anthony hopkins

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Dark, serious, fun. The tone follows in trend of the post-Avengers Marvel movies being darker than the original ones, and while the story and characters lacked in certain areas, the visual effects were the true focal point of the movie. Recommended? This movie could be enjoyed by fans of the Marvel franchise or action/fantasy movies in general.

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The most impressive element of this movie by far was the special effects and artistic production. The visual effects team created the illusion of multiple worlds and heavy destruction in each one. While many of the effects in the first Thor movie were unrealistic and suffered from lens flare, the technology has finally caught up and the results were beautiful in the landscapes, destruction and the galactic creatures. It was also interesting to see an American film where the destruction was focussed in London, England as opposed to New York. (more…)

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Day 15: Slimani Crashes Russia’s Party, Ronaldo’s First Goal Too Late

Germany vs USA:

Starting Lineups:

Germany has┬áreverted to a 4-2-3-1 as Schweinsteiger joins the lineup, and USA have chosen a defensive 4-5-1. (more…)

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Footloose (1984): Fun, light, entertaining. This generation-defining classic has a lot more depth than one would expect, even with an upbeat 80s pop playlist for a soundtrack. Recommended? An ideal 80s style film.

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The Great Gatsby (2013): Beautiful, tragic, engaging. Despite some poorly executed artistic work, this adaptation captures the superficiality of the era and depth of its characters, making good use of its eclectic but suitable soundtrack. Recommended? Baz Luhrmann makes this timeless 1920s literary classic accessible to a modern society almost a century later and such efforts deserve to be seen.

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Ginger & Rosa (2012): Dry, simple, disturbing. The acting was quite good, but the story takes a very long time to develop into a climactic but lacklustre conclusion, and the movie overall could have benefited from a consistent score. Recommended? This is not for a sit down movie night.

 

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Interesting, strange, unpredictable. There are many aspects of this movie that are disturbing in one way or another, but the unique stylistic elements and sparse but well placed humour make this a unique and quirky treat. Recommended? This is an entertaining piece, but definitely not meant for those of the same age group as the main actors.

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Et maintenant on va o├╣? (Where do we go now?) (2011): Funny, interesting, intense. This movie has a simple storyline that rests on major issues and recurring themes that mould together and come full circle by the end, creating an experience that is humourous at first and becomes quite serious and emotional as the plot thickens. Recommended? A fascinating, but somewhat upsetting film.

 

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Flight (2012): Intense, dramatic, humourous. There are a few dry spells during the middle section of this film, but they do not take away from the frightening action sequence and character development of Whip Whitaker, brought to life fantastically by Denzel Washington. Recommended? Although it may be a bit slow at times, the story is very engaging and entertaining for mature audiences.

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Rebelle (War Witch) (2012): Emotional, disturbing, graphic. This gruesome look into the Congolese war captures the struggle of the child soldiers with the actors’ captivating performances, as well as the beautiful visual work and good direction overall. Recommended? An engaging journey that will teach as much as it entertains.

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El labarinto del faunto (Pan’s Labryinth) (2006): Artistic, quirky, entertaining. This fantasy adventure is brought to life by the intricate visual effects and art direction, as well as the characters who are all meant to invoke emotion from the audience at some point in the movie. Recommended? This is not for the faint of heart, but fun nonetheless.

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Anna Karenina (2012): Beautiful, emotional, reflective. The unique visuals and art direction are well-executed, although confusing at times, and the story has its fair share of both good moments and irrational turns. Recommended? This would be best for those who would appreciate romantic dramas.

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The Intouchables (2011): Inspiring, emotional, humourous. For such serious undertones, this uplifting film has a comedic side and very likeable characters, telling a story of friendship, growth and redemption. Recommended? A must see film.

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End of Watch (2012): Intense, dramatic, entertaining. The plot blends realism and drama very artistically and builds up strategically to an emotional, hard-hitting end, despite a few off-putting moments. Recommended? This deep journey offers a new and welcome perspective on the life of cops in south L.A.

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She’s The Man (2006): Funny, engaging, light. This movie is nothing short of a laugh a minute with its surprisingly well thought out plot, save a few subpar actors and characters and some teen drama fluff. Recommended? The perfect light comedy during a stressful time.

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Hitchcock (2012): Witty, informative, engaging. While it lacked a vintage vibe that would have helped to make it feel more like an event in the 1960s, the perspective shown on that part of the legendary director’s life is fascinating and beautifully brought to life by the characters around him and cleverly placed humour. Recommended? For anyone who has seen and enjoyed Psycho, this movie provides an interesting insight on the making of the film and its pop cultural impact.

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12 Years a Slave (2013): Emotional, disturbing, intense. Few films are ever of such high quality in most every aspect, acting, directing, writing, production design, music; this is by far one of them. Recommended? This movie may be too harsh for more sensitive viewers, but deserves every accolade that it is likely to come across in the months to come.

