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Let Me In (Review)

Remake of Swedish vampire film is surprisingly effective

0 Comments · Thursday, September 30, 2010
Matt Reeves' remake of Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson's atmospheric vampire thriller — both of which are based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's horror novel 'Let the Right One In' — might not be as restrained or as poetic as its predecessor. Like the earlier film, though, 'Let Me In' generates unexpected empathy for its central duo, a pair of 12-year-olds who form an unexpected bond. Grade: B.  

Kick-Ass (Review)

Excellent pulp adaptation turns teenage Everyman into superhero

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
When Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) asks why no one has ever tried to be a real-life superhero, the question initially sounds like the fantasies of a comic-book geek a few years away from accepting the realities of life as we all know it. Director Matthew Vaughn and his actors seamlessly stitch together the disparate fabrics of pulp and an almost John Hughes-like weave of teenage drama. The real standout is Nicolas Cage. Grade: A.