MOVIE REVIEW – Zero Dark Thirty


Leave your opinions of torture at the door, this is a film where they’re going to be used.  Let’s face it.  Waterboarding was used.  To great extent during many years.  And too much extent.  And this is a film that does not flinch when it comes to showing it used in some gritty scenes.  The key goal, the search for Osama Bin Laden.  The cost of getting there…there is no cost.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Gangster Squad

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Set in Los Angeles, 1949, The Gangster Squad is a shadowy division of the L.A.P.D., commissioned by Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte); whose sole purpose is to destroy the mob led by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Lead by Sargent John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), the Gangster Squad proceeds with reckless abandon to do just that. The other members of the Gangster Squad shall remain a secret. You’ll find the best performances of the film there. The weapons training of the Squad is one of the more memorable scenes that doesn’t involve bullet-time shootouts.

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MOVIE REVIEW – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Millions of screaming teenage girls will be both thrilled and disappointed at the same time that the conclusion of their beloved Twilight Saga has finally come.  There’s no question that you’re going to hear many opinions about this film.  Some are going to love it no matter what.  Some are going to hate it no matter what.  But after the tedious “Part 1,” this movie is leaps and bounds better and offers fans the ending that they’ve been waiting for and expecting, along with a compelling, action packed ending.

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Sony Pictures announced today that it’s making a 3D film showcasing London-based global music sensation One Direction. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) will direct the film, which TriStar Pictures will release on August 30, 2013 (Labor Day weekend).


MOVIE REVIEW – Wreck-it Ralph


Just because you’re a bad guy, doesn’t mean you’re a “bad guy.”  At one point or another we’ve all disliked our jobs or felt as though we didn’t quite fit into our jobs.  So it’s no wonder that our film opens with our protagonist at a support group meeting for video-game bad guys complaining how he is tired of being a bad-guy and unappreciated.

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Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious issue.  What makes it all the more serious is that the individual who is facing it is usually in denial that they are in fact an addict.  To them it’s just something that they use and it just gets them through the day.  They lie.  They lie to themselves and to others about their addiction.  In Flight, Denzel Washington plays a man who is in denial about his substance abuse and thinks nothing about climbing into a cockpit and flying a plane filled with unknowing passengers for which their safety is his concern.

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It’s the month of October and you know what that means. It’s the month of chills and thrills and frightening films. Sinister is the latest murder mystery horror film to attempt all of the above and give us a true scare during the month when fear is favored. Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson who doesn’t have the best track record for producing A+ films (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), attempts the horror genre again. Horror fans save your money because this one is not even worth watching on DVD.

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Scraping by with nowhere to go can take a hard strain on even the strongest of relationships.  But when a relationship is already straining it can put things into entirely new perspectives.  Ursula Meier’s new film Sister showcases the strain on a relationship between young 12 year old Simon and his elder sister Louise who scrapes by to survive everyday life and the strain on their relationship due to the fact that they each need each other to be something more than they each can truly offer.

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For most horror movie lovers, V/H/S is still a nonexistent film that almost no one has even heard of; but like most independent horror flicks, such as Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, once this film hits the big screens, the word will spread like wildfire. This film has several directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and Radio Silence and double the amount of screenwriters each bringing in their own personal flair and madness into a dying breed of “found footage” films. Will V/H/S be yet another victim of a failed attempt to the genre?

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MOVIE REVIEW – Pitch Perfect

With things like Glee, The Voice, and American Idol taking over our televisions focusing on superstar singing, being the best of the best and owning the stage, a film called Pitch Perfect should catch no one by surprise. A film focused around a rebellious teen, college life and, oh yeah, singing on an a cappella group, one would pretty much sum this film up as a cliché.   Directed by Jason Moore, who also directed episodes of Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, your thoughts automatically go into defense mode that this is going to be one girly film. Well, the girls of this a cappella group will put your defenses down in no time.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Liberal Arts

We all grow older in life.  But ask yourself how old do you feel?  I for one at times feel my age but there are many times in which I feel a tremendous amount younger than I am.  Perhaps it’s because I have friends that are younger, or maybe it’s because I refuse to want to “grow up” as they say.  But no matter what we are forced to continue down the path of maturity and move on.  And in Liberal Arts, the film shows us that as much as we want to cling on to our youth, we must grow with our lives.

