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Re: “Jersey Boys

Do you think us baby boomers give a crap about what a snob reviewer thinks. We and many others in the theater enjoyed this movie. We older folks do not need your insults. perhaps you should not alienate such a larger consumer group just because a movie is not done the way you want it. your review just bolsters my reason to check the viewers reviews and never read professional film critic reviews. most of you are out of touch with reality.

Posted by Steven L Dunn on 07/28/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Begin Again

I enjoyed it. I saw it in Thailand and most of the films that come here are cgi 3d epics so it made a change to watch something with substance. As a Brit I also enjoyed the Britishness of it too (despite it being set in NYC). Corden played his part well and I enjoyed his chemistry with Keira. Loved the car, loved Mos Def's beard and enjoyed the acting from just about everyone. Your review score was spot on.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jason Nevin on 07/23/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

Nice try, Michael.

Posted by Joe Schneider on 07/08/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

Do not listen to the detractors for nothing on Earth will ever satisfy your inner Transformers geek more than witnessing the utter, complete and total redemption of Michael Bay. With one glorious fell swoop this evidently slow-to-warm-up-but-eventually-wizard-like filmmaker has expunged all his previous crimes against the Transformers fan base and finally delivered them to their deservedly blissful state of Cybertronian nirvana.

Like a twenty first century Jesus armed with $200 million dollars, Bay has redeemed even the gravest of the sins of our childhood. Not only has he risen phoenix-like, still burning yet majestic, from the putrid black ashes that remained from the burning of our childhood dreams and his own reputation. Incredibly, he has somehow also redeemed the once unforgivable abomination that was the ascension of Rodimus Prime. In one two and half hour expedition to the pinnacle of awesomeness he has made whole the millions of innocent hearts so cynically and selfishly broken all those years ago.

Suddenly the pain and confusion that was so cruelly and needlessly inflicted upon us in 1986 can be forgotten. Even the fresher scars, the proverbial salt in the wound that is the memory of the first three piles of turd rubbed onto celluloid that Bay tried to pass off as Transformers films, have been forever healed. Like faithful, stubborn and persistent visitors to a highly priced and extremely talented plastic surgeon, we have had our scars forever erased.

All those that have ever nestled into the sometimes prickly and often disappointing bosom of the Transformers geekdom, go forth like pilgrims to thine local cinema. Flock now so that you all can finally revel in your long overdue and much deserved cinematic birthright: a truly epic journey into the elusive and sublime joys of well thought-out and skilfully delivered Transformers 'fan service'.

This movie isn't for the hordes. It isn't for the unfortunate souls that weren't brought up living and breathing robots from Cybertron. It's not for the critics. It's an expensive, much belated and exclusive gift made especially just for you. An epic, royally triumphant and completely kick-ass Transformers movie that respects the fan base while also creating a new folklore that not only doesn't make you want to stab yourself in the face with a rusty nail while having your eyeballs lacerated by a million paper cuts, it is actually pretty awesome in its own right.

A true fan will find it almost impossible not to love this film. It is simply that good.

Michael Bay I never thought I would ever say this but, thank you. Even the $600 million odd dollars and approximately seven and a half hours of my life you wasted setting up the story line of this movie with those first three abominations now seems like time and money well spent.

For after nearly thirty long years of shattered hopes and unfulfilled expectations, finally our inner 6 year olds can live the dream. Finally we can stand on the apex of the Mount Everest of 1980's nostalgia - and wholeheartedly and enthusiastically enjoy a Transformers movie for the first time - all the while being snugly wrapped in a delightful bubble of restored faith, emancipation from loss and total satisfaction.

Do not take heed of reviews written by people that have never transformed a toy from a robot to a car in their lives. Do not be distracted by accounts of gratuitous product placement. Worry not about a repeat of previously indecipherable shot composition and editing. Cleanse yourself of the horrible memory that is Shia LeBeouf.

This film delivers much more in the way of fan service than any of the previous films. Some of it is subtle, some quite overt (Galvatron transforming into a cannon and Optimus spending some time looking much like his G1 alter ego in truck form are notable examples). The movie is peppered with a lot of little touches that would probably be lost on people new to Transformers, but that had me clapping the screen at stages. Some people actually applauded the movie when it ended.

It's like they finally aimed it at the fan base, rather than take it for granted that the fan base would go anyway and trying to make it work for everyone else. And I for one appreciated those touches as they have been sorely missing from the franchise. But regardless of whether that stuff resonates with you or not it still has a much better plot than any of the other films and importantly it's a grand spectacle - almost without a doubt bigger and more outrageous than any other movie in history, period. It is simply EPIC.

Anyone that is a true Transformers fan obviously wants to and tries to like these movies. Three times previous to this I have failed in this task more or less and pretty much became a card carrying member of the &@#% You Michael Bay You Killed My Childhood club. Yet this time when they take it in yet another direction that is completely incongruous with the beloved and sacred G1 mythology - I totally went with them instead of fighting it. And actually, it is pretty damn cool. I didn't have to try to like this movie. As a Transformers mega-geek Age of Extinction was inherently enjoyable to me in nearly every way. Plus as I said it has a lot of delicious little morsels for the old school fans that just become the cherry on top of a very sweet sundae.

