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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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2014 Oscar Predictions

Along with hundreds of other pundits posting their predictions for this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, here are my picks for who will win, who I want to win, and who should have been nominated.  Best Picture12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaThe Wolf of Wall Street Will win: Gravity Should win: 12 Years a Slave Should have… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actresses of 2013

2013 has been one of the best years for film I’ve seen in the past decade. I’ve caught over 150 films released in the past 365 days, and many of them have contained performances that won’t be mentioned on this list. These actresses have the most emotionally affecting, narratively enhancing, and delicately balanced performances I’ve… Read more »

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American Hustle – Movie Review

American Hustle is a perfect example of style dominating substance, an elegant-looking feature that provides bite through its vibrant characters but fails to deliver a fully coherent and definitive plot. David O. Russell’s film centers on a con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who works with his seductive partner that fakes being British, Sydney Prosser (Amy… Read more »

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Movie Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire thrills and captivates due to the improvements over its predecessor, providing stronger character development, a thematically rich storyline, and a set-up for a two-part finale that should prove this series as more than just traditional blockbuster fodder. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, who won… Read more »

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The Best Female Leads of 2012

Note: due to release times in my area, I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, from which Jessica Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva would undoubtedly show up on this list. I apologize in advance for the exclusions, but I will have reviews for those films when I see them in early January. Actresses… Read more »