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  • Oculus 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    "Despite them not being physically present, we have contained within our own reflections our wants, our regrets, our flaws, and our memories. The idea that our reflection would be able to prey upon these intangible feelings is messed up. It’s bad enough that we see these things when we look in the mirror – I’m not sure we’re ready to handle the mirror being able to see them too."

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    At Marvel Studios, we are so deeply entrenched in a universe of films that no one title can stand on its own. Where we’ve arrived at is a place where every film needs to be judged on its merit, on its place in its own series, and on its place within its “phase”. When a film can succeed on those first two criteria, it has done something good. When a film can radically affect the third, it has done something special.

    It just so happens that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER has done something special.

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  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    "Throughout history, many have sent out messages to millions in the name of God, Allah, and many more. These men claim to have seen a great vision, and claim to know what must be done. Now sometimes, the solutions they put forward involve fighting for rights, and being better people to one another. Far too often though, the messages they claim to get from the almighty are messages of radical action, exclusion, and killing. For all I know, it’s entirely…

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2014

    The film actually gets snide and points out that our beloved troubadours are all about teaching us about “sharing, taking your turn, and the number 3″. It’s funny because it’s true, and true to form, The Muppets are out to teach us another lesson – that we shouldn’t always get what we want. Whether it’s chocolate cake for dinner, or performing “Indoor Running of The Bulls”, or even a Muppets sequel that’s an exact mirror of what we watched two years ago...

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2014

    "Many times over within THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, we see its characters eating and handling pastries from a patisserie named ‘Mendl’s’. These confections are both ornate and intricate, reminding us of times gone by and places we’ve never been. The packages they come in are every bit as charming and ornate as the sweet delights they contain.

    That’s this movie in a nutshell..."

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  • The LEGO Movie 2014

    ★★½ Watched 16 Feb, 2014

    "...Children will definitely enjoy seeing their favorite toys come to life on the big screen. Parents might enjoy coughing up fifty bucks for more sets for their children next time they pass a Toys R Us. As for the rest of us, there’s nothing new to see here: just what you’d get if you dropped yellow plastic, too much sugar, and twenty years of pop-culture into a blender and hit ‘frappé’."

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  • The Monuments Men 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2014

    "One should be wary of MONUMENTS MEN, but one shouldn’t sidestep it entirely. In a time where cultural contributions to society seem to be struggling to retain their importance, it underlines just how valuable these cultural contributions can be. They are not just notes heard through headphones, or statues placed in courtyards. They are signposts to future generations; signposts of who we are, and who we were. When the going gets tough, these signposts are often the first thing to be sacrificed. Films like this underline the cost of such sacrifices.

    It’s an amazing story…even in the hands of a less-than-amazing storyteller..."

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  • Lone Survivor 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2014

    "(With) LONE SURVIVOR, one is reminded of the flag-waving rah-rah films of men like Tony Scott, Michael Bay, and Jerry Bruckheimer. The films that they gave us a generation ago were one part entertainment, one part recruiting ad. They were handed over to us during an era that was primarily peaceful for North Americans, and seemed suited for their times. However, that time has passed. We now live in an age of great conflict and great personal cost. The lives…

  • August: Osage County 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 can almost see the puddles of blood on the floor. We have watched a family virtually destroy each other one-at-a-time. The clouds have been gathering for years, but now the storm has finally arrived, and it’s torn the landscape of this family to pieces. The movie might begin with a death in the family, and makes us bear witness to the death of a family.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2013

    Jordan – and many in the real world just like him – took Mark Hanna’s advice and ran with it as far as he could. They work hard for the money the have amassed, there’s no denying that. They have earned the right to find a release from the stress. Unfortunately though, the release they seek isn’t one of fulfilment, family, or fellowship. Whether they throw little people, knock down martinis, or do enough drugs knock out a horse, the…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2013

    Using a palette of greys and a soundtrack of gristle, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS leaves us feeling much like its hero: isolated and despondent. We seldom laugh at Llewyn’s lot in life so much as we pity him for it. We see how much he is a man out of time and place. Those who don’t are smacked over the head with it in the film’s final moments when it has the cheek to underline to say “You thought he was…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    You have to weep for humanity when a talented fraud is celebrated for his talent, instead of being decried as a fraud. That’s not to say that what Irving suggests is false – far from it. The fact is that for a long time now society has celebrated and elevated people who act important over those that actually are important. As the saying goes, “If you can’t do it, fake it.”. It’s ass backwards, but the fact that we as a society idolize the fashionable and the fraudulent explains why it doesn’t take much to turn the average person into a crook...

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