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Unbreakable is a very-well made movie that is interesting, complex, and emotional, but sadly isn't terribly memorable. It moves very slowly and takes its sweet time, but that's in part why it works... if it had rushed itself, the story would have been jumbled up and not as meaningful. It's a dark, slow-burning thriller drama that never really picks up speed. Even in its biggest and most action-packed scene, Unbreakable takes it easy while giving us a lot of suspense and things to think about. It's not quite a superhero movie but it's hard to categorize in the first place... except it is very good, the beginning scene in particular is outstanding: it shows, not tells what it wants us to know. Moving, interesting, but ultimately doesn't stand out.
Southie is nowhere near as bad as it may look, and actually I quite enjoyed what it had to offer: family melodrama, Irish-Catholic characters, lots of profanity. The poster is definitely misleading; it's not at all a cyber-influenced action movie. Instead, it's more of a gangster tale without the excessive violence. Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan give both great performances and they elevate the film beyond the boring, tonally off-center mess that it could have been. Instead, it's full of rich characters and interesting dialogue and a main character that is fun to watch, even when not-so-fun things are happening onscreen. It's not a very big movie or one you'll want to watch a million more times, but for what Southie is worth, it's serviceable and you'll probably like it.
The King's Speech is wonderful in many senses... the direction, the acting, the cinematography, the story (which actually is based off of true events). Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush both give powerhouse performances here, and their work alone puts this movie above some of its other period-piece drama peers. It's interesting, well-meaning, and a good example of a film that kids won't be interested in until they're at least 12 years old. Don't expect the easily bored to get into it, but if you just want a nice relaxing movie to see, The King's Speech isn't a terrible option. Watch with plenty of dignity.
It's really a shame that T.I. didn't go on to go star in more movies, because he's a shockingly good actor that has way more talent than you'd except. He shows this off in ATL, a coming of age movie set in Atlanta (of course), backed by a 00's hip-hop soundtrack and interesting characters. It mixes teen relationships, financial problems, and drug issues together with cool effectiveness, and Lauren London is as pretty as ever. The tone can get a little uneven and the format is familiar, but at least there isn't a cliche drive-by scene, am I right? Anyways, ATL isn't something to skip, and it's a great ghetto coming of age story that thankfully doesn't dwell on the ghetto hardships and moves on to show how these people actually live and have fun.