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Month: March 2014

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Proof Review: Divergent (2014)

Release Date March 21, 2014 Director Neil Burger Screenplay Evan Daugherty Vanessa Taylor Based On The Book By Veronica Roth Distributed By Lionsgate Budget $85 million Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality 139 minutes Divergent A strong willed female character living in a dystopian future is forced out of her comfort zone as she … Read More Proof Review: Divergent (2014)

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Proof Review: Plus One (2013)

Release Date September 20, 2013 Director Dennis Iliadis Screenplay Bill Gullo Dennis Iliadis Distributed By IFC Films Science Fiction, Thriller Rated NR 95 minutes Plus One (+1) No doubt, at some point in your life, you’ve heard the Golden Rule, but in case you haven’t, it is “do unto others as you would have them do to you”. This old adage is meant to … Read More Proof Review: Plus One (2013)

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Proof Review: Falling Overnight (2012)

Release Date August 3, 2012 Director Conrad Jackson Screenplay Aaron Golden Parker Croft Conrad Jackson Budget $50,000 Drama, Romance Rated NR 86 minutes Falling Overnight Completely bare bones, “Falling Overnight” is a love story using the streets of Los Angeles as a backdrop. Presented as completely natural, it embodies a quality of independent film-making that projects every day life in the most interesting of … Read More Proof Review: Falling Overnight (2012)

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One Minute Review: The Great Beauty (2013) [4.0]

THE GREAT BEAUTY (LA GRANDE BELLEZZA) // Having won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Great Beauty” or “La Grande Bellezza” was one of the only foreign film anyone was talking about this Oscar season. Setting the bar high for foreign film contenders, with amazing visuals and memorable performances, this French film is filled with breathtaking sequences and … Read More One Minute Review: The Great Beauty (2013) [4.0]

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Theatrical Releases: Noah

With “The Fountain”, “The Wrestler”, and “Black Swan” alone, director Darren Aronofsky has proven himself as brilliant a master behind the camera than any of his peers and for that, no matter what kind of blockbuster he throws at us, I feel like he’s earned a level of respect with being an artist. Beyond the controversy, “Noah” looks like a strong narrative that just … Read More Theatrical Releases: Noah

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Tuesday Releases: The Wolf Of Wall Street

MARCH 25TH, 2014 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET // Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his best performances of his career in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, a brutally honest look at the life of real life New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, who scammed rich people out of their money to live his lavish, no holds barred lifestyle. Almost pornographic in nature, the … Read More Tuesday Releases: The Wolf Of Wall Street

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One Minute Review: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013) [3.5]

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM // Timing is everything. And in the case of “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” and its release date occurring very close to the actual passing of Nelson Mandela is simply a coincidence and an example of perfect timing as far as biopics go. I will always remember driving down Sunset Blvd and seeing huge advertisements for a film that … Read More One Minute Review: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013) [3.5]

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One Minute Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013) [3.0]

SAVING MR. BANKS // “Saving Mr. Banks” is a film about Walt Disney made by Walt Disney Pictures, so anyone looking for a rich and dynamic look at the man’s life and especially his involvement with getting the rights to “Mary Poppins” from author P.L. Travers, will be sadly mistaken. Were there animated dancing penguins involved, this would feel much like the film that … Read More One Minute Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013) [3.0]

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Theatrical Releases: Divergent & Muppets Most Wanted

Following in the footsteps of other young adult book adaptations, watching the trailer for “Divergent”, you get a strong twinge of “The Hunger Games” mixed with the emotional conflicts of “Twilight”. Shailene Woodley in on a lot of critics’ radar and for that, just like the success of “The Hunger Games” latched to the impressive Jennifer Lawrence, the “Divergent” star with rise and fall … Read More Theatrical Releases: Divergent & Muppets Most Wanted

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Tuesday Releases: American Hustle & Disney’s Frozen

MARCH 18TH, 2014 AMERICAN HUSTLE // A collection of David O. Russell’s top players, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams collaborate in one of the best ensemble cast films of the year, “American Hustle”. Taking a spin on the ‘70s FBI operation known as ABSCAM (Abdul Scam) in which an apprehended con artist was used to set up members of congress … Read More Tuesday Releases: American Hustle & Disney’s Frozen

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One Minute Review: Bad Words (2014) [4.0]

BAD WORDS // Believe it or not, first time director and star of “Bad Words”, Jason Bateman, was not the first choice to play the leading role in the film. Explaining in a Q&A following the screening of his film over the weekend, Bateman stated that he approached several other actors for the part and all of them declined rather emphatically after reading the … Read More One Minute Review: Bad Words (2014) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: Need For Speed (2014) [3.5]

NEED FOR SPEED // Basically 2014’s answer to the first “The Fast and the Furious” film, following the same underground street racing lifestyle, along with high level emotions coinciding with very little substantial dialogue, “Need For Speed” runs a little hot, at over two hours long. Suffering from dead end plot points, elements that exist to only serve the plot, and the overuse of … Read More One Minute Review: Need For Speed (2014) [3.5]