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A part time archaeologist and obtainer of rare antiquities, Evan is a fan of all things Indiana Jones. He currently resides in the Boston area and also writes movie reviews for his own blog ReelRecon.

'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life and Death

August 25th, 2014 11:20am EDT
'If I Stay' Squanders a Chance to Explore the Place Between Life
R.J. Cutler’s teen drama If I Stay has the pretentiousness you’d expect from a movie about people from Portland, Oregon. That’s because it embodies the holier-than-thou Portland attitude frequently skewered on the hilarious show Portlandia. Since If I Stay shares this arrogant mindset, it’s hard to watch it without laughing, especially when the lead character grapples with insignificant problems instead of serious ones.

Mia Hall (Chlöe Grace Moretz) is a talented cellist caught between worlds. She doesn’t fit in with her peers, but she doesn’t identify with her family either. Things chang...

‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks Creativity

August 23rd, 2014 5:42am EDT
‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is Another Fun Outing, But Lacks
If you’ve seen 2005's Sin City, there’s not much that will surprise you about its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Aside from using 3D and telling two new stories not found in Frank Miller’s pulp comic series, Robert Rodriguez covers almost exactly the same ground he did in his previous movie. There are more subtle differences between A Dame to Kill For and its predecessor, although they’re not positive ones.

A Dame to Kill For’s strongest segment is its opening “Just Another Saturday Night,” because it perfectly captures the comic’s brutal sarcastic tone. This funny tale featuring Mic...

Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado

August 8th, 2014 1:52pm EDT
Review: Quale's 'Into The Storm' is a Boring Turdnado
The best part of Steven Quale’s disaster movie Into the Storm can be summed up in two words: fire tornado. Seeing a massive explosion transform into a flaming twister is fantastic because it’s an entertaining visual and the most unique trick that this picture attempts. It’s too bad that everything else in it has been done before and done better by other films.

Usually when judging disaster movies, there are concessions you make ahead of time, which make it easier to accept their foibles. Since most films in the genre devote the majority of their budgets to special effects, you can assume t...

Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

July 14th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
You’d never expect to be emotionally engrossed by a film about computer-generated apes, which is why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes genuinely surprises you. Because it gets you invested in these characters early on and keeps them sympathetic throughout the picture, you unwittingly become wrapped up in their story. As a result, there are times when you’re shocked to realize that you’re rooting more for the apes than for the movie’s humans.

Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this film picks up in a world where disease wiped out most the Earth’s population. This same virus tu...

‘22 Jump Street’ Makes A Subversive Statement About Sequels

June 15th, 2014 9:44am EDT
‘22 Jump Street’ Makes A Subversive Statement About Sequels
Only Phil Lord and Christopher Miller could pull off a smart comedy like 22 Jump Street that cleverly uses itself to make a statement about sequels. That’s because in their work, the subversive filmmakers regularly mock movie archetypes through narrative, dialogue, and jokes designed to deliver a single point. And in 22 Jump Street that point is that sequels suck when they follow a formula. Great ones take risks and try new things, just like it does.

Initially, the film is very similar to its predecessor 21 Jump Street. Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) botch ...

'Edge of Tomorrow' is a Fast Ride with Fantastic Characters

June 7th, 2014 8:03pm EDT
Edge of Tomorrow
Say what you want about Tom Cruise in real life, but as an actor he never does anything halfway, which is why he’s easy to root for. Even when he plays abrasive characters like Major Cage in Doug Liman’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise puts in 100 percent. Because Cruise tries hard you can’t help liking Cage, although a big reason the film keeps you invested, is that Cage works to earn your sympathy.

Unlike other Tom Cruise characters who are brave, Cage is refreshing since he’s the polar opposite. After the armchair officer is ordered to fight in a global offensive against al...

'Days of Future Past' is Wicked Entertaining and Morally Complex

May 23rd, 2014 10:19pm EDT
'Days of Future Past' is Wicked Entertaining and Morally Complex
In Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, the emotional stakes are much higher than in his previous films X-Men and X-Men 2. That’s because mutants aren’t just ostracized for being different, they’re attacked as an entire species. Days of Future Past is more engaging due to the morally complex evolutionary battle that mankind wages against mutants in its attempt to defy Darwinism by any means necessary.

Humanity’s extreme measures involve deadly robots called sentinels designed to exterminate mutants. In the movie’s opening, we see a war torn future where the sentinels have kill...

Review: 'Godzilla' Creature Is The Best Thing About Hollywood’s Latest Adaptation

May 15th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Hollywood sucks at making Godzilla movies. Roland Emmerich proved that with his 1998 Godzilla, which didn't even care to get the monster's design right. Given that fiasco, it makes sense why Hollywood waited to make a new one and why Gareth Edwards was tapped to direct. The filmmaker previously wowed audiences with his creature flick Monsters, so he was a logical choice. And although Edwards doesn’t fully break Hollywood’s bad precedent with the famous Japanese creature, his Godzilla is much better than Emmerich’s picture.

For starters, Edwards ensures that Godzilla is instantly recognizab...

‘Non-Stop’ Starring Liam Neeson Is A One-Way Ticket To Stupidity

February 28th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Liam Neeson in Non-Stop
While it’s on the ground, Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller Non-Stop has the average intelligence of a Liam Neeson action flick. After takeoff however, the airplane hijacking film rapidly ascends into stupidity until it reaches cruising altitude, where it degenerates into a moronic movie riddled with plot holes, before hastily crashing and burning.

Collet-Serra introduces his lead character U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson), by establishing that he’s an exhausted alcoholic with a sad daughter back story. Oddly two of these three aspects remain relevant to his character, yet one does not. ...

Ron Burgundy Delivers Pearls Of Wisdom At Emerson College Press Conference

December 6th, 2013 8:26am EST
Philip Glenn, Ron Burgundy, Lee Pelton, and Muna Munchien at pre
For a fictional character, Will Ferrell's anchorman alter ego Ron Burgundy has been very busy lately. Burgundy recently became a spokesman for Dodge, received his own Ben and Jerry's flavor, anchored a newscast in South Dakota, AND had Emerson College's School of Communication named after him.

That's right, in case you missed it, Emerson announced that they would be honoring Burgundy's achievements in journalism by renaming their School of Communication the "Ron Burgundy School of Communication" for a whole day. To accept the honor, Burgundy himself appeared at Emerson for a press confere...