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"Lone Survivor" Interesting and Exhausting

January 22nd, 2014

LONE SURVIVOR is based on the true story of a military operation in 2005 in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong.[READ|SHARE]

"August: Osage County" Worst Family Ever!

January 15th, 2014

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is the film version of the award-winning play of the same awkward title, and it stars an impressive cast in a story about a family that is the very definition of "dysfunctional."[READ|SHARE]

"Inside Llewyn Davis" Tries Everything to See What Sticks

January 13th, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and the story follows a weekend in the life of the title character as he tries to become a success as a folksinger in New York City.[READ|SHARE]

"The Wolf of Wall Street" an Exercise in Excessive Excess

January 13th, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio based on a 2007 memoir of the same name written by Jordan Belfort.[READ|SHARE]

"American Hustle" Shows Never Con a Con Artist

December 28th, 2013

American Hustle is so good that don't be surprised if during some awards ceremony it sweeps an award in all the major categories.[READ|SHARE]

"Kill Your Darlings" Is Full of Oddities

December 22nd, 2013

Kill Your Darlings is an odd little movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg that tells a story about him and other writers of the Beat Generation in 1943 in New York City.[READ|SHARE]

"Philomena" a Heartbreaking Tragicomedy

December 8th, 2013

Philomena stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a heartbreaking movie based on a true story and the 2009 memoir, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.[READ|SHARE]

"All Is Lost" Is Almost Hopeless

November 23rd, 2013

All Is Lost stars Robert Redford and was made from a script nearly free of dialogue and only 32 pages long.[READ|SHARE]

"Ender's Game" Is Game Over

November 16th, 2013

Ender's Game is based on Owen Scott Card's novel of the same name for young adults, and so if you are not a young adult, meaning a teenager, you can skip this movie.[READ|SHARE]

"About Time" Repetitive and Tedious to a Fault

November 10th, 2013

About Time is the latest schmaltzy romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love, Actually.[READ|SHARE]

"The Counselor " More Novel than Movie

November 3rd, 2013

The Counselor has so much going for it that you would think it has to be a successful movie, right?[READ|SHARE]

"Enough Said" Title Says It Best

October 25th, 2013

Enough Said is a romantic comedy that is the very definition of quirky, which is a synonym of idiosyncratic, which means eccentric or peculiar of constitution or temperament and also an individualizing characteristic or quality.[READ|SHARE]

"Captain Phillips" Goes from Bad to Worse

October 19th, 2013

Captain Phillips is based on the true story of an American cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 in an attempt to hold it for ransom for millions of dollars.[READ|SHARE]

"Runner Runner" a Loser Loser

October 13th, 2013

Runner Runner stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in a movie about offshore gambling, and it brings to mind an eternal truth about gambling: "The house always wins."[READ|SHARE]

"Rush" about Two Beautiful Drivers

October 6th, 2013

Rush is the latest film from Ron Howard, maker of many successful films, and it is about the 1976 Formula 1 championship race, which was notable because of the closeness of the race and the rivalry between the two competing drivers on different teams, James Hunt and Niki Lauda.[READ|SHARE]

"Prisoners" Dark and Disturbing

September 29th, 2013

Prisoners is a disturbing movie in more ways than one. The subject matter is disturbing, the action of the characters is disturbing, but most of all the ending is disturbing.[READ|SHARE]

"In a World..." Is Too Amateurish

September 20th, 2013

In a World... takes its title from the opening words made famous by legendary voiceover artist Don LaFontaine from the many promos and movie previews he recorded in Hollywood.[READ|SHARE]

"Closed Circuit" a Terrific Two-Pronged Thriller

September 7th, 2013

Closed Circuit is a terrific thriller about what is called the biggest high-profile murder case in British history.[READ|SHARE]

"Blackfish" Tragic Story of Tilikum's Revenge

August 31st, 2013

Blackfish is a heartbreaking documentary about what has happened once again when humans mess with Mother Nature.[READ|SHARE]

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