Posts in "2012 Holiday Movies"
MOVIE REVIEW: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The breathtaking filmmaking vision on display is worth the patience to see through to the end.  When it's all said and done, slower than its sequels or not, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will always be the place you seek to begin your cinematic adventure into this world.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is worthy of being placed beside the outstanding epics it will eventually lead towards. 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Killing Them Softly

As we enter our story set during the fall of 2008 in New Orleans, the window dressing of a mob movie is still here in Killing Them Softly.  The late model cars, slicked back hair, ugly suits without ties, derogatory Italian terminology, leather jackets, hued sunglasses, and a constant cloud of exhaled cigarette smoke are everywhere to be seen, just as you might expect.  However, the pulse of this setting is driven by the history of that year and season.

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When I reflect on Lincoln, the top word that comes to mind is "earnest."  Spielberg, his cast, and his crew set out to tell a piece of history with wholehearted purpose and never wavered.  They weren't swinging for the box office fences to hit some grandiose action home run relying on gross dramatization, theatricality, or wild war battles set to a trumpeting score.

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