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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Hateful Eight


Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, Zoe Bell, Gene Jones
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Crime, Independent, Western
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Plot: Eight strangers hold up during a blizzard.


I think this is Tarantino's first movie with subtext. There is a lot of things about race relations and the American dream that can be unpacked, especially since the gunslingers aren't just classic Western archetypes, they also symbolize different American POVs. Tarantino is also the most verbose script. Words have always been one of his best weapons, but this time it truly shines above the music and the violence. The cast is outstanding. I was hoping Jennifer Jason Leigh would steal the show, but she ended up being just ok. It was nice to see Michael Madsen actually try. Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson are as amazing as everyone expects them to be. Roth's foppish Brit is a surprising comic element, but Walton Goggins runs away with the movie in my opinion. Tarantino wears his influence on his sleeve. Reservoir Dogs and The Thing, but as Westerns. It is an interesting tense mix, that starts off pretty slow. It gains more and more momentum as it carries on though. The biggest problem I have with it is it has Inglourious Basterds chapter title cards, which don't really matter.With Basterds the movie would change location and protagonists.The chapters kind of helped with that. Hateful Eight only takes place in a few locations (2 to be precise). It is weird for a chapter to signify a change, and you end up in the same setting with the same characters.

Other reviews of this film: HoyleHaw (9/10) , oscarxp25 (9/10) > Display all
jimmydevito at 08:16 PM Dec 28

Solid review. Goggins completely brought the house down.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Break Point


Directed by: Jay Karas
Written by: Gene Hong
Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Amy Smart, J.K. Simmons, David Walton, Adam DeVine
Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: Fueding brothers put their differences aside to compete in doubles tennis


Jeremy Sisto has made bigger waves for his time as a cop on TV then his sense of humor that is generally underrated and David Walton has bounced around sitcoms as love interests. They are both competent enough comedy leads that probably could have made a go of it with a movie with a better story to tell and a few more jokes, but this movie still succeeds well enough for being a pleasant enough viewing experience.

Moviefreak2010 at 02:57 AM Dec 22

want to see it

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Plot: An FBI agent is enlisted to help with a drug trafficking case south of the border.


Denis Villeneuve is a master of tension. I need to look up his French Canadian work because his English work has been just outstanding.His tension is very unique too, because it doesn't exactly put you on the edge of your seat. Instead it takes your nerves and knots them up. You actually sink into your sit as you watch these movies. It doesnt sound very satisfying, but Villeneuve pairs that feelings with the makings of a great action-thriller: exciting action sequences and a compelling cast, including a scary suave Benicio del Toro and a sorrowful Emily Blunt.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , RandomK1NG (10/10) > Display all
sLaShEr84 at 03:01 AM Dec 22

Good review, saw Sicario in the theaters and it is great.

Glinda at 03:56 PM Dec 22

I loved it.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Final Girls


Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Written by: M.A. Fortin
Cast: Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch
Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot: Some horror buffs find themselve transported into a horror movie.


People seemed to like Final Girls so I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it was a mostly stale spoof of slasher flicks swatting at low hanging fruit littered with some half-baked but admirable attempts at being heart-warming.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (6/10) , AlmostFamous91 (5/10) > Display all
Slowschmo at 01:06 AM Dec 22

This movie was fucking terrible.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: Michael Arndt
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Sydow, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong'o
Studio: Walt Disney
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science-Fiction
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Plot: A defecting stormtrooper and a smart scavenger good with machines team up to return delicate information to the Resistance.


