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  • Barry

    Barry

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    I generally find it in bad form to make biopics about β€œcurrent” personalities, especially people who are still alive and very much in the public eye, because their stories simply aren’t finished yet. That said, Barry acquits itself pretty admirably. The portrait of the President as a college student in New York City is intriguing, and the early 80s setting offsets some of my problems with the format.

    The vignetted approach of the storytelling feels a bit disjointed and offers…

  • Mars Attacks!

    Mars Attacks!

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    The cast is almost impossibly impressive, and over the years I’ve appreciated Mars Attacks even more as I’ve started to learn more about movies in general. Besides the obvious star-studded primary cast of A-listers, there are a ton of other terrific actors representative of older cult film fare like Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Rod Steiger, Joe Don Baker, and Paul Winfield. Plus budding stars like Jack Black and Natalie Portman, not to mention some surprise cameos.

    The big whiff from…

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  • Ernest Scared Stupid

    Ernest Scared Stupid

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    12-year-old Me: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
    32-year-old Me: β˜…β˜…
    Composite Score: β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    I can live with that.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

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    I've been waiting anxiously seven years for Alfonso CuarΓ³n to bless us again. It's been that long since Children Of Men, a film so phenomenal and powerful that it changed the way I view and think about movies. It was one of my first HD-DVD purchases, and went on to become the most watched in my collection until the format eventually succumbed to Blu-Ray.

    Gravity is likewise an astounding and absolutely gorgeous film, and regardless of how you may end…