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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – MOVIE REVIEW

has-batman-vs-superman-already-revealed-its-opening-scene-678628Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

This one was definitely an interesting one. Leading up to this movie, it was a lot of mixed feelings. First of all, I am a big comic book fan and an even bigger Superman fan. But, at the same time, I usually agree with critics. So when I saw this start at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and then trickle down from there, I was worried. A similar thing happened when Man of Steel came out too. But the question remains…is this movie as bad as the reviews make it seem? Continue reading

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2014 Top Ten Films

Honorable Mentions

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Going into seeing a Wes Anderson movie, you have to know the kind of comedy that is in store for you. Sometimes it is dark humor and the rest of the time it has a quirky quality to it. It is no different in The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story centers around the hotel in the 30s when M. Gustave (played to perfection by the uber talented Ralph Fiennes) was the concierge there. Fiennes is hilarious and has the comedic timing down to perfection. There’s a murder mystery going on as well; there is actually a lot going on in this movie, but it is always funny. The entire A-list cast will have you laughing constantly. I will be quoting this hilarious movie for years. Read my review of The Grand Budapest Hotel here. Continue reading

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — MOVIE REVIEW

Michael Keaton leads a star-studded cast in the terrific Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton plays an actor who is trying to escape his image as a superhero from a film series he acted in over 20 years ago. So…Michael Keaton is playing himself. Birdman mirrors Batman in so many different ways, and that is intentional. But that is only part of th Continue reading

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The Imitation Game — MOVIE REVIEW

Alan Turing and company race to break Germany’s encrypted coded messages in The Imitation Game.

I can just picture all of the Academy Award nominations this film is going to get. It has pretty much all of the necessary ingredients for an Oscar winner. It has great performances, a good script, and it targets an older audience (like the Academy voters). Plus, extra points for being a historical and tragic true story. The Imitation Game is definitely going to get award recognition, and rightfully so. Continue reading

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Nightcrawler — MOVIE REVIEW

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler

I’ve seen many different versions of Jake Gyllenhaal. I’ve seen creepy Jake Gyllenhaal and I’ve seen serious Jake Gyllenhaal. I’ve seen him play two different characters in the same movie and I’ve seen him do some weird stuff when he was a younger actor. But, in Nightcrawler, this is a Jake Gyllenhaal unlike anything you’ve ever seen. He sinks into this role so much that you don’t even recognize him. Creepy doesn’t even give his character justice as a descriptor. One thing is for sure with Nightcrawler; this movie is not like anything you’ve ever seen. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading

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Wild — MOVIE REVIEW

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild

Wild teaches us very many life lessons. If you are an attractive female, anybody will help you on a long hike. If you’re an average looking male, not so much. Wild is Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow up to his Awards-hit Dallas Buyer’s Club and I gotta say, having those two films on your resumé is a good problem to have. But a movie like this rests entirely on the strength of the main actress. Luckily, Reese Witherspoon decided to bring her A-game for this one. Continue reading

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Gone Girl — MOVIE REVIEW


Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

Well that escalated quickly. The events that take place in this film definitely get out of hand fast, and a nearly three hour movie never quite feels like it. The reviews for this movie are done by two differents kinds of people; the ones who read the novel that the film is based on and the ones who did not. I fit into the category of the individuals that have read the novel. So you can say I definitely went in with impossibly-high expectations and a certain level of bias. Continue reading

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Begin Again — MOVIE REVIEW

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again

Music can be a funny thing. It is an art, of course. But that doesn’t stop individuals like myself from being stuck in a moment when listening to different kinds of music. I can put on my iPod and listen to every single song on it. But for a few key songs, I can imagine where I was when I first experienced that song. The songs that move you as a person or have an impact on your life will always be important to you. There is another thing to appreciate about music. You can sense and feel the raw emotion certain artists put into their music. You can listen and just know that all of their heart and soul was put into that very song. They put every ounce of themselves into that song, and they just want to share it. I love artists that don’t give in to the temptation of money or fame. I love the artists that know the music that makes them unique and sticks with it, no matter how long it takes. And this is an element that is explored by John Carney in his new movie Begin Again. Continue reading

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Under the Skin — MOVIE REVIEW

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin

What the hell did I just watch? That statement is probably what at least half of the people who watched this film said. You ever go to see a movie at a theater with people you love discussing films with and have the entire car ride home be silent because you don’t know what to say? Yeah, that probably happened a lot here. Continue reading

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Edge of Tomorrow — MOVIE REVIEW

Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

I don’t know what sold me more on this movie. Tom Cruise or Emily Blunt. Neither of them had disappointed me when it comes to them starring in sci-fi movies as of yet. Tom Cruise was 2 for 2 in his sci-fi films. And Emily Blunt was 1 1/2 out of 2 in hers. I personally liked Oblivion and absolutely loved Minority Report. And when it came to Emily Blunt, I was a big fan of Looper and I kind of liked The Adjustment Bureau. But I saw Doug Liman’s name attached to direct this movie and I started to worry. The guy who did Mr. and Mrs. Smith is doing a science fiction movie? I was not excited. But the story had me hooked. It came off as a combination of Elysium and Source Code. Whether that was a good thing or a bad thing had remained to be seen. But how did this movie fare? Continue reading

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