In the opening scene of Rampart, we see LAPD officer Dave Brown behaving rather typically for a character in a corrupt cop movie.  If the genre feels like it’s been overdone, and not necessarily done very memorably since the Sidney Lumet films of the ’70s and ’80s, that’s probably because it has.  Fortunately, much changes … Continue reading

Contraband Movie Review

Although I’ve always preferred him in dramas like The Departed and Boogie Nights or comedies like The Other Guys and Date Night, Mark Wahlberg has always viewed himself, first and foremost, as a tough-guy action hero.  His latest foray into the genre is a grittier than average heist thriller that earns bonus points for some … Continue reading

DVD Review: The Messenger

The Messenger was the only awards-season contender from last year that I didn’t get a chance to see in theaters, mostly due to its very limited release.  The DVD comes out tomorrow, so here’s a review for those of you who are like me and don’t have an “art house” theater within a 2-hour driving … Continue reading