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  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts

    ★★★½

    This looked in danger of being another "manic pixie dream girl" movie, but thankfully, Elizabeth Olsen's character turns out to be not quite that.

    I'm not sure this is a great movie, and I find it somewhat hard to believe that a 35-year-old who lives in New York would be SO attached to his college days. (Though I do have some friends that should probably loosen their grip on that time of their lives.) And Josh Radnor is really heavy-handed…

  • Elysium

    Elysium

    ★★★½

    Ultimately, the disappointment is that Elysium doesn't have the story to go with its compelling premise. There are too many elements shoehorned into this movie, making it less focused and character-driven than District 9. Maybe it's not fair to compare Blomkamp's two films, but with a larger budget and big stars in his cast, he didn't make a better movie.

    Regardless, I'm looking forward to what Blomkamp does next. There aren't enough filmmakers creating original sci-fi films out there. It…

  • People Like Us

    People Like Us

    ★★★

    Utterly predictable, though Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks are certainly appealing enough to make you want to follow along anyway. The ending hit me in that soft, sappy spot that I don't often like to acknowledge.

  • World War Z

    World War Z

    ★★★½

    I don't know if World War Z added anything new to pop culture's zombie mythology. I'm two seasons behind on The Walking Dead and didn't see Zombieland or the sequel to 28 Days Later, titled 28 Weeks Later. So maybe there are some new angles to zombie stories that I haven't seen. (And I haven't even mentioned video games.)

    What I do know is that I really enjoyed Brad Pitt's zombie flick.

    This is a tense, scary movie that keeps…