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10th October
2014
written by Adam

Big time defense attorney Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is called back to his hometown in Indiana for his mother’s funeral. While home, long standing tensions between Hank and his father (Robert Duvall), are pushed to a new level. Hank’s father happens to be the town’s judge, who also happens to be under investigation for murder; meanwhile old flame Samantha (Vera Farmiga) has a few life lessons to impart as well, this homecoming is bittersweet to say the least. Making amends, becoming the fair and good man his father would want him to be, and defending his father in court against Prosecutor Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton), will Hank have the chops and strength to make it all happen?judge Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers and The Change-up), The Judge is a distinct change of tone from what one might expect from Dobkin and angles drama with elements of dry comedy as only Downey Jr. can deliver. Meanwhile, a strong performance from powerhouse Duvall doesn’t go unnoticed either. Sadly the film’s stereotypical, paint by numbers character development fails to create real meaningful depth, try as the screenplay might. And, the overall too convenient storyline perfectly bundles up all loose ends for an ending that ultimately falls flat. Sadly, scoring from Thomas Newman even feels unchallenged and uninspired. That’s not to say the film is all bad; rather, the film’s just not as compelling as one might hope. Perhaps a matinee or rental later, The Judge is rated R.

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10th October
2014
written by Adam

As a boy, future prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans), was sent to appease the Turkish sultan and serve in the Turkish army. Years later he would return to his homeland and claim the throne. As an adult Vlad would fight against the Sultan, Mehmed (Dominic Cooper), and the Turk’s wishes to advance into Europe. Known for his barbaric and unparalleled wrath, slowly impaling thousands upon thousands of enemies upon stakes, Vlad took on the moniker Vlad the Impaler. Challenged by the Sultan feeling particularly greedy it would take a much higher (or lower) power to even the score and protect his beloved land of Wallachia along with his wife and son (Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson). This is the story of How Vlad the Impaler became the vampire legend Vlad Dracul. dracula Very loosely following actual historical events, this fictional tale of one of history’s bloodiest leaders and cinema’s greatest monsters gains a marginal bit of traction just in time for Halloween. Not so much about scares and spooks, Dracula Untold plays out more in the action/fantasy realm of a lesser Lord of The Rings, but with more confused dialects than you can shake a stick at, cause yeah, it is fiction. However, if you can let go of the general ridiculousness and just go with it, this 92 minute alternate history does about what you’d expect, delivering big CGI bat battles, but feels about 180 minutes, which is good and bad. Not overly offensive nor terribly impressive this offering from Director Gary Shore, gets marks for effort, but not so much for freshness. Maybe a matinee, but really more of a rental, Dracula Untold is rated PG-13.

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