Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Roger Longenbach

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Theatrical Review
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra   G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  08/07/2009 12:27 PM EDT
I had been worried about this film ever since reading in the trades about how early word of mouth was horrible, and that Paramount had put an embargo on pre-release screening by critics. At the same time however, Paramount did show it to a select few, and screened it for our nation's military at Andrews AFB. Reports from those showings se... Read More

Sling Blade Blu-ray Review
Sling Blade   Sling Blade Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  08/04/2009 8:47 AM EDT
Sling Blade tells the story of a mentally challenged man that has spent most of his life in a state hospital, after he killed his mother and her lover with a "sling blade". After being out of society for such a long time, the movie follows his story adapting to his old hometown. The script is a refreshing relief from the current... Read More

The Waterboy Blu-ray Review
The Waterboy   The Waterboy Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  07/30/2009 8:10 PM EDT
Coming out on August 4, 2009, is one of Adam Sandler's best movies during the peak of his career (around the time of Happy Gilmore): The Waterboy.  It follows Adam Sandler, who is playing Bobby Bouchet, a self-described "water quality engineer" for the fictional University of Louisana football team.Bobby has been raised by his mom al... Read More

G-Force Theatrical Review
G-Force   G-Force Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  07/25/2009 10:34 AM EDT
Disney has decided that 3-D is the future of motion pictures at your local cinema, and with the exception of the "extra fee for 3-D", they may be right. While the current version of 3-D technology (instead of the red/blue 3-D from the 1950s) got kickstarted by the short films in the Disney theme parks (such as Captain EO, Honey I Shr... Read More

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Theatrical Review
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  07/16/2009 8:56 AM EDT
I don't know if it's just my luck, or just the quality of movies this summer, but this movie is another hard one to judge. If you're a fan of the books, or have followed the previous 5 movies and want to continue the story, you're going to see this movie even if I tell you to not waste your time. So, let's get down to business to see what I th... Read More

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Theatrical Review
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen   Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/25/2009 9:23 AM EDT
This is one of the hard movies to review, because I could give this movie an F and if you are a fan of the first movie, you're probably going to go see it in the theater anyway. While I did enjoy the movie, from a overall movie perspective the movie doesn't quite cut it. Set two years after the events of the first movie, we see Sam Witwic... Read More

Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
Angels & Demons   Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  05/18/2009 3:30 PM EDT
Shortly after 2006's The Da Vinci Code became a commercial success, Imagine Entertainment began work on the prequel to that novel, Angels and Demons. Due to the writer's strike, it took three years to get the movie to the big screen. Was it worth the three year wait? Dan Brown wrote Angels and Demons before The Da Vinci Code, and it ... Read More

Valkyrie Theatrical Review
Valkyrie   Valkyrie Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  12/29/2008 9:06 PM EDT
This honestly is a hard movie to review.  We can give away the plot, since it's based on a true story (they don't kill Hitler), so all that's left is the technical aspects of the film.Valkyrie has an amazing mix of very talented actors, that at times appeared to be a reunion from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Bill Nighy (Davey Jones) plays G... Read More

Twilight Theatrical Review
Twilight   Twilight Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  11/26/2008 11:47 AM EDT
The void left by the postponement of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince allowed for Twilight to move up their release date by two weeks.  It was more than just a timing difference or to move away from The Day the Earth Stood Still.  Rather, I think it was a symbolic move, to show that Twilight was filling in for the serial movie genre... Read More

Wall-E Theatrical Review
Wall-E   Wall-E Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/30/2008 2:45 PM EDT
I have been worried about his film for the last year or so, ever since I watched the teaser trailer where Andrew Stanton recaps the development of the ideas that the creative heads at Pixar tossed around at the Hidden City restaurant (which included the late Joe Ranft).  Then hearing about how the main character doesn't speak, and the supposed... Read More



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