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The first very good film of the new decade. Scorsese has done it yet again, taking aspects from horror films of Hitchcock and Kubrick (so many times I thought of "The Shining" while watching this film) and mixing it into one devilishly wicked and weird movie. It also helps when you have two of the best working actors today (Leonard DiCaprio and the heavily underrated and underused Sir Ben Kingsley) as your leads. This is not just a good film, it's a great one. It is consistently interesting, thought-provoking, and ultimately soul-crushing considering the final twists that occur in the last twenty minutes or so. Do we need any more evidence to say that Martin Scorsese is without a doubt one of the best film directors ever (the last scene of this film is crucial to understanding it - I can't stress that enough)? Leo especially gives a fine performance, narrowly beating out his one in "Blood Diamond" - he's never been better.
An average though completely predictable comedy concerning a couple (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) attempting to leave their youth behind and start adulthood with a new child, only to have their lives disrupted when a noisy fraternity led by a charismatic leader (Zac Efron) move in next door to them. It has a few good laughs, especially Rogen who delivers some good one-liners that he probably came up with on the spot, but the movie basically runs its course after the first hour. It is nothing bad, but it is definitely derivative of the 'Jump Street" films in terms of its style, as Nicholas Stoller tries to harness that crazy creative energy and put together his own uniquely constructed comedy. He almost pulls it off, but if it's between seeing this or the 'Jump Street' films, I would probably take the latter.
A worthy addition to the X-Men franchise which successfully mixes in time travel into its plot in an attempt to link the old X-Men movies to the current ones, something it pulls off marvelously. The heart of the characters, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns here as the last hope for the mutants to maintain their existence, a feat that involves him going back to the 1970's and changing the past in order to improve the future for his kind. The special effects are fantastic, and the story remains entertaining and beautifully links the old with the new so well. The cast (notably Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and James McAvoy) holds the story together well, and if you are a fan of the comics you can't miss this movie.
An intricately put-together and expertly acted spy thriller concerning a tortured immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who arrives on shore in Hamburg, and how both US and German agencies take focus on tracking him down and abstracting as much information as they can from him concerning his Islamic routes in an attempt to make in-roads on a professor with possible Al-Quada ties. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers one of his finest turns, as he creates a tired, conflicted character that is incredibly interesting due to how little he says. The story is based off the famed John Le Carre and it does not disappoint, with an ending that packs a punch and leaves you devastated. A solid film worthy of many re-watches.
An average offering in the vein of "Groundhog Day" concerning a cowardly soldier (Tom Cruise) who is forced to fight in a war against machines, where he has the rare ability to live the day of his first battle over and over again until he knows how he can help win the war. Cruise brings his regular solid stuff, with help from the always fantastic Emily Blunt, and the sense of humor it possesses is a nice touch, but ultimately it just loses steam in the end and cannot really sustain its energy throughout its running time. It is pretty fun while it lasts, but the ending is largely predictable and plays it safe and conservative. Still probably worth watching, if largely forgettable.