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The Captive


Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Written by: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood
Genre: Thriller
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Plot: Parents look for their kidnapped child.


Elaborate and atmospheric, Atom Egoyan retreads familiar territory of grieving parents and missing children unfortunately with nothing new to add. The pulpy elements work really well and much of the cast perform more than admirably, especially Ryan Reynolds who yet again gives a terrific performance in a movie that probably won't get him enough recognition. Honestly, I would have loved for him and Ben Affleck to have traded places with this flick and Gone Girl. It is just so dour and melodramatic it grows tiresome very quickly.

Moviefreak2010 at 02:22 AM Dec 19

still need to see

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

Horrible Bosses 2


Directed by: Sean Anders
Written by: Sean Anders
Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: Nick, Kurt, and Dale kidnap the son of a business competitor.


The first Horrible Bosses was pretty good. Wht saved it was the chemistry between the 3 leads, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudekis. Unfortunately, it just isn't quite there. That conversational humor that these guys did so well are too scatterbrained. It sort of weird. Here, instead of killing their bosses, they are trying to be their own boss. They go into business with each other until a competitor screws them out of their niche product, they plot to kidnap his son, who is more conniving then they could imagine. Chris Pine as the son is a welcome addition to the team with a crazy underrated sense of humor.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (7/10) , TreyTheMovieMan (7/10) > Display all
Glinda at 11:39 PM Dec 18

Thanks for this review. I think I'm going to skip this one completely. I didn't love the first as many did, although I did like it and glad I saw it, but it's not looking like I'll like this one at all.

Moviefreak2010 at 02:23 AM Dec 19

I can wait for the Blu-ray/dvd release

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

John Wick


Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot: A former hitman comes out of retirement to get revenge on the men who killed his dog.


Keanu Reeves, who has spoken about disappointing indies and desires to be a superhero, gets his first real chance to prove it to people since The Matrix. John Wick is an often humorless but well-paced potboiler rolling out well-constructed action sequence after action sequence playing on the perceived concept of "honor amongst thieves."

Other reviews of this film: Weapon X (8/10) , HoyleHaw (9/10) > Display all
Glinda at 11:44 PM Dec 18

I enjoyed this movie so much. Definitely buying it.

Moviefreak2010 at 02:26 AM Dec 19

want to see

ericodarko at 08:51 AM Dec 19

just an awesome, bad ass action flick

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

The Maze Runner


Directed by: Wes Ball
Written by: James Dashner
Cast: Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Mystery, Science-Fiction, Thriller
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Plot: An amnesiac teen wakes up among other teens trapped in the center of a maze full of creatures.


The Maze Runner is really the first YA novel adaptation to actually pull of being a regular movie. No stilted dialog. No long exposition. No forced romantic throughline. In fact, it dives right into the mystery and action right away led by a decent young actor, Dylan O'Brien, who shows much promise and supported by a ragtag group of Lord-of-the-Flies castoffs. It keeps its energy up and focuses on the task at hand resembling the genres it is emulating rather than just using genre as a set dressing for a teen soap.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (6/10) , MattSlash (7/10) > Display all
JohnLocke2342 at 09:04 PM Dec 18

Nice man, I was really intrigued by this one.. glad to hear it's not another by the numbers flick.

cerealkiller182 at 09:07 PM Dec 18

well, it might be a bit by the numbers, just a different set of numbers than hunger games and stuff

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

Obvious Child


Directed by: Gillian Robespierre
Written by: Gillian Robespierre
Cast: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffman
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot: A stand up comedian considers an abortion after a one night stand


Jenny Slate, one of the fastest rising stars in comedy, takes on the subversive abortion comedy that is about more than an abortion. It's not edgy because it includes talk of an abortion, it's edgy because the decision never hijacks the movie. Instead it is merely set dressing for a rom-com that subverts expectations by being both romantic and comedic often at the same time. At times it is formless and tidy like any other rom-com, but it invests everything it does in so much honesty that it rises above.

Other reviews of this film: Horrorfan99 (9/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago

The Guest


Directed by: Adam Wingard
Written by: Simon Barrett
Cast: Ethan Embry, Dan Stevens, Lance Reddick, Joel David Moore
Studio: Picture House
Genre: Thriller
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Plot: David, a soldier, visits the family of one of his fellow soldiers and mysterious deaths start to occur.


Dan Stevens plays David, a charmer who turns on the intensity at the drop of a hat. He preys on a family still in mourning from the loss of their soldier son. David served with him and promised to check in on his family. He is a shark, who probably came out of the same sociopath factory as Ryan Gosling's Driver. The Guest defies some genre conventions. There is no exposition whatsoever about what the fuck is going on. Is David a super soldier? robot or cyborg? Just really that disciplined and in control? Don't know. Doesn't matter. It is part of the awesomeness of The Guest.

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) , TreyTheMovieMan (9/10) > Display all
LelekPL at 05:51 AM Dec 17

One of my favorite films of the year

dsloy at 02:58 PM Dec 17

top 10 for sure

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago

Cold in July


Directed by: Jim Mickle
Written by: Jim Mickle
Cast: Michael Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot: A family man, an ex-con, and a private eye team up to make sense of a cop conspiracy.


