Another Earth

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on July 12, 2011

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Whereas most science fiction films from this year have been about complicated technologies, explosions and a focus on entertainment, Another Earth is a movie about thoughts. While the film may not excite all audiences, those interested in seeing a contemplative, thoughtful film will be pleased. — more

Tagged: another earth, brit marling, Mike Cahill, William Mapother
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Cars 2

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on June 27, 2011

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Cars 2 suffers from the reputation and filmography of its own filmmakers. While there is enough action and fun and you can certainly see the mastery behind its creation, it doesn’t have the heart or magic to stack up to previous Pixar films. But what can you really expect from a film starring Larry the Cable Guy? — more

Tagged: cars 2, larry the cable guy, owen wilson, pixar
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Bad Teacher

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on June 26, 2011

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Bad Teacher tries very hard to be a cutting edge, anti-hero story using the socially relevant backdrop of the public school system. Jake Kasdan’s film steps back from controversial the usual education-related politics to have a laugh and occasional cringe. By the end of the film, however, it wraps the whole thing up nice and cutesy, skimping on any cutting edge it seemingly sought out. — more

Tagged: bad teacher, cameron diaz, jason segal, justin timberlake
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Haters gonna Hate: Green Lantern vs. The Critics

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on June 22, 2011

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If you only get your movie reviews from Nerdy Nothings (and why wouldn’t you?) you’d be convinced that Green Lantern is one of the best films of the summer, courtesy of Rebel Rikki’s glowing review. If you then looked, well, anywhere else, you would be utterly confused, sad and alone. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Green Lantern (25% fresh) is one of the worst reviewed films of the summer. Worse than the likes of Ghost Rider (27% fresh), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (37% fresh), X-Men: The Last Stand (57% fresh), Daredevil (45% fresh), both The Punisher (29% fresh) and Punisher: War Zone (27% fresh) AND Blade Trinity (26% fresh). That’s some sad company. Why the hate? — more

Tagged: green lantern, metacritic, rotten tomatoes, thor
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13 Assassins

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on June 06, 2011

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Takashi Miike seems to be one of the few filmmakers in the world that can do absolutely whatever he wants. Although he is primarily known in the US as the shock renegade director of films like Ichi the Killer and Audition, he has incredible range — making musicals, kids films and thrillers. His latest film to arrive in the states, 13 Assassins, adds the classic samurai film to the list. — more

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Midnight in Paris

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on May 30, 2011

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It is no secret that the last decade has not been kind to the great filmmaker, Woody Allen. Whether is it a loss of touch or focus, one could argue that Allen hasn’t made a particularly good film since 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors — while he has had minor successes in the past decade, there is no question that he has been a shadow of his former self. The bigger problem may be that over the past twenty years, a filmmaker as aged as Allen may have put out 6 or 7 films, but the prolific director has released 22 since 1990. In our Summer Movie Preview of May, I certainly misjudged Midnight in Paris, giving it a predicted C+ akin to my grade of last year’s release of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Midnight proves to be much better than I anticipated, coming as close to classic Woody since, well, classic Woody. — more

Tagged: adrien brody, michael sheen, owen wilson, rachel mcadams, woody allen
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Attack the Block

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on May 26, 2011

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A few months ago when I last guested on the Nerdy Nothings Podcast, we quipped about good alien invasion movies. While there have been some great films of the genre, many of the biggest have been the worst — from the mediocre Independence Day to the horrid Battle: Los Angeles. Instead, the best invasion films that come to mind are usually those that depict isolated incidents in small towns or at remote arctic research stations. Attack the Block takes this small-scale approach and absolutely dwarfs the big budget blockbusters through sheer entertainment. — more

Tagged: attack the block, joe cornish, nick frost
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Meek’s Cutoff

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on May 25, 2011

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The Oregon Trail conjures a sense of nostalgia for a generation that has never even came close to experiencing anything like it. But thanks to the floppy disc video game from the 80s, fording a river and catching malaria feel like the good ole days. Coupled with myths of cannibalistic groups and old movies, we recognize the dangers of the trek, but its never felt quite as real as in Kelly Reichardt’s lastest, Meek’s Cutoff. — more

Tagged: Kelly Reichardt, michelle williams, paul dano
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The Silent House (La Casa Muda)

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on May 23, 2011

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Gimmick films always start with a disadvantage. It’s not surprising that most films which are completely one shot (no editing) or try to be completely real-time often fail (or, at the least, cheat). The most notable film to attempt this, Hitchock’s Rope, actually wasn’t one shot (due to a lack of the technology) but instead tried to “hide” the edits. The newest film in this style claims also to be the first horror film to do so. With The Silent House, the gimmick is the least of its problems. — more

Tagged: Gustavo Hernández, movie review, the silent house
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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

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on May 02, 2011

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I would like to consider myself a knowledgeable movie-goer when it comes to product placement. Whenever I see a character drink a Dr. Pepper or type up a report on their sweet iMac, I not only notice it but understand its implications. Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold may be for those that have yet to realize the power product placement has on the artistic process, but I learned a little something, too. — more

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