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Captain Phillips (2013): Intense, emotional, engaging. After a weak opening, the real push behind this film comes when the action kicks in and the excitement lasts right through to the end of the film. Recommended? Definitely one of 2013’s gems.

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Home Alone (1990): Humourous, fun, entertaining. This family comedy maximizes laughs where action is absent and has a great score to back it up. Recommended? A modern Christmas classic.

 

 

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): Mysterious, engaging, unique. Where this movie lacks in production value, it makes up for in the overall story and acting and grows more intriguing as it goes on. Recommended? A fascinating story worth watching.

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Frozen (2013): Enchanting, magical, entertaining. The fantastic soundtrack and dazzling animation bring to life this imaginative story with loveable characters and thoughtful themes and undertones. Recommended? This modern tale deserves to be among Disney’s classics.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013): Exciting, emotional, dramatic. This movie takes a while to take off, but once it does, there is a great deal of action, character development and transformations from cheap superficiality to deep struggles. Recommended? All sequels should be able to recover from the issues with their prequels like this one.

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Good Will Hunting (1997): Fascinating, profound, inspiring. Far more crude than it needs to be, but an overall interesting story with likeable characters and a strong moral base. Recommended? A feel-good journey worth watching.

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The Terminator. Suspenseful, action-packed, entertaining. While somewhat predictable, the visual effects and non-stop action ensures that there is never a dull moment, not to mention expectant brilliance from Scwarzenegger and Cameron. Recommended? A definite must-see.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Action packed, humorous, overall entertaining. Well written screenplay, great characters and incredible visual and sound effects. Recommended? A great adventure film that everyone can enjoy.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Exciting, a bit confusing at times, but engaging. A bit slow at times (not surprising for a 3 hour film) but good action sequences and a more or less comprehensible story. Recommended? Worth giving a shot.

 

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Mysterious, witty, fun. A bit more far-fetched than the original series (yes, it’s possible), but stays true to the general tone, and who knew Harrison Ford still had it? Recommended? For old fans and new ones alike.

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Dumbo. Adorable, fun, classic. A bit slow in some parts, but the overall lovable nature of the film and songs make this film enjoyable. Recommended? If deprived of this film as a child who watched Disney movies, this is one to check out.

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The Dark Knight. Suspenseful, engaging, entertaining. While the true impact of the storyline does not click until the very end, the tedious wait is filled with phenomenal action sequences and some quirky albeit well-portrayed characters. Recommended? This film is only truly appreciated if seen after Batman Begins. Both are must-sees.

 

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Casablanca. Quite slow, but heartfelt and mysterious. While rich in dialogue (including multiple timeless quotes), not much action and poor sound recording make this film difficult to sit through at times. Recommended? More as a novelty than a must see film that one would take something from.

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The Godfather. Slow, but equally interesting and quite brutal. While the main plot is not incited for a while and many of the characters (though well portrayed) lack discernible traits, the film is well produced and still manages to be more or less engaging. Recommended? A worthwhile film, but not to be watched half-heartedly.

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Howl’s Moving Castle. Imaginative, inspiring, but confusing. While most of the film includes lovable characters and good adventure, the last half hour involves bleak decisions and, while clearly resolved, leaves much to question. Recommended? For those with a strong imagination and a love for childlike adventure.

 

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Inside Man. Intriguing, clever, engaging. The perfect blend of intense action and thought provoking (though accessible) mystery. Recommended? For sure, especially for fans of hostage movies and cop shows, though most audiences will enjoy this one.

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From Paris With Love. Action packed, unpredictable, shocking. What the film lacks in its general dialogue, it makes up for in brilliant fight and chase sequences, as well as John Travolta’s unnecessarily crude but entertaining character. Recommended? For fans of action and explosions, because that’s what makes this film worth watching.

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Proof. Funny, thought provoking, heartfelt. Story is flawed at times, but the film has an appealing quirkiness about it that some may find entertaining. Recommended? Not a must see, but worthwhile watching, especially for those who enjoyed A Beautiful Mind.

 

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The Dark Knight Rises. Intriguing, dark (no pun intended), and for the most part unpredictable. Incredible action sequences and well thought out plot line with an outstanding conclusion. Recommended? A worthwhile conclusion for those who enjoyed the first two.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Shocking, tragic, emotional. Terrific acting takes this film with a debatable and often difficult to understand storyline to new heights. Recommended? Doesn’t live up to the hype, but overall worth the time.

 

 

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Pulp Fiction. Violent, disjointed, profane. Good directing and well produced, but much of the film seems like an attempt to add as much explicit content as possible to one film while maintaining a basic plot line; with a twist that seems like its supposed to be an all revealing truth, but plays out more informative than shocking. Recommended? While this may have been ground-breaking in its time, it is not life-changing.

