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The Intern
The Intern (2015)
52 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Hey, this film is pretty decent. Despite the endless venture of Robert De Niro into being type-cast in bad comedies and the post-Oscar notoriety of Anne Hathaway, the film turned out to be a fine cooperative effort of the two, with De Niro's subdued father-figure perfectly complimented the bright but arrogant youthfulness of Hathaway. The film did try "to be cool" but its sincere approach to the world of start-ups should be commended, especially given its very progressive but not too provocative touch on feminism and the conflict between career and family. It might get some laughs out of the audience too, albeit cheap laughs. Many things about this film can be considered unrealistic, including its heart-warming ending, but unrealistic optimism is sometimes still in need, especially in such "dark" worlds of young entrepreneurs and old "retirees". One last thing - the costume designer of this film deserves an award, or at least a raise, as not only De Niro and Hathaway, but even small roles of nameless supporting actors/actresses were dressed extremely well.

The Place Beyond The Pines
52 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Shakespearean inspiration is strong with this film, but the lack of character development or investment in plot gave the audience a shallow feeling about the allegoric nature of the film. The disruptive plot-line, which was cut into two separate parts near the middle, did not help either, as such disruption also broke any bond that the audience was able to form with the protagonists, whereas the "karmic" connection between the characters of the first and the second parts seems to be conveniently coincidental rather than causal, as it should be. Given the film's extremely interesting premise, such lacklustre film-making really was a missed chance. After finishing this film, I just realised how "The Light Between Oceans" (Cianfrance's next film after this one) could be underwhelmed despite its intense trailer. We shall see.

Notting Hill
Notting Hill (1999)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Lovely film with charming leads. Julia Roberts at her peak was really something different.

The Age of Adaline
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This film proves once again that as a plot device, it is very difficult to tame the beast that is time machine. To resolve the time paradox, this film employed a range of "coincidences" that are way too predictable, while character development was totally neglected (for such character building in the time machine context, "Groundhog Day" is a classic case study). Instead trivial and cheesy "love stories", with forgettable protagonists, unnecessarily occupied the larger part of its length. Of course Blake Lively is as lovely as always, but her beauty alone could not redeem the whole film.