johnlink ranks PROJECT ALMANAC (2015)

•January 24, 2016 • 2 Comments

Back when I was managing a movie theater, I had the opportunity to go to this big meeting of distributors and theater owners at Patriot Place in Foxboro. We saw dozens of teasers and trailers, and I walked away talking about a couple of smaller movies that previously had not been on my radar. PROJECT ALMANAC was one of those movies, though I tempered expectations due to the fact that it was produced by Michael Bay and couldn’t possibly have been as cool of a film as it seemed. Well, I finally got around to seeing it a year and a half later.

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johnlink ranks RUN ALL NIGHT (2015)

•January 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I’ve said this many, many times over the years on this page, but it still holds true: Give me Liam Neeson in an action/suspense film and I am there with little to no questions asked.

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johnlink ranks MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

•January 20, 2016 • 3 Comments

Like everyone else, heard a ton of good things about this movie. It also was one of the rare summer blockbuster films to receive a respectable level of Oscar love. This is one I was excited for, especially considering the sorts of different types of praise being heaped upon it.

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johnlink ranks MARGIN CALL (2011)

•January 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This movie just popped up on Amazon Prime recently, and the cast is just too good not to run with. A thriller set around a company realizing the inevitable as a major financial crisis will hit, MARGIN CALL seemed like a movie worth seeing.

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johnlink ranks KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2014)

•January 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This was advertised, initially, in a way which made it seem like standard PG-13 spy movie stuff. It looked like a cross between James Bond and NATIONAL TREASURE. The sort of movie that I would see, but didn’t feel the need to rush out for. Then I heard it was a more ultra-violent in the vein of SHOOT ‘EM UP. That still didn’t make me rush out, but it sounded a bit more intriguing.

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johnlink ranks RED STATE (2011)

•January 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Of all the huge 90s indie directors, Kevin Smith has had the most divergent career path. Since he wrapped up his View Askew Universe with JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, Smith has had a smattering of interesting and diverse projects, though none have come with the critical success of his first offerings. RED STATE is what would happen if you took the themes of DOGMA and combined them with a Peckinpah film. So… is it good?

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johnlink ranks EX MACHINA (2015)

•January 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

Been wanting to see this one pretty much since I heard about it. I love small-jump science fiction. The kind of stuff set in the near future where mankind has made a small (but believable) leap in technology. These films are usually smaller scale, just a few characters, and tightly made. Heard EX MACHINA was no exception, and was glad to finally get a chance to get at it.

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