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Facebook Movie Reviews 141-160

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002): Epic, beautiful, adventurous. While difficult to understand for those with no prior knowledge of the story, the visual effects and artistic work are magnificent. Recommended? The Lord of the Rings trilogy is not just a series of films, but an experience worth taking.

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Frankenweenie (2012): Dark, emotional, quirky. Two classic stories are expertly moulded into one film with interesting characters and a truly heartwarming story. Recommended? The darker overtones may not appeal to children, but the film is still quite entertaining overall.

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Django Unchained (2012): Graphic, intense, entertaining. There is a lot of depth behind this intricate storyline, and the exceptional actors bring colourful characters to life above vivid visuals and a fitting soundtrack. Recommended? Not suitable for anyone under 16, but truly worth watching.

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Back to the Future Part II (1989): Engaging, confusing, disappointing. While the first movie sets up the sequel well, the result is a complicated hodgepodge where the loveable characters from the first movie make stubborn and irrational decisions, leading up to an unsatisfying ending. Recommended? For those seduced by first one who are hungry to see what comes next.

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Monsters University (2013): Cute, funny, entertaining. This prequel to the Pixar classic gives audiences a look at how the dynamic duo came to be, and while it isn’t one of Pixar’s best stories to date, it is still a fun film with loveable and funny characters. Recommended? Mostly for children and children at heart.

 

 

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The Aviator (2004): Biographical, visual, slow. The acting in this film is stellar, specifically the performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, but the plot moves far too slowly and a bit unclear, since it focuses on a great many aspects of the life of Howard Hughes. Recommended? Anyone who knows about the life of Howard Hughes or is interested in it would enjoy this.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): Emotional, slow, beautiful. The grand conclusion to this adventurous trilogy is a little trying and confusing at points, but the overall visual masterpiece and ultimate closing is as timeless as it gets. Recommended? Since all 3 movies tie into each other, it is probably best to watch them all as close together as possible, so that the storyline is clearer.

 

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Back to the Future Part III (1990): Engaging, satisfying, entertaining. The Western theme behind Marty’s final time-travelling adventure comes across as more of a parody at times and strays away from the more serious undertones of the previous films, but the sense of adventure makes this movie fun. Recommended? A decent conclusion for those who enjoyed the first two.

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The Brothers Grimm (2005): Dark, conflicting, sparse. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger try to bring the most out of their characters in this poorly constructed screenplay combining unnecessary themes and bland supporting characters. Recommended? Not worth it.

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The Mummy (1999): Exciting, adventurous, cliché. A typical American archaeological classic in the shadow of Indiana Jones proves to be very entertaining with impressive visual effects. Recommended? This movie is a lot of fun.

 

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Side Effects (2013): Dramatic, mysterious, slow. This movie takes a while to pick up, but once it does, it makes its audience think and has some pretty intense moments, courtesy of standout performances from Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Recommended? This mystery film is interesting, but not very exciting.

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Scarface (1983): Slow, violent, overhyped. The final action scene is very exciting, but the rest of the almost 3 hour film is dry and a lot of the plot is unclear. Recommended? Not as good as it’s hyped up to be.

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Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation) (2011): Dramatic, emotional, engaging. The movie is entertaining from start to end, filled with many pressing themes and an underlying mystery that brings out everyone’s secrets by the end. Recommended? An interesting story worth seeing.

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Planes (2013): Predictable, light, lacklustre. This movie boasts some nice scenery and a few laughs, but Disney’s latest attempt at a merchandising cash-grabber shows no originality in its story, characters or humour. Recommended? Amusing and fun for kids, but ultimately not very memorable.

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The Truman Show (1998): Funny, clever, interesting. This philosophical plot is set apart by the humour and personal connection made to the protagonist. Recommended? A fascinating eye-opener for television lovers.

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Pretty in Pink (1986): Humorous, feminine, fun. The quirky characters are entertaining in an otherwise typical high school movie, complete with a booming 80’s vibe. Recommended? This light-hearted comedy is not fantastic, but enjoyable nonetheless.

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012): Dramatic, emotional, dark. The themes and symbolism underlying this movie add a sense of depth beyond the average high school film, sparing no breathtaking moments, coupled with amusing characters and a well-assembled soundtrack. Recommended? The plot is very heavy and can be overwhelming at times, so it is best to not watch this alone.

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The Butler (2013): Informative, slow, engaging. The acting and make-up work salvage an otherwise dry storyline and poorly executed production effort. Recommended? Not regrettable, but not a spectacular biopic.

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Goodfellas (1990): Exciting, intriguing, entertaining. The colourful characters and dangerous lifestyles that they lead manage to stay amusing without being too much, and even though the story is a bit confusing at times, it is coherent and all ties together. Recommended? Thoroughly engaging from start to finish.

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The Omen (1976): Unsettling, intriguing, engaging. The effects and action are a bit outdated, but despite some plot holes, the mysterious storyline and eerie score help to build suspense and maintain a constant level of tension throughout the film. Recommended? A decent thriller, great for a movie night with friends.

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Facebook Movie Reviews 21-40

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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.