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Reviews By Chris Rebholz

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Promised Land Theatrical Review
Promised Land   Promised Land Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/6/2013 8:00 PM EDT
Promised Land, Gus Van Sant's gentle but knowing natural gas drama, is concerned with the tension between long-term environmental costs and short-term financial gain. Set in small-town Pennsylvania and based on a story by Dave Eggers, the screenplay by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski aims for a moral complexity that pays as much attentio... Read More

Cosmopolis Blu-ray Review
Cosmopolis   Cosmopolis Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/3/2013 8:52 AM EDT
Around the world the financial markets are in serious turmoil. Hoping to increase his wealth, financial wiz Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) has started betting against the yuan, convinced that it is only a matter of time before the Chinese economy collapses. Much to his disappointment, however, the yuan has proved resilient and he has suffered serio... Read More

Trouble With the Curve Blu-ray Review
Trouble With the Curve   Trouble With the Curve Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/28/2012 11:24 AM EDT
Trouble with the Curve is a neat 'n tidy counterpoint to the much better film Moneyball, bemoaning the long lost art of baseball scouting over the cold, faceless statistics of major league number crunching. The movie's story offers gruff romanticism over game-changing mathematics. Family drama over closed door shake-ups. And a very differen... Read More

Dick Tracy Blu-ray Review
Dick Tracy   Dick Tracy Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/17/2012 9:27 AM EDT
Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy is the bright, cheerful cousin to Tim Burton's Batman. When Tracy was released the year after Burton's film, it felt something like a repeat. (It didn't help that Danny Elfman scored both pictures.) But now, after over two decades of tortured heroes in dark films inspired by comics and graphic novels, Trac... Read More

Butter DVD Review
Butter   Butter DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/12/2012 10:32 AM EDT
There was tremendous potential for "Butter" to throw a spotlight on the rigors of butter sculpting competitions, drinking in the varied characters that populate this odd hobby while taking note of the exceptional skill required to turn slabs of dairy into art. Instead, "Butter" goes for a swipe of irreverence, poking fun with Mi... Read More

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Review
The Odd Life of Timothy Green   The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/12/2012 9:06 AM EDT
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" forces an enormous amount of whimsy down the throat of its audience in the early moments of the picture, though it doesn't take very long to develop a taste for the sweet stuff. Heartfelt and genuinely magical, this Disney release is perfect for the family, touching on themes of parenthood for adults, while... Read More

The Apparition Blu-ray Review
The Apparition   The Apparition Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/3/2012 10:47 AM EDT
"The Apparition" contains less story than a Twilight film. In fact, the trailer on the Blu-ray for "The Apparition" is actually more of a movie than "The Apparition." A wildly incoherent effort that spends most of its running time avoiding its own plot, "The Apparition" is one of those major studio releases t... Read More

Finding Nemo Blu-ray Review
Finding Nemo   Finding Nemo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/3/2012 10:05 AM EDT
Cars is typically labeled Pixar's most divisive film, but it's actually Finding Nemo that draws the widest and most passionate range of responses. Still, the years have indeed been kinder to the film's surprisingly viable animation than its beached-whale script and, beloved or no, Finding Nemo isn't the ultimate Pixar experience it ... Read More

The Watch Blu-ray Review
The Watch   The Watch Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/25/2012 7:07 PM EDT
Costco seems like it would make a decent place to ride out the zombie apocalypse. You've got a near-endless supply of pallets loaded with bulk food, enough toilet paper to TP Trump Tower, and sliding metal gates to keep out the undead hordes. But who would have imagined that a Costco in suburban Ohio would be ground zero for an alien invasion o... Read More

Hitchcock Theatrical Review
Hitchcock   Hitchcock Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/25/2012 6:41 PM EDT
"Hitchcock" arrives in theaters just a month after the airing of HBO's "The Girl," an unflattering portrait of Alfred Hitchcock's troubled dealings with star Tippi Hedren during production on "The Birds" and "Marnie." While it similarly references the helmer's attempts to manipulate the blonde lea... Read More

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