Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier: Part Spy Thriller, Part Super Hero Action Flick, All Golden

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford. 2 hr 16 min. PG. The first Captain America was simply average; though it had solid characters and good performances, its cheesy action and zero risk plot prevented it from standing out among its contemporizes. Captain America 2, is a darker, […]

 

300: Rise of an Empire makes a strong case for stylized film

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Rating: 4/5 300: Rise of an Empire. Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Heady. 102 min. 18A. 300: Rise of an Empire is a self-aware and tremendously bold cinematic work. The film’s artistic philosophy provides no shortage of compelling content for the film-goer to ponder and discuss. The plot of 300: Rise of an Empire has a wide […]

 

That Awkward Moment is kind of funny

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Rating: 3.5/5 That Awkward Moment. Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis. 1 hr 35 min. 14A. That Awkward Moment is what happens when you merge American Pie with a typical chick flick, leading to hilarious results. This movie has raunchy humor that creates some truly laugh out moments at […]

 

He’s Stuck Inside Llewyn Davis

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Inside Llewyn Davis. 2013. Starring Oscar Isaac, Corey Mulligan, and John Goodman. 18A. 104 minutes. Inside Llewyn Davis is not an easy movie to discuss openly, and that’s not a fear of spoilers—though the end is important. This movie is not about the adventures of Llewyn Davis: it is about the entirety of him as […]

 

Nebraska is about who you are

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Nebraska. Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte. Comedy/Drama. 1h55. 18A. Nebraska is exactly an Alexander Payne movie, which is a very good thing. Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) makes intimate investigations of a small number of characters, their relation to their world and the ties that bind them. The true-to-life pace of his films can be […]

 

The Wolf of Wall Street is temporally aware cinema

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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The Wolf of Wall Street. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill. Paramount Pictures. 2 Hr. 59 Min. R. The Wolf of Wall Street has received great praise since its release. It marks the fifth collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and experienced director Martin Scorsese. Narratively, stylistically, and emotionally thorough, the film is, simply put, quite impressive. Without […]

 

Her questions our relationship with society

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Her. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson . Warner Bros. Pictures. 2 hrs 6 min. R. I hate going to see movies when I have no idea what the movie is about. I’m the annoying friend that looks up trivia, plot synopsises, and spoilers before even stepping foot into the theatre. Her is the one […]

 

Thank You Mr. Watterson

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Dear Mr. Watterson. Documentary. NR. 89 minutes. In the world of newspaper comic strips only Charles M. Schulz himself has had more of an influence than Bill Watterson, something asserted more than once in Dear Mr. Watterson, the debut documentary of filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder exploring the career, impact, and legacy of Watterson and his […]

 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug came out on December 13, 2013.  It features a large cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner, and Martin Freeman. It is rated PG, the run time is 2 hours and 41 minutes. This is the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy. It is […]

 

American Hustle heavy on pros and cons

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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American Hustle. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner. Entertainment One. 14A. 2h 18min. Any film, which heavily promotes a cast laced with big name stars immediately sets itself up for failure (see: Rat Race, Cannonball Run II, and really any Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson family fiasco). The draw immediately becomes seeing all […]