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For your consideration: 12 Years a Slave

For your consideration: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave will be a must-see film, not just in 2013, but for many years to come. You can expect this film to be shown in classes and universities from now on, not only for its historic value, but also for its excellence in the art of story telling and filmmaking. Is it brutal?  Yes, but much like Schindler’s List, it is a film that opens the uneasy door into history, and as … Read entire article »

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For your consideration: Captain Phillips

For your consideration: Captain Phillips

You know the old saying, “There are three sides to every story. Yours, theirs, and the truth.” Well, we may need to add one. Yours, theirs, the truth, and the Hollywood version.  There has been a lot of controversy over the portrayal of Captain Richard Phillips as a hero. Many of his actual crewmembers heavily dispute the depiction of Captain Phillips’ actions during the pirate take over of their vessel.  Sadly, all the variations of … Read entire article »

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For your consideration: All Is Lost

For your consideration: All Is Lost

All Is Lost is a survival story of one man, played by Robert Redford, who encounters some big trouble on the Indian Ocean and must struggle to survive. The premise may be interesting, a la Cast Away, but I was lost and unimpressed with All Is Lost. There is a good reason why feature-length films have dialogue. Dialogue not only moves the story along, but also tells us perhaps a backstory, allowing us to assess the … Read entire article »

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For Your Consideration: Mud

For Your Consideration: Mud

Most would call this a coming of age drama, but Mud is much more than that! Matthew McConaughey stars as Mud, a fugitive who is hiding out on a small island in the Mississippi river. Mud is hopelessly in love with Juniper, played by Reese Witherspoon, and bounty hunters have made it impossible for the two to be together. In a very Stand by Me sort of way, two young boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob … Read entire article »

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For Your Consideration: Dallas Buyers Club

For Your Consideration: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in this biographical drama set in the mid 80’s. Ron is a rodeo bull riding, hellraising, hustler, who thrives in a high-risk world. He takes his chances in with the bulls, the girls, the drugs, and the gambling, and manages to stay ahead of the consequences, until he goes to the hospital for a work injury, only to find out he is HIV positive and given just 30 days … Read entire article »

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Timberlake and Affleck go all in for ‘Runner Runner’

Timberlake and Affleck go all in for ‘Runner Runner’

When a college student loses everything playing online poker, he believes he’s been cheated and hunts down the man responsible. That’s the just the start of Brad Furman‘s Runner Runner, which stars Justin Timberlake in the student role and Ben Affleck as the cheater. The two men team up, and before you know it, Timberlake’s character is in way over his head with the F.B.I. breathing down his neck. … Read entire article »

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ an entertaining film with heart

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ an entertaining film with heart

If you come home to discover your wife in the shower with another man, don’t beat the guy up until he’s inches from death. That’s what Pat (Bradley Cooper) does in Silver Linings Playbook and it results in him spending eight months in a mental institution. … Read entire article »

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‘Brighton Rock’ showcases English culture and crime

‘Brighton Rock’ showcases English culture and crime

Brighton Rock is not just another English gangster flick. Sure it seems like that at the go, but as we get deeper into the story the film reveals more about people and society.   In this feature we pick up on Pinkie Brown (Sam Riley) out to scare a rival mob member named Fred. After a brief chase and fight, Pinkie ends up murdering Fred. Pinkie would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t … Read entire article »

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Dominic Cooper dazzles in ‘The Devil’s Double’

Dominic Cooper dazzles in ‘The Devil’s Double’

Imagine being best friends with a rich, famous guy who throws the best parties and gets all the hot girls. Sounds like an episode of Entourage, except that this famous guy isn’t Vinny Chase, he’s Uday Hussein and he’s also a psychotic, arrogant maniac. … Read entire article »

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The Beaver: WTF?!

The Beaver: WTF?!

Mel Gibson has lost his mind. At least his character, Walter Black, has lost his mind in the film The Beaver. Walter has been battling severe depression and has lost his will to live. After a failed suicide attempt, he stumbles upon a beaver puppet in a dumpster and begins to live vicariously through his new buck-toothed friend. His wife, Merideth (played by Jodie Foster, who also directs) thinks he’s gone crazy, but begins to accept … Read entire article »

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