billy Connolly and Norman Reedus.  Additions to the cast include Julie Benz and Judd ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.9
 
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Pelican Brief, The (1993) The early and mid 1990s was the era of John Grisham.  Grisham is perhaps one of the most popular crime-suspense authors in history.  Numerous books of his have been adapted into films, most of them in the 90s.  “The Firm,” “The Chamber,” “The Client,” and “A Time to Kill” (also being released on Blu-ray by Warners) are all adapted from Grisham novels between 1993 and 1997.  Preceded only by “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief” is among the earlier John Grisham adaptations.  Both were released in 1993.  Unfortunately, “The Pelican Brief” did not live up to the expectations created by its predecessor, earning about half the box office total of “The Firm.” The late, Alan J. Pakula directed this adaptation, as well as contributed to the screenplay and assisted as a producer.  Pakula has taken part in some of the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.1
 
Friday, 30 January 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Pride and Glory What is it with copy killing movies that make them so redundant?  This could have been “We Own the Night” Part II.  There is no reason to watch this film.  There is no entertainment value, no inventive story, nada.  It just goes on and on and on.  Apparently audiences agree with me as the film was in and out of theaters in about one month and only grossed 15 or so million dollars, probably all by the people of New York City. The film follows a family comprised of New York City cops on the hunt for some bad guys that killed for NYPD cops.  Oh, but low and behold, at least one of the family members is in on the killing.  There’s a shock.  Okay, well he is not really a true family member, but still he is ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Bourne Trilogy, The In addition to Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum is a name synonomous with spy novels.  Fleming’s James Bond films have teetered over time, giving raise to a new spy series, the Bourne series.  With three novels adapted into the Bourne Trilogy, there is still one Ludlum novel available for the next Bourne film.  Recently it has been reported that other writers have been contracted to finish writing the Bourne saga. Matt Damon was impressively cast as Jason Bourne, an ex-CIA spy that begins to remember things about his past life and training.  However, instead of quip lines and futzing around, the film is really gets back to the roots of spying.  It also deals with deeper themes like salvation and redemption. Both directors, Doug Liman for the “Bourne Identity,” and Paul Greengrass for the other two films are impressive.  ...
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