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Disney swings and misses with overly long ‘Lone Ranger’

THE LONE RANGERGrowing up, I loved the Lone Ranger. I just thought it was cool for a cowboy to wear a mask and run around with an Indian seeking justice. I’ve always loved westerns, it’s really too bad they have dropped off the popularity chart. So, I was pretty pumped when I found out they were doing this new big screen adaption of “The Lone Ranger”.

And then they cast Johnny Depp — as Tonto. And then they cast Armie Hammer (no, not the box of baking soda) as John Reid aka the Lone Ranger. Oh boy. Continue reading Disney swings and misses with overly long ‘Lone Ranger’

‘White House Down’ just another ‘Die Hard’ rip off

I’m all for mindless action movies. I’m not going to sit here and say just because I review movies for a living that I know what makes a good movie more than anyone else. Hey, I’m just here to offer my opinion. In this case, I would say, it is my opinion that “White House Down” is not a very good movie.

I know, you’re shocked, right?WHDpic2

Another movie in a long, long line of movies aiming to rip off the “Die Hard” formula. Actually “Olympus Has Fallen” was more of a “Die Hard” rip off, “WHD” borrows a little more from the formula Bay used for “The Rock” — you know, a delusional government Patriot does something crazy to get attention — or in this case revenge. Except this time we get James Woods leading a takeover of the White House instead of Ed Harris. Not as interesting.

Then there are the heroes. Channing Tatum plays a wanna be Secret Service agent and Jamie Foxx plays — wait for it — the President of the United States. From “Independence Day” and “2012” director Roland Emmerich never lets the the movie pretend it’s anything but what it is but if we are going to settle for mindless, can’t the movie at least feel original?

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‘World War Z’ is an intense zombie thriller with more brains

Okay, I was really concerned about this one going in. I’ve read the book twice and loved it more each time I read it. I thought it would be impossible to adapt it — as it is.

In case you haven’t read the book, it’s told more as an eye witness account record of the events of this global pandemic. There is no linear story structure. But don’t worry, you’ll have no problem following the movie.

WWZpanicpicBrad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a retired UN investigator who is brought in to help track down the origin of the viral outbreak that is turing everyone into an infection spreading zombies. Lane helps keep the film grounded in humanity,

Yes, there are some heart pounding scenes and some intense action, but more than anything, the film is incredibly smart, focusing on the search for a cure and the source of the outbreak rather than dwelling on the violence and gore that most zombie movies force on the audience.

Continue reading: World War Z movie review at Examiner.com

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