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Directed by: Alejandro Ińárritu
Written by: Alejandro Ińárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Natalie Gold
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: A Hollywood actor made famous for playing a superhero earlier in his career tries to put on a Broadway show to earn back some credibility.


No, this is not the feature film version of the Hanna-Barbera character but rather a schizophrenic look at Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy symbolized by their current obsession with superhero films...[more]...

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

Space Station 76


Directed by: Jack Plotnick
Written by: Jennifer Cox
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan
Studio: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: Interpersonal drama throws off the daily routine of a 1970s space station


With an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, and Matt Bomer, Space Station 76 sets out to half spoof 1970s soap operas with this eccentric workplace comedy thrown into disarray since the workers also have to live there.

What makes this so strange is it is made very genuinely as if it really was a soap opera episode taken straight from an old '70s tv show. The humor is very un-self-aware made with a small sense of hindsight making it look like something that should be laughed at by Mystery Science Theater 3000. Without the commentary from those guys though, the movie isn't so much laugh out loud funny but rather a clever smile-inducing experiment at being retro.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

22 Jump Street


Directed by: Phil Lord
Written by: Michael Bacall
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
Studio: Sony
Genre: Action, Comedy, Stoner
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Plot: Hill and Tatum go undercover in college


The first was like catching lightning in the bottle. It was a surprisingly effective comedy of a once popular tv show, a kind of movie that doesn't always work out. Just ask Starsky and Hutch and the Dukes of Hazzard. What lets Hill, Tatum, and company catch lightning in a bottle again is that that is exactly what they were doing. It is not an accident but a surgical move.

With a heavy dose of self-awareness, they not only lampoon action movies, old shows, and teenaged years but also the stupefying nature of sequels too content with doing the same thing but under new circumstances.

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Glinda at 03:59 AM Nov 04

Great analysis and well said. I completely agree.

So good and this so rarely happens!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

Are You Here


Directed by: Matthew Weiner
Written by: Matthew Weiner
Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Lauren Lapkus, Laura Ramsey
Studio: Gilbert Films
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Plot: After the death of his father, an emotionally stunted adult needs the help of his best friend to cope.


This is the directorial debut of Mad Men creator Matt Weiner. Obviously, being the showrunner of Mad Men I was expecting quite a lot from this movie.

Starring Zach Galifinakis as a not-all-there heir to his father's small town (but surprisingly sizable) empire desperately needs the help of his best friend, played by Owen Wilson. Wilson plays to his strengths and ends up being boring as the too immature for his age man-child who still genuinely cares about his best friend more so than anyone else. Thankfully, Galifinakis really picks up the slack playing a much more inherently tragic and deep version of his Hangover character.

Weiner ends up just parading family television truisms in an overly sappy story that tries to recapture edge with its sense of humor that never really gets any better than patented sitcom double (and uninspired single) entendres

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

Let's Be Cops


Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Written by: Luke Greenfield
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Jake Johnson, Andy Garcia, James D'Arcy, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., Keegan-Michael Key
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot: 2 buddies going no where are mistaken for real cops and get addicted to the rush


Jake Johnson is one of the funniest actors working today. Match him up with his New Girl co-star Damon Wayans Jr. (who is the spitting image of his dad down to the comedic timing) and you have a sure fire formula for a good time.

A mumbling seemingly-improv heavy comedy about some profane guys getting in over their heads isn't exactly that original or about to set the world on fire. It is still over-flowing with good times thanks in no small part to Rob Riggle's real cop who gets in the fray.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago



Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Written by: Keith Bunin
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, James Remar
Studio: Dimension Films
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Plot: A man grows horns on the top of his head after his girlfriend is killed


Daniel Radcliffe plays Ig, a man deeply in love with his girlfriend and number one suspect in her murder. Sometime after that, he starts growing 2 horns out of his forehead that give him the ability to make people tell the truth and compel them to perform their deepest darkest impulses. He uses these new found powers to try and find the real killer and clear his name.

The horns are a pretty clever stand in for how the entire town pretty much sees him as a devil already judged as guilty in the court of public opinion before he even has a trial. The only person who believes him his is best friend and lawyer.

