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  • 'Lucy'
    DVD review: 'Lucy'
    Early on, Luc Besson was one of those European directors that was untouchable. Instead of giving us talky, art-house fare people often expect from France, he provided some of the most exciting action films of the 90s. I'm referring to the...
  • Taken 3
    Review: 'Taken 3' should end here
    “Taken 3” continues the story of ex-government agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in an action packed adventure, but this time with a twist. Instead of anyone being taken, Mills is on the run after being framed for the murder of his ex...
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    More Hunger, More games (Part the first)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: Rated “PG-13” (2 hours, 5 minutes)Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth BanksDirected by: Francis Lawrence OK kids, here it is, part on of...
  • Riley Hollis  is a smart powerful magician
    'Trace of Magic' by Diane Pharaoh Francis is an excellent romantic urban fantasy
    "Trace of Magic" by Diane Pharaoh Francis hits the sweet spot between romantic urban fantasy, detecting and action is a fast paced exciting read imbued with both wit and humor. Her main character Riley Hollis is a quick thinking...
  • 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'
    DVd review: 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'
    Robert Rodriguez is a busy guy, making films at a rapid clip. Frank Miller is one of the most accomplished comic book writers of all time. Their first collaboration in 2005 with 'Sin City' was reasonably successful. It took a whole nine...
  • 'Princess of Thorns' by Stacey Jay: Fairy tale about a princess with strength
    'Princess of Thorns' by Stacey Jay: Fairy tale about a princess with strength
    "Princess of Thorns" by Stacey Jay turns fairy tale stories on end with this book about the daughter of Sleeping Beauty (who did not get her happy-ever-after). This is no mealy-mouthed, weak princess waiting for her prince to wake her,...
  • ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’: Scott delivers a great special effects film
    ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’: Scott delivers a great special effects film
    The story of Moses has been told from generation to generation, and each time it leaves an extreme effect on its listeners. In the fifty’s there was a blockbuster hit called ‘The Ten Commandments’, staring Charlton Heston that...
  • Renegade by Antony John
    'Renegade' by Antony John: Last book in the YA 'Elemental' series
    Antony John managed to write a trilogy with three quite interesting books, each of which has a solid plot. "Renegade," the last of the books in the series that began with "Elemental" and continued with "Firebrand," is...
  • Transporter: The Series
    Vance fights off villains in a wonderfully breezy 'Transporter: The Series'
    Is it possible to focus on just completing an assignment when there's more at stake than you originally thought? Can you turn away or will have you step in and break your own rules in the process? That's part of the premise behind the new...
  • 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'
    DVD review: 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'
    J.J. Abrams is a successful filmmaker, there isn't any debate about that. Very few could have predicted the massive success of his first 'Star Trek' cinematic reboot.One thing you could predict is that he would get the chance to do it...
  • 'The Punisher' (1989)
    DVD review: 'The Punisher' (1989)
    The Punisher is one of this Examiner's favorite Marvel characters. Perhaps it's the logo, perhaps it's his dark anti-hero status, perhaps it is the semi-realism of the premise.No matter what it is, there has been a lot of trouble...
  • '22 Jump Street'
    DVD review: '22 Jump Street'
    Who could have predicted that a '21 Jump Street' movie would have been so good? Well, it was fantastic and financially successful. We all know that means we were due for more.Here is the inevitable '22 Jump Street'.Schmidt (Jonah...
  • Big Hero 6
    'Big Hero 6' suits up for action reasonably well
    There is a certain magic to the origin story of a superhero because it really can come out of anywhere and anyone can step up when the situation calls for it. "Big Hero 6" is a delightful action filled romp that doesn't quite hit the...
  • 'Brick Mansions'
    DVD review: 'Brick Mansions'
    New action stories are great when you can get them. When you can't, a bored, successful filmmaker sometimes will return to the well and remake one of his old works.That brings us to Luc Besson and 'Brick Mansions'.Set in a grim,...
  • 'Divergent'
    DVD review: 'Divergent'
    'The Hunger Games' helped to keep the door open for other young adult series to be adapted into a movie series. A chief beneficiary of this timing is 'Divergent.'Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) is a 16 year old girl who, like all...