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  • This Is 40

    This Is 40

    ★★★★

    Judd Apatow has emerged as one of the strongest, most honest voices in comedy today, which acts as both a strong and self-affecting suit. His films are sprawling with emotions, often brutally true for better and worse; while he encapsulates so much of the age-group he wants to clearly define, he also appeals to broad audiences here, allowing for us to laugh at these characters and all their faults. They are numerous, and Apatow doesn’t shy away from that, putting…

  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★

    Killing Them Softly is one of the year’s most profound disappointments. It’s a film that doesn’t understand subtlety, doesn’t hold any strong or identifiable characters, and contains a story that we’ve heard many times before and in a more appropriate manner. Gangster films can have inherent symbol, act as their own type of allegory, project upon our society what we so often want to see: attacks on consumerism, corporations, and the business-oriented mentality of our society. Yet what this film…

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  • Red Dawn

    Red Dawn

    This here is ‘Murica. Red Dawn joins the surprisingly long list of films that want to inspire us about being Americans, but instead makes me disappointed in my country for making such empty, shallow films. Why must these patriotic films be so preachy and leave not a single moment to our imaginations? They’re obvious, cliché-ridden messes that provide me with no thrills or excitement at watching supposedly proud soldiers shooting up enemy invaders. There’s a joke at one point that…

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    ★★★

    It’s dangerous for a modern film to really have no distinguishable stars under 60, sell itself as a romantic comedy, and attempt to appeal to all ages. For those reasons, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel doesn’t necessarily work on many levels, as the film is rather inconsequential, but it’s also light-hearted, energetic when it has no reason to be, and filled with very good acting all-around. Nighy is the spotlight, bringing the perfect blend of comedy and drama when need…