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  • Divergent 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    The latest young adult novel turned movie franchise hopeful hits every YA cliche in the book - themes of nonconformity and thinking for yourself, discovering your own identity, unlikely love interest, and adult figures who are afraid of anything they deem "different." But while it's hitting these familiar tropes, it commits the cardinal cinematic sin of being deadly dull. Overlong at nearly two and a half hours, DIVERGENT's main plot - about a futuristic society where citizens are divided into…

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical story of Noah and the flood is a bit of a mess, but it's a fascinating mess. It's an appropriately dark take on what has often been perversely turned into a bright and sunny children's story, not glossing over the fact that it is about the complete annihilation of all human life on earth. Russell Crowe's Noah is a conflicted character, nearly buckling under the weight of his enormous responsibility. He's a refreshing kind…

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  • ParaNorman 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Absolutely fantastic animated film about a little boy who can talk to ghosts, yet finds himself the source of ridicule for everyone in town. But when an ancient curse is unleashed, he may be the only one who is able to stop it. Paying homage to classic horror, this gleefully macabre fable spins a surprisingly rich tale about warping history and the consequences of bullying. Beautifully animated & endlessly clever.

  • The Unknown Known 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2014

    "He was living in an image of himself, which was pretend." - Donald Rumsfeld, speaking about Saddam Hussein.

    But in Errol Morris' chilling documentary, THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, Rumsfeld could have very easily been speaking about himself. A startling and haunting look at Rumsfeld's tenure in public office, mainly his time as Secretary of Defense during the Iraq war, the film puts the controversial figure in the spotlight, telling his story in his own words. It's a fascinating look at a…