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Category: One Minute Reviews

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One Minute Review: When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

When The Game Stands Tall One part spiritual drama, one part “Varsity Blues,” neither quite lands their footing in “When The Game Stands Tall”. Based on the true story of the De La Salle Spartans high school football team who had a record-setting 151-game 1992–2003 winning streak, the film picks up around their eventual defeat and the emotional and spiritual journey that follows when … Read More One Minute Review: When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

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One Minute Review: Frank (2014) [4.5]

FRANK Release Date 5 September 2014 Director Lenny Abrahamson Screenplay Peter Straughan Jon Ronson Comedy, Drama, Mystery Rated R for language and some sexual content 96 minutes — 4.5 out of 5 stars The mythos of the Midas Touch tells the story of a king that is granted the power of turning everything he touches into gold. Obviously this sounds like an awesome idea, … Read More One Minute Review: Frank (2014) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) [4.5]

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Release Date 11 July 2014 Director Matt Reeves Screenplay Scott Z. Burns Rick Jaffa Amanda Silver Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language 130 minutes — 4.5 out of 5 stars “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” is the perfect sequel. Not only does … Read More One Minute Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: The Giver (2014) [3.0]

THE GIVER Release Date 15 August 2014 Director Philip Noyce Screenplay Michael Mitnick Robert B. Weide Science Fiction Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence 94 minutes — 3 out of 5 stars Even Jeff Bridges cannot save “The Giver” from being a young adult retread that comes off even less inspired than its predecessors. The problem is, the Lois … Read More One Minute Review: The Giver (2014) [3.0]

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One Minute Review: The Expendables 3 (2014) [2.5]

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Release Date 15 August 2014 Director Patrick Hughes Screenplay Sylvester Stallone Creighton Rothenberger Katrin Benedikt Action, Adventure, Thriller Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language 126 minutes — 2.5 out of 5 stars Sylvester Stallone continues to help write and star in his bombastic action series, this time delivering the first PG-13 endeavor, … Read More One Minute Review: The Expendables 3 (2014) [2.5]

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One Minute Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) [3.5]

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Release Date 22 August 2014 Director Robert Rodriguez Frank Miller Screenplay Frank Miller Action, Drama, Thriller Rated R 102 minutes — 3.5 out of 5 stars A decade ago, films like “Sin City” and “300” were revolutionary, delivering cinematic sequences straight from the pages of graphic novels with a style over substance monicker that made them thrilling … Read More One Minute Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) [3.5]

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One Minute Review: 22 Jump Street (2014) [4.5]

22 JUMP STREET Release Date 13 June 2014 Director Christopher Miller Phil Lord Screenplay Michael Bacall Action, Comedy Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence 112 minutes — 4.5 out of 5 stars Remember that kid who got picked on in middle school? (I do, because I was one.) Now, remember how eventually they just owned the … Read More One Minute Review: 22 Jump Street (2014) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: If I Stay (2014) [4.0]

IF I STAY Release Date 22 August 2014 Director R.J. Cutler Screenplay Shauna Cross Gayle Forman (novel) Drama Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material 106 minutes — 4 out of 5 stars As similar as they are, “If I Stay” and “The Fault In Our Stars” are worlds apart. Of course they are both based of widely popular young adult novels, … Read More One Minute Review: If I Stay (2014) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: The Wind Rises (2013) [4.0]

THE WIND RISES Release Date 8 November 2013 Director Hayao Mayazaki Screenplay Hayao Mayazaki Mike Jones (english version) Animation Rated PG-13 126 minutes — 4 out of 5 stars Marked to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, “The Wind Rises” delivers an animated feast of colors beyond any of his previous films including “Spirited Away” (2002) and “Howls Moving Castle” (2005). Delving more into the … Read More One Minute Review: The Wind Rises (2013) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) [3.0]

LET’S BE COPS Release Date 13 August 2014 Director Luke Greenfield Screenplay Luke Greenfield Nicholas Thomas Action, Comedy Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use 104 minutes — 3 out of 5 stars How are people not familiar with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. yet? Johnson has been the supporting player in several high profile comedies … Read More One Minute Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) [3.0]

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One Minute Review: The One I Love (2014) [4.0]

THE ONE I LOVE // No one is pulling off independent science fiction better than Mark Duplass. In 2012, Duplass starred in “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a psychological sci-fi that played more on relationships rather than the time travel element that made it unique. This year, he stars in “The One I Love,” with Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) as a couple that heads off to … Read More One Minute Review: The One I Love (2014) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014) [4.5]

A MOST WANTED MAN // Marking the final leading role for Philip Seymour Hoffman, “A Most Wanted Man” is an espionage thriller from the same author as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. Intricate and complex in design, Hoffman delivers a powerhouse of a performance as Günther Bachmann, adding a fervor to an otherwise extremely dense subject matter. Much in the same way that Gary Oldman … Read More One Minute Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014) [4.5]