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The Biggest Deception of the Summer

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 23 May 2015 02:42 (A review of Now You See Me)

An entertaining, albeit barely believable, first half gets almost forgotten as we are forced to believe Mark Ruffalo's acting and the finale's ridiculous twist.

Somehow this became a breakout hit, which I was happy with before I had a chance to see it, as it was up against obnoxious action blockbusters; but in the end it was more deceptive than any other film I had a chance to see in the summer of 2013, because it looked good...

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Are You Hearing Yourself? It's not bad.

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 9 May 2015 02:48 (A review of Are You Here)

It's incredible to find such low ratings for a film much more deserving.

My belief on this poor reaction is because it was directed by the genius television director, Matthew Weiner. Which, first, gives people too high of expectations; second, gives him too much freedom. Freedom in the fact that it was structured much like a television show, not a single-packaged movie. People expected something clear, plot driven, and finalized.
This is is none of them.

But this all doesn't mean it isn't good. The symbolism, the characters, the philosophy, the relatable struggles of life... these are all strong elements of this movie. Wilson and Galifianakis are great, while Poehler's talents are underutilized.

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A Top Five Chris Rock Film

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 9 May 2015 02:32 (A review of Top Five)

Chris Rock is funny and the supporting cast is strong enough, although Tracy Morgan needs a larger role.

There wasn't really anything inventive about the film, pretty standard stuff. The areas in which they seemed to want to be different ended up being awkward and over-the-top.

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Tough to Get Into the Woods

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 4 May 2015 11:13 (A review of Into the Woods)

This film had potential to be as good as Sodheim's "Sweeney Todd" but it becomes clear early on the film is rushed. They should have allowed a lengthier running time and allowed moments to happen. There is too much going on, and knowing not a lot of people have seen the stage play the filmmakers should have been kind to the audience and given them a chance to appreciate the moments and the music, instead of speeding from one song to the other and one story to the other.

It's a shame because the production value is top notch - production design, costumes, hair/make-up, sound design, and the source music is solid. The one fault of the music is similar to the hasty editing, there are too many songs and by the time you're finished you might be saying, 'Gee, I like the songs and the music, but I can't really name any of the songs."

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Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 26 April 2015 02:42 (A review of Albatross)

Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown-Findlay are a lovely duo who don't quite the hit the highs and lows necessary to make them a dynamic duo.

The story is lacking a bit, but the performances and characters are what keeps it worth your time.

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Page One Note

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 24 April 2015 12:30 (A review of Page One: Inside the New York Times)

This documentary is about what most of us already know, the impending doom of the newspaper industry. It goes into some interesting detail and points of view with some intriguing characters along the way.

This documentary is well made but would have been completely average if it weren't lucky about timing of certain events...

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Pina, Not a Lotta

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 23 April 2015 04:21 (A review of Pina)

I was slightly disappointed in this documentary about the choreographer. After seeing all of the beautiful shots in the trailer I thought surely this would be a moving and transformative piece. Sadly, beyond the beautiful choreography the film doesn't have much to say.

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Average Rush

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 23 April 2015 04:11 (A review of Premium Rush)

Lots of great action and decent enough story to support it. However the dialogue is hokey and there are plenty of moments that don't make logical sense; but still entertaining enough.

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Scattered But Worthy

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 23 April 2015 04:02 (A review of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's)

A nice documentary giving us a behind-the-scenes of the prestigious Bergdorf Goodman department store. I watched it for the creation of the windows but it goes well beyond that...

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The Author Knew, Man

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 23 April 2015 03:50 (A review of Arthur Newman)

Likable leads in Firth and Blunt. While many of the scenes are entertaining, the whole story never gets strong and it's in that awkward section of not being quite dramatic enough to be a drama and not funny enough to be a comedy.

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