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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.

Q&A: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Discusses 'Don Jon,' Optimism, And Taking Risks

September 26th, 2013 11:00am EDT
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Since breaking out in the late '90s in 10 Things I Hate About You, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has steadily climbed Hollywood’s ladder with an intelligent mixture of roles in indie films like Brick and big-budget movies like The Dark Knight Rises. Levitt wasn’t content just to be a well-rounded actor though. In 2005, he launched the successful online artistic collaborative HitRECord and most recently, he also set his sights on writing and directing a feature-length film.

Levitt's directing debut is Don Jon, a dramedy where he plays Jon, a beefy New Jersey lothario. Jon can bed a new woman every n...
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost And Edgar Wright Talk 'The World's End'

August 22nd, 2013 9:00am EDT
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy
For British filmmakers Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the Cornetto is more than just a tasty ice cream treat that comes in three flavours. Because their comedies don’t share connected characters, the Cornetto is one of several delicious thematic elements that ties the movies together. Wright, Pegg and Frost’s two previous films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” or flavours if you will, are also united by running jokes, loving homage to specific genres and stories about the power of friendship. The third variety in their series, also known as the Cornetto trilogy, is no different;...
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Wadlow's 'Kick-Ass 2' Misses The Mark With Female Characters

August 19th, 2013 7:17am EDT
Aaron Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass 2
No disrespect to Mark Waters and Tina Fey intended, but Jeff Wadlow’s “Kick-Ass 2” seems more like a crappy sequel to “Mean Girls,” than a follow up to Matthew Vaughn’s awesome comic book adaptation “Kick-Ass.” Instead of delivering the amusing uber violence, delightfully dark humor, and pointed parody that made Vaughn’s flick so much fun, Wadlow wallows in the stereotypical conniving of vapid teenage girls. This bizarre focus is neither insightful nor entertaining, because it never rises above inane moments.

Wadlow’s mess starts with a story that gives Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) ...
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Review: 'We're The Millers' Is A Road Trip Worth Taking

August 11th, 2013 11:30am EDT
We're the Millers
At first glance “We're the Millers” seems like it's going to be just another throwaway R-rated comedy. Even though it has a talented cast, it strikes you as the type of movie that will squander its potential with stupid, raunchy gags that get old quickly. Fortunately, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s film is actually much sharper than you’d expect. “We’re the Millers” catches you off guard with consistent humor and heart that holds your attention for the duration of this zany, yet predictable flick.

Unlike other family road trip comedies such as “Vacation,” the journey’s purpose in “We’re the Mil...
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Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Is Sci-Fi With Something To Say

August 10th, 2013 1:00am EDT
Matt Damon in Elysium
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut “District 9” punched audiences in the stomach with its gut-wrenching realism and gripping social commentary. The emotional bruising left in its wake didn’t just seize viewer attention though, it captured Hollywood’s too. Struck by Blomkamp’s creativity with a smaller budget, the industry decided to offer him a larger one for his sophomore effort “Elysium.” Working inside the Hollywood machine can be tricky however, since directors often compensate for greater resources with major creative compromises. What’s miraculous about Blomkamp’s flick is th...
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'The Wolverine' Takes The Character To Captivating New Places

July 29th, 2013 1:12pm EDT
The Wolverine
After three busy “X-Men” films where Wolverine struggled to stand out, and one trainwreck solo picture, James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” finally does the character justice. Mangold not only satisfies us by providing depth to Wolverine’s familiar traits, but he surprises us by taking the character to captivating new places. Although his flick isn’t Oscar-worthy, the film is good enough to make its terrible predecessor “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” seem like a candidate for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Thankfully, “The Wolverine” seems to pretend that Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins” didn’t even ...
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Great Talent And Chemistry Compensate For The Stale Premise In 'Red 2'

July 21st, 2013 5:06pm EDT
Helen Mirren in Red 2
Even when junk food has expired, sometimes it’s so freakin’ delicious that you can’t help eating it anyway. Certain sugary snacks have enough flavor, that they are totally worth the digestive consequences later. Dean Parisot’s action comedy “Red 2” is exactly like one of those treats: an old Twinkie that you just can’t deny yourself.

Actually, a more apt analogy in this case, is probably an irresistible ancient Moon Pie, because there’s a scene in “Red 2” where Marvin (John Malkovich) literally dusts one off for consumption. When someone gives him an incredulous look, he shrugs, saying “It...
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Book Review: Stephen King's 'Joyland'

July 19th, 2013 9:25am EDT
Joyland Book Cover
Don't let the upbeat title of Stephen King's "Joyland" fool you; his novel is no lighthearted tale of youthful exuberance. Although the book shares its name with a fictional amusement park where happy memories are made for children, the titular grounds in this paranormal, coming-of-age crime thriller have a much more tragic history for adults. Would you expect anything less from The Master of Horror?

After King’s 2012 testimonials for “The Twenty-Year Death” and “The Cocktail Waitress,” it seemed like only a matter of time before he penned his own entry in Titan Books’ pulp series “Hard Ca...
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Briskly-Paced 'Pacific Rim' Enthralls with Giant Robots Fighting Angry Monsters

July 13th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Giant Robot in Pacific Rim
Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is the BEST giant-robots-fighting-things flick of all time. Considering how low movies like “Transformers” and “Robot Jox” set the bar, that statement may sound like a backhanded compliment. It’s not though, because “Pacific Rim” is truly this genre’s highest caliber film to-date. The picture’s exemplary special effects, editing, camerawork, and implementation of 3D cooperate to create a miraculous, yet convincing world where humans pilot massive mechanical men to combat mammoth monsters.  

In this sci-fi tale written by del Toro and “Clash of the Titans”...
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Q&A: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon Chat About ‘The Way, Way Back,’ Adolescence, and Prep School

July 7th, 2013 11:35am EDT
The Way Way Back
Actors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon wowed us with their Academy Award-winning screenplay for “The Descendants” in 2012. Now they’re poised to enthrall us again with their follow up: the summer coming-of-age flick “The Way, Way Back,” a passion project that they’ve been developing for years. Not only do they make their co-directorial debut with this film, but they co-write, co-produce, and co-star in it as well.

“The Way, Way Back” focuses on Duncan (Liam James), a shy teenager forced on vacation with with his mom (Toni Collette), her mean boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent’s daughter Step...
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