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  • Wag the Dog

    Wag the Dog (1997)

    February 12, 2014

    A great cast plays up a sharp and satiric script that couldn't possibly happen in real life, could it? With the Internet-age in full swing this kind of political spin wouldn't be able to work but definitely could if it were a bit subtler. Makes you think...and be afraid!

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects (2013)

    February 02, 2014

    A confusing, convoluted story does keep you guessing as it progresses but keeps trying to outsmart itself as it nears its conclusion. None of the characters are particularly likable and there were more than a few "wait...what just happened" moments. Maybe it will be better with a second viewing but the first didn't leave much of an impression.

  • This Is the End

    This Is the End (2013)

    January 19, 2014

    To truly enjoy this you're going to have to accept the fact that the only thing based in reality in this movie are the actors who are playing themselves. If you're OK with that...then enjoy a hilarious, ridiculous, self-deprecating look at what would happen when the Apocalypse hits Los Angeles and its Hollywood inhabitants.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

    January 12, 2014

    Peter Jackson is definitely trending in the right direction with the new "Hobbit" trilogy. There's more action and the introduction of Smaug has brought a new character to care about (or fear). Definitely better than the first installment but "The Desolation of Smaug" still suffers from the same problems as the original. It's tough to care about the main characters when you can't tell them apart (i.e. dwarves). Also, there's no real sense of danger. The protagonists seem to get themselves into the most dire of circumstances but always get out of it without a scratch. It all just seems a bit too easy.

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins (1984)

    December 13, 2013

    Every 80's movie fan knows the three rules! "Gremlins" is a Christmas classic although one that isn't exactly meant for children (although tame by today's standards). It has the perfect combination of humor and horror that pokes fun at Americans' tendencies for greed and excess. Put together by Steven Spielberg and a young Chris Columbus it hasn't aged well but it's definitely still worth a watch.

  • Les MisÚrables

    Les MisÚrables (2012)

    November 22, 2013

    I've been known to enjoy a musical every now and then but I have never actually seen or heard one of the most famous of all-time, Les Miserables, until now. The ensemble cast is anchored by multi-talented Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, who earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role. The music sweeps and swells its way throughout the 2 1/2 hours and it's difficult to not let your heart follow along.

  • Elysium

    Elysium (2013)

    November 16, 2013

    It's funny but I can't really point to one thing that really stands out in this film. There are good names in the cast but outside of Sharlto Copley they weren't terrific. The story was decent and the visuals were cool. That being said...I enjoyed the film but I really can't tell you why.

  • The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules (1999)

    November 16, 2013

    As usual Michael Caine steals every scene he is in but other than that I just couldn't get into this movie. The acting is great but the story is a tough one to feel good about (rape, incest, abortion and drug overdose are just a few of the highlights). In the end it was just too much of a downer to enjoy.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    October 01, 2013

    If you think this movie is a straight up romantic comedy, you'd be wrong. It's not a drama either. It's a romantic comedy with bits of drama and real life situations, warts and all, mixed in. The focus of the movie is the mixed-up but highly relatable relationship between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's characters. It's not syrupy or stuffed with cliches like most romantic comedies these days. It's funny, quirky, strange...but very real.

  • Identity Thief

    Identity Thief (2013)

    September 28, 2013

    With Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in the lead roles this had a lot of potential but it just ended up being a terrible movie. The laughs were few and far between. The situations that these two continually find themselves in become less and less believable and I found myself getting increasingly frustrated with how ridiculously stupid Bateman's character continued to react. Definitely avoid this...

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