Joe Leydon

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Review: 'A Hard Straight'

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Goro Toshima's "A Hard Straight" offers an up-close look at the temptations and frustrations faced by three parolees as they grapple with challenges of life in the outside world after long prison…

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Review: 'Godsend'

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Solid performances, handsome production values and a few genuinely creepy scenes are not enough to save "Godsend." Egregiously unsatisfying ending and lack of high-voltage shocks will be enough to…

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Review: 'Blind Horizon'

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Bound for vidstore bins and late-night cable timeslots, "Blind Horizon" is a formulaic Southwestern noir thriller glazed with arty affectations. Cast may attract undiscriminating renters -- and…

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Review: 'Up for Grabs'

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Rookie helmer Michael Wranovics makes a credible play for major league recognition with "Up for Grabs," a sly curve ball of a documentary best described as a sports-themed "Rashomon" with an O. Henry…

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Review: 'The Punisher'

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Second film adaptation of the Marvel Comics franchise about a heavily armed vigilante is a straight-up action-adventure that -- with Tom Jane as the lead and John Travolta as the deadly serious (and…

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Review: 'Slasher'

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Although "Slasher" is set for June 29 premiere on IFC, a savvy distrib could get limited theatrical mileage from first nonfiction feature by vet helmer John Landis. Docu is an amusing and insightful…

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Review: 'Last Man Standing'

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Award-winning documentarian Paul Stekler ("George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire") offers an intriguing ground-level look at Texas politics as a full-contact sport in "Last Man Standing," a…

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Review: 'Able Edwards'

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Potentially intriguing concept gets amateurish execution in an experimental misfire that suggests how Ed Wood might have fared during the digital revolution. Shot in black-and-white mini-DV in front…

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Review: '13 Going On 30'

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Much as her character is magically transformed from dweebishly insecure adolescent to glamorously successful adult, Jennifer Garner makes the transition from cult-fave TV action icon to full-fledged…

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