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Facebook Movie Reviews 181-200

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Big (1988): Funny, playful, entertaining. This loveable and humourous story is beautifully brought to life with clever dialogue and its childlike, but not juvenile approach, even where efforts in the editing department failed. Recommended? A good laugh, especially for those who need to remember to stay young at heart.

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V for Vendetta (2005): Exciting, scary, engaging. This film creates an unsettling plot by using relative simplicity in its production and an intricate but accessible story with mysterious characters and plot twists around every corner. Recommended? For those looking for a thrill.

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Armageddon (1998): Entertaining, funny, emotional. What begins as a fun action/adventure flick evolves into a deeper statement about love and friendship with some appealing visual effects throughout. Recommended? Pretty good for an apocalyptic film.

 

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Top Gun (1986): Cheesy, light, fun. The flight sequences are very well filmed, especially for their time, and the soundtrack adds even more to this testosterone-fuelled journey through this elite flight school. Recommended? This movie is more or less a masculine and funnier version of An Officer and a Gentleman.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Stunning, quirky, fantastical. Even though this movie feels quite long at times and the story abuses the concept of “Deus ex Machina”, the beautiful imagery and consistent development of the fun characters make this overlong prequel fun to watch. Recommended? This film is worth a chance for both fans and skeptics of The Lord of the Rings series.

 

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Once (2006): Unique, engaging, simple. This film really makes the most out its low budget, adding to how little the main characters have and focussing more on the beautiful soundtrack that was written by the actors themselves for the movie. Recommended? While it may be difficult to understand for anyone who is not attune to heavy Irish accents and dialect, this indie film has a lot to it and should be seen, even if only just for the music.

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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013): Cheesy, adventurous, beautiful. This overly modern and partially miscast prequel does have well-executed imagery and visual effects to its claim, as well as some meaningful underlying themes. Recommended? This movie may have been easier to take seriously if it had either not been directly associated with the original film or felt less like Oz was travelling through Tim Burton’s Wonderland in the daytime.

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Capote (2005): Informative, interesting, simple. Philip Seymour Hoffman drives this film with his stunning performance as the classic American author, though the general film plot is not as strong as the story of the characters within it. Recommended? This is a must-see movie in the Philip Seymour Hoffman filmography, though some may find it bland or boring.

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21 Jump Street (2012): Humourous, fun, questionable. For every funny gag or enjoyable character, there is an equally unfunny and unenjoyable one as well, though the story is quite relevant, especially for a remake. Recommended? A reputable comedy, but not a masterpiece.

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Gravity (2013): Intense, different, entertaining. There is no major storyline in this movie, just a surprising amount of character development and a triumphant production effort. Recommended? A beautiful work of art, though more experimental than a feature film.

 

 

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Interesting, emotional, entertaining. This film has great acting and production, all while building on the underlying development of the main character and showcasing a part of history probably unknown to most. Recommended? This movie is proof that there is no such thing as being set in your ways and that it is never too late to embrace a more positive side of yourself.

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Chaotic, explicit, funny. While this seems like an overlong and overly inappropriate biopic at first sight, Scorsese takes audiences inside the mind of antihero Jordan Belfort and poetically shows the side effects of his destructive lifestyle and ambitions. Recommended? A crazy ride and fascinating journey, but it is definitely not meant for everyone.

 

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Zero Dark Thirty (2013): Heavy, dramatic, relevant. As the only real action was during the last half hour of the movie, it feels quite long and arduous at times; nevertheless, this film tells a passionate and somewhat exciting story about one person’s drive to get her job done. Recommended? Bigelow and Boal’s respective talents are reflected well in this film, but if interest in this film is sparked only for its historical relevance, it is noteworthy that a great deal of it is fictitious.

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The Lego Movie (2014): Fun, hilarious, unique. The animation that went into this movie is stellar, the humour and references are well thought out, and the story manages to encompass both depth and personal empowerment while being a parody of absolutely everything, even including an unexpected ending that changes everything an audience may have thought about the movie before. Recommended? This movie provides a good laugh, a decent story and a nostalgia trip for Lego lovers.

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American Hustle (2013): Vintage, wordy, humourous. This film has great acting and a vibrant, well recreated 70s vibe; it is also noteworthy that this movie about a conman is set apart by its lack of excessive violence, bad language, nudity and drug abuse, and that which is here is either intended for artistic or comedic purposes. Recommended? This movie can be a bit slow at times, and the motives unclear; anyone could enjoy this movie, but not everyone will.

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The Croods (2013): Funny, heartwarming, entertaining. The beautiful animation is the focus of this film, bringing a colourful and fresh look to the Stone Age, and while the characters can be a little annoying and inconsistent at times, the overall story is relatable and fun. Recommended? This movie is quite fun and should be taken open-mindedly.

 

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003): Graphic, artistic, exciting. Different cultural elements clash throughout the movie, usually successfully, and other than a few questionable moments, the story is quite intriguing, leaving enough mystery to keep viewers hooked until part 2. Recommended? This action flick comes off as indirectly comedic most of the time, but it is overall a fun mystery.

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The Conjuring (2013): Intense, frightening, artistic. This horror film has a strong premise and high production value, and the fact that it is based on a true story only makes it more thrilling. Recommended? Not for the faint of heart; director James Wan does not rely on cheap thrills and uses suspense and surprise to spice up his 1970s style horror film.

 

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Divergent (2014): Emotional, fascinating, intense. Where book to movie adaptations often try to replicate characters and major events, this one focuses on creating the world and animating sentiments and themes; in addition, the story is very forward in regards to gender roles, allowing ability and mentality to drive actions as opposed to superficial physical stigmas. Recommended? This adaptation was far from perfect, but the last half hour alone shows a great amount of character growth and strength.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Mysterious, exciting, emotional. With its numerous plot twists and exciting action sequences, Marvel’s latest cinematic story is much darker than some of the others, but manages the perfect balance of action, humour, drama and his classic juxtaposition of an old fashioned man in a new and changing world. Recommended? This movie has both fun action and an interesting story; it will be interesting to see where Marvel’s Cinematic Universe goes from here.

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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 où? (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.