Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Paul Kates

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  04/09/2014 9:02 AM EDT
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"   makes its long anticipated debut on the small screen with the release of various home entertainment editions. "The Hobbit", set 60 years before "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy   brings us Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McK... Read More

Robocop Theatrical Review
Robocop   Robocop Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  02/11/2014 8:56 AM EDT
In the year 2028, OmniCorp rules the world in robot technologies. Their robots are deployed all around the globe keeping law and order on the streets, except in one country, America. The U.S. has the Dreyfuss Act -- a law forbidding the use of drones on its street. OmniCorp's CEO, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), sees a way of getting around the l... Read More

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Theatrical Review
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  12/12/2013 4:59 PM EDT
Fresh from his victorious game of riddles with Gollum in the previous movie, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), as well as the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), continue their quest to The Lonely Mountain and claim what is rightfully theirs. But, in order to succeed, they must battle t... Read More

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Theatrical Review
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  11/19/2013 9:28 AM EDT
Great news for fans of The Hunger Games: the girl is on fire again and burning just as brightly as before. The second movie in the popular franchise, Catching Fire, opens where the first movie left off, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class, Silver Linings Playbook) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, ... Read More

Filth Theatrical Review
Filth   Filth Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  10/08/2013 11:02 AM EDT
If ever there was a film aptly named it has to be Filth, director Jon S. Baird's adaptation of the novel by Irving Welsh.The film starts with Bruce Robinson (James McAvoy, Trance, X-Men: First Class), a Scottish cop who is keen to climb up the ladder of success and gain promotion; in doing so, he believes he will win back his wife's affections afte... Read More

The World's End Theatrical Review
The World's End   The World's End Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  08/23/2013 9:42 AM EDT
After the successes of last decade's Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, director Edgar Wright treats us to one last flavour in his hilarious "Cornetto" trilogy,The World's End, which also sees Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reuniting with Wright for the third time.The World's End opens with Gary King (Pegg), a fortysomething s... Read More

Redemption Theatrical Review
Redemption   Redemption Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  07/30/2013 10:19 AM EDT
Director Steven Knight's Redemption (Hummingbird in the UK) sees Jason Statham in the lead role of Joey Jones. Jones is a former Royal Marine commando who, on a tour in Afghanistan, took justice into his own hands after the ambush and killing of other personnel in his patrol. Court-martialled, he now fi... Read More

Fast & Furious 6 Theatrical Review
Fast & Furious 6   Fast & Furious 6 Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  05/23/2013 11:34 AM EDT
There are not that many franchises that can boast six or more feature films to their name, but that landmark has just been set for the hugely popular high octane movies Fast and Furious series. Starting back in 2001, the series so far has taken in over $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office, and the sixth instalment will surely boost that figure ... Read More

Iron Man 3 Theatrical Review
Iron Man 3   Iron Man 3 Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  05/01/2013 11:17 AM EDT
Mega-wealthy playboy philanthropist Tony Stark makes a welcome return to the big screen, for the third and possibly final Iron Man movie to star Robert Downey Jr. This movie kicks off the second phase of films set within the Marvel universe and is set shortly after the exploits of the Avengers in New York, which saw Iron Man et al beat off the alie... Read More

Trance Theatrical Review
Trance   Trance Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  04/10/2013 2:14 PM EDT
I must admit to not having looked forward to a single Danny Boyle film in recent years. I enjoyed his films that were more rough-cut, like Trainspotting,Shallow Grave and 28 Days LaterRead More



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