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  • Ted 2

    Ted 2 2015

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    I have to admit; I was mildly surprised by TED. I expected Seth McFarlane’s attempt at live action comedy would amount to little more than recycled Family Guy jokes. I mean, there were recycled Family Guy bits but Ted also stood on his own two feet as an original character, while MacFarlane gave us a simple, and often quite funny, story about a boy who didn’t want to grow up. And what better way to demonstrate that on screen than…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    Seeing INSIDE OUT should easily silence any Pixar naysayer out there. For years, Pixar’s ability to roll out hits was unmatched but there were rumblings that they were losing their edge by relying too heavily on sequels in lieu of the originality that made them the juggernaut they had become. After a two year hiatus, Pixar returns with INSIDE OUT, a film that is perhaps their most original and most ambitious film to date. And for this fan, it is…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2015

    One could argue that a reboot of the original JURASSIC PARK franchise is relatively unnecessary. It’s been twenty-two years since the Steven Spielberg classic roared into theatres, tearing up the box office and shattering people’s expectations about what special effects could make look real. People were as wowed by those dinosaurs as if they were actually spectators at the park themselves. It’s been fourteen years though since the franchise ended, badly at that, and let’s be honest, dinosaurs are kinda…

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 May, 2015

    ME AN EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is literally plucky from the moment it opens. Not only are we treated to a harp being plucked away at to usher us into this precious experience, but between the charming animated opening sequence and the prepossessing tone of the narration, it is clear that director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is about to give his audience something that is abundantly imaginative and free. You will be instantly taken in by this unique film and you…

  • Aloha

    Aloha 2015

    ★★½ Watched 27 May, 2015

    I had already decided before going into ALOHA, the latest film from Cameron Crowe, director of classics like SAY ANYTHING and ALMOST FAMOUS, that I would be writing Crowe off entirely if this film was anywhere near as horrible as his recent work. As I wasn’t reviewing ELIZABETHTOWN, I had the luxury of shutting that insufferable film off half way through. I was not so fortunate with WE BOUGHT A ZOO; I had to sit through that mess and cringed…

  • 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…