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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

This is spoiler free but there are some very general things mentioned so if you want a completely empty slate then go see it first. At some point in the process of taking on the enormous expectations of the movie-going … Continue reading

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Jurassic World (2015)

There are some fun moments scattered about the two hour running time of the shiny, new Jurassic World; mostly clever deaths of secondary characters. The rest of the film is a pretty empty experience mostly because there isn’t one character … Continue reading

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Birdman (2014)

First things first: It is great to see Michael Keaton in a major role in a major film. I was looking over his filmography the other day and was surprised at how few films he has been in since the late … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Following a quick recap of where the last film left off,  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens with the camera locked on simian-leader Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) intense eyes as he leads a hunt in a rain-soaked forest. This … Continue reading

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Too Much and Not Enough: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Marc Webb’s frenetic The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens with a forced hysteria; following a short prologue involving Peter Parker’s father, Spider-man (Andrew Garfield looking more and more like 60’s era Anthony Perkins) chases down a truck full of plutonium through … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Any time a film tackles history, especially history’s darkest corners, there is a temptation to paint in big strokes, to overstate and to preach. The most miraculous thing about “12 Years a Slave” is that it derives most of it’s … Continue reading

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Her (2013)

When Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) tells his coworker that he is dating his operating system, no look of shock or judgement is given. Theodore doesn’t really seem all that embarrassed in his proclamation either. Similarly, Theodore tells one of his … Continue reading

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