Considering that the biggest criticism of JJ Abrams Star Trek movies were they were more Star Wars than Trek, it makes sense that JJ would be able to emulate the feeling of George Lucas' world. Getting the bulk of the screentime of the returning cast members, Harrison Ford is as good as ever as Han Solo, but the screen is stolen by the new cast members. Force Awakens is easily the best acted Star Wars movie. John Boyega's trigger-shy stormtrooper is endearing in how over his head he is, but when he's being honest with himself, he's a hero at heart. Daisy Ridley is compassionate and adventurous and sells every emotion as genuine. Oscar Isaac is funny and likable as the hot shot Resistance pilot but he is dreadfully underused. Adam Driver damn near steals the show as Kylo Ren, the baddie following in the footsteps of Darth Vader. Unlike Anakin and Luke's struggle against the dark urges to remain light, Ren is fighting the urges to be part of the light and remain in the dark. It is a strange motivation, but one that is making a more nuanced inner struggle. The effects are great, and plenty of them are practical, the thrills and plenty, and it is way funnier than I thought it would be. I just wish it could have ended a little more concretely. A little more standalone. There is quite a big of sequel-service in the way that plotlines...[more]...

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Sleeping with Other People


Directed by: Leslye Headland
Written by: Leslye Headland
Cast: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Marc Blucas, Natasha Lyonne
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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Plot: 2 people committed to being single start questioning their relationship with each other


A When Harry Met Sally... for a new generation. Driven by the undeniable chemistry between Jason Sudekis and Alison Brie, the two wax unpoetically about relationships and sex. Their is truth and wisdom in their bluntness, but after coming to a logical conclusion point, the movie keeps going tacking on more cliche rom-com ending moments that undermines the bluntness that has characterized the movie up to this point.

Other reviews of this film: MonsterZeroNJ (8/10) > Display all
MLRoberts at 04:13 PM Dec 21

Great review! Felt the same way about the film. It would have been a complete flop without Sudekis and Brie.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
Written by: Rick Famuyiwa
Cast: Zoe Kravitz, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Forest Whitaker, Blake Anderson
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: Some dorky high schoolers get in over their head with some local gang members and their drug stash.


It is not often that music video sensibilities make for a good movie, but it does here. Dope is to '90s hip hop what Dazed and Confused is to '70s rock replacing Millennial angsty navel-gazing with the kinetic school-cutting adventure that these types of movies used to have.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (8/10) , OldKingClancy (8/10) > Display all
jimmydevito at 10:38 PM Dec 20

Awesome flick

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Sam Mendes
Written by: John Logan
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Jesper Christensen, Stephanie Sigman
Studio: MGM
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot: James Bond uncovers a major conspiracy that he has personal ties to


James Bond franchise tries to have its cake and eat it too. All the moodiness, tension, and cynicism that the Craig Bonds have become famous for are all there, but so is some of the guilty pleasures of the series as a whole, with the comic book villains and the gadgets and the car. Its exciting but dramatically disjointed with a nostalgic twist that is too heavy handed to work. Bit of a disappointment but I guess the bar was a little too high.

Other reviews of this film: tbondrage99 (8/10) , AlmostFamous91 (7/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Uncle John


Directed by: Steven Piet
Written by: Steven Piet
Cast: John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Ronnie Gene Blevins
Studio: FilmBuff
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Plot: A man gets in over his head when he tries to dispose of a body he killed.


Mostly a family drama that plays out with 2 plots. In one, a young man meets a co-worker and strikes up an interesting relationship. In the other, an older man disposes of a body of a local man he killed. The protagonists are technically uncle and nephew, but so much more since the uncle practically raised the nephew. Their stories seem to be on a collision course, but they sort of just end up bumping into each other. There was promise for something more climatic but the movie sort of makes it work anyway. It really is just a great opportunity for character John Ashton to have a great character for him to sink his teeth into. And he nails it.

Other reviews of this film: lukearmy7 (3/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Crimson Peak


Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Genre: Horror
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Plot: A young woman marries into a family who lives in a possibly haunted mansion.


A remarkably beautiful film. But not much else sadly. While Tom Hiddelston and Jessica Chastain excel with the period style accents and dialog, everyone else becomes obnoxiously wooden. And the haunted house aspect is a bit of a bait and switch. There's not enough follow through for it. Instead the movie comes off like other high society family politic movies like Age of Innocence, ie boring.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (6/10) , AlmostFamous91 (7/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Mistress America


Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Greta Gerwig
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: A naive college freshman follows her eccentric future stepsister on adventures around New York.


