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reviewed Argo. October 26, 2012
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Argo
Star Rating:         In late 1979, at the height of the Iranian Revolution, fifty-two Americans were taken prisoner and held hostage by Islamic militants after they seized …
reviewed 10 Years. September 15, 2012
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10 Years
Star Rating:         Because I was homeschooled my senior year of high school, reunions have not been and never will be in the cards for me. Does this leave me ill prepared …
reviewed The Words (2012 film). September 10, 2012
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'The Words' starring Bradley Cooper
Star Rating:         In the best possible sense, The Words may not be about what we think it’s about. It could very well be the story of a man who steals another man’s …
reviewed Killer Joe. August 20, 2012
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'Killer Joe' Depraved, Violent, Brilliant And Two Jews On Film Loved It
Star Rating:         William Friedkin’s Killer Joe is the kind of film where you don’t know whether to appreciate it for its audacity or condemn it for its perversity. …
reviewed 'The Grey' (2012 film). January 28, 2012
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'The Grey' Directed By Joe Carnahan
Star Rating:         The Grey is a deplorable example of exploitation, cruelty, and nihilism masquerading as philosophy. Here is a “survivalist” story in which …
reviewed We Bought a Zoo. December 27, 2011
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'We Bought A Zoo' Starring Matt Damon
Star Rating:         In August of 2006, the Mee family of Devon, England – consisting of DIY columnist and animal lover Benjamin, his brother Duncan, his mother Amelia, …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011.... December 22, 2011
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Star Rating:         Watching the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was actively engaged with its dual storylines, but I also found myself pondering …
reviewed 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. December 14, 2011
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We Need to Talk About Kevin
Star Rating:         Are monsters born, or are they made? It’s obvious that Eva (Tilda Swinton) was ambivalent about her pregnancy, and by the time her son Kevin was …
reviewed The Artist. November 26, 2011
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The Artist
Star Rating:         The Artist is cinematic perfection – a joyous celebration of everything that makes the movies so wonderful. Set during the end of Hollywood’s …
reviewed A Dangerous Method. November 24, 2011
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A Dangerous Method
Star Rating:         Sabina Spielrein was one of the first female psychoanalysts, a fascinating achievement given the fact that she was committed to a mental institution …
reviewed Melancholia. November 12, 2011
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'Melancholia'
Star Rating:         If Melancholia is indeed a science fiction film, as Wikipedia tells us it is, it’s one that only Lars von Trier could have made. Its depiction …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 10, 2011
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J. Edgar
Star Rating:         Leonardo DiCaprio has proven himself a masterful actor, but his performance in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is sure to put him on the same shelf as …
reviewed Drive (2011 film). September 17, 2011
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Drive (2011 film)
Star Rating:         In Drive, Ryan Gosling plays a man who isn’t given a proper name. He’s known only as Driver. It’s a fitting description, given the …
reviewed Contagion. September 10, 2011
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Contagion
Star Rating:         In an age when medical thrillers are more about action sequences and gory makeup effects (Doomsday, the Resident Evil films), along comes Steven Soderbergh’s …
reviewed Warrior. September 10, 2011
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Warrior
Star Rating:         It’s only in part that Warrior hits all the predictable notes. Let’s face it, sports dramas all tend to be constructed the exact same way. …
reviewed One Day (2011 movie). August 20, 2011
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One Day
Star Rating:         There are two ways to look at a film that covers twenty-plus years yet takes place on the exact same date. On the one hand, you’re faced with the …
reviewed The Help. August 10, 2011
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The Help
Star Rating:         The Help is extraordinary in the way it evokes an era and explores an unspoken but well-understood social order, specifically in regards to race relations. …
reviewed Sarah's Key. July 23, 2011
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Sarah's Key
Star Rating:         Sarah’s Key, based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, is frustrating in that it doesn’t explore a little known chapter in history. Instead, …
reviewed The Tree of Life. June 04, 2011
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The Tree of Life
Star Rating:         Like a finely orchestrated piece of music, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is a film that challenges the power of description. It is, paradoxically, …
reviewed The Beaver. May 10, 2011
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The Beaver
Star Rating:         The great tragedy of The Beaver is that it cannot be taken seriously. It employs a first-rate cast and the performances are excellent, but the premise …
reviewed The Conspirator. April 24, 2011
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The Conspirator
