‘The Dictator’ Review 6.5/10

‘The Dictator’ Review

Release Date: May 16, 2012
Director: Larry Charles
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6.5/10

Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) in his most recent film, The Dictator, shows us why his genius, chameleon-like ability to

‘The Road’ (2012) Review 5.5/10

‘The Road’ (2012) Review

Release Date: May 11, 2012 (Limited)
Director: Yam Laranas
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 5.5/10

Pieced together in three interwoven acts, the Filipino film The Road, sets out to scare and engage viewers with

‘The Loved Ones’ Review 7.5/10

‘The Loved Ones’ Review

Release Date: June 1st, 2012
Director: Sean Byrne
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 7.5/10

On the surface, The Loved Ones may appear like just another teen horror flick involving a little bit of crazy,

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HICK Review

There’s an odd streak running through the middle of Hick that makes it hard to decide what to say about it.  Its part road-trip movie, part coming-of-age drama, 100% off-kilter and more than a little bit strange.

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HYSTERIA Review

Release Date: May 18, 2012 (Limited)
Director: Tanya Wexler
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 4/10

As is unfortunately the case with far too many films, Hysteria is not of one mind – that is to say that

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DARK SHADOWS Review

Release Date: May 11, 2012
Director: Tim Burton
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 4/10

Dark Shadows, the new collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, a remake of the late 60’s television show of the same name,

SLEEPLESS NIGHT Review 6.5

SLEEPLESS NIGHT Review

Release Date: May 11, 2012
Director: Frédéric Jardin
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6.5/10

Sleepless Night, the new French action film written and directed by Frédéric Jardin, combines all the visceral action of a

THE AVENGERS Review 9.5

THE AVENGERS Review

Release Date: May 4, 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 9.5/10

In 2008, Marvel Studios gave us the first film adaptation of it’s super hero Iron Man, with the promise of

SAFE Review 6.5

SAFE Review

Release Date: April 27, 2012
Director: Boaz Yakin
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6.5/10

Safe, the new Jason Statham vehicle, is a blasting, high-energy ball of skull bashing, nut crunching, and head cracking enjoyment. 

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THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Review

Release Date:  April 27, 2012
Director:  Nicholas Stoller
MPAA Rating:  R
Film Pulse Score: 6/10

There are risks when romantic comedy is injected with “truth.”  Too little, and it feels like a desperate attempt to

HEADHUNTERS Review 7.5

HEADHUNTERS Review

Release Date:  April 27, 2012
MPAA Rating:  R
Director:  Morten Tyldum
FilmPulse Score: 7.5/10

Headhunters is the first in what I suspect will be a slew of Jo Nesbø film adaptations in the coming years and

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PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Review

Release Date: April 27, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Film Pulse Score: 6/10

Pirates! Band of Misfits is the latest offering from the wonderfully talented team of animators who brought us the Wallace &

THE SAMARITAN Review 7.5

THE SAMARITAN Review

Release Date:  May 18, 2012 (limited)
Currently Showing: IFC on Demand
Director:  David Weaver
MPAA Rating:  R
Film Pulse Score:  7.5/10

David Weaver has said that brilliant films like Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa and The Crying Game

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BAD ASS Review

Release Date:  April 13, 2012 (Limited)
Available On Demand
Director:  Craig Moss
MPAA Rating:  R
Film Pulse Score:  .5/10

When a trailer for Bad Ass hit the web last year, many questioned whether or not it was

MONSIEUR LAZHAR Review 7.5

MONSIEUR LAZHAR Review

Release Date:  April 13th, 2012 (Limited)
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Philippe Falardeau
FilmPulse Score:  7.5/10

Monsieur Lazhar is another in a long line of inspirational teacher films set to show viewers that teachers are an unending source