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2 Days in New York (2012)

3:10 To Yuma (2007)

4.1 Miles (short) (2016)

6 Souls (2013)

The 6th Day (2000)

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

8 Mile (2002)

8MM (1999)

One of Nicolas Cage’s better roles, matched with a young Joaquin Phoenix and bad guy James Gandolfini, the cast is somewhat stacked. There is a noir-ish element to the film, that though the script never takes it that far, the grit and grime of the film is potent and gives chills of a horrid reality in the world of underground snuff films.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

13 Going On 30 (2004)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

13th (2016)

16 Blocks (2006)

20th Century Women (2017)

21 (2008)

The cast is the only real thing that set this apart from other card counting films. Kevin Spacey and Lawrence Fishburne were probably my favorite parts. Jim Sturgess is convincing, but honestly could have been any other actor. Kate Bosworth and Aaron Yoo were a perfect fit and added the freshness that I enjoyed out of the film. Reminded me of “Wanted” except with smaller stakes and without the talent of James McAvoy.

30 Days Of Night (2007)

In what felt like a zombie/vampire film, 30 Days Of Night offers a different look at both of these genres. Josh Hartnett completely sells his role, not only helping the viewer get the most of the occurrence taking place in Barrow, AK, but also adding emphasis to the emotional discourse throughout the film and I feel I would have had a harder time with anyone else in this role. Melissa George stuns in the simplest of ways and really should be in more films. Danny Huston leads the vampire gang, adding a level of grandeur to a role that I feel would normally go to an unknown, and I am grateful for his presence in the film. Ben Foster’s appearance in the film was by far my favorite and almost all of the scenes containing him were highlights. From the set design to the cinematography, from the performances to the soundtrack, this film is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is slowly dwindling in the quality department.

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

45 Years (2015)

50/50 (2011)

50/50 brings you face-to-face with death, bringing tears to your eyes in heart-wrenching moments, yet allowing you to laugh and feel all right with Rogen’s constant banter. The plot of the film is not laid out like most comedic dramas, with an anything goes sort of feel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt grows into his part, coming off slightly too generic in the opening sequences, yet owning his role by the end. Seth Rogen is exactly what the film needs to keep it lighthearted and Anna Kendrick is beautifully refreshing in her role as therapist. Any film that makes you feel something as much as 50/50 is an achievement in my book.

50 First Dates (2004)

54 (1998)

Mike Myers was the best part of “54”. His performance is so unlike any previous roles. The style, the music, and the acting are straight out of the 70’s. If you want to see Ryan Phillippe without a shirt for an hour and a half, then here is your chance.

88 Minutes (2008)

Pros: Al Pacino, constant action, huge cast of suspects, Ryan Atwood aka Ben McKenzie. The rest of the young cast was awesome. Cons: The ending wasn’t as surprising as I had hoped, but with so many suspects, you never really even get to see half the characters throughout the film. In the end, I feel as though I could have written this film better. The other old cop guy has lost all my respect since Deuce Bigalow, so that’s too bad. Ben McKenzie should have had a bigger part. He just can’t catch a break since The OC.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)

 101 Dalmatians (1961)

127 Hours (2010)

Danny Boyle gives just the right mix of life-threatening intensity and comic relief, proving that a one man band can still entertain. James Franco was the perfect man for the part, introducing his stoner mentality to the apex of his dramatic career. Hard to watch at times due to the life-like realness brought to the table, “127 Hours” is the pinnacle of personal disaster movies: a true story with a true ending that still enthralls. What more could you ask for? Oddly enough, the biggest question on my mind afterward was if anyone ever went back to the place he was stuck… What a sight that would have been

300 (2007)

1408 (2007)

If you are as obsessed with Stephen King (or John Cusack forthat matter), buy it. Otherwise good for a scary movie night. Stephen King’s short story is turned into a pretty spooky film. Cusack has to be one of my favorite actors and does a really awesome job. Gotta see this movie, especially if you’re from MN, with a nice surprising reference to a popular town here.

2012 (2009)