Warrior

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on September 01, 2011

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There’s nothing that makes grown men cry like a good sports movie. It might be the love of the competition or a nostalgic recapturing of the dreams most young boys have of being a giant sports star with ultimate glory in sight. Boxing films, in particular, have been some of the most successfully tear-jerking films of the kind, from Rocky to The Fighter, there isn’t quite anything like the thrill of one man with his back to the wall, against all competitive, cultural and social odds. Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior is absolutely a sports film, but it’s definitely trying to break new ground. Focusing on an unconventional sport isn’t the only way. — more

Tagged: gavin o'connor, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, tom hardy
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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on August 29, 2011

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I first heard about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark from its success at various film festivals in 2010. Written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, updating a highly respected made-for-TV horror film, I knew that this was definitely a film to keep my eye on. I was even excited enough to save the film in my Netflix queue, not knowing when the film would be released. Finally, the film received a theatrical release in late August and trailers start playing in theaters and on television. The first time I saw the teaser in theaters I was wildly impressed — it was one of the scariest and creative sneak previews I have ever seen. — more

Tagged: Bailee Madison, guillermo del toro, Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Troy Nixey.
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Movie Quick Hits: Reviews of The Beaver, Colombiana & more

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on August 29, 2011

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We can’t write 500 words on everything, so here are bite-sized portions of recently seen independent and foreign releases, as well as films new to DVD. Even though they slipped through the cracks, these films still warrant your attention. — more

Tagged: Colombiana, final destination 5, Limitless, of gods and men, Take Me Home Tonight, the beaver, we are what we are
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Our Idiot Brother

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on August 23, 2011

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Like its main character, Our Idiot Brother is an easy-going, breezy film that you can’t help but love. As a comedy, it’s a film that doesn’t have a lot of highs, but doesn’t have any lows, and its stellar cast makes it infinitely watchable. — more

Tagged: Elizabeth Banks, Jesse Peretz, Our Idiot Brother, paul rudd, zooey deschanel
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Quick Hits Movies: Reviews of The Help, The Guard & more

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on August 22, 2011

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We can’t write 500 words on everything, so here are bite-sized portions of recently seen independent and foreign releases, as well as films new to DVD. Even though they slipped through the cracks, these films still warrant your attention. — more

Tagged: a screaming man, Choose, the conspirator, The Guard, the help, the interrupters, the resident
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Movie Quick Hits: Reviews of Cold Weather, Road to Nowhere and more…

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on August 17, 2011

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Cold Weather (dir. Aaron Katz) – Part neo-noir, part mumblecore, this film works surprisingly well. It’s not going to knock anyone’s socks off, but the dramatic tension and assured direction make this little caper an interesting watch. For those not terribly interested in the low-budget, highly improvised genre, the film minimizes many of the negatives. Grade: B Available on DVD and Netflix Instant Streaming. — more

Tagged: cold weather, i am number four, road to nowhere, the music never stopped, the other woman, the tree, uncle kent, viva riva!, yellowbrickroad
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30 Minutes or Less

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on August 15, 2011

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30 Minutes or Less is the type of comedy that is entertaining because there are entertaining people involved. If you enjoy the general antics of Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson, there will be something to take away from the film — but don’t expect much else. — more

Tagged: danny mcbride, jesse eisenberg, Nick Swardson, Ruben Fleischer
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Captain America: The First Avenger

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on July 30, 2011

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Captain America: The First Avenger is the best film of the summer. It is the best of the Avenger lead-ins. It may be the best super hero franchise film not made by Christopher Nolan. Yes, I realize that is high praise and I fully expect to like the movie more than most audiences, but it is as complete a super hero film as I’ve seen in a long, long time. This is easily my biggest surprise of the year and seems like it’ll be around my top ten for the year. — more

Tagged: Captain America: The First Avenger, chris evans, hayley atwell, hugo weaving, joe johnston, tommy lee jones
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Friends with Benefits

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on July 25, 2011

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Last summer, Will Gluck’s Easy A was one of my biggest surprises of the year. When I saw the trailer, I didn’t realize that it would be a whip-smart satire of high school and high school films. Gluck’s newest film, Friends with Benefits, may not rise to the heights of his debut, but it shows that the filmmaker has a great knack of taking recognizable, even clichéd, tropes of popular movies and turning them on their ear. — more

Tagged: justin timberlake, mila kunis
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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on July 18, 2011

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I would be what is called a Harry Potter noob. I haven’t read any of the books and didn’t see any of the films until a week before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Without this connection, I may not be the best judge of any of the films (I have to admit, I wasn’t always totally sure of what was going on), but I’m going to spin that to say that I’m not one of those people in the audience that burst into tears for no particular reason. — more

Tagged: Daniel Radcliffe, David Yates, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
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