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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

Imagine being in a position to fix everyone’s life but your own. That’s the position slightly disgruntled pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is currently in. He gives people pills in order to fix their troubles, but he can’t do anything about his own life. His marriage is less than happy — he and his wife […]

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Enemy (2014)

An excruciatingly frustrating movie, Enemy is a confusing, interesting, possibly unfinished, and very engrossing experience. Does it all make sense? It will take multiple viewings to figure that out. I’m sure that, once it reaches home video, clues will be deciphered and its pieces will be put together. At first glance it doesn’t seem like […]

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After Earth (2013)

An abysmal film lacking in anything that anyone not a member of the Will Smith household would want to see, After Earth would be a direct-to-DVD film if it didn’t happen to star the aforementioned Smith and his son, Jaden. Oh, and if it didn’t somehow cost millions upon millions of dollars, even though there’s […]

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Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

Gone in Sixty Seconds is the type of heist movie for which I have trouble staying awake. It features about 70 minutes of setup, which is far more than it should have, and then it has almost an hour of car thievery and one lengthy chase scene. There are a couple of smaller chases scattered […]

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Girls Against Boys (2012)

One has to wonder exactly who a film like Girls Against Boys was designed for. Taken at its core message, which is no deeper than “men suck,” one might assume that women are the target audience. However, given that it was directed, produced and, written by men, and that its idea of revenge killing is […]

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Short Term 12 (2013)

“Authenticity” is the word that comes foremost to my mind when I think back on watching Short Term 12. Everything about this film felt like it was real. It takes place primarily at a foster-care facility, meaning it involves a bunch of troubled teens and their supervisors. All of it felt like it could have […]

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The Heat (2013)

The Heat is an interesting if not necessarily good, funny, or action-packed film. In that way, I suppose it’s a lot like Paul Feig’s last directorial effort, Bridesmaids, save for the “action-packed” part, as Bridesmaids didn’t aim to have action. Both films take a predominantly male-focused genre — raunchy comedy in the case of Bridesmaids […]

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Late Spring (1949)

A wonderfully contemplative and beautiful film, Late Spring comes to us from one of Japan’s greatest directors, Yasujiro Ozu. It appears on the surface to be simple — there isn’t a whole lot to it, or so it looks — but it is as effective a character study as can be achieved in the cinema. […]

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

It took eight years but a follow-up to 300 has finally come to us in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire. I don’t know if anybody still wants this — I like to think that we’ve matured in eight years and realize that 300 wasn’t that good, even with all of its internet […]

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No Clue (2013)

There aren’t many comedic detective movies coming out nowadays. Granted, there aren’t many detective movies in the first place, but having them contain a sense of humor is even rarer. No Clue, filmed and set in Vancouver, Canada, is such a film. It is a riot. It is hilarious, clever, and marks a promising theatrical […]

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Out of Sight (1998)

Over the course of his life, Jack Foley (George Clooney) has robbed over 200 banks. He has done this all without a gun. The film’s opening scene has him easily rob a bank, only to be foiled when his car decides not to start. Some time later, he manages to escape, but only with a […]

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A.C.O.D. (2013)

More people now than ever before are getting divorced from their significant other. What is the statistic at now? 50%? More than that? Regardless, “together forever” apparently no longer means either. A.C.O.D., which stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” is a film that looks at how divorces impact children later on in life. If it […]

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Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008)

It took seven years and a great deal of apathy, but in 2008 a sequel to Joy Ride was released, direct-to-DVD — because nothing inspires confidence like a late direct-to-video sequel. None of the previous cast returned, and even though one character is back, he’s been transformed into something that only kind of resembles the […]

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Joy Ride (2001)

Joy Ride is the type of thriller you want to see if you want to be scared. It lives up to its “thriller” genre title by having a filmmaker who knows how to build suspense and tension. It has been directed by John Dahl, and he understands that often waiting on something to happen is […]

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Weakness (2010)

The first few scenes are not positive ones for the protagonist of Weakness, an English teacher named Josh (Bobby Cannavale). In the first scene, he learns that his mother is dying of cancer. He is told he’ll now have to take care of his mentally impaired brother, Pete (Keith Nobbs). A couple of scenes later, […]

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Runner Runner (2013)

An inconsequential movie with so little on its mind that you might think it was created by a robot with no idea of what a person is outside of what it’s seen in bad movies, Runner Runner is a thriller in the loosest sense of the word. Suspense is not generated in this movie. The […]

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Popcorn (2007)

For movie buffs, working at a cinema sounds like a dream job. You get to talk movies all day, get into free screenings, and be around the product you love during working hours. It’s kind of surprising, then, that more films aren’t set inside the movie theater. I mean, doesn’t it seem as if filmmakers […]

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Elysium (2013)

A sci-fi actioner that has ambitions of saying something about more than a couple of hot-button issues currently facing the world — and the United States in particular — Elysium might be a disappointing follow-up to director Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, but that’s only because almost anything he did would be disappointing in comparison. Elysium […]

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