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Still Alice


Directed by: Richard Glatzer
Written by: Richard Glatzer
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth
Genre: Drama, Independent
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Plot: A woman deals with early on-set Alzheimer's


Julianne Moore in her best performance yet depicts Alzheimer's like the real life horror story it is. It was truly one of the scariest movies I have seen all year watching Moore become a prisoner of her own mind. She is backed up by Alec Baldwin as her husband and Kristen Stewart as her daughter, both of whom give totally wounded naunced performances. Yes, you read that right: Kristen Stewart did a good job. Every time Moore becomes a hassle (lack of a better word) or occasional forgets something really important (including their identities), you see it cut deep. But they grin and bear it because its not her fault and they just have to battle through it. Emotionally exhaustive but I think ultimately rewarding

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Theory of Everything


Directed by: James Marsh
Written by: Anthony McCarten
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Plot: The story of Stephen Hawking


Eddie Redmayne gives an excellent and physically transformative performance as Stephen Hawking. While Hawking's theories are interesting and influential, his story is less so. His struggles with his condition are compelling, but the way that trivial moments in his life led to his theories seemed derivative of Slumdog Millionaire.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Kill The Messenger


Directed by: Michael Cuesta
Written by: Peter Landesman
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Martin Sheen, Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt, Tim Blake Nelson
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Plot: A journalist uncovers a conspiracy that the government was complicit in the American crack epidemic.


Between this, The Judge, Unbroken, and The Theory of Everything, the Oscar-bait movies were much more obvious this year. Competently made but lacking any kind of dramatic edge. It was nice to see Renner actually act again. i feel like he has been doing the action movie thing for two long. Here, he is charismatic and borderline compelling. Extra points for bringing the story to its logical conclusion but then keep going. It has much more to do Renner defending his findings than him actually finding the information. A unique twist that lets it stand above the rest, or at least sort of to the side of the rest.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Imitation Game


Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Written by: Graham Moore
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Steven Waddington
Studio: The Weinstein Company
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Plot: A mathematician tries to crack the Germany's secret code during WWII


Benedict Cumberbatch gives a pretty interesting performance as mathematician, Alan Turning, which sort of boils down to the eccentric genius expert from network television that would be paired with a no-nonsense cop. Except Cumberbatch injects quite a bit more subtlety and nuance constantly questioning, challenging, and trying to improve his own identity. I only wish the narrative cared more about it. They seem much more interested in the actual code breaking and the chemistry of the group, which on its own is a good, tense drama.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Written by: Ethan Coen
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Jack O'Connell , Domhnall Gleeson
Genre: Drama, War
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Plot: An Olympic hopeful ends up a POW in Japan, the same country he would have competed in


The story of Louis Zamperini is an epic one full of adventure, tragedy, and the triumph of the human spirit. It is a gorgeous movie led by a pretty good performance by Jack O'Connell, but the story was unfortunately transformed into a cloying, uninspired tale lacking true emotional depth.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Rob Kazinsky, Jed Brophy, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
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Plot: The ending of the Hobbit series


So the editing of this one story into a trilogy and general bloat of the films to make them blockbuster features has annoyed me before this movie, but the beginning of this movie definitely pisses me off. I see no reason for the opening battle with Smaug couldn't have closed out the previous movie. It wasn't that long and would have been a perfect climatic moment to end the second movie.

I also wasn't a big fan of the performances. Martin Freeman, whose affable performance livened up the stiff olde English dialog in previous Hobbits, seemed to side step from center stage, while the big Aragorn hero stand in Thorin spends most of the movie literally sleepwalking into a weird horrible CGI gold pit.

But the battle scenes are awesome as they usually are in Tolkein adaptations by Jackson.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Gambler


Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Written by: William Monahan
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Plot: A college professor gets in over his head with bookies and loan sharks


Based on a Russian novel from an author you have heard of but whose name I can't spell or feel like looking up, or more specifcally on the former drama/thriller starring James Caan, Mark Wahlberg takes the lead as the college professor. It is a role full of diatribes and witty banter that Wahlberg chews into confidentally and with great results.he essentiaally turns what used to be a dramatic crime movie into a comedy, in the classic sense of the word. He plays a self-destructive rich kid with no concept of money and a growing self-loathing because he was never one of those special people with something to lose that was actually worth keeping. He burns a lot of birdges, most notably his mother, who gives him a big check to pay of his debt only to get flushed down the toilet at a casino. She said it was his last payday from her but I get the feeling she has said that before. I just wish it dug a little deeper into his psyche, his addiction to gambling and his self-aware self-destruction. Its more superficial but still surprisingly entertaining.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (6/10) > Display all
Cochise at 06:06 PM Jan 19

oh shit that's great to hear! Heard some mediocre things about this one but that's high praise for it here and I hope I agree with ya!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Top Five


Directed by: Chris Rock
Written by: Chris Rock
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: A comedian trying to reinvent himself gives a candid interview.


