February 2014 Mini Reviews

RoboCop – 2 out of 5
The remake of the 80s remake was just OK. For an action movie with a sci-fi element, it’s not bad, but it lacks the over-the-topness and R rating that made the first one such a fun flick. On top of that, the movie spent a little too much time on the main character training and not enough time on the streets of Detroit. The movie did get a good boost from the acting of Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Haley, though. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson added a fun element.

Endless Love – 1 out of 5
A classic tale of love at first sight is what makes “Endless Love” so annoying. The problem is, the filmmakers have the relationship between the two main leads too perfect and flawless and have the father character be way to antagonistic. It creates a simple world of black and white when there should be some grey. To make matters worse, the acting isn’t anything all too special.

Winter’s Tale – 0.5 out of 5
Here’s a movie that really takes a dive because of its plot structure and story telling elements. One can see from watching the trailer that a portion of the film takes place in the future, the problem is that the movie doesn’t introduce the future until nearly the third act. The problem is that the characters who appear in the future don’t really have enough time to develop which makes it hard to care about them. Maybe the movie should have tried a bit of flashforwards and flashbacks.

On top of that, the story doesn’t exactly give enough exposition for an audience to fully understand everything that’s going on. By the end of the (very cheesy) ending, there were still multiple questions left unanswered. Not to mention the fact that the romance in the film once again feels rushed. Plus, the character Beverly who is supposed to be terminally ill doesn’t even look a hint frail or pale. Did the movie not have a makeup budget?

3 Days to Kill – High 2 out of 5
This was a film that seemed to have a lot of potential, but unfortunately, it wasn’t fully realized. The issue is that the movie has a little too much going on, juggling multiple subplots. It creates a bit of a problem with its tone, sometimes feeling like it should have been a darker rated R movie, and at others, seeming like it fit right at a PG-13. The movie did have some nice action bits and Kevin Costner was alright, though, making the film an OK experience.

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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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