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Se7en. Sadistic, intense, shocking. Climactic ending is incredible, but the plot until then is slow and much like any other insane serial killer flick. Recommended? For those who can stomach brutal crime scenes and testimonies.

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Driving Miss Daisy. Wordy, funny, heartwarming. Difficult to understand dialogue at times, but the story shines through with lovable and well portrayed characters. Recommended? A surprisingly entertaining film that anyone can relate to.

 

 

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Sling Blade. Gripping, emotional, ironically heroic. Story is incredibly heartfelt and acting displays characters in places far beyond the social norm, creating a heart wrenching but brilliant plot. Recommended? This film can be a tearjerker for some, but a must see for everyone.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Graphic, engaging, tragic. Brilliant music and acting bought out the best of the story, though the killing scenes were gory beyond necessity. Recommended? For fans of musicals and horror films alike, though not for the weak of heart.

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Cabaret. Quirky, slow, but fun. Catchy songs, and a carefree vibe to the film, but perhaps there was too much carelessness when devising a plot for this one, as there really was none. Recommended? Perhaps as background noise at a party, but not worth committing 2 hours of life to.

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Precious. Gripping, upsetting, inspiring. Through somewhat trashy dialogue and lackluster cinematography is brilliant direction and storyline. Recommended? Not a family film, but a must see for those who think they are living a troubled life.

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Chicago. Feisty, engaging, entertaining. Fantastic story, music and visuals make this more than just another Broadway to film adaptation. Recommended? For all age appropriate audiences, the musical that women want to see and men will still enjoy.

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Shakespeare in Love. Comical, amusing and somewhat witty (in a Shakespearean way). Despite a slow pace and an unsettlingly modern look for Shakespeare, a decent film overall. Recommended? A must see for aspiring actors, a red flag for Shakespeare’s haters and a coin toss for everyone else.

 

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Thor. Enchanting, somewhat predictable, but overall enjoyable. More effort could have gone into editing, lighting and cinematography, but a fun film for the most part. Recommended? Purely as a mode of escapism.

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Little Shop of Horrors. Cheesy, horrific, somewhat funny. Mix of good and bad special effects, though generally entertaining, with some effective, but only a few catchy, musical numbers. Recommended? Some things were meant more for stage.

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North by Northwest. Confusing, suspenseful, very slow. The ending is lazy (albeit clever), there are some big editing blunders, and the plot could have been better executed; nevertheless, there was a decent story overall. Recommended? Only when wide awake cause it will take full attention to follow this one.

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Tootsie. Hilarious, eye-opening, entertaining. A comedy with a deep storyline that manages to be enjoyable without unnecessary filler. Recommended? There’s a little something for everyone in this movie.

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The Matrix. Clever, intriguing, entrancing. Laurence Fishburne’s sunglasses are just a tiny piece of a well-devised plot and engaging non-stop action. Recommended? 1000x yes, especially for the sci-fi and thriller audiences.

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The Blues Brothers. Clever, very funny, overall entertaining. First half was hilarious, second half had nice music. Recommended? For a good laugh from the classic writers from SNL.

 

 

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Rango. Somewhat funny, decent plot, though quite slow. While an attempt at making classic western films accessible to younger audiences is noble, the outcome is barely entertaining, though as always, Johnny Depp’s quips add some colour. Recommended? If interested, but not worth making an exception for.

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Emotional, heartwarming, empathetic. What this film lacks in action, it makes up for in brilliant acting and an intense storyline. Recommended? This film will double anyone’s respect for Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Spirited Away. Enchanting, a bit disjointed, but overall enjoyable. Great story and lovable, but sometimes creepy characters. Recommended? Thoughtful story that will touch people of all ages.

 

 

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Take the Lead. Intriguing, entertaining, inspiring. Great story and dancing, humbling message, though the ending could have been a bit less open ended. Recommended? A good film for everyone, especially those who love dance movies, poor kids turning their lives around, and anything with Antonio Banderas.

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Ben-Hur. Exciting, intriguing, classic. Despite being a bit slow at times and having an open and somewhat confusing ending, the film makes up for in stunning visuals and frequent action sequences (including a now timeless chariot race). Recommended? A true epic well worth the time spent watching it.

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When Harry Met Sally. Funny, light, very entertaining. Quirky characters and catchy dialogue make this an all round fun movie for everyone. Recommended? A great film for anyone to help wind down after a long day.

 

 

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Rocky. Slow in the first half, but nevertheless inspiring and heartwarming. Story could have used more depth, but overall a feel good film with likable characters and a classic soundtrack. Recommended? While often considered a bucket list item, this film would be most enjoyed by sports film fanatics, as there is not much more for everyone else.

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Memento. Suspenseful, thought-provoking, but a bit overwhelming. While a fascinating story is put together, the film’s length and information overload become too much to process, especially the twist at the end. Recommended? Only for those who could process the complex and often disjointed storyline.

