January 2013 Mini-Reviews

Texas Chainsaw 3D – 1 out of 5
This movie to me, basically ruins the lore of the original film from 1974. They give the Sawyer family, the psychopaths all of this backstory and history that just doesn’t blend with what the original film did. The only reason I didn’t give this a 0.5 is because at the very least they tried something a little different, the problem is that what they tried was just bad.

The Last Stand – 3 out of 5
Arnold’s come back had a bit of a flop at the theater which is too bad since this was actually a pretty fun movie to watch. Arnold has charm to him that just makes him enjoyable to watch on screen and he is joined by a band of misfits that make the movie work pretty well. It’s no action masterpiece but it is hard not to like.

Broken City – 2 out of 5
This is one of those flicks that I like to call a diamond in the rough. There were good actors here and there was a pretty good premise, but the execution was just poor. The story felt like it didn’t really know what to do or where to go and the dialogue and the look of the film just made it seem like it was an average, run of the mill corruption drama. I think the film could have used some more stylization.

Hansel & Gretal Witch Hunters – 2 out of 5
This film just got more and more stupid as it went on. Did it have it’s fun and exciting moments? Sure. But it felt like it was trying to be too hard to be edgy and cool. They just took things a little too far. Still possibly worth a rental if you have a couple beers and want to make fun of it.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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