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30 Minutes or Less

It would be possible to form a tragedy from the background inspiration of Ruben Fleisher's 30 Minutes or Less, but the filmmakers have not traveled that route. Instead of fashioning a heartbreaking tale about greed and inhumanity, Fleisher has app...

Run Time: 1:23
U.S. Release Date: 2011-08-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: COMEDY/ACTION
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, ...
Brideshead Revisited

This is a classic example of a novel being condensed and edited to fit within the limited time allowed for a screen adaptation. The 2008 motion picture adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited clocks in at 135 minutes - not short, to be s...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2008-08-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, ...
Ghost in the Shell

As a noisy, CGI-saturated spectacle, there’s no arguing that Ghost in the Shell gets the job done. Every cent spent on the movie appears to have made it into the final cut – an indication that the actors probably did most of their work in ...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2017-03-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, ...
Hot Fuzz

It has been remarked by more than one critic that the action comedy can be one of the easiest movies to make poorly and one of the most difficult to make effectively. The problem is evident: comedy and action often war with one another, each tryin...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2007-04-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: COMEDY/ACTION
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, ...
Serenity

For a while, it seems like Serenity is going to a be a fairly routine neo-noir thriller. That’s not necessarily a bad prospect with a scraggly-looking Matthew McConaughey playing a down-on-his-luck free-spirit and a blond Anne Hathaway as the...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2019-01-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Steven Knight
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, ...
Son of Rambow

It's said one never forget the first time - first love, first kiss, first movie. That's certainly the case in Son of Rambow, in which one character's first cinematic experience, First Blood, opens up a world of new possibilities he had never dream...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2008-05-02
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/COMEDY
Director: Garth Jennings
Cast: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jules Sitruk, ...
Spectacular Now, The

Potential Spoilers: I reveal a little more about the plot than I normally do in reviews, primarily because I want to discuss the way the film progresses during its second half. There are no big "reveals" in the review - it's not the kind of movie t...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2013-08-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, ...
Switch, The

The Switch made me want to gnash my teeth in frustration. Nested within the restrictive confines of a middling romantic comedy is a secondary plot of some immediacy and power. It results in several moving scenes and allows Jason Bateman's acting ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2010-08-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: COMEDY/DRAMA
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson, ...
Transcendence

To be fair, Transcendence contains its share of "big ideas" - science fiction tropes that have fascinated readers and viewers for decades, ever since the concept of computer sentience became fodder for stories and movies. Unfortunately, it takes mo...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2014-04-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Wally Pfister
Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, ...