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X-Men: Days of Future Past – Movie Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past makes a convoluted narrative less clunky and derivative due to its emphasis on character-driven plot and emotional motivations. The story follows the general group of X-Men in a post-apocalyptic setting, barely holding onto life in a world ravaged by Sentinels, machines that were put into action in the 1970s to kill… Read more »

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Prisoners – Movie Review

Prisoners is a rarity of sorts for crime thrillers because it has a stronger final hour than its set-up. Coming in at 150 minutes, this is a dense, all-encompassing film that’s uncompromising in its look at the destruction of self that can occur when a child is kidnapped. The film opens with Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman)… Read more »

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The Wolverine – Movie Review

The Wolverine brings us a torn superhero lead, a man struggling with his inner demons as he faces his powers and what they cost him. It’s become a defining characteristic of this summer’s blockbusters: Iron Man 3 had Tony Stark dealing with some form of PTSD after saving the world; Man of Steel had Clark Kent being unaccepting of his… Read more »

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The Best Male Leads of 2012

Note: I have yet to see Amour, for which Jean-Louis Trintignant could possibly have shown up on this list. I apologize for the exclusion, but I will be seeing the film in early January. There are always outstanding performances each year, but I can’t think of one in recent memory that has held a stronger… Read more »