Mar 252017
 

Arsenal is the type of movie that makes you wonder who exactly is financing it with a bad script and a so-so performance by its lead actor. The only redeeming value, if you can call it that, is seeing Nic Cage doing vintage Nic Cage who is wildly hilarious.

 

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Jan 112017
 

Lionsgate has announced the date and released artwork for the crime-thriller, Arsenal starring Adrian Grenier, John Cusack and Nicolas Cage and directed by Steven C. Miller (Extraction, Marauders). Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Oct 082016
 

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil is a nice inclusion in Warner’s Archive Collection and while I didn’t particularly think very much of the movie, there’s at least some good elements headlined by another masterful performance from Kevin Spacey and even John Cusack contributes well.

 

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Dec 312015
 

Dragon Blade is a respectable enough flick but not much more. The fights are well choreographed, thanks to Jackie Chan who served as the action director, but the story is terribly predictable and Adrien Brody, as fine of an actor as he is, phones in his performance as the primary villain.

 

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Dec 032015
 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the action-adventure, Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody and directed by Daniel Lee (Black Mask). Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Nov 142015
 

Shadows and Fog is one of the more forgotten films in Woody Allen’s repartee and for the most part, it’s not a bad little comedy though it is typical Allen in terms of his performance and writing. Clearly it’s nowhere near the quality of Manhattan or Annie Hall, or more recently Midnight in Paris, but it might be worth a watch.

 

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Oct 212014
 

The Prince is a generic action movie that seemed to be geared towards Jason Statham but instead got Jason Patric who at least did come off better bad ass than he did in Speed 2… Still, it’s passable entertainment even though you won’t remember a single thing about it the following day.

 

 

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Sep 242013
 

The Frozen Ground excels in many areas from a welcomed subtle performance by Nicolas Cage, a mature turn for Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack playing the thankless role as the creepy and thoroughly disturbing serial killer. However, for all the good acting by the main cast and beautiful, Oscar-worthy, cinematography, it never quite reaches its potential as a compelling true crime-drama despite all the good and, from what I could tell, keeping with some of the facts, though speculation was thrown in to help the dramatic elements. Even so, this is a good movie worth watching.

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Jun 182013
 

While I didn’t think The Numbers Station was anything special, there’s still enough here to warrant at least a rental. Cusack and Akerman deliver enticing performances, and that includes Cusack being dourer than ever, the story unfolds in a unique manner and at least provides some entertainment until the end. The Blu-ray offers adequate video/audio transfers and the single featurette is OK, getting insights by the cast and crew.

 

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Feb 112013
 

The Factory was a film destined for failure and Dark Castle studio knew they had a dud upon its completion as its distribution partner in Warner Brothers obviously didn’t want to spend any money releasing to theaters. Instead, it sat on shelves for five years before being hastily dumped on DVD with no features and standard video/audio transfers.

 

 

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Oct 172012
 

The Raven has some interesting scenes and features fine performances from John Cusack, Alice Eve and, to a lesser extent, Luke Evans (but mainly because the character merely chases down leads). However, the movie is also pretty bland in terms of the story. While it starts off well enough, it loses steam by the second half. The Blu-ray itself offers excellent audio and video transfers while the features are on the average side.

 

 

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