It is often times darkly funny and atmospheric at the same time. Being based off the book by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, that is no surprise. And neither is its ability to really stick the landing. There is something about every King cinematic adaptation that just seems to rush the ending and takes it to a visual extreme that the rest of the story seems content to downplay. It is a thorn in the paw in a movie that otherwise had my attention.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

The Fault In Our Stars


Directed by: Josh Boone
Written by: John Greene
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama
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Plot: Two recovering cancer patients fall in love


Shailene Woodley is one of the more exciting new actors working today. i definitely look forward to seeing more of what she can do. She totally knocks it out of the park with this role carrying a dramatic weight that can usually only come with experience. She has a cynic sense of humor and humble awareness that gives her a likable charm that never ignores the illness she has or the sadness she is occasionally overcome by.

Unfortunately, this story is not just about her struggling with cancer. It is also about her falling in love. She falls for another recovering cancer patient played by Ansel Egort. Egort isn't really up to snuff with Woodley. He is over-the-top and lacking serious charm. I find his character completely overbearing on the whole movie.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

Deliver Us From Evil


Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Written by: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Thriller
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Plot: A NY cop teams up with an exorcist to catch a emon


There are many things movies can do that would get me instantly interested. Supernatural detectives are one of them. I don't know why, but I totally dig them. Each one always bring something cool.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, the guy behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, creates an atmospheric version of New York for cops Eric Bana and Joel McHale to run around. It reminds me of The Crow or Seven (the city that is). Bana's super NY accent can get a bit grating and McHale is a little too manically sarcastic, but together they are pretty entertaining.

It turns out a demon hitched a ride back from the Middle East with some soldiers who disrupted its resting place. Their strange erratic behavior becomes stranger and more erratic that PTSD could ever account for.

It is revealed to Bana by a rock-star-esque exorcist played by Edgar Ramirez (who should have been in the lead role) that he has a special awareness to true evil, what his partner refers to as "radar." It is a superpowered used minimally as do most supernatural moments in the movie until the finale exorcism. A sit and pray scene that plays like a true to life action scene.

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Glinda at 04:03 AM Nov 04

I loved this movie. Although I thought Bana did a great job, I agree that Edgar Ramirez should have been the lead. Fantastic.

I didn't know what to expect with McHale, but yeah he was great with Bana and did a good job.

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Pat Hatfreet at 07:23 PM Nov 05

Glad you liked it! I enjoyed it too!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 21 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street


Directed by: Samuel Bayer
Written by: Eric Heisserer, Wesley Strick
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Remake of the slasher classic (a slashic?)


Jackie Earle Haley is a fine actor, and under almost every single other circumstance, he would probably act circles around Robert Englund. But not here. No, here Haley makes some weird decisions. He takes a character written to be funny (his dialog has plenty of punchlines) but delivers them with almost no vigor or awareness.

Same goes for Rooney Mara's Nancy. She can reach greater depths than Heather Lagenkamp (probably), but Heather brings an inherent likability to Nancy that Rooney never does. Rooney plays her like a wallflower stuck in her own head.

The tension is pretty much just long quiet moments that end with a "boo!" rather than the creepy imagery of the original that created a very palpable atmosphere. Match that up with a plot full of zero clever reinterpretations of the original and some really bad CGI that is used like a crutch and you end up with pretty much a waste of celluloid (that is if they still used it)

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

Wes Craven's New Nightmare


Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Wes Craven
Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, Wes Craven
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Freddy Krueger targets actress Heather Lagenkamp in the real world.


This is definitely one of the most interesting horror sequels, maybe ever. In a meta take on the franchise, an ancient dream demon takes on the form of Freddy Krueger and targets Heather Lagenkamp, the actress who played Nancy in the original movie.

Robert Englund puts the punchlines aside to make Freddy scary again. He also appears as himself as a friend to Heather. Heather gives the best performance of any of the non-Freddy characters in the whole series. With Wes back in the director's chair, there is much more emphasis on atmosphere and real scares. The kill count is actually quite low and people playing themselves are lifeless in a good way, increasing the amount of tension and creepiness.

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Anakin at 10:30 PM Oct 26


cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare


Directed by: Rachel Talalay
Written by: Michael De Luca
Cast: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Freddy targets another group of disturbed kids looking for the child he fathered when he was alive.