Jim Mickle, one of my new favorite voices in horror becomes one of my new favorite voices in cinema when he takes on this pacing experiment of a crime thriller. Cold in July is Elmore Leonard meets John Carpenter, something that cruises slow, strikes hard, with splashes of camp and shlock that make it a fraction more charming than it should be. It could have ended up cold and shock for shock's sake, but it weathers a deeply violent underground due to its three leads. The terror doesn't come from disturbing images but from the terror felt by Michel C Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson while witnessing the images. It is what found footage always get wrong about voyeurism.

Other reviews of this film: JohnnyPHreak (6/10) , AlmostFamous91 (7/10) > Display all
Invidtus at 12:05 AM Dec 17

Good to hear - it's in the cards this week-

dsloy at 02:59 PM Dec 17

fucking loved this

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago



Directed by: John McDonagh
Written by: John McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama
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Plot: A good priest is marked for death by someone wronged by the another priest


John Michael McDonagh follow up to The Guard is much darker and grimmer but still sort of comedic in its own weird way. It stars Brendan Gleesan in the role he was possibly born to play. He plays a firm but fair man of the cloth marked for death for being one of the good ones because as his killer states killing one of the bad ones wouldn't matter. He is given a few days to get his affairs in order which leads him on an existential and spiritual crisis. Structured loosely by the Stations of the Cross (maybe I'm overthinking) and surrounded by a congregation representative of every sin, he truly walks through the valley of the shadow of death. Not quite clear whether he fears no evil or not.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (8/10) , OldKingClancy (9/10) > Display all
dsloy at 02:59 PM Dec 17

gleeson was great in this

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago

Happy Christmas


Directed by: Joe Swanberg
Written by: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber, Melanie Lynskey
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: A party-hardy girl moves in with her brother's family


The evolution of mumblecore keeps getting better. The focus is better, the dialog more natural, and they are starting to attract a less amateur caliber of actor. In this case it is the consistently likable Anna Kendrick and the underrated Melanie Lynskey as her sister-in-law. Lynskey is a homemaker and occasional writer who is putting her wilder days behind her with a newborn. Living with Kendrick's carefree-single-lifestyle in the peripheral becomes a burden, but the relationship is never so cut and dry with some small "The more you know..." ending but instead a portrait of the symbiotic relationship of family bonds and forgiveness.

Other reviews of this film: Horrorfan99 (8/10) > Display all
Scotch at 09:13 PM Dec 16

Just watched this last night. Nice little film.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written by: Rick Jaffa
Cast: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
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Plot: Tensions are high between the remaining humans and the growing ape tribe.


The simian flu has taken a number of the humans. The survivors are those immune trying to restart civilization before a complete collapse living in the ruins of San Francisco. They try to get the electricity back on by going to hydroelectric dam, but it is in the woods with the apes. The humans and apes make a deal, but not on solid footing. While Malcolm one of the leaders of the humans and Caesar the leader of the apes seem to understand each other, they are both undermined by those who mistrust the other side. This is a rare commodity, a blockbuster with some genuine emotional impact and something more metaphorical to say than blow up the bad guy. It is still a little to dour for its own good though.

Other reviews of this film: JohnnyPHreak (9/10) , oscarxp25 (9/10) > Display all
Glinda at 10:57 PM Dec 17

Agree it was a bit dour. Really enjoyed it though. Nice review.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 days ago



Directed by: Kat Candler
Written by: Kat Candler
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot: A widower and his teenage son try to get their shit together to win back custody of the younger son.


Aaron Paul who made a name for himself playing problematic youth Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad is now in charge of two of them. One (Josh Wiggins) is a wild, motorbiking troublemaker who gets his much younger brother involved in his criminal antics. Pinkman is too distraught over the loss of his wife drinking himself stupid not noticing the destructive path that that same tragedy has done to his kids. It is not until they lose custody of the youngest son that both Paul and Wiggins see their errors and try to make amends. Pieced together with so much indie cliches, it rises above with some pretty excellent acting from Aaron Paul and newcomer Josh Wiggins

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) > Display all
Moviefreak2010 at 08:18 PM Dec 16

have not seen but will check it out

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



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
Official Site:
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]...

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

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (8/10) , AlmostFamous91 (8/10) > Display all
Glinda at 10:59 PM Nov 03

Great analysis and well said. I completely agree.

So good and this so rarely happens!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month 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: about 1 month 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.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (5/10) , Psycho-Pirate-99 (6/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month 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.

Other reviews of this film: JohnnyPHreak (8/10) , AlmostFamous91 (5/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month 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
Official Site:
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.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (8/10) , OldKingClancy (9/10) > Display all
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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
Official Site:
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.

Other reviews of this film: tbondrage99 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (6/10) > Display all
Glinda at 11:03 PM Nov 03

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 02:23 PM Nov 05

Glad you liked it! I enjoyed it too!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month 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
Official Site:
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)

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (2/10) , Kevin Smith fan (3/10) > Display all
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