Noah Baumbach's movies aren't always easy to digest. I think he is very critical of his characters, but sometimes I think his movies come off as to in love with its subjects. Sometimes they end up seeming like movies about hipsters for hipsters. Mistress America skirts the line much more methodically and delivers a character piece about to characters we don't have to like, both played pretty well by Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke, who I suspect will become a bigger star.

MLRoberts at 04:14 PM Dec 21

Loved this film!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Written by: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson
Studio: Warner Bros., MGM
Genre: Drama
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Plot: The son of Apollo Creed turns to Rocky for training.


Ryan Coogler, director behind Fruitvale Station, creates the sequel to Stallone's first Rocky that it has always been searching for. Unfortunately, I don't think it could exist without the other sequels Michael B. Jordan is a great successor to both Rocky and Apollo. Charming and determined. The training montages feel exciting and sweaty, the way that they should. The small victories feel earned instead of the shmaltzy roller coaster rides they devolved into over the course the series. And the fight scenes were thrilling, especially the mid-movie uninterrupted match. Best yet is Stallone's nuanced and understated performance of Rocky. Rocky Balboa seemed like a fitting end, but Creed showed that there was still more there to mine.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (9/10) > Display all
Glinda at 07:25 PM Dec 20

Nice review. Really looking forward to this soon I hope.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Night Before


Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: Three lifelong friends with a drunken Christmas Eve tradition go for one last binge


It seems like Seth Rogen is constantly coming-of-age. Here, he plays Isaac, a lawyer and expecting father who is now sober thanks to simply getting older and having better things to do. He has a tradition though, that every Christmas Eve, he goes out and gets wasted with his two high school buddies, Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). As a thank you for being so great during the pregnancy, Rogen’s wife, played excellently by Jillian Bell, a perfect partner for Rogen’s casual banter, gifts him a whole bunch of drugs so that he can really let loose. This sends him down a self-reflective trip that makes him a zombie for most of the A-story. However, it makes for some really fantastic jumps inside of his whacked out thought process revealing deeper truths. That has always been Rogen’s strength. We tend to think we are only coming-of-age for a certain period of our lives, but we are always coming-of-age. He is constantly updating the that story so that his characters are always dealing with age appropriate problems. Just usually doing age inappropriate things...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (8/10) > Display all
grelber37 at 03:36 AM Dec 11

Yeah, The Night Before is good for the reasons that you mention. Many on-line commentators have compared it to Superbad. However, The Night Before is not simply a copy of that movie but rather the evolution of that story, as you point-out.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

Bridge of Spies


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Ethan Coen
Cast: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance
Studio: Disney
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot: An American lawyer enters negotiations with the Soviet Union to trade back detained spies.


Spielberg’s newest teams him up with Tom Hanks for the third time. Hanks plays a lawyer chosen to work with the Russians during the Cold War to exchange spies. The image of spies passing by each other on a bridge have become indelible, absorbed through cultural osmosis, and this story is about the first one. Should have been great, but it ended up just being good. It felt like a “greatest hits” of Spielberg’s resume, blue-tinted historical drama, a “legal-fu” master with anachronistic empathy, and an epic playing field for some thrilling action set-pieces. But like most greatest hits, the albums are always better than the obligatory list of singles.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (6/10) , AlmostFamous91 (9/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

War Horse


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
Studio: Dreamworks
Genre: Drama, War
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Plot: A horse is enlisted into the military during WWI


I like the premise of this movie. It essentially follows the exploits of a horse, unfit to work, who is taught to work anyway by a nice farming family before being sold to the military at the beginning of World War I. He bounces from adventure to adventure before finally being reunited with his original owner. I am always impressed the way that filmmakers make animals seem like they are emoting, and if you didn’t already know it, Spielberg constructs one hell of a battle scene. They are thrilling and frightening. This movie just rests on some overly-sentimental drama and some poorly delivered and overwrought dialog.

Other reviews of this film: Weapon X (8/10) , rockyjr (6/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish
Cast: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Adventure
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Plot: A young reporter and a drunken ship captain team up to find a priceless artifact.