This is the Nightmare sequel that really just kind of goes for it. I mean, someone might act like they gave up, but I think the series already lost itself a little.

Englund was allowed to go full Jim Carey as Freddy with the most punchlines yet and plenty of goofy kill scenes. The atmosphere is overly comedic too. The world is starting to reflect dream logic as well with an over the top Roseanne Barr freaking out about finally having children back in Springwood.

This is probably the most charismatic group of teenagers since the first movie and they embrace their task of being the new dream warriors. It also adds a lot more to the mythology of Freddy showing his death n the fire and adding the dream demons that grant him his abilities.

The most interesting element was definitely watching Englund free of the make-up play a pre-fire Freddy killing his wife and threatening his child. It is definitely the scariest Freddy has been since the first movie.

Yes, this movie seems to finally just commit to being more humorous, but I like tht they really went for it.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child


Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Written by: Leslie Bohem
Cast: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Alice is once again targetted by Freddy Krueger when she starts sharing dreams with her unborn child.


This Nightmare on Elm Street reminds me of Halloween 6. In fact Nightmare 3-5 remind me a lot of Halloween 4-6. There is a clear arc that helps build up the mythology of the slasher. They are kind of entertaining but also kind of a mess that over complicate the series.

They have been building up the backstory of Freddy through these last 3 movies, but we finally get to see Freddy's nun mother get attacked by the horde of criminally insane. A really disturbing almost Gilliam like scene.

The rest is kind of a convoluted mess that is a little to heavy handed with the mythology angle. The dream logic is more kooky krazy than krazy skary with a fairly ridiculous looking animatronic baby Freddy.

It was cool to see Lisa Wilcox back though.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master


Directed by: Renny Harlin
Written by: Brian Helgeland, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Cast: Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, Lisa Wilcox
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: The surviving Dream Warriors are terrorized once again by Freddy Krueger.


I find it interesting that the survivor of one film starts becoming the victims of the next. First, Nancy in Dream Warriors, and now the surviving Dream Warriors get taken out pretty early on in Dream Master.

The Dream Master is of course Freddy because Robert Englund is truly awesome in the role. Once he's done with the Dream Warriros, he moves on to the Dream Warriors' friends, particularly Alice Johnson.

Alice Johnson, played by Lisa Wilcox, is probably the best heir to Nancy's final girl throne in the whole series. She is a charming wallflower who becomes more and more powerful and confident as she absorbs the powers of the Dream Warriors and even her friends. She also carries around a lot of guilt since it is her fault for siccing Freddy on her friends. Her new dream powers got his attention. She is also a constant daydreamer and I'm kind of surprised they never experimented with Freddy appearing in them.

Unfortunately, none of her friends are as good as her. Her karate chopping brother and her '80s big haired friend are pretty annoying. The effects kind of bounce around too. For instance, the karate chopping brother is basically killed by an invisible martial artist in a pretty lame scene, while the big haired girl turns into a cockroach which looked way better than I thought it could.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors


Directed by: Chuck Russell
Written by: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner
Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Nancy helps a group of disturbed kids fight off Freddy Krueger


Nancy is back after missing the crappy sequel. Heather is just as good as she was in the first, now with more confidence having already won once.

After beating Freddy, she has taken an interest in helping teens with emotional and mental distress. Anger management issues. Drug addictions Sleep disorders. The kids are definitely more clumsy than the original group, but thankfully they are just as likable.

It treats the idea of dream powers as something slightly more common. This group of kids also have abilities that make Freddy look less like a fluke of supernature. By sending more time in the dream world, Englund is able to play more as Freddy with a perfect balance between funny and scary. Some of the dream world stunts borders on too over the top to take serious, but Englund's delivery does a good job of propping up some of the weaker scenes.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge


Directed by: Jack Sholder
Written by: David Chaskin
Cast: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
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Plot: The new resident of Nancy's house is haunted by Freddy


There is a pretty big drop off between the first one and this sequel. There is just a lot of weird '80s Top Gun esque scenes of random dancing, super '80s high school pool parties, and over-the-top high school cliches. According to the Elm Street documentary, apparently there was a lot of gay subtext that was apparently accidentally made into just text by those weird 80s cliches.

