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Editor's rating: 
 3.1
 
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Resident, The (2010) “The Resident” comes from an acclaimed horror production house, Hammer Films.  However, this film seems much less like a horror/thriller and more like an uninspired suspense, without the suspense.  It is difficult to discuss this film without giving away the one little secret that it has.  However, given that the secret is obvious it will be divulged here.  If you prefer not to know about the film, skip to the Blu-ray tech specs section. “The Resident” stars Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, with a brief appearance by Christopher Lee.  Without more than two real principle characters in the film there is no suspense as to who means what to the plot.  Hilary Swank portrays Juliet, an ER doctor that recently divorced from her husband because he cheated on her.  Been there done that.  Okay, what’s next? Juliet finds an apartment that ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Thursday, 21 October 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) (1960) It is tough to take on a review of such an important film in cinema history.  Having not been around during the initial release of this film makes it difficult to really grasp all the underlying tones and emotions of this film.  In addition, I am not the biggest Hitchcock enthusiast of all time.  However, I will admit that “Rear Window” is a stroke of genius in my book.  But as for the rest of Hitchcock’s collection, I recognize there significance but they are not my cup of tea. That being said, “Psycho” is perhaps the most notable Hitchcock creation in his career, with the exception of possibly “Vertigo.”  There are few films that have seeped into our culture and widely referenced, especially during this time of year.  Still, there is most certainly a generational break that truly keeps this film ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Friday, 15 October 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Splice (2010) “Splice” is labeled as a “thriller, sexy and scary.”  Maybe I have just seen too much to be shocked anymore, but this is not a scary film.  Is it weird?  Yes.  Scary?  No.  However, I can see how average movie watchers could be scared by this film.  While there are not any really disturbing images, there are some fast motion suspense moments that might make audiences jump. For some reason or another when I was watching this movie I was thinking of “Mimic” mixed with “Species .”  Watch the film and I’m sure you will make the same connection. As the controversy over stem cell research continues, this film uses that idea in a roundabout way.  Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are genetic researchers that have been splicing together strands of DNA from different species to create a new life ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Friday, 14 May 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Edge of Darkness (2010) Warner produces an adequate but not so thrilling thriller.  The film falls somewhere between "Taken" and "Ransom."  It is not a typical action film as it is more plot and character driven.  However, the film does suffer from some lengthy speeches, which may leave many viewers nodding off. "Edge of Darkness" is directed by Martin Campbell, who is no stranger action and thrillers.  He has previously directed "Casino Royale," "Goldeneye" and "Mask of Zorro."  Campbell is also currently filming the "Green Lantern" comic adaptation. The film is largely predictable, which is slightly forgiven due to the driving plot of the film.  However, the plot is also the weak point of the film, lagging in areas making it prime for naptime.  The saving grace to the film are the performances by Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone.  While Gibson can be a bit over ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Friday, 23 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Jackal, The (1997) Every once in a while it is nice to get a surprise film.  "The Jackal" offers some fun as well as some suspense.  While it is not the most "I have no idea what comes next" film, it does keep you focused on the film throughout.  After all, there is nothing worse than wishing you could turn the film off right? "The Jackal" was not huge at the box office.  It didn't seem to quite break even with the estimated budget of the film.  However, I'm sure home video sales made the studio a little something extra. The film involves several world conflicts on the outskirts of an assassination plot.  The FBI teams with Russian law enforcement to bring down a Russian crime boss.  However, when things go awry, the leader of the Russian mob puts a hit out to get back ...
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