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The Croods
The Croods (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster
½

Ta, ta, taaaaa, I liked it! A modern day Flintstones (not figuratively). Full of great humor and some great slapstick comedy. Aside from a few creatures trying to devour the group, it's great fun for the whole family (PG - aware). This is a must buy and add to my collection.

Red Dawn
Red Dawn (2012)
3 years ago via Flixster

To many loose ends and unanswered questions. The characters are never really believable. The true brotherly connection between Eckert brothers never felt. All of the key plot points move to quickly and go truly unanswered. It felt like a movie that wanted to get to the end quickly, while tossing in a few shot outs, explosions, and lose plot points to connect to the original movie. As it turns out, it was a quick trip to the end of disappointment. The original is better, even in today's non-cold war environment.

The Gundown
The Gundown (2011)
3 years ago via Flixster

A low budget film that takes a nose dive and continues into the abyss. It started out good, then quickly tail dives. All the good acting (and believable characters, vice two) are gone within the first 15 minutes of the movie. At first I thought perhaps it's just a bunch of actors playing "Ole West," so they could where a few "period" costumes. Unfortunately, all the supporting cast was on board, but he main characters were not. I don't know what was up with the "BAD" guy and his all black ensemble or his villainous girl friend, but it did not go with the rest of the cast. Perhaps it was homage to the old western B-movies, if so, they did no justice and should be lynched. Regardless, the true failure in this movie is the script. It failed, especially when it needed it the most. Perhaps it was the delivery or the acting, in any case, the lines and words coming out of the main characters were almost laughable (if they were, it would have been a good comedy). There are better westerns, even better B-Movie and Spaghetti westerns out there. Pick one of those up instead, skip this one.

Lincoln
Lincoln (2012)
3 years ago via Flixster

A wonderfully acted and filmed movie. Each of the characters more believable than the next and Daniel Day-Lewis simply transforms and is Lincoln. On screen, you don't see the simple humble President, most movies typically have him be. He is that, as well as troubled, perplexed, caring, angered, witty,... I felt I was there at those moments in history learning all there is of this complex, yet simple man, during one of this countries most historical moments. Emotionally, you are drawn into his struggle, his love for his youngest son, the battles; with his wife's depression, the House of Representative, his oldest son, his own cabinet, ... From the earliest scenes, with him quaintly talking with soldiers, to the final scene with his second term inaugural speech, I became immersed into the film and it's very historical characters. This movie will not be for everyone. It can be very subtle at times and requires the audiences concentration and connection with the characters. It does run a bit long, but even so, all of the pieces seem to be necessary. Finally, yes, the movie is centered around the ratification of the 13th Amendment. It is in the telling of the story that we learn about Lincoln, the man, the father, the Lawyer, the Politician, and the President of a country at one of it's worse times.

Oz the Great and Powerful
3 years ago via Flixster
½

I'm actually quite taken aback by my reaction to this movie. Perhaps the cause was more of my expectations, as I was rather disappointed by the movie and this was not what I was expecting. I truly enjoyed the homage it paid to the original Wizard of Oz movie, with the transition from black and white, to color and felt it got off to a great start. Once on his trip to OZ, I felt I was watching a blend of Alice in Wonderland meets Dr. Suess. The real problem was the character development or connection. Throughout most of the movie I felt no real emotional connection to them, almost to the point of boredom. Luckily, every now and then, just as the tedium was creeping in, the action would start or something would jump out. The scenery, especially the lands new to us, seemed overdone. I felt I was watching more of a Dr. Suess imagination, than a Disney imagination. The 3-D was good and having not watched the 2-D version yet, can not make a comparison. Unless you want the 3D experience, save your money and rent this one.