Star Rating:         Robert Redford’s The Conspirator is in part the story of Mary Surratt, who in 1865 was tried and convicted in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. …
reviewed Win Win (film). March 25, 2011
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Win Win
Star Rating:         So far as I can tell, seeing Win Win truly would be a win win situation; the producers and studio execs will delight at the increase in box office, and …
reviewed Frankie & Alice. February 14, 2011
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Frankie & Alice
Star Rating:         Frankie & Alice tells the true story of a woman with dissociative identity disorder (DID). This forces me to rethink my negative feelings for it, …
reviewed Ip Man 2. February 08, 2011
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Ip Man 2
Star Rating:         I’m generally not a fan of martial arts movies, mostly because they seem to be about nothing other than martial arts. What bothered me greatly …
reviewed Sanctum. February 05, 2011
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Sanctum
Star Rating:         Sanctum exemplifies what happens when innovation becomes more important than a screenplay. The story is contrived, calculating, and unpleasant, but never …
reviewed Biutiful. January 29, 2011
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Biutiful
Star Rating:         In spite of the cumbersome details, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful is essentially the story of a man who must put his …
reviewed Country Strong. January 07, 2011
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Country Strong
Star Rating:         Country Strong is a fairly reliable celebrity drama, although it’s not particularly original and it would have worked a lot better were it not …
reviewed Somewhere. December 28, 2010
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Somewhere
Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” opens with a drawn out shot of a lonely desert road. A black sports car zooms into view, turns a corner, disappears, and after a few seconds, reappears and …
reviewed Rabbit Hole. December 18, 2010
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Rabbit Hole
Grief is an individual process. There is no one way to experience it. It’s not a scheduled allotment of time; it could begin directly after a tragedy, but then again, it could begin five years later, …
reviewed Black Swan (2010 film). December 16, 2010
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Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” ingeniously merges the spectacle of dance with the base emotions of melodrama, two schools of theatricality that, if done right, are equally demanding. …
reviewed Burlesque. November 29, 2010
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Burlesque
"Burlesque" is a visually splendid musical brought down by a severe lack of originality. There isn't a plot point, a character, a theme, a dance routine, or even a song style that hasn't …
reviewed Hereafter (2010 movie). October 20, 2010
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HEREAFTER
Many of us have a terrible tendency to pigeonhole filmmakers into the genres we think they're best suited for. When I first saw the trailer for "Hereafter," I, like much of the moviegoing …
reviewed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of .... October 10, 2010
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" is an animated film with the enchanting lure of a fairy tale, the intrigue of a medieval political thriller, the excitement of an action spectacle, …
reviewed Eat Pray Love (movie). August 14, 2010
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Eat Pray Love (2010)
Isn't it nice to have the time, the resources, and the money to be able to travel the world and rediscover life, love, and spirituality? We should all be as lucky as Elizabeth Gilbert. Her memoir, "Eat, …
reviewed The Karate Kid (2010). June 11, 2010
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The Karate Kid (2010)
"The Karate Kid" is very much a worthy counterpart to the 1984 film on which it's based, not only in terms of story, but also in terms of quality; the excitement, humor, warmth, and themes of friendship, …
reviewed Letters to Juliet. June 10, 2010
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Letters to Juliet
It's amazing how movies work on people. "Letters to Juliet" is a contrived, mushy, predictable story of love and romance, and yet it thoroughly won me over. This is strange given the fact that I'm usually …
reviewed Robin Hood. May 14, 2010
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Robin Hood (Single-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)
This isn't your grandfather's "Robin Hood," which in this case is neither a compliment nor a criticism. It's just what is. Director Ridley Scott makes no attempt to romanticize the legend, probably because …
reviewed Remember Me. March 12, 2010
Remember Me
A title like "Remember Me" is automatically mysterious. Who is making that statement? Who is it directed at? Why is it being made? It is something a character is requesting, or is it actually a theme …
reviewed Changeling. October 26, 2008
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Changeling (2008)
Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" is not easy to watch, but I implore you to give it a try. This is filmmaking at its finest. It's all at once heartbreaking, infuriating, touching, empowering, and immensely …
reviewed A History of Violence (2005 film). March 22, 2006
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The idea that a movie with graphic depictions of murder could also be deep and incredibly interesting didn't cross my mind until I saw "A History of Violence." I understand now why David Cronenberg chose …
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