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Closer. Simple, quite crude, monotone. The acting in the film is great, but the overall film lacks a major plot line outside of who’s dating who and when. Recommended? Not really, maybe if there’s nothing else to do.

 

 

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Erin Brockovich. Engaging, clever, funny. The inspiring and easily comprehended story is only further enhanced through its real-life basis, not to mention Julia Roberts as the rash and insistent title character. Recommended? This film has a little something for everyone, mystery, law, a little romance, and even some comedy.

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An Officer and a Gentleman. At times funny, at times meaningful, but mostly lighthearted. A military film with more romantic scenes than military ones, but a good love story about characters evolving and changing for each other. Recommended? A good date night or girls night film, but not much appeal outside the rom-com audience.

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The Silence of the Lambs. Disturbing, intriguing, brilliant. Greatest closing movie line: I’m having an old friend for dinner. Recommended? Definitely, especially a must-see for the horror audience.

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Moulin Rouge! At times confusing, hectic and overly artistic, but a good story and all around entertaining. Worthwhile for the music especially. Recommended? Only if you don’t mind musical cheesiness and pure expressionism.

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Rent. A bit slow because of all the songs, but heartfelt and touching. Brilliant soundtrack and memorable characters make this film what it is. Recommended? Yes, but only for the musical audiences who won’t complain about too many songs. A must-see for anyone pursuing a career in the arts.

 

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Black Swan. Psychological, disturbing, and a bit hectic at times. Great story and technical elements with an ending disturbingly relatable to anyone obsessed with perfection. Recommended? Not for the faint or innocent of heart.

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The African Queen. Fun and somewhat clever, but climaxes at the beginning, slows down and doesn’t quite pick up again. Recommended? Not for everyone, or most at that, unless you crave an overrated classic.

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Bridesmaids. Very funny, decent acting, but that was about it. The opening alone was unnecessarily trashy, as well as many pointless characters. Recommended? Only for a good laugh, not to be taken seriously.

 

 

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Fight Club. A bit confusing, but surprisingly intriguing and very clever and concise storyline. Surely an ending unpredictable, at least to some extent. Recommended? A definite must-see, possibly more than once.

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The Hangover. Funny, crude, and surprisingly suspenseful. Haven’t seen a comedy with this much mystery in a while, and Zach Galafinakis (if I spelled it right) was very entertaining. Recommended? Yes, but to be seen alone or with friends, not family.

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How to Train Your Dragon. Fun, inspiring, heartwarming. Minor Hollywood typicalities, but overall well-made and meaningful. Recommended? Definitely great for the whole family.

 

 

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Somewhat funny, but very slow. A lot of unnecessary and time consuming content and outdated foreign humor (unless you are familiar with British comedy). Recommended? Not unless you crave stupidity and escapism.

 

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Run Lola Run. Mysterious, action packed, thought-provoking. A bit repetitive, but the fascinating premise makes up for it. Recommended? Only if you know German, French, or don’t mind subtitles.

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127 Hours. Gruesome, emotional, inspiring. Much more exciting than one may think. A good length as well. Recommended? A definite must see, if you can stand James Franco’s desperate and disgusting measures.

 

 

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Gone With the Wind. Tragic, enchanting and above all lengthy (almost 4 hours!). Characters are emotionally gripping, but suspense and excitement only kicks in at the last 90 mins. Recommended? A bucket list item, but take a break every half hour.

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Inglourious Basterds. Gory, disturbing, but brilliant nonetheless. Three most noteworthy aspects: acting, direction & screenplay. Recommended? Only for those who can stomach blatant genocide and graphic killing.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Suspenseful, dramatic, but a bit slow. Tennessee Williams is a master with words, but leaves little action in this film for an audience to feast their eyes upon. Recommended? As a background film, not one to commit time to sitting and watching.

 

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Tangled. Fun, humorous, clever. Not as enjoyable as the classic Disney films, but despite minor flaws, overall enjoyable. Recommended? For the Disney-obsessed child in all of us.

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Country Strong. Tragic, a bit slow, but very heartfelt. Great soundtrack and acting, but somewhat predictable as well. Recommended? Not for the country music haters, but a definite yes for everyone else.

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Batman Begins. A bit slow at first, but overall concise, feasible and entertaining. Special acknowledgement for visual effects and fight choreography. Recommended? Definitely worthwhile.

 

 

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Airplane! Funny, spontaneous, unpredictable. Though the comic effects are outdated and may seem “fake”, the intended outcome prevails. Recommended? If you liked Scary Movie, you’ll love this. If not, you may still like it.

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Taken. Brutal, suspenseful, action packed. Short film, but edge of your seat thrills throughout the majority of the film. Recommended? For a definite thrill.