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The Spectacular Now has a focus on teenage life that doesn’t portray it one-dimensionally: you won’t find idealistic talks of life here or kids hating every waking moment of their lives. These are people on the verge of beginning their adulthood, trying to find their way in a world that hasn’t dealt them many distinct hardships,… Read more »

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Why must it be so difficult to let a franchise run its course? A Good Day to Die Hard is one of those profoundly terrible films, one of no merit or enjoyability. It’s the epitome of a franchise running long past its prime, almost into self-mockery, yet even this film can’t infuse that slight bit of entertainment…. Read more »

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Note: the film is released theatrically on February 8th, but it’s currently available for renting and Video On Demand. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a strange feature, a short mind trip that becomes surprisingly focused near the film’s optimistic conclusion. This is an endearing film with an outstanding cast, and… 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 »