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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 May, 2015

    For months now, TOMORROWLAND has been shrouded in secrecy. Given the creative team behind the project, including writer Damon Lindelof (PROMETHEUS, Lost) and director Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL), coupled with the futuristic setting, I naturally assumed the powers that be just didn’t want word to get out on just how mind blowing the film really is. Having now seen it though, I feel like all the secrecy was just to keep us from finding out how…

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 May, 2015

    Make no mistake, PITCH PERFECT 2 is for people who love to sing, for people who know the joy that can be derived from making music with your mouths. This is clear from literally the onset of the film when vocal exercises are the first thing we hear before we see a thing on screen, followed by voices coming together to harmonize the theme music to the Universal film logo. Before the melody is finished, we cut from the logo…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2015

    MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
    Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris
    Directed by George Miller
    Starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy and Nicolas Hoult

    Nux: Oh what a day, what a lovely day!

    What. The. Fuck. My apologies for the lack of eloquence but that is more or less the most I could muster after immediately finishing George Miller’s latest Mad Max entry, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. It was as if I had just woken up from the most…

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2015

    I’ve always had a rather vague, distorted view of what Scientology is about. It’s that crazy Hollywood cult that has something to do with aliens and that kidnapped Katie Holmes. This is an admittedly uninformed opinion but now that I’ve seen Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF DISBELIEF, I now know that my completely baseless understanding of the supposed religion wasn’t that far off base after all.

    Gibney bravely goes where most have never dared…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2015

    When the first AVENGERS film roared into theatres in 2012, it was electric. Even as a non-comic book enthusiast, I was completely swept up in the coming together of all these forces under the innovative direction of the great Joss Whedon. Years had been spent watching all of these superhero’s separate adventures, some more exciting than others, and now here they were all together in one ginormous movie. It was overwhelming and could have been incredibly unwieldy but Whedon somehow…

  • True Story

    True Story 2015

    ★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    Considering the story that Rupert Goold’s narrative debut, TRUE STORY, is actually based on a true one, it is a bit surprising how disingenuous it feels. In Oregon in December 2001, Christian Longo’s family, including his wife and three young children, were all found dead in a waterway off the Pacific Ocean. Longo himself had already fled the country to Cancun, Mexico, where he was using a false name, Michael Finkel. Just before Longo’s arrest, the real Michael Finkel, a…

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2015

    Maybe I’m biased but this Shaun the sheep is pretty darn cute. I mean, he’s not in the same league as my Sheldon, but he’s definitely a close second. (Sorry, Serta sheep!) And the brilliant minds at Aardman Animation (CHICKEN RUN, WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT) know it too. Shaun made his first appearance in the Academy Award winning short film, A CLOSE SHAVE in 2005 and, after then appearing in 130 more short films chronicling his hijinks…

  • The Riot Club

    The Riot Club 2014

    Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    The first ten minutes of THE RIOT CLUB are complete poppycock. I don’t usually use that word but it applies here. Some pompous, determined looking, older gentleman in a bob-wig marches toward the camera and we soon learn he is chasing after Lord Riot, the Barney Stinson of like hundreds of years ago, whom he finds shagging his wife. At a dinner of the supposed brightest and best men at Oxford University shortly thereafter, it is announced that the Lord…

  • Insurgent

    Insurgent 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a teenage girl. And while not being a teenage girl has not stopped me from thoroughly enjoying THE HUNGER GAMES or THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, it has caused distinct problems for me when I tried to see what all the TWILIGHT fuss was about when that was a thing. And though The Divergent Series has not inspired anywhere near as much bile from me as Bella and the shiny vampire…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    There is no denying that, in recent years, Walt Disney Pictures has been trying to distance themselves from the dated and damaging princess fairy tales that made them the animation behemoth they are today. Not to ruin anything for anyone but the charming prince does not save the day in neither Frozen nor the live action Maleficent. And with last year’s Into the Woods, Disney set out to undo all of the happy endings we have come to expect from…

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    With his third film, J.C. Chandor continues to prove that he is the most stealth writer/director working today. Like his debut, MARGIN CALL, and his last film, ALL IS LOST, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a distinct and challenging piece of filmmaking. And like his two previous films, it runs the risk of not being seen by nearly as many people who should. Chandor’s films, while both thought provoking and highly entertaining, always seem to remain under the radar with…

  • Cake

    Cake 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    For a second there, it seemed like we might all have to start referring to her as Academy Award nominee Jennifer Aniston, but those hopes, well hers anyway, were dashed away when she didn’t make the final cut when the nominations were announced. All the same, her persistent campaigning managed to snag her a few high profile accolades, as well as generate a lot of interest in the film itself, Cake. Naturally, I was curious to see what the fuss…