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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
5
Friday November 8th, 2013
While American film icon Steve McQueen was known for fast cars and great escapes, a British director by the same name has become recognized for slow films and desperate circumstances. It was therefore logical to see him tackle 12 Years a Slave, based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a…More
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
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Saturday February 9th, 2013
Apparently David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg decided to see other people. After collaborating previously on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter it was probably time.  Yet at one point Dorchester’s Marky mark was slated to play the lead in Silver Linings Playbook, a film adapted from the…More
 Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises
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Monday August 6th, 2012
Have you ever tried to build a house of cards?  With each successive story the house becomes less and less stable.  That is sort of the way I feel about sequels - especially since Hollywood feels obligated to outdo itself at the expense of the overall structure. For its part, The…More
Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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Friday June 1st, 2012
Rooney Mara's Giants have won the super bowl, but championship rings pail in comparison to the Lizbeth Cup. That is, the coveted award given by me to the better Dragon Tattoo film.  Having recently streamed the Swedish version I thought I would do a Sports Illustrated style comparison with the…More
Stanley Tucci & Jennifer Lawrenece in The Hunger Games
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Saturday March 31st, 2012
Within 20 minutes of the opening of The Hunger Games I wanted to puke. Was it the sushi? No it was the handheld cinematography employed throughout much of the film. A creative choice, and as such I respect director Gary Ross and cinematographer Tom Stern for making it. Yet I still…More
Ryan Gosling in Ides of March
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Sunday February 26th, 2012
The Ides of March might look like it has something to say about our politics, but it is much more a commentary on our nature as a species.  Which is to say it is not always the most uplifting film, but if you are willing to sit through a study…More
Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Wednesday January 25th, 2012
I was hoping I would be able to convince my friends to go see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but being as it was not their standard fare I wanted to warn them in advance. “It will be dark and violent,”  I told them – knowing full well there would…More
Michael Fassbender in shame
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Sunday December 18th, 2011
In Shame Michael Fassbender gives an unforgettable performance to rank with the best screen portrayals of compulsive, addictive behavior.  Fassbender is Brandon Sullivan, a sexual satyr. Preoccupied with sex he moves effortlessly from sex clubs to prostitutes and computer porn. During subway commutes he is a borderline stalker as he…More
Hugo
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Sunday December 11th, 2011
Hugo is a paean to the early days of cinema and Martin Scorsese's Christmas gift to movie lovers. An abandoned boy, Hugo (Asa Butterfield), has been living inside the walls of a Paris train station where he alone keeps the clocks running properly. He also tries to repair a…More
The Descendants
5
Saturday December 10th, 2011
The Descendants is an excellent adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings novel about a privileged Hawaiian family coping with changing mores and a vanishing legacy. The main character is Matt King (George Clooney) a lawyer/landowner who's been so focused on business that he has neglected his wife and kids. One day…More

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