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Where the Wild Things Are

Although it has almost a complete lack of a traditional narrative story telling Spike Jonez’s interpretation of Where the Wild Thing Are is delivered with such subtlety and visual perfection you don’t really care. Jonez didn’t just make and an adaptation he created a world and it seems that every piece of his jigsaw puzzle, from his primary use of practical effects instead of CGI to his choice of voice actors to the amazing original music by Karen O, fit into place perfectly. The entire world feels tangible, you know it really doesn’t exist but you want it to. (more…)

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The Informant!

It’s hard to tell if The Informant! is the story of the best liar of all time or the worst, ether way its pure entertainment. At its core, this movie tells, by no means, an inherently funny story. It involves international corporate conspiracies, corruption, deception and betrayal. Yet somehow, Steven Soderbergh manages to turn Kurt Eichenwald’s book, which depicts the true story of former ADM employee Mark Whitacre in the manner of John Grisham’s best legal thrillers, into a thoroughly entertaining, often very funny movie. (more…)

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Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen isn’t gonna win any awards for its subtlety or logic but if you’re looking for an adult triller in the same vain as Se7en or The Silence of the Lambs this is it. This is a movie that uses the usual tropes for this type of revenge/triller but takes things a step or two further. (more…)

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A Serious Man

You have to go into A Serious Man with the mindset that you can not and will not understand everything that happens in the first viewing but as character Larry Gopnik is told a few times during the film you must “embrace the mystery” in order to enjoy this movie to it’s fullest extent. (more…)

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Zombieland

Question: At this point what could yet another zombie movie bring to a genre that is already bloated beyond belief with video games, comic books and a shit ton of movies? The answer is nothing, Zombieland is a great movie for what it removes from the genre and what it removes is all seriousness. (more…)

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Whip It

Lets face it folks the only thing we as a country like more then roller derby is Drew Barrymore so it was only a matter of time before the geniuses over in Hollywood put those two things together. Barrymore makes her directorial debut in this cliche filled coming of age story that has every right to be awful but isn’t. (more…)

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The Invention of Lying

I happen to think Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people on the planet. The original UK version of The Office is in my opinion one of the funniest TV shows of the past decade and far superior to the American version of the show(which I also find somewhat funny). But Gervais has yet to find true main stream success in the theaters, his first attempt Ghost Town was a reasonably funny rom-com but lacks the uniqueness of Gervais voice because the script was not written by him. In steps The Invention of Lying (more…)

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