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The Lazarus Papers (2012)

Disregard both the DVD cover and the trailer when deciding whether or not you should watch The Lazarus Papers. The former promises and action-thriller led by Gary Daniels and co-starring Bai Ling and a Machete-like Danny Trejo. The latter is not dissimilar to that promise and, like the cover, doesn’t even tell you who the […]

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Assassination of a High School President (2009)

A film that can only really be described as “Brick, but worse,” Assassination of a High School President is a neo-noir set in an American high school, involving a wannabe journalist attempting to uncover a conspiracy involving stolen SATs. I really have no idea why it’s called “Assassination of a High School President,” as such […]

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Set in a small town in South Carolina, Beautiful Creatures is a teen romance whose trailers will remind scoffing audiences of Twilight, even if that isn’t exactly a fair comparison. In fact, with both the characters, the central themes, and the way the story unfolds, Beautiful Creatures isn’t anything like Twilight. Sure, they’re both romantic […]

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Gigli (2003)

An oddball comedy/crime movie that might be a bit insensitive the mentally impaired, Gigli isn’t a horrible mess, and it actually contains a bunch of individually great scenes which show us just how much better it could have been. It’s ultimately a failure of a movie, but there’s enough good material here that I almost […]

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

You would have to press me really hard in order for me to tell you anything that I could remember about the first live-action G.I. Joe film, which I had to look up again to learn that it was subtitled Rise of Cobra. I only watched it a few months before the sequel, but remembering […]

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is an action movie that is a lot of fun if you can get your mind into the place of its intended audience: The twelve-year-old boy who just loves smashing up his toys real good. Or, more correctly, smashing up the rest of the house, because the toys themselves […]

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The Kids Are All Right (2010)

More about the general concept of family than any particular situation, The Kids Are All Right is a drama about an unconventional situation which contains many instances easily applied to all sorts of familial struggles. The fact that it centers on a lesbian couple who happen to find their relationship complicated upon meeting their sperm […]

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Manic (2001)

Shot in a raw, gritty, handheld manner that often makes it feel like a documentary, Manic is a film that you’ve likely seen before, or at least you’ll feel as if you’ve seen it at some point in your life. If you’ve ever seen a movie in which a character is placed in a mental […]

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August: Osage County (2013)

Based on the play of the same name written by Tracy Letts — he also wrote this screenplay — August: Osage County is a very funny and surprisingly dramatic movie about a group of unlikable people in a family with them. It all works, to be sure, and the film throws enough curveballs and jokes […]

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Grudge Match (2013)

30 years before Grudge Match begins, two boxers, Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) had an intense rivalry. They had squared off two times and had each won a single time. Right before the third and tie-breaking match, Sharp retired. Their feud wasn’t over, but it wasn’t going […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

As the movies have often taught us, greed promotes more greed and will eventually be one’s downfall. Here comes The Wolf of Wall Street, which more or less shares that same philosophy but does it with more drugs, nudity, and profanity than most. This is a Martin Scorsese movie, and while it often feels like […]

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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Set during the Crusades of the 1100s, Kingdom of Heaven is a historical epic which attempts to make a hero out of a blacksmith and present a more neutral view on religion than anyone likely thought possible. The Crusades were a period of turmoil, and it was all brought about due to religious conflicts between […]

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Defendor (2009)

A low-budget superhero movie taking place on the streets of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Defendor is an oddball black comedy about a mentally ill man who dresses up and fights crime down on the streets. No, he’s not Batman; Batman has more money and is a fictional character, guys. The lead in this film is Arthur […]

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Æon Flux (2005)

At some point in the future, most of the human race will be wiped out. The movies have shown me that this is an inevitability. That’s fine, because it’s usually so far in the future that I won’t have to be alive to experience it. Granted, Æon Flux‘s disaster happens in 2011, but it’s easy […]

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Perhaps one of the best in a series of (mostly) very good efforts, Inside Llewyn Davis marks the newest film from the directorial team of the Coen brothers. This is a smart, funny, and yet not terribly upbeat movie that follows approximately a week in the life of its lead character, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac). […]

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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

An exercise in swindling an audience, The Brothers Bloom is a movie where each character holds many tricks up his or her sleeve, and the film as a whole doesn’t reveal everything until the very end — and even then you might not understand what just happened. It does all this with a light, happy, […]

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Woman on Top (2000)

To call Woman on Top a romantic comedy would be doing a disservice to the genre. It is neither romantic or funny, and I have no idea what the filmmakers were thinking when filming it. Its failures are on the script level, and also in the actors hired for the underwritten roles. If the film […]

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Perfect Victims (2010)

Perfect Victims is a film that attempts to use plot twists as a late-game saving grace. For most of this incomprehensible mess of a film, I had not a clue what was going on. It turns out that this was intentional, because the final few moments explain to us that we shouldn’t have been able […]

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