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reviewed Gravity (2013 film). October 14, 2013
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Gravity (2013 film)
Gravity is one of the best films of the year. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the sole survivors of a space shuttle mission.   The bond between their two characters is one aspect …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). October 13, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
Two fourteen-year old boys befriend a stranger (Matthew McConaughey) who has been living on their secret island in the Mississippi River.  His name is "Mud," he's wanted for murder, …
reviewed Captain Phillips (2013 film). October 12, 2013
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'Captain Phillips' directed by Paul Greengrass
Fact-based films work and sometimes they don’t. Some stick to the facts, while some tend to add fiction to drive entertainment value. After Paul Greengrass’ semi-documentary film “United …
reviewed Captain Phillips (2013 film). October 09, 2013
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'Captain Phillips' directed by Paul Greengrass
By Joan Alperin Schwartz There are three reasons to see this film.   Number One: This is one of the best directed films I've seen in 2013.   Number Two: Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips …
reviewed Macabre a.k.a. Darah (Indonesian film). October 09, 2013
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Macabre (Singaporean film)
Slasher films are arguably the most clichéd movie genre around, and yet, somehow, movie viewers can’t seem to get enough of it. Different countries have different interpretations, and …
reviewed Gravity (2013 film). October 05, 2013
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Gravity (2013 film)
I suppose it would be easy to dismiss director Alfonso Cuaron’s (Children of Men) as another sci-fi film except that I see the film as something else. It is a near real-time, high caliber popcorn …
reviewed The Bling Ring. October 02, 2013
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The Bling Ring
Sophia Coppola's film is based on the true story of some jaded, amoral LA teens who stole millions of dollars worth of designer goods from celebrities they admired.  They get high, take a lot …
reviewed Star Wars: Book of Sith. September 28, 2013
Star Wars: Book of Sith
There are a million little bits and pieces of the Star Wars expanded universe, and of all of them, the one that fascinates me the most is the history of the Sith. Their history is uniquely odd; at one …
reviewed Golden Boy (Anime OVA). September 23, 2013
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I’ve watched so many depressing material the past few weeks that I thought it was time for me to have a change of pace. I wanted to have some stupid fun and some laughs; this is where director Hiroyuki …
reviewed Prisoners (2013 film). September 22, 2013
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Prisoners (2013 film)
I was going to skip going the movies these weekend. But when I found out that director Denis Villeneuve, who gave us the film “Incendies” (an Academy award nominee for best Foreign Language …
reviewed Prisoners (2013 film). September 19, 2013
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Prisoners (2013 film)
   By Joan Alperin Schwartz From the moment 'Prisoners', directed by Denis Villeneuve ('Incendies') began, I knew I was about to see a film that was really, really good. And …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 17, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
            MUD      Coming of age stories have always been a favorite of mine if they are done right. "Stand By Me" comes right …
reviewed The Family (2013 film). September 16, 2013
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The Family (2013 film)
A Brooklyn mobster and his family move to Normandy France in The Family. They are in the witness protection program for because of Robert Deniro's mobster activities, I enjoyed this film, because I did …
reviewed Graceland (2013 film). September 16, 2013
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Graceland
Being Filipino-born (though an American citizen), I can tell you that I haven’t been impressed with Philippine cinema. Most of them are over-bearing dramas, sex-driven comedies and melodrama, action …
reviewed Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film). September 15, 2013
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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film)
Director James Wan‘s “Insidious” was a horror film that had a strong first half; as it was able to generate a feeling of creepiness in the first half but then the second half became …
reviewed The Family (2013 film). September 13, 2013
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The Family (2013 film)
by Joan Alperin Schwartz      Meet the Manzoni's.  A family no different than your average family...Mother, Father, Two Kids, except...they are in the Witness Protection …
reviewed Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film). September 12, 2013
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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film)
   By Joan Alperin Schwartz     For those of you who think your family has problems, wait until you meet the Lamberts.               …
reviewed The Lone Ranger (2013 film). September 12, 2013
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The Lone Ranger (2013 film)
   It seems like all Native America wanted to talk about this summer was "The Lone Ranger" and whether it honored or offended Native Americans. I've read articles from Native people …
reviewed Robocop 3 (1993). September 09, 2013
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Robocop 3 (1993)
Except when it doesn't.      The original Robocop movie was a brilliant satire of big business corruption, marketing and sci fi action blended together with impressive special …
reviewed Riddick (2013 film). September 07, 2013
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Riddick (2013 film)
Director David Twohy‘s “Pitch Black” introduced the ‘most dangerous man in the universe’, Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel); a man who is driven by the basic instinct …
reviewed From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film). September 05, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film)
Just a few days ago, multi-award winner and Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki had announced his retirement (I know he was semi-retired as a director for some years now), and while most anime fans …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 04, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
While there are movies whose strength comes from the originality and the way it brings power to its narrative, there are some whose beauty lies in its simplicity and the way the story is told. Such a …
reviewed Getaway (2013 film). September 01, 2013
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Getaway (2013 film)
Remember the good ole’ 80’s up till to the early 90’s? Action films were often seen as ‘escapist entertainment’; meaning that such films had a paper thin plot, and the spectacle …
reviewed Trance (2013 film). August 22, 2013
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Trance (2013 film)
Director Danny Boyle has quite an impressive resume. Critically acclaimed films such as “Trainspotting”, “28 Days Later”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Shallow Grave” …
reviewed Kick-Ass 2 (2013 film). August 17, 2013
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Kick-Ass 2
The comic book mini-series “Kick Ass” became a phenomena because of the way it managed to create a tale of anti-heroes, as to how fantasy and reality often do not coincide, and how loneliness …
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