It certainly doesn't help matters that Mark Patton might be the worst actor of the entire series and Englund's role seems deeply diminished to basically running around a pool party ruining the whole dream demon thing.

It does have some pretty amazing practical effects though. Maybe the best of the whole series.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 28 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Wes Craven
Cast: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss
Studio: New Line
Genre: Horror
Official Site:
Plot: A dream demon terrorizes local teenagers


A Nightmare on Elm Street is a masterpiece of a horror movie.

It stars the usual group of teenagers, the girl next door, the hot chick, the tough guy, and the....other guy (played by Johnny Depp). They get through their dialog pretty clumsily but they figure out how to be likable, especially Heather Langenkamp as final girl Nancy.

They realize that they are having nightmares about the same guy: a horribly disfigured man in a red and green sweater with a makeshift claw on his hand. This is of course, Freddy Krueger, one of the most popular slashers in horror fiction thanks to character actor Robert Englund. IN this particular go around Englund plays him with an acerbic wit taking way too much damn pleasure in torturing these kids before he finally kills them.

Although many slashers tend to rest on jump-scares, including future Nightmare installments, this Nightmare has plenty of atmosphere. Thanks to Krueger enjoying playing with his victims means that Nancy is faced with a number of dream logic visions including her best friend in a bodybag calling for help.

I always thought the ending got a little weird when it turns into a weird version of Home Alone though.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Drop


Directed by: Michael Roskam
Written by: Dennis Lehane
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Plot: A local bartender finds himself at odds with local criminals.


I feel like I could be biased towards this movie because this is exactly the kind of gangster movies I like. The guys in the pinstripes constantly talking about loyalty with an almost supernatural reach into each and every criminal enterprise don’t interest me. Or at least, I like it when those guys fall down, which I guess is the point. I am more into the local tough guys kind of movies. I highly recommend seeing Monument Ave (sometimes called Snitch) starring Denis Leary, which is a kindred spirit to this movie...[more]...

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Glinda at 05:13 AM Oct 13

Great review. I loved this movie and agree with your description as timeless. It really is.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Gone Girl


Directed by: David Fincher
Written by:
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Kim Dickens, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: A man becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance


Very early in the movie, when Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne gives some background information to the lead investigator, Kim Dickens’ Rhonda Boney, he lets her know he owns a local bar, called The Bar. Boney smiles, “I like it. It’s very meta.” That is the key to David Fincher’s latest murder mystery cryptogram that is Gone Girl. That said, this movie is incredibly hard to review, unless you have read the book. There are barely any hints in the trailer for the true direction of the movie. I would really hate to be the one to ruin it for everyone, so I am going to give it a try (reviewing, that is). Calling the meta line the key is about as spoilery as I am willing to go...[more]...

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Steven Knight
Written by: Steven Knight
Cast: Tom Hardy
Studio: A24
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: A man at a crossroads tries to keep his life in order over the phone


Locke is a construction worker who has to make a big decision. From his car, he starts making calls trying to make it possible for him to make the hard decision without letting his life crumble around him.

What everyone is talking about is Tom Hardy's performance as the lead character, who takes on a politician's style of speaking while emoting some pretty impressive depths of character. Everyone else is just a disembodied voice on the phone. There's part of me that thinks it would be better to see the people on the phone and allow Locke to be the disembodied voice, add some more mystery to what it is he is doing.

Its not long when we realize what it is Locke is doing, and that part is a big disappointing. I don't find the stakes to be very high, and the solution should be so much easier if Locke had just planned ahead. It all just seems very mundane not worth letting so many things go to pot. That can't take away from what Tom Hardy does though.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Edge of Tomorrow


Directed by: Doug Liman
Written by: Dante Harper
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action, Science-Fiction, War
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Plot: During an alien invasion, one soldier gets the ability to relive the day.


This is an interesting project for Tom Cruise. It is late into Tom's career, and it seems weird to see Tom Cruise take a role that is not explicitly a hero. A character that still needs to learn to be a hero. Its not a detriment to the movie, I just find it interesting...[more]...

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Glinda at 06:46 PM Oct 06

Really enjoyed your review. I loved this movie.

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