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Tom Cruise Returns in ‘Knight and Day’

I for one have never been on the ‘Hate-Tom-Cruise Wagon’.  I think he’s a tremendously gifted actor as well as an excellent stuntman.  What he does in his personal life is his business.  Cameron Diaz has also shown herself very versatile in the past few years, and with movies like Identity, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma under his belt, James Mangold is a great choice as director. Does Knight and Day live up to it’s hype? Continue reading ‘Tom Cruise Returns in ‘Knight and Day’’

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Toy Story 3 – Proof That Pixar Doesn’t Mess Around

It’s not a coincidence that all of the Toy Story films have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, they’re just that good.  Pixar has had a long string of successful movies that go all the way back to the original film in this franchise in 1995, and Pixar knows Toy Story is their baby.  So, does this one live up to all the hype surrounding it?  Check out my video review below and find out! Continue reading ‘Toy Story 3 – Proof That Pixar Doesn’t Mess Around’
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The Prince of Persia = Jake Gyllenhaal with Lots of Bronze

Prince of PersiaJake Gyllenhaal stars alongside the beautiful Gemma Arterton as well as acting legend Ben Kingsley, in the Mike Newell, Jerry Bruckheimer produced video game adaptation.  And of course you can’t forget Alfred Molina, who got his start in swashbucklers like this, playing Satipo in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Is Prince of Persia the new Pirates of the Caribbean?  Find out in my video review now! Continue reading ‘The Prince of Persia = Jake Gyllenhaal with Lots of Bronze’

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Robin’s In Da Hood – ‘Robin Hood’ (Movie Review)

Robin HoodAfter many, MANY various adaptations of the same story, Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien) has directed a re-visioning of the classic tale of Robin Hood, with an all star cast including Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston and Max von Sydow.  Many people say it looks just like another Gladiator, but my review will tell you why the trailers are completely misleading… as usual.  Check it out! Continue reading ‘Robin’s In Da Hood – ‘Robin Hood’ (Movie Review)’

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Iron Man 2 Solid as Iron

Iron Man 2Robert Downey Jr. returns as the now considerably more famous Tony Stark, in the sequel to the movie that made Iron Man more popular then he had ever been before.  This action adventure boasts a terrific cast including Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Samuel L. Jackson. It is directed by Jon Favreau.  Click on the link below for my review! Continue reading ‘Iron Man 2 Solid as Iron’

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Make This a Date Night

Date NightWant to make this a Date Night?  Sure, why not?  Steve Carell and ex-SNL veteran Tina Fey make a great couple who just want to have a peaceful night out, but just can’t seem to get a break.  These comical actors have a gift for improvisation and the ability to be funny without appearing to be trying, but do their comedic talents fit in with the action subplot?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Check out my video review below to find out! Continue reading ‘Make This a Date Night’

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It’s Fun to Watch Titans Clash

Clash of the TitansHow do you tell who the hero is in Clash of the Titans?  He’s the one with the buzz-cut.  Sam Worthington of Avatar fame dons the role of Perseus, son of Zeus himself, played by Liam Neeson (who has now been a jedi, a martial arts master, and the trainer of Batman for goodness sake) in a role that is destined to be remembered for it’s costume over it’s performance.  CGI creatures and fun battles galore, but can Clash of the Titans work beyond a brainless popcorn flick? Continue reading ‘It’s Fun to Watch Titans Clash’

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Training a Dragon Has Never Been More Fun

How To Train Your DragonMy original reaction from the trailer of How To Train Your Dragon was that it might be a fun little piece of forgettable fluff, maybe even less.  But that’s because the filmmakers chose to do the rare feat of not giving away all the best parts in the trailer!  The last time I was this surprised by a children’s movie was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  A children’s movie is rarely this smart, moving, funny and action-packed all at once.  Check out my video review and enjoy the movie, because I know you’ll trust me… right? Continue reading ‘Training a Dragon Has Never Been More Fun’
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Ewan McGregor is The Ghost Writer

The Ghost WriterI always shut out my mind from real life controversy with actors and filmmakers, and Roman Polanski is no exception.  I went with friends to the only theater in all of Ohio showing The Ghost Writer because of my great love of film, and appreciation for not only the talents of Polanski but Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan as well.  What I saw was not what I expected. Continue reading ‘Ewan McGregor is The Ghost Writer’

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Alice in Wonderland is a Feast for the Eyes

Alice in WonderlandTim Burton and Johnny Depp continue their long collaboration that dates back to the early 90’s with a new version of Alice in Wonderland.  The classic tale gets the big Hollywood treatment with great special effects, dashing duels, evil queens and a very crazy whacked-out Johnny Depp.  Who can ask for anything more?  But wait!  I did not even mention Danny Elfman’s score!  Check out my video review now! Continue reading ‘Alice in Wonderland is a Feast for the Eyes’

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Martin Scorsese Traps Us On Shutter Island

Shutter IslandLegendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese once again collaborates with Leonardo DiCaprio after 3 successful films (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed).  This film is adapted and based off the novel by Dennis Lehane about an US deputy (DiCaprio) assigned to investigate a mysterious disappearance at a reclusive mental institution.  Scorsese’s Hitchcockian approach to gothic horror is ripe with suspense and human drama. Continue reading ‘Martin Scorsese Traps Us On Shutter Island’

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Percy Jackson and the Really Long Title

Percy Jackson and the Really Long TitleThe latest in the string of children’s fantasy books adapted into big screen adventures is Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief starring Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Rosario Dawson among others.  The film is directed by Chris Columbus of the Home Alone franchise.  Some are calling it a Harry Potter knockoff, but here’s why I don’t think so. Continue reading ‘Percy Jackson and the Really Long Title’

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Valentine’s Day with Every Star in Hollywood

Valentine's DayIt’s almost Valentine’s Day.  Love is in the air.  So what are you waiting for?  Check out Chris Stuckmann’s video review for Valentine’s Day, the new romantic comedy from Garry Marshall director of Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride.  This one interweaves the various romantic exploits of couples on Valentine’s Day, reminding many people of Love Actually. Continue reading ‘Valentine’s Day with Every Star in Hollywood’

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“Dear John, Why Do You Want Me To Cry So Much?”

Dear-JohnYouTube Video reviewer guru Chris Stuckmann is back on the scene with his latest look at the Channing Tatum/Amanda Seyfried romance Dear John, which opened nationwide yesterday.  Dear John was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and adpated from the novel written by Nicholas Sparks.  Find out why Chris says that Channing Tatum actually stands a chance of having his performance taken seriously this time around.  I know…shocking! Continue reading ‘“Dear John, Why Do You Want Me To Cry So Much?”’

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Cliches Abound in When in Rome

When In RomeGrab a seat in your favorite chair, kick back, relax and check out Quick Movie Reviews’ Chris Stuckmann and his video review treatment of the Kristen Bell/Josh Duhamel comedy vehicle When In Rome.  With two bright young stars showcased in a comedic formula like this how can the movie  possibly be bad?  The romantic comedy also features performances by William Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard and Danny DeVito. Continue reading ‘Cliches Abound in When in Rome’

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Mad Mel’s on the Edge of Darkness

Edge of DarknessMy name is Chris Stuckmann, up and coming movie critic on YouTube.  Mel Gibson has always been a favorite of mine despite his personal troubles, and I was eager to see what his comeback film would be like.  Martin Campbell rebooted Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye, Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, and now he helms Mel Gibson’s comeback, Edge of Darkness.  Check out my video review! Continue reading ‘Mad Mel’s on the Edge of Darkness’

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