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American History X
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

American History X is filmed in a compelling way, bosts gut-wrenching performances (particularly from Norton), and has a story with an important lesson: that human beings are capable of horrific, monstrous things, but underneath it all we are just broken souls trying to survive. Hatred kills, and love is what saves us.

Carrie
Carrie (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Moretz and Moore give it a good effort, but this film really isn't anything special or necessary. The original utlimately stands as the better film purely because this film just doesn't change up or add enough to the well-known story to justify it being made. Maybe a little more Margaret White backstory and a little less CGI would make for a better film? In another 20 years, I'm sure we'll see...

Gravity
Gravity (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If there is any film that can be credited to being nearly perfect in every way, this would be the one. Director Alfonso Cuarón's work is nothing short of breathtaking, and it really is a result of a production that is finessed and refined in every aspect, from the gripping narrative to the quite-literally-out-of-this-world camera work. The vacuum of space has never before been quite so powerfully effective as it is in this film. Steven Price's score fills that empty silence with turmoil, hope, and sheer terror. George Clooney turns in a solid performance as vetern astronaut Matt Kowalsky, but there can be no doubt that Sandra Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone is the star at the center of this film's universe. Whether you end up seeing it, be it in 2D, 3D, or IMAX, this is a film that quite simply MUST be experienced in a movie theater; though it will most likely blow you away even on DVD. Don't take any one else's word for it, just go and see this movie. You will most likely be viewing a milestone in the history of filmmaking. Exceptional directing, unbelievable cinematography and music, along with THE performance of Bullock's career make this film a real masterpiece that is destined to become a classic, with or without the Oscars.

Elf
Elf (2003)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Will Farrell gives a winning performance in this fun filled family comedy. The look of the movie brims with bright colors and holiday spirit, from the magical North Pole to the Christmas-adorned streets of New York City. Much of the film's humor comes from Buddy's (Farrell) innocence after living as an elf his whole life before journeying to the big apple to find his father. The story is as sweet as syrup (something Buddy loves) and the star studded cast bring humor and warmth to the mix. It's not groundbreaking filmmaking, but Elf allows Farrell to work some comedic magic and will certainly become a family favorite for the holidays.