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Joe Johnston

Reviews

Monday, January 9 2012

Look! It's 'The Rocketeer'! No, really - LOOK!

Our depressed society, badly needing distraction, needs a cinematic jolt of joy -- much like the one found in this classic adventure tale.


Wednesday, November 9 2011

'Captain America: The First Avenger': Get Ready for Some Red, White, and Bruise

Captain America: The First Avenger is a rip-roaring adventure story that faithfully adapts the iconic superhero's comic book story.


Thursday, July 21 2011

'Captain America: The First Avenger' Is All About Advancement of the Marvel Brand

Chris Evans, usually more of a wiseass in the Ryan Reynolds mode, makes Captain America's earnestness winning and believable.


Thursday, February 11 2010

The Wolfman

The Wolfman reframes the werewolf legend -- so weighty with communal perversity and collective guilt -- so that it's all about a very bad dad.


Sunday, August 8 2004

Hidalgo (2004)

'Being out in the middle of the Arabian desert,' says Mortensen, 'you could easily imagine what it must have been like.'"


Hidalgo (2004) [3.Mar.04]

Blogs

Friday, December 23 2011

Attempted Superhero Nostalgia: 'The Rocketeer' (Blu-ray)

The Rocketeer clearly has its fans. It also has its failings.


Friday, July 22 2011

Our Hero: 'Captain America - The First Avenger'

In a no muss, no fuss kind of way, Captain America becomes one of the best comic book movies of all time.


Sunday, July 25 2010

Time...and 'The Avengers'

With a 2012 release date and the daunting task of trying to find a story solid enough to carry all of these characters, it remains a job so gigantic, so Herculean in proportion and anticipation, that only the bravest (or dumbest) among the entertainment elite would face it head on.


Tuesday, June 1 2010

'The Wolfman': Unrated, or Just Overrated?

Unlike the theatrical version, which got to the action almost immediately, the new unrated version takes its own sweet time before unleashing the terror - and that's not necessarily a good thing.


Friday, February 12 2010

'Wolfman' Is all Bark and No Bite

It's all there: the gloomy Victorian England setting; the decrepit Gothic family manor; the faux religion and ancient gypsy curse; the mark of the beast;


The Wolfman dir. Joe Johnston (trailer) (Mixed Media) [22.Aug.09]
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