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In Paul Thomas Anderson’s sixth feature film, The Master provides us with some of the best performances of the year in a captivating film in which some have hinted that it’s about the origins of the church of Scientology.  But the film is about a man who is unfocused looking for focus, and someone looking for those seeking focus.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Trouble with the Curve

In what feels like a cross between Moneyball and Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood delivers us his first baseball film and the first film in many years that he has starred in, but not directed.  In it we get a grumpy older gentleman who is set in his ways who is a genius in his ways of scouting players for the game of baseball.  But what happens when you get old and all of those younger scouts come knocking at the doors with their statistics and computers.  Can the old ways of observations and trusting your instincts still survive?

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MOVIE REVIEW – The Possession

Within the past couple of years, there has been an excessive amount of “possession” and “exorcism” films with most turning out to be a huge failure in more ways than one. So when a film comes out with the cliché name, The Possession, one would already give it the dreaded thought of failure without even giving it a chance. The film was directed by Ole Bornedal, who also directed movies such as Nightwish and Mimic and produced by Sam Raimi, who directed the Evil Dead series and horror film Drag Me to Hell. With that being said, this film definitely had some great horror genre experience behind it. The film’s previews, like most horror flicks, will definitely draw in the curious film goer looking for a frightening good time.

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MOVIE REVIEW – The Apparition

If Insidious and Paranormal Activity had a hideous baby, it would look just like The Apparition. Yes, that is meant in the worst way possible.  Written and directed by Todd Lincoln, The Apparition is everything a horror movie should never be. Released under Dark Castle Entertainment, who has also produced known horror films such as House on Haunted Hill and Orphan, The Apparition could have either been a big hit or a huge miss.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Compliance

“When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right?” The slogan for the upcoming film, Compliance, written and directed by Craig Zobel, is sure to make a huge impact on the movie screen. All inspired by a true story, the movie will toy with your emotions, leave you questioning authority and even the morals of fellow man. The basis of the film is to show how far people are willing to go to comply with a figure of authority, setting aside both common sense and human emotion.

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Fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed.  The definition of the word savages.  And when it comes to an Oliver Stone film, this is probably the perfect fit.  It’s violent, untamed, ferocious, and perfectly cruel at its heart.  This is the Stone film in which we see him back in full form at the top of his glory, with full violence and a thriller that’s bound to entertain.  Gone is the all-to-tame Wall Street and now we enter the world of the drug cartels.  A world where violence is key, and money is power.

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MOVIE REVIEW – The Amazing Spider-Man

When The Amazing Spider-Man was announced many people out there wondered why the Spider-Man franchise was being revamped with an entirely new cast.  The first two movies with Tobey Maguire were good, with the second one of the two being great.  The third movie in that franchise though wound up killing it altogether.  Blame it on the studio, or whomever you want, it was necessary to reboot the franchise and bring back our web slinger to the silver screen.  But does this version of Spider-Man live up to expectations?

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How many of you out there have held that one special toy in your life and looked hard into its eyes and wished upon that one special star for it to be alive?  Probably just about every single little boy and girl out there has done that.  The connection we have with our toys is immeasurable, and something that no one can tell us isn’t as real as the connection we have with the family and friends around us as children.  So what if when you made that wish one night it actually came true?  What if your special toy came to life the very next day?

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MOVIE REVIEW – People Like Us

This is Alex Kurtzman’s first big screen directorial debut.  You may be asking yourself who this man is and if you should be familiar with him.  The answer is yes.  He’s one of the screenwriters responsible for the Transformers movies as well as Star Trek and the upcoming Star Trek sequel.  So to go from his usual work within science fiction to a directorial debut like People Like Us, a character inspired drama may be unusual, but under the circumstances of this film being inspired by true events (his own), it’s more than possible.

