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Evan is a film critic in Boston, MA and a founding member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. He writes reviews for his blog Reel Recon and co-hosts the weekly podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre.

‘22 Jump Street’ Makes A Subversive Statement About Sequels

6/15/2014 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

6/7/2014 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

5/23/2014 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

5/15/2014 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

2/28/2014 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

12/6/2013 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...

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

9/26/2013 11:00am EDT
Don Jon 1
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...

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost And Edgar Wright Talk 'The World's End'

8/22/2013 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;...

Wadlow's 'Kick-Ass 2' Misses The Mark With Female Characters

8/19/2013 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) ...

Review: 'We're The Millers' Is A Road Trip Worth Taking

8/11/2013 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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