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Circle
Circle (2015)
4 months ago via Flixster

I truly love psychological horror and this is no different...In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes, one of them is executed by a strange device in the center of the room. Soon they realize that, as a group, they have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed by vote. But how can they choose who deserves to die? The unknown cast are great because it's very unpredictable who's going to be next and has lots of twists during the middle of the film to add as well...though the ending was a little weird and yet, somewhat predictable.

The movie keeps suspense alive, as we try to guess how this all will play out -- building to a final tableau that, silently, says nearly as much about human nature as does all the talk leading up to it. Original, is the key of today's films considering we're getting lots of CGI blockbusters...and this is a perfect, simply filmed movie.

Captain America: Civil War
4 months ago via Flixster

It's impossible not to compare Civil War to Warner Bros.' Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. They tackle similar themes-of collateral damage and the role of superheroes' legitimacy-and they both bring a smorgasbord of characters and mythology to the table. But where Civil War is colorful and fun, Batman v. Superman is dour and dark. Where Civil War showcases the able filmmaking of the Russo brothers, Batman v. Superman reminds us that Zack Snyder is a stylist who can't tell a story. And most importantly, where Civil War is rooted in character and emotion, Batman v. Superman is an excuse for spectacle. The heroes fight because that's the movie they're in, not because it makes sense. They're not characters as much as they're pieces on a $250 million board.

That's where the contrast with Civil War lies, and why Civil War is one of the best films to come out of Marvel Studios. Despite the huge ensemble cast and the expensive special effects, Captain America: Civil War is a human-sized affair. Yes, there's a villain-Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo-but he's almost beside the point. Yes, there's a final battle, but it isn't the cataclysm of previous Marvel entries. It's just two friends, tired and angry, whose mutual hurt and betrayal have brought them to blows.One of the best Marvel have made/produced.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
4 months ago via Flixster

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.

Josh Whedon has already announced that he won't be on board for the next installment, and you can hardly blame him. These films don't require a director. All they need are bean counters. However, The sharp, interpersonal dramedy that made the first movie such a delight is again present in flashes, but not infrequently it is drowned out by the noisy, inevitable need to Save the World. The cast, of course, are perfect and have now adapted to their roles.

Sausage Party
Sausage Party (2016)
4 months ago via Flixster

It sounded like the dumbest movie of all time, but it's actually smart, subversive and packed with famous voices saying wonderfully unspeakable things. In fact, it's a banger. Though to be honest, some ingredients are missing, it felt a little to quick and straight to it's point rather than a build up, not as action packed as you might think but the swearing and jokes from the brilliant cast simply make up for it...although there's a lively musical number and some clever sight gags and food puns along the way. Yep, Rogen and his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg dreamed up the story with actor Jonah Hill, and though it might sound like a critique of religion, they opt instead for a lowbrow, sporadically funny celebration of hedonism. It really is, in your face film. By time you watch the film, the ending won't even shock you...

Swiss Army Man
4 months ago via Flixster

Viewers who aren't intrinsically opposed to toilet humor may actually find this curiosity pretty funny -- and, thanks to the conviction of its lead actors, sometimes weirdly poignant. Of course If you stick with it, there's a chance it'll grow on you as it grew on me - and you'll be rewarded with maybe the best ending of any movie so far this year...or the strangest. Daniel Radcliffe is simply great as the corpse and Paul Dano does a wonderful job as well. It's a film you can watch while it lifts you to the end. The authenticity of their performances is augmented by the desolate setting and ingenious soundtrack. It's a good film and not to take seriously, just sit back and enjoy the farts and it's weirdness.