Reviews

"The Purge" provides plentiful shocks amid some new ideas

In the futuristic United States setting of writer/director James DeMonaco’s The Purge, the land of the free and the home of the brave is an unsettling place to live.

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"Life of Pi" leaves you thinking

When you survive a shipwreck, your main concerns are most likely to be staying afloat, drinking clean water, and keeping your hunger at bay.

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"Gangster Squad": Colorful characters, delectable dialogue

An action movie has to have a good villain. Now, this villain can’t be around merely to be a punching bag. No, this villain has to be evil.

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"Promised Land": Two men's battle, one town's future

“We’re not fighting for land, we’re fighting for people,” explains Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), a spokesperson for a small environmental activist group called Athena.

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"Warm Bodies" warrants a new take on zombies

In zombie movies the dead come back to life. It’s a rule of the zombie genre. In order to have flesh eaters roaming the streets, the dead need to rise from their graves with an appetite for human flesh. But what if the dead, after rising with a need to feed, could experience a second awakening? What if they could reclaim their human side once again? This question is presented as the focal point of Warm Bodies, a film that looks into the issue of undead redemption, and has a lot of fun with it, too.

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"Gangster Squad": Worth the wait for a history buff

Los Angeles has a highly documented history of gang violence and organized crime.  After World War Two there was a well-known criminal that was “wrapping the West Coast up in a pretty little bow," to quote Sean Penn’s dangerous character, Mickey Cohen. Mickey Cohen had the reigns of Los Angeles and was directing it towards a path of violence, danger, murder, and a whole lot of money in the pockets of the wrong people. 

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"Silver Linings Playbook": Might say silver, but this film is GOLD!

Finding out your ex-wife cheated on you and losing your job in the same week is enough to drive anyone insane.  For Pat (Bradley Cooper), this is a reality that destroyed his life. 

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