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Ladies, time to grab up all of your singles for a ticket to the sexiest movie this summer. Women everywhere have been waiting for this movie to finally release and now the wait is over. Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh, tells a story of the ups and downs of a veteran stripper, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) drenched with lots of sweaty dance moves and easy to please stripper clientele.  The movie previews definitely provided lots of hype that tends to lead to much let down however; the previews were just a taste of everything this film had in store.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

How do you destroy a great man?  Well, you let Hollywood get their hands on the history of a great man and warp and twist it so much that you change him from a man of the people, into a man who was driven by vengeance and a man who was a master at killing vampires.  No, not the pretty glowing kind that the Twilight movies have come to make us believe they are, but the hideous and disgusting ones that are out to kill and dominate our country.  Pathetic right?

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MOVIE REVIEW – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

A wise person once told me that you can’t take your things with you, but you can take your experiences and the memories you’ve had in your life with you when you die.  These words have resonated with me ever since I’ve heard them and it’s been a quest of mine to experience as many new things, meet new people, and live life to the fullest.  Imagine knowing that the end of the world was near and about to happen.  What would you do in your final days of life?

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MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus

The action packed Sci-Fi flick, Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, takes over the movie goers mind this summer.  It fuels the Sci-Fi lovers thoughts with the “What if’s?” and the “What will happen next?” throughout this heart racing film. Sci-Fi movies have appeared to be a slowly decaying genre of film and become more and more repetitive over the years. Will Prometheus be able to stand up the hairs on our neck and bring back the classic Sci-Fi experience we once enjoyed?  Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus”

MOVIE REVIEW – Your Sister’s Sister

It doesn’t take a big budget movie to deliver a big budget punch when it comes to quality at the box office during the summer movie season.  Sometimes Hollywood makes a bold decision to release a low budget film right in the middle of their big-budget blockbuster season and gold is struck.  Make no mistake, Your Sister’s Sister is this summer’s gold.

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MOVIE REVIEW – That’s My Boy

How is it that a movie that centers on a 13 year old boy having sex with his teacher can be made into a comedy?  Yes, there are 13 year old boys that fantasize about having a relationship with that “hot” teacher they had in middle/high school, but in this society it’s called statutory rape.  And the idea of making a movie about such a relationship, and one that results in the birth of a child into an Adam Sandler comedy movie should make you cringe.  But what should make you cringe even more is that it can actually be funny in some aspects.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Snow White and the Huntsman

Once upon a time in a theater far away plays a fairytale movie that’s so divinely dark, you shouldn’t stay away. Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, hits theaters with their grim, action fantasy rendition of the Disney classic Snow White. How will this movie portray the beloved tale of the fairest princess, Snow White overcoming the wrath of the wicked queen? Will good prevail with a fantastic and award-winning performance or will evil “reign” on this movies parade?

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MOVIE REVIEW – Chernobyl Diaries

One of the more anticipated horror movies of the summer, “Chernobyl Diaries,” directed by Bradley Parker, releases into theaters. Being marketed as a film from producer, Oren Peli (who has also worked on the successful Paranormal Activity franchise), one would assume this film would be a complete success. The movie’s trailer paints a fairly decent picture of the dark and dreary settings and screams you may encounter while watching the film. Did this movie surpass expectations or was the entire thrill and chill the movie had to offer given away in its trailer?

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MOVIE REVIEW – Snow White and the Huntsman

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?  Between Mirror, Mirror, the other “Snow White” film to hit the theaters this year and Snow White and the Huntsman, this is the fairer one overall.

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Black suits.  Cool sunglasses.  Style.  This is what defines the Men in Black.  Some 15 years after the original film the guys in black are back to save the planet yet again.  And this time they’ve got to go back thru time in order to do it.  Can this trip thru time bring back the same qualities that the original film had and be as much of a success?  Only time will tell.

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