Movie Review

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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I was very excited coming out of the movie theater when I saw the first Sherlock Holmes starring the nearly-always likable Robert Downey, Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson). Sure, the movie suffered from a lack of plot direction and overall muddled storyline, but I very much enjoyed the style of the film. While it […]

Movie Review

Winnie the Pooh

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Harkening back to the glory days of Disney, in the pre-3D animation era where hand-drawn artistry was revered above all else, comes Winnie the Pooh, a wonderful piece of nostalgic filmmaking that will delight the whole family. The first of many smart choices on Disney’s part came when they decided to maintain the style and […]

Movie Review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the second film adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel by the same name. The film follows the story of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), and how they get wrapped up in a tangled web of mystery relating to the dreadfully dysfunctional […]

Movie Review

The Artist

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At this point, you’ve probably heard that The Artist is a beautifully conceived tribute to the era of silent filmmaking – but I would like to reiterate this fact because of how well writer/director Michael Hazanavicius pulled off this feat. Dealing with emotional themes like failure, change, loss, and growth, the period setting of The Artist allows for […]

Movie Review

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

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Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol knows it is an unabashedly silly popcorn flick, and it is with that wherewithal that it pulls off its story and characters so ably. That is not to say the film is without its flaws; rest assured, the film makes more than a few missteps. However, while it is far […]

Movie Review

The Iron Giant

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Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant mixes adult themes about over-encroaching governments and biting political commentary with humor, heart, and a true soul. To say this film is anything less than one of the preeminent animated films of our time is to do it injustice. I do not believe any movie has been able to so deftly […]

Movie Review

Star Wars: Episodes I/II

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Preface: In case you’re considering going to see the re-releases of the atrocious Star Wars prequels in crappy post-converted 3D, I’d like to cure your selective amnesia and remind you why you hate these movies. I really don’t remember enough differences in the faults between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones to justify two separate reviews, and frankly, I don’t think […]

Op-Ed

Søren’s Most Anticipated Films of 2012

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At this point, it looks like 2012 promises to be a fantastic year for film. So many epic franchises are coming to a close, and so many more are just beginning. Here’s a list of the movies I am most excited for: 16. Taken 2 Not much to say here other than I quite enjoyed […]

Movie Review

Hugo

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I must begin this review by dispelling one of the major misconceptions about this film: those of you who have been led to believe that Hugo is a “steampunk fantasy adventure” (as one friend described it) will be sorely disappointed. Hugo takes place almost exclusively inside a train station in Paris, France. Some amount of […]

Op-Ed

Ari’s Most Anticipated Films of 2012

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The world isn’t supposed to end until December 2012, right? Plenty of time to go to the movies. Here’s a list of my most anticipated films of 2012: 10. Django Unchained Tarantino’s latest. The film’s a Spaghetti Western revenge plot about a freed slave, but it gets a spot on this list for its cast alone, […]