Chris Rock on stage is legendary. Chris Rock on film looks a hell of a lot like Adam Sandler, so when he plays a legendary comedian whose new claim to fame is a buddy cop movie where he plays a talking bear, it doesn't seem so weird. Poking fun at himself, his friends (Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Whoopi show up as themselves), and fame in general, Rock seems to have a certain epiphany about himself and showing depth in this often laugh out loud but mostly quick and clever indie dramedy. It is like he is returning to his roots, paying homage to his idol Woody Allen and friend Louis CK (both of whom seem like obvious inspirations) and trying to reinvent himself before he makes a another Head of State (eesh)

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby


Directed by: Ned Benson
Written by: Ned Benson
Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, William Hurt, Viola Davis
Studio: Myriad Pictures
Genre: Drama
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Plot: A couple struggle to stay together after a tragedy.


Edited together from film experiments Diasppearance of Eleanot Rigby: Him and Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (both of which I have not seen), Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:Them seems to tell a more complete story sharing the points of view of both hsuband and wife (played by James MacAvoy and Jessica Chastain). Both give powerful yet different performances hgihlighting how they are grieving widely different. It is easy to see how that grief has pulled them apart because they no longer understand each other after being rocked so hard. This problem bleeds over to their personal and professional lives as they try to get back on their feet separately still passing each other for explosive (sometimes good, sometimes bad) meetings.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Big Hero 6


Directed by: Don Hall
Written by: Don Hall
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Animation
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Plot: A child prodigy outfits his robot and friends to be superheros to fight a villain who stole his invention.


A colorful, fun, and cute ride throughout. Scott Adsit kills as the deadpan robot, Baymax, and is surrounded by a charming cast of voices that liven up a movie already brimming with personality. From the East-meets-West style of San Fransokyo to the fluidity of the modern technology, Big Hero 6 is able to find the medium between Minority Report's slick Apple store future and Guardians of the Galaxies technocolor sci-fi epic. A sincere and kind-hearted family film that does not steep to mushy sentimentality, one that encourages fun science, hard work, and ambition without being too preachy or over-congratualatory.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (6/10) , AlmostFamous91 (8/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Equalizer


Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Written by: Richard Wenk
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz, Melissa Leo, Vladimir Kulich
Studio: Escape Artists
Genre: Action, Crime
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Plot: A retired spy finds himself helping his fellow neighbors get out of trouble


In this remake of the classic tv show, Denzel Washington plays a mysterious former field operative with an affable personality. Working at a big box hardware store, he meets the local color, upstanding community members who often get in over their head with local criminals. He takes it upon himself to alleviate their problems getting the attention of the head honcho with his hand in every cookie jar. Washington plays it cool like he is known to do, an old favorite style that never really gets tired. The action is slick and fun. The story is kind of episodic, with just inling of a bigger conspiracy. I like that because it kind of embraces the random acts of kindness mentality of the show.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Big Eyes


Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: Scott Alexander
Cast: Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz, Terence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Jon Polito
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Plot: The story of Margaret Keane, a painter whose credit was stolen by her husband.


Tim Burton takes on a much less outlandish tale of marital woes in the 60s, and I had high hopes that Burton would earn some real emotion instead of the awkward gothic caricatures of late. It scratches the surface but misses the mark. Nothing like his last real impactful film, oddly enough Big Fish. Amy Adams gives a performance tailor-made for this kind of project, emotionally nuanced but still has an elevated sense of realism. Waltz flounders as her husband going to big with it. Their chemistry never feels just right, which may have been purposeful having Waltz seem like a con artist from the get. Ultimately (and possibly ironically) Burton ends up with a movie that good use a good does of his usual weirdness. ANything to liven up the story at hand. This seems like too much of a course correction.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (4/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Bennett Miller
Written by: Dan Futterman
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Genre: Drama
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Plot: A strange billionaire hires a duo of wrestling brothers to run his Olympic wrestling team.


Foxcatcher is incredibly ambitious. The story, Bennett Miller's direction, and the performances of Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. Unfortunately, ambitious doesn't always mean good. Steve Carell does a twisted version of his MichaelScott routine as a man completely delusional about the importance of being in charge while Tatum tries to join an acting elite that acts with very little dialog. For both of them, their goal remains out of reach.Valiant effort that should definitely be commended, but just short of the greatness that was hyped for them.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (10/10) , AlmostFamous91 (9/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

St. Vincent


Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Written by: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: A mother and son, new to the neighborhood, strike an unlikely bond with their grumpy neighbor.


A strangely mature role for Bill Murray considering he is often painted as an insufferable punchline the whole movie. He is paired with a subdued Melissa MCCarthy and a charming newcomer Jaeden Lieberher who are unfortunately saddled with a overly saccharine story about being "good," one that wholes very little depth.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (6/10) , Hubbs (6/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Judge


Directed by: David Dobkin
Written by: Nick Schenk
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Leighton Meester, Jeremy Strong, Melissa Leo, Billy Thornton
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Drama
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Plot: Big city lawyer returns to his small hometown for personal issues and ends up defending his father in court.


