Archive for May, 2013

“Frances Ha” is a charming and witty coming-of-age film

Posted in Reviews on May 24, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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Writer-director Noah Baumbach collaborates with his real-life girlfriend Greta Gerwig to make “Frances Ha,” a lighthearted comedy that also pays tribute films made during the French New Wave, American-style. Continue reading

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“The Hangover Part III” fails to garner big laughs

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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Who would have thought that a raunchy comedy about three guys looking for their lost friend in Las Vegas after a night of debauchery would become a film franchise? “The Hangover” was an instant comedy classic and it even went on to win the Golden Globe award for best comedy/musical. However, its sequel ended up being more of a rehash of the original plot except it was set in Thailand. Straying from the formula, “The Hangover Part III” acts more like a dark, caper film than a comedy as most of the jokes don’t quite hit their mark. Continue reading

“Simon Killer” is a hypnotizing noir set in the City of Lights

Posted in Reviews on May 17, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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Set in a dark, seedy and desolated Paris, “Simon Killer” is a neo-noir character study on a overemotional and cowardly young man who has a habit of making eerie sounds whenever he becomes frustrated. Continue reading

“The Great Gatsby” favors style over substance

Posted in Reviews on May 10, 2013 by Steve Mesa

The attempt and failure to make a big-screen adaptation F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” interesting continues with Baz Luhrmann at the director’s chair and Leonardo DiCaprio cast as the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. His take on the famed 1925 novel shows that Luhrmann did the best he can to capture the spirit of the Jazz Age, but the movie ends up being nothing but a shallow and soulless movie filled with eye candy. Continue reading

Third time is a charm with “Iron Man 3”

Posted in Reviews on May 3, 2013 by Steve Mesa

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The third time isn’t always a charm. When you think about it, the third film of an established comic-book franchise is always weak whether it is Peter Parker dancing in “Spider-Man 3” or a cluster of characters taking up space in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” However, the “Iron Man” franchise bounces back from the mediocrity of “Iron Man 2” with the entertaining third (and possibly last) installment thanks to Shane Black reuniting with his “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” star Robert Downey, Jr. Continue reading