I am honestly and truly sorry for anyone that thinks they are a Transformers fan but that doesn't absolutely love this movie. I think it is just a horrible defect in their personality. They will never be happy unless watching the movie is a mere carbon copy of their experiences watching the G1 cartoon. Yes Michael didn't go in the direction we wanted him to at first. But where he has ended up should allow us to forgive if not forget and appreciate the unique and incredible nature of this motion picture.

When we thought all hope was lost, Michael Bay has given us what we have been wanting all these years. But for some their own cynicism will not allow them to celebrate the occasion. To them I say let the 6 year old inside you finally let go of all the pain and rip up your Bay Haters membership card.

All the Transformers aficionados that are brow beaten, dejected and void of all hope should rest assured that finally Michael Bay has miraculously managed to not completely &@#% up a Transformers film.

The jaded, dejected and resentful among the once wide-eyed and awestruck Transformers mega-geeks: rejoice! For you are the chosen ones. You are the chosen few for whom Transformers: Age of Extinction won't be a loud and obnoxious destruction of two and a half perfectly good hours of your life. It will be an exhilarating, deeply satisfying and ultimately spiritual experience.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Nathan T. Rhodes on 07/06/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

You need help

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by yankeesrule587 on 07/02/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

I saw the movie and then read this review. I am fairly certain he didn't watch the same movie I did. Rick obviously is not a sci-fi fan and is not able to give an unbiased review of, what really is, a fun and entertaining movie. While obviously not Oscar material, Edge of Tomorrow kept me entertained through the entire movie. I had more chuckles at the dark humour than I have had watching full-blown comedies. Whatever personal vendetta Rick has against Tom Cruise shouldn't influence his reviews. The fact that it does negates his ability to ply his trade as a film critic. The truth of the matter is...get some popcorn, go watch the movie and enjoy yourself.

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by doubledipper on 06/15/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Maleficent

That this thing is full of spoilers should probably be said before someone reads it to decide if they wish to see the movie. Doh! Elle Fanning does a fine job -- IF you recall the second fairy gift, kind of restrains your acting range when your character is locked into constant happiness. As far as the lack of action? The dragon fight was more than cool -- although one would have thought there would have been a lot more dead bodies. The only action I really expected and didn't get was Prince Charming fighting his way through a series of dreadful challenges to to win his way to Sleeping Beauty -- it could have been clever and amusing watching Jolie's character set them up and then secretly help him out.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frank M. Arlington on 06/15/2014 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

The reviewer must represent an extremely small portion of the potential audience. Who is he writing for? I mean, seriously, my Mom would never come "Within a mile of Edge of Tomorrow" or even within a mile of a review of it. My recommendation is that he should probably refrain from reviewing anything involving science fiction, action, and humor -- especially dark humor -- to name just a few. In fact, perhaps it would be safest if he confined himself to daily viewings and reviews of "The English Patient."

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Frank M. Arlington on 06/15/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

In 'Edge of Tomorrow' the time loop repeats itself numerous times. The video editing in this movie is impressive. The editor has done an excellent job and the plot moves forward briskly. No other sci-fi movie has previously been attempted in Hollywood on such a grand scale, with both Aliens and Time Travel in the same plot. The audience are give enough clues in the movie to think and figure out what is happening in the movie.

The movie has interesting references to Eastern philosophies of death and rebirth, along with excellent action, great sound and eye popping CGI graphics. The plot of this movie is very good too, as the audience are given the experience to figure out what is going on.

But this review of 'Edge of Tomorrow' by Rick Kisonak really does injustice to Tom Cruise and the movie. There is no reason to talk about Tom Cruise's previous movies, when writing a review of this movie. yet, in this review, the reviewer writes and acts like a kid who is Jealous with Tom Cruise. This reviewer clearly has no idea about what he is talking about in this review. Tom Cruise has a huge fan base all over the world and his previous movies are excellent and loved by lot of people.

The Edge of Tomorrow is a real good movie with time loop along the lines of '12 Monkeys', 'The Butterfly Effect', 'Looper', 'Source Code' and 'Groundhog Day'. The idea behind this movie is that, after every day, time reset itself to the previous day. Go watch and enjoy.

