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Coraline  7/10.  Interesting premise on a fairly well-worn theme.  Nice blend of animation and vocal talent.  

 

I'm not sure this is actually one for the kids.  They might enjoy the spectacle, but the dark themes (disinterested self absorbed parents, stolen children, torture, wicked "other" mother, etc...,) might be disturbing.  

 

The films resolution is satisfactory without being upbeat much like Edward Scissorhands - which this film reminded me of in so many ways.

 

Characters are not at all appealing.  Not even the heroine.  Makes it hard to like this film more.

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Star trek into darkness 9/10 even better than 2009's Star Trek, love all the subtle changes to the original timeline.

Snitch 8/10 quite enjoyed this and inspired by true events.

Hangover III rubbish 3/10 let this one die

Seal Team Six 7/10 the other movie about Bin Laden not as good as Zero Dark Thirty but still worth a watch.

Bridge over the River Kwai classic movie say no more.

Limitless rewatched and still enjoyed 8/10

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Lucky Number Slevin 7.5/10

Tokyo-ga 6.8/10

Restless 7/10

Elephant 8/10

Paranoid Park 7/10

Shame 8.5/10

Garden State 7.5/10

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly 8.5/10

Moonrise Kingdom 7/10

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Boogeyman - 1/10

The use of camera angles, music, silence and sound effects were good enough to keep me covering my face with a cushion. The only thing that killed the movie was...the Boogeyman. I was expecting a frightening monster, but it didn't look like the creature from the poster (or, at least, give the feeling that the main character was fighting the same monster as the one in the poster since only the hand appears.)

The Last Airbender -1/10

I liked how it reminded me of some movies about Martial Arts. What I didn't like was how fast the plot was going. And how the Spanish dub seemed...dull.

Angels and Demons - 2/10

I read the whole book. And, now, I ask: What happened with the issue about the Pope and the nun? I understand that, sometimes, there are parts that need to be eliminated/edited. But the pregnancy issue was one of the reasons why the main antagonist would do such things in the film.

Well, those are the few movies I wanted to express my opinion about.

(Please, be careful. Some of the sites I'm on might not be family-friendly. 😱 )

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Star Trek into Darkness 9/10

Unique, brilliant, action-packed yet thoughtful.  Benedict Cumberbatch as <spoiler> was quite incredible, and all the references to the series are very entertaining.

 

Man of Steel 7.5/10

When judged against Smallville or the original Superman films, this one suffers slightly.  When judged against Superman Returns, however, it's brilliant.  This is a great film made by fans for fans.  Though some question Superman's choices (especially near the end), I thought it was an excellent vision of a Superman who isn't really comfortable with his role as Superman yet.  It's something we've never really seen on the big screen before.

 

Monsters University 8/10

Clever and thoughtful, with more than just nods to the original, this film kept me entertained the whole way.  Voices were excellent, and animation (as always) was sublime.  Nathan Fillion has a great role, and the characters from Monsters Inc. build on a great premise and explore the world with joy and gusto.

 

Motivational Growth 1.5/10

An indie film, and it shows.  It won a lot of awards, but don't let that make you think it's any good.  It was opaque, bizarre, and disgusting without purpose.  Bright spots: Jeffrey Combs and the rest of the cast (it's well-acted, just not well-written).  The music is an excellent exploration of the range and depth of chiptunes.  But that can't recover the poor writing, slogging pace, and bizarrely ridiculous gore.

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 7.5*/10

While nothing will live up to the standard set by Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson does a great job with this first installation of The Hobbit.  It fills in some obvious gaps in LotR with some nice sealant, and allows us to see a richer version of Middle-Earth before Sauron began to rise again.  Martin Freeman as Bilbo is genius, and while I question the inexplicable addition of Saruman into a scene he wasn't in in the book, I felt that it followed the established storyline nicely.

 

* I reserve the right to re-evaluate upon the release of all three movies.

 

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Paranoia was interesting.  It sort of skipped right along, at an ever-changing, unstable pace, and got the story across with enough shirtless-Liam-Skinsworth to keep the girls interested and drooling (my friend was right next to me - she made it very clear why he had to do all of his espionage without a shirt on.)  I'm not sure if I got it or not, but I was talking to my friends (in hushed tones, of course, I'm not "that guy" in the theater) throughout the movie.  They had some cool cars, some nice company buildings, interesting phone designs, and a possibly terrible plot.  I'm just not sure about it.  

Discussing the ending:

I don't know if he became the head of the company that he had just destroyed or something, or what, but he would not have had enough capital to pay for that building.  Or that art.  Also, he is apparently unaware that coding is done on a computer screen, not a chalkboard (no, not a whiteboard, but a full-on black chalkboard) in fancy handwriting.  I'm also fairly sure that most businesses require people to wear business suits, not the latest stuff out of the latest fashion magazine.  It never showed him paying off his father's medical bills (that felt like it should have been a bigger deal in the movie than it was) and was given a new job from the place that just hired because he spent $16,000 partying with the company credit card.


It was fine watching it with a big group, but it felt like we were having to entertain ourselves by poking fun at the movie (and each other) instead of letting the movie itself do its job.  

The hardest part of ending is starting again. 

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Ender's Game 8/10

Hard to pack everything from the book into such a short movie. I wanted to see more battle school scenes. But, the 'twist' from the book translated to the screen well. The only thing you really don't get is Ender's sense of exhaustion with the progression of game changes at battle school.

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@BB: Really? My sister saw it with a friend and said that it was a great movie. I love animated movies because I love artwork they put in there--like the amazing sceneries, landscapes, etc.

 

@teh501...: You mean the one with Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman? If so, that was one awesome movie. 

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The 5th Element-Star Wars episode 3-Tucker and Dale vs Evil-Tombstone-Blazing Saddles-Duck You Sucker-Prometheus-Half Baked-Dune-Taken-Any Terminator-War of the Arrows-Serenity-Avatar-Braveheart-Heat-Apocalypto-raid the redemption-both Judge dredd-Merantua(best fight scene on film ever recorded?)-or Ong Bak part 2(best fight scene ever?probably)   ok this is just too much.Ill have to come back later.

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(I designed and proposed this poll and IMDb decided to run it on their site.)

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