I’m not sure how acquainted with the character of Tintin Americans, like myself are. He is much popular in other countries, but I remember the Saturday morning cartoon show fondly. From what I can remember, I am pretty sure that Spielberg captured it pretty damn well. So well, I almost retroactively hate the fourth Indiana Jones even more. Spielberg clearly still has it in him to orchestrate the hell out of a sun-drenched adventure. This time it seems a little weird because he uses the doll-like Zemekis-esque mo-cap. Luckily, mo-cap veteran, Andy Serkis, can’t be contained, especially as Haddock.

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ericodarko at 06:53 PM Nov 29

As a MAJOR Tintin fan (everyone here in Quebec grew up reading those books), you are correct in saying that Spielberg nailed the characters. There were a few liberties taken with the plots if the three books adapted for this movie (can't really have opium trafficking in a big-budget kids movie haha) but they got the main plot points right and, more importantly, got the spirit of them right. I hope there's a sequel one day because the next stories they're doing are amazing

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago



Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Tony Kushner
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Ciar n Hinds
Studio: Dreamworks
Genre: Thriller
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Plot: Israeli operatives plan retaliation for the Olympic massacre in Munich


This isn’t the first time (and won’t be the last time) that this kind of movie shows up on Spielberg’s resume. He has a great knack for picking a point in history, in this case the massacre of Israeli athletes during the ’72 Munich Olympics and the Israeli government’s secret retaliation, and painting a picture of the tension and emotional roller coaster of the moment. On the surface, it is a dramatic spy thriller (and it ultimately fumbles some of the more showy emotional moments), but Munich excels in these great quiet moments of tension and regret.

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

War of the Worlds


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: David Koepp
Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, David Alan Basche
Studio: Dreamworks
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Plot: A father tries to protect his kids during a Martian invasion


There’s two kinds of Spielberg movies: the warm, engaging adventure and the blue-tinted thriller. While remaking the classic War of the Worlds, Spielberg tries to do both. He was essentially trying to capture lightning in a bottle twice with Minority Report, even got Tom Cruise to play the lead. For the most part, it can be very thrilling with some incredibly visual destruction, but it doesn’t quite know how to tie up loose ends. It leaves the movie feeling a bit episodic. Some of those episodes are good, some of those episodes aren’t. It stars Tom Cruise, though, and I am always down to see him tear up a sci-fi premise.

Other reviews of this film: The Postmaster General (5/10) , KcMsterpce (5/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

The Terminal


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Barry "Shabaka" Henley, Kumar Pallana, Zo Saldana, Eddie Jones, Jude Ciccolella
Studio: Dreamworks
Genre: Drama
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Plot: A foreigner visiting New York finds himself unable to legally enter or leave the US.


I am always going back and forth on whether or not I actually like this movie. It is hard to gauge. Tom Hanks plays the resident of a fictional Eastern European country that experiences a military coup while he was in the air on his way to America. This new political situation makes him a citizen of nowhere, and he can’t be allowed to leave the airport. So, he sleeps in the terminal, making friends (and one enemy), learning English, and becoming one of the most root-able Spielberg protagonists ever. That’s also what makes it overly sentimental, but when you are in the right mood, it totally satisfies.

Other reviews of this film: North is Up (8/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

Catch Me if You Can


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Jeff Nathanson
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Garner
Studio: DreamWorks SKG
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Plot: An FBI agent hunts a teenager who figures out how to defraud the banks


Maybe the biggest loss of innocence in Spielberg’s resume, this flick features Leonardo DiCaprio as a young kid, Frank Abagnale Jr., running from his parents messy divorce by using fraudulent checks. He eventually graduates to being a con artist and is chased by a group of FBI agents led by a crappy accented Tom Hanks (Hint: a Boston accent and a Kennedy impression are 2 different things). It is a surprisingly sweet and often entertaining trip to infamy that gets as close to romanticizing a life of crime as it can without actually doing it. Spielberg, great at simple dichotomy, makes it just as lonely of a road as it is an exciting one.

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