The Judge is built on a number of truisms and some overwrought soap opera bullshit, these explosive standoffs are around every corner and it gets a little distracting. But its Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall doing some of the best acting they have done in a long time. Certainly RDJ's best since blockbuster fame, and as good as he is, he is completely overshadowed by a stern but ambiguously fair, hiding emotional and physical wounds. Worth seeing for Duvall alone.

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White Bird in a Blizzard


Directed by: Gregg Araki
Written by: Gregg Araki
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Angela Bassett, Thomas Jane, Gabourey Sidibe, Shiloh Fernandez
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot: A teen struggles with entering womanhood after her mother disappears.


This movie has a laughable soap opera quality taking place in a fake Edward Scissorhands like suburbia. Shailene Woodley does her best to anchor the movie with an interesting performance and some casual nudity, but she is surrounded by actors who are chewing the scenery especially Eva Green, who seems like she should be slapping people on dynasty or suspect in JR's shooting.

Other reviews of this film: MonsterZeroNJ (8/10) , Horrorfan99 (5/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: David Ayer
Written by: David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena
Studio: Sony
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Plot: An American tank braves Nazi occupied Germany


This movie is a giant middle finger to the myth of the greatest generation relying on depicting both sides of the war as dirty rotten bastards. One scene in particular made my screen crawl when Brad Pitt's soldier let himself into a German apartment without permission and went about his business as if he beloinged there. The battle scenes are thrilling, the war torn nature of the scenery frightening, and the portrayal of the soldiers complex. Brad Pitt's steely resolve, Shia Labeouf's born again insecurity, and Logan Lerman's constant fearfulness strike a chord. I wish the same could be said of Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal's performance.Both were a bit too hammy and distracting of the overall plot, which was kind of thin to begin with. Its more about sharing those moments of action and high emotion, all of which are well-executed, than the journey, which could have used more fleshing out

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (8/10) , Frosty_86 (8/10) > Display all
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The Immigrant


Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix
Studio: Weinstein Company
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
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Plot: A Polish woman is forced into prostitution to pay for her sister to get to America


The Immigrant reflects on ethical complexity and the myth of the American dream during the 1920s in New York. Starring Marion Cotillard as a Polish woman fresh off Ellis Island and forced into prostitution by Joaquin Phoenix's pimp in order to pay for her sister to make it to America. Things become troublesome when a con-artist stage magician played by Jeremy Renner comes between them. Filmmaker James Gray paints each character with desperation and regret making none of them as mean-spirited as their actions might seem, and each give a very reviting performance. It is a surprisingly optimistic movie using the dark depths of the United States to show how hope for a better life grows and flourishes even when it feels completely lost. An ambitious scope adn endearing tone raise the narrative to "Great Amercian Novel" like heights.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

The Boxtrolls


Directed by: Anthony Stacchi
Written by: Alan Snow
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade
Studio: Laika
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Plot: A young boy raised by trolls in the sewer is reintroduced to the above ground world


After the awesomeness that is Paranorman, I was definitely interested in what Laike Studios had up their sleeve. This tale of affable trolls who live in old cardboard boxes collecting, eating, and tinkering with garbage while maneuvering around the "troll-catchers" of the city above has a lot of room for fun, just not as much fun as Paranorman. It carried with it a similar childhood theme, "don't judge," but lacked the mature scope of Paranorman. Full of British voice talent including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Ben Kingsley as a drag queen troll-hunter, it becomes a pretty sharp parody of British elitism, symbolized here by fancy dress hats and stinky cheeses. Its real charm came from the language-deprived trolls grunting at each other in a way that was surprisingly understandable.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (8/10) , Jedd the Jedi (8/10) > Display all
Moviefreak2010 at 12:50 AM Dec 29

looks good want to see

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

Begin Again


Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney
Cast: Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo
Studio: Apatow Productions
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Plot: A down and out music producer discovers a new talent


Like so many movies about music, specifically the music industry, or at least the first album and first disillusionment of a brand spanking new talent, I just assumed this movie would be filled with silly "life sucks" truisms. This movie is a little different. Keira Kngihtley's new talent doesn't much care about fame and fortune so she is free to work the system. MarkRuffalo's producer is so down and out there really isn't anywhere for him to go but up. The movie really should have been about the music. The scenes of them crafting and recording on the streets of NYC catching ambient noises are entertaining and sort of thrilling. Almost like it was a documentary about an actual record production. Early in the movie though they screw with the pacing. Rewinding to the moments that got Knightley and Ruffalo to the points in the movie. They drag the story and splits focus from the music, which is what the movie is supposed to be about.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (8/10) , Jedd the Jedi (7/10) > Display all
dsloy at 11:39 AM Dec 29

loved keira in this

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