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About Victoria Alexander

Member of Las Vegas Film Critics Society: www.lvfcs.org/. Victoria Alexander lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and answers every email at victoria.alexander.lv@gmail.com. For a complete list of Victoria Alexander's movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes go to: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/author/author-3571/ Contributing to: FilmsInReview: http://www.filmsinreview.com FilmFestivalToday: http://www.filmfestivaltoday.com Las Vegas Informer Group: LVInformer.com Member of Las Vegas Film Critics Society: www.lvfcs.org

The Place Beyond the Pines

Morality is flexible and self-interest is paramount. Another terrific collaboration between director and star. Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stunt rider in a “circus-style” county fair traveling show. In a Cirque du Soliel type of circular cage, Luke, along … Continue reading

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JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

Fee-fi-fo-fun! Singer has cleverly re-interpreted the fairy tale saving Jack’s reputation. I saw JACK in IMAX 3D and it was lots of fun. But if you are waiting to hear “Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman“, or see, … Continue reading

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LINCOLN

Long, cheesy political monologues and crucifies the Lincoln legacy. What a torture! Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner turn the hallowed figure of Abraham Lincoln into a dreary sop. The list of well-established actors who show up in cameos … Continue reading

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SKYFALL

Skyfall keeps mocking 007 as old and out-of-touch. Bond is stripped of his aristocratic manners, womanizing, and gadgets. He goes unshaven and fails his physical! The ice-cold erotic charge of an immaculately groomed Bond is dead. Ian Fleming’s ‘blunt instrument’ … Continue reading

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Chasing Mavericks

At best, Butler (as the Mr. Miyagi of surfing) got to learn how to surf from a professional. How could a film be marketed as an ”inspirational true story” when the surfing phenom-legend Jay dies in 2001 at age 22 … Continue reading

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ALEX CROSS

Matthew Fox is terrifying and awesome while Perry proves he cannot act, especially in emotional close-ups. I did like the phantasmagoric story. Who wants a hulking, fat action star clearly having a stunt double do his running in the opening … Continue reading

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The Master

Homoerotic obsession with a very dangerous man. Hoffman plays a seductive, likeable Master. I remember the Lifespring terror tactics in the 80s. The criticism identifies Lancaster “The Master” Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as a con man in writer-director Paul Thomas … Continue reading

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The Possession

As Fox Mulder’s poster proclaimed, “The tooth is out there” applies here, or is that the leap-off for the sequel? It’s scary and real. I know two people with similar experiences with spirits contained in non-living objects. I left the … Continue reading

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Killer Joe

McConaughey eviscerates his rom-com/MAGIC MIKE legacy with an astonishing, terrifying performance. Makes Frank Booth and Max Cady look like the choir boys of seduction. Friedkin is back! I was briefly forewarned KILLER JOE was “well-done sexual exploitation” and “wait until … Continue reading

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Nolan created a nihilist anthem. He dumped Batman gadgetry. Makes every pastsuperhero movie look like a boy’s backyard staging of Star Wars. Bane takes the movie. Nolan plays to Bale’s need to get badly beaten up. Eight years have passed … Continue reading

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