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8.5/10

It’s funny to go from my earlier review to this because this is one of my favorite films of the year so far. This film shows the struggles that Jackie Robinson went through in his rookie year in pro baseball. One of the things i loved about this film was the fact that it didn’t just show the struggles of Jackie, but the struggles of his family, friends and even his teammates. It was great to see this team come together as a band of brothers who had each others backs when they realized Jackie is their teammate. The only minor criticism i had for the movie was that it only covers his rookie year. I would’ve liked to have seen this story span over the first seven years of his career to the point of him beating the Yankees in the World Series in 1955. I felt that if you even had to make it a 2 and a half hour movie to get to that point that it would’ve been entertaining enough to keep up through that length. Other than that, it’s a film that i highly recommend to any sports or non-sports fan. The performances of Chadwick Boseman as Jackie and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey are incredible enough to give this film a gander. I also really thought the cinematography of Ebbits Field was amazing. They got everything down perfectly to a tee with the stadium design of a stadium that has been gone for over 50 years

Evil Dead (2013)

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8/10

Really great horror movie that was a non stop gorefest. I really enjoyed the references to the original movies and the creative ways they accomplished it. I recommend this movie as a movie that you don’t really take seriously but a movie that you go to have fun with your friends. The only things i didn’t like were the cast. I couldn’t care less what happened to them. There were also certain things that were done by a nail gun and a chainsaw that i couldn’t believe, but i will bitch about that more later. I totally recommend this film to everyone.

Dead Man Down

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8/10

Tons of thrills in this crime drama starring Colin Ferrell and Noomi Rapice. This film really amazed me considering it is produced by WWE films. It’s easily the best thing that company has ever produced. The best thing about this movie is the fact that it is a completely different film than what it represents in the trailer. Colin Ferrell’s family is murdered by a crime group led by Terrance Howard. He lives on to join their group in order to get back at them and what follows is a great story. This film does have a lot of action, but i think it’s the story and the wonderful characters that really brings it together. Some of the weaknesses was the ending. I didn’t feel that it was the right kind of justice for the bad guys, but that is nitpicking. I also felt some of the scenes were a little comical at times. Like the scene where Noomi Rapice has rocks thrown at her by small children. That’s a little extreme for kids picking on her. Overall, a great film that i recommend to everyone. Not a lot of money went into this film and sometimes it is better that way. Dead Man Down proves that good action mixed with a great story is always a winner.

Stoker

 

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8/10

Stoker may be the most deranged coming of age tale i have ever seen. I really enjoyed this film as a whole, and there is a lot to enjoy. However, i am not foolish enough to believe for a second that people will enjoy this like i did. This is a very unusual suspense/horror film about an uncle who comes to live with a mother and daughter after his brother dies. This film is very slow during the first half hour of the movie, but if you can outlast all of that it definitely rewards you with amazing performances by Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. The best performance however was Mia Wiakowski. Long gone are the days of her performance in Alice In Wonderland. She is now a woman, and has the ability to tell so much emotion in one look at the camera. I was very surprised at the dark turns that this film took, but it was done in such a tasteful way. The music is absolutely breathtaking because it doesn’t appear too often. The color of the scene tones mixed with excellent camera work makes this a definite top ten nominee at my end of the year list. I recommend this film to anyone who doesn’t mind a slow paced dark film. I think you will appreciate the things it does above all of that.

Snitch

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8/10 – I have to say that this is The Rock’s best acting performance in a film. I am not sure yet if it is his best film to date, but he did one hell of a job as a father who will stop at nothing to get his son out of prison. Berry Pepper again turns in an amazing performance that continues to show that there is no role too big or small that he cannot conquer. Jon Brenthel (The Walking Dead) was also a big plus for this action packed drama. The final semi truck speed chasing scene is definitely one that has to be seen to believe for the beating that stuntmen take. I would honestly have to say that this has to be one of my top three films of the year so far. Definitely recommended.

Side Effects

 

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8/10

This film totally took me by surprise as it seemed to be split into two seperate films. In the first 40 minutes, you think this film is going a certain way and then for the last hour it takes you on a totally different ride. Jude Law and Rooney Mara handed in amazing performances as a doctor and mental patient, respectively. Soderbergh is truly becoming one of my favorite directors as he tackles the issues in the world that others are afraid to even look at. This film explores the very dangerous world of medical pills and how far down someone can fall by taking or prescribing them. The last half hour reminded me of something out of Wild Things or Striking Distance. It totally keeps you guessing and guides you down a path making things look different from what they seem. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes a real movie like Traffic or Contagion (Both Soderbergh) that takes a look at the real world and it’s flaws with the justice system.

Zero Dark Thirty

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8/10

A very deep impacting film that does a great job of showing the negative sides of those who fight for our freedoms. I love that they didn’t skimp on showing the family of Bin Laden and their reactions to what went down because i think that is just as important as anything. The film’s strongest point is the cinematography and how it is shot. I am also now pulling for Jessica Chastain to win the Oscar.

Les Miserables

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8/10

One amazingly beautiful picture with the best cinematography of the year. The sets really created a dark world in which every one of these characters sang of their breakthroughs. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of Jackman and Hathaway, and had it not been for Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln), i would automatically assume that Jackman would take the Oscar. I also fell head over heels for the girl who played Eponine (Samantha Barks). When she sang ‘On my own’, it actually brought a tear to my eyes. I was also very surprised at how good Amanda Seyfried was as Cozette. I really thought that was going to be one of the weaker parts of the movie, but i was wrong. Now for the weaknesses, Russell Crowe did great as Javert, but that man cannot sing to save his life. It’s just my opinion, but his voice carries no rhythm what so ever and i find it hard that this man can inspire any kind of army. Another weakness was the screen time of 2 Hours and 37 Minutes. This movie is good, but it’s not great enough to carry a time like that without lagging in some spots. Luckily, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter kept showing up to give it the little spike it needed. There were also a couple of camera errors and inconsistencies i noticed, but i wont get into those as i feel they aren’t important with a review. Overall, i would recommend this movie to musical fans, but it might lag to anyone who doesn’t have patience to watch a 2 and 1/2 hour movie.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

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8.5/10

The thing that i found the most charming about this movie was that it didn’t go weak on it’s views of teenage life. We have all gone through the same things that these kids go through in this movie and that makes it relatable. A movie on Catcher and the Rye will never be made, but this is the closest that you can get to it. Great performance from Emma Watson. Showing that she has deep acting chops after the Potter franchise has ended.