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Crossing Over (2009)


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Crossing Over (2009)

 

Crossing Over is a Wayne Kramer written and directed movie that fell through the cracks.  Kramer is known for Running Scared (2006), The Cooler (2003), and most recently Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)Running Scared was excellent and The Cooler and Pawn Shop Chronicles were both very solid films.  Crossing Over did not appear to me like it would be any good.  I wanted to give it a try however, because Kramer usually makes quality movies and the noteworthy cast includes Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Eve, Alice Braga, Mahershala Ali, Josh Gad, Michael Cudlitz, and Marshall Manesh.

Crossing Over

Crossing Over is about multiple stories of immigration to the United   States.  It follows multiple immigrants from all over the world who are trying to become legal citizens in Los Angeles.  Some go through the proper process of trying to become legal citizens, while others try to do so illegally or skip the process altogether.  Sometimes their stories intertwine and other times they do not.  The film also follows the lives of the people who are trying to help these immigrants to become legal and also the ones who are trying to deport them.  It deals with how sometimes mixing different cultures together can clash and how sometimes it can bring people closer together.  It is all different perspectives on immigration in America.

The movie jumps all over the place from story to story.  There is not a lot of character development because the movie is trying to tell too many stories instead of concentrating on one.  As a result, it is hard to feel anything for the characters and it turns into a jumbled mess.

Crossing Over Liotta Judd

Ford gave a standout performance in the film.  He was not given a lot to work with, but he managed to be likable anyway.  He single-handedly tried to hold the broken pieces of the movie together, but there is only so much that one actor can do.

Overall the movie was hard to enjoy because it jumped around way too much.  It was a waste of a quality cast and it was a waste of time.  This is by far Wayne Kramer’s worst movie.

Crossing Over Curtis Ford

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

Note:  Michael Cudlitz has been in 3 Wayne Kramer movies: Running Scared, Crossing Over and Pawn Shop Chronicles.

Jim Sturgess and Josh Gad were both in the film 21 (2008) together.

It’s always interesting to me to find different movie connections.

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Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies


Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

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There are many terrible movies out there.  I have avoided renting movies at the Redbox just because they looked bad.  You know which ones that I’m talking about.  The ones that rip off movies that are actually popular by giving them similar titles and making the cover art look remarkably alike, but are actually knock offs that nobody should have to suffer through.  That being said, there are probably worse movies at the Redbox than what are on my list.  My list however, is a compilation of movies that actually looked like they could be good in one way or another.  Something about these movies made me go to the theatre and watch them, or go to the Redbox and rent them.  I made this list to save you time and money.  Don’t get duped like I did.  They might have a good cast.  They might look funny.  They might look scary.  They might look intense and full of good action.  They might look like they have a nice touching story.  They are none of those things (well, sometimes except for the cast).  They are poor excuses for movies.  Stay far away from these awful creations.

With my list I have included the cover art to the movies, so that you know exactly what to avoid.  I have not posted any trailers, because you don’t even want to waste your time with those.  They will trick you.  I have also listed my ratings of each movie.  My ratings are on a scale of 1-10.  My full review will be available for some of the movies.  If the title is highlighted, then you can click on it for my full review.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox, but I have seen 76 of them.  Of those 76 movies, my Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies are:

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1.  V/H/S (2012)                                                                      My rating: 1

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2.  Killing Them Softly (2012)

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3.  The Paperboy (2012)

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4.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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5.  Fire with Fire (2012)

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6.  The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)                                   My rating: 3

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7.  Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)                                             My rating: 3

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8.  Deadfall (2012)                                                                  My rating: 4

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9.  The Possession (2012)

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10.  The Liability (2012)                                                         My rating: 4.5

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11.  Lay the Favorite (2012)                                                   My rating: 4.5

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12.  The Cold Light of Day (2012)                                          My rating: 4.5

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13.  That’s My Boy (2012)                                                      My rating: 5

Now that you know what movies to avoid, Check out my other Redbox related material.  Click on the links below:

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013 

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

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Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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Happy Movie Watching!