33 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by jomo on 06/11/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Maleficent

I think you are a bit off track and harsh on the review. It was a movie about redemption and making the choice to allow your anger to consume you or to let go. Auroa was passive, but that was perfect. Not everything needs to done by force. Many times, gentleness and kindness is a greater force. It was a beautifully filmed movie with a modern twist on a Disney classic.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Diane Chanowsky on 06/07/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “A Million Ways to Die in the West

Wow your an idiot

14 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Aisha Brutella on 06/05/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Godzilla

I thought Godzilla knew about the two bad-monsters due to their talking, echolocation, and all the EMP they were giving off. Also, I gathered the main reason for Godzilla to take the two down is because he was the Apex predator, ie king of the jungle, and had to make sure they knew he was boss. Now to me, that meant Godzilla should've beaten them to submission, not out right kill them; however, they gave hints that Godzilla is far smarter than a mindless t-rex beast and I'm sure he had his reasons which will lead to Godzilla 2

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nicole Cass on 05/31/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Godzilla

An epic flop......Plot holes galore , terrible acting

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vince Lentini on 05/24/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Godzilla

I liked this one much more than the Matthew Broderick campy nonsense in the early 2000s. And for complaining that Godzilla didnt show up until after the first hour, it was building the suspense! And it worked! I couldn't wait to see Godzilla storm onto the scene. It wasn't a shortcoming it was a plus.
I was pumped to see Bryan Cranston in the movie too, since I saw Breaking Bad, and I really this he played this minor role very well, it's a shame he didn't have a bigger role.
I give it a 4 out of 5.
And if you're in the mood for destruction at its best, it's a 5 out of 5.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Alexander Darr on 05/22/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Godzilla

Mr Reuter, while I can't help but be impressed by your insider knowledge of how film reviewers do their job (viewing DVDs containing "snippets" and plagiarizing fellow critics in order to avoid going to the theater and watching a film), the fact is that I very much enjoy watching movies at local cinemas and writing about them. It's the best job in the world. You neglected to specify which parts of my review of Godzilla you considered "lies" to the public so I can't provide any clarity for you there but I do feel badly that you found reading my piece so upsetting and hope you feel better now. I assure you I sat through every one of its 123 minutes and have the ticket stub to prove it. As for "Rex reed," the last time I checked, he was still writing weekly reviews and living in the same building in NYC John Lennon once occupied. Not bad for an old man.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rick Kisonak on 05/22/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Godzilla

You did not see the film. Several of your statements regarding the plot are flatly wrong, so you either just watched snippets that were sent on a DVD, or you didn't see it at all and just cut and pasted bits and pieces of others' reviews. This is increasingly common in movie reviews. It isn't merely that the plot was complicated or confusing (it wasn't); to anyone who has actually sent the film, it is obvious that, like so many other online reviewers, you simply didn't bother seeing it yourself. Its fine not to like something and I can see why some might have a problem with the film, but to simply lie to the public is a travesty. Time to retire, old man. This is your "Cabin in the Woods" moment, and if you are too oblivious to understand the reference, just ask yourself what Rex reed is up to these days.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Reuter on 05/21/2014 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Jodorowsky's Dune

"Lynch's Dune is universally considered the Gigli of art films, an embarrassment virtually unrivaled in the annals of the medium. Talk about a waste of space."

That's ridiculous. David Lynch's adaptation of "Dune" was hampered by meddling studio executives, and Lynch himself took some liberties with the source material. But as a sci-fi film in its own right it is unique and visionary, and I say that as someone who thinks Frank Herbert's novel is the greated sci-fi book ever written.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chuck Anziulewicz on 05/14/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Oculus

Rick,

Why do so many of your reviews morph into a platform for you to make irrelevant negative comments about other movies, actors, directors, etc. I may or may not agree with you about the inherent cinematic qualities of White Chicks or the Conjuring but I don't care to hear your views of them in a review of Oculus. If I did I would look up those reviews you did however many years ago. Please stay on point and focus on the movie at hand. Thank you.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by stayawayfools on 04/16/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Noah

You have got to be kidding me! This was by far the worst movie I've ever seen in my long life, and I've seen many... In fact, I loved biblical stories and epic dramas when I was young, but this isn't that! Like a bad B rated who knows what...This was just ridiculous and somewhat traumatizing all throughout. The only thing good about this story was the end, and I think it was because the daughter was so good, and I was so relieved it was going to be over. I, like Ham, wanted to leave the movie several times, but couldn't until the end. I stayed because my husband was with me and on the aisle, and I didn't want to make an issue, but as soon as the credits started to roll, he said that it was probably the second worst movie he had ever seen and we both started to laugh. ... We wanted to stop people from going in after us and try to save them from the trauma of the "flood" of horrible scene after scene of the awful movie! I love Crowe, but he must be rather embarrassed for signing on to this one. He did the best he could with what he was given, but really, whoever dreamed this one up should give us our money back! We couldn't stop talking about it all the way home, but not in a good way. It's going to be tough to get this toxin out of my system. Yuck!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CurlyHG on 04/05/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Philomena

Hands down the worst, most misanthropic, unjustifiably negative review by anyone in this and possibly any other publication. The film has its faults but in total is a completely enjoyable and engrossing depiction of a real person's tragedy and her capacity to forgive her tormentors. Steve Coogan, who has a deserved and deliberate reputation for snark, downplayed his usual persona to give a great performance as the writer who shepherds Philomena on her journey to find her lost son. Dench as usual was sublime. Reviewer Kosinak is totally out to lunch on this one.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Omor on 03/27/2014 at 1:42 PM

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