Posts in "3 STARS"
MOVIE REVIEW: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

While it's not quite as good or instantly quotable as the first film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a hilarious follow-up to make this already funny world even bigger while poking great fun at our modern news.  I'm in the camp that loves this sort of thing and it's arguably the funniest movie of the year.  

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nebraska

His new film, Nebraska, is his smallest and most nuanced film to date for Alexander Payne.  Shot in black-and-white on a micro-budget and populated by mostly unknown performers instead of Hollywood A-listers, the film strives to slow things down and give you something interesting to follow and compare with your own family's generational gaps.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

After seeing the second installment, the hotly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, my gut feeling is that they are saving their best for their swan song and not the middle.  While the budget and star power have increased with success and maturity from the comparatively modest first film 20 months ago, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire does not do enough to achieve that level of being a great middle trilogy film on the same scale as The Empire Strikes Back orThe Dark Knight.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Thanks For Sharing

Thanks For Sharing goes to great lengths to highlight the varying degrees and effects of this disease and the clear need for solid support and rehabilitation, all while doing so in an entertaining manner.  There are fair jokes to be made, but they are matched by ugly dark flaws of character that could happen to any one of us.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Drinking Buddies

To its great credit, Drinking Buddies never settles for any of those obvious scenarios and twists.  It takes a more elusive and challenging route once the couples combine on a double-date weekend at Chris's lake house.  The mistakes, flaws, and opportunities you think are coming, because you've seen this kind of movie before, don't materialize like you think.  Some don't materialize at all.  The waters are murkier than first thought.  If you prefer your movies predictable and formulaic, you've come to the wrong place.  At the same time, it's still missing a bit of the charm it promised with its setup.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine

The Wolverine is a tangent standalone story that follows up one of the two post-credit teases that came out of X-Men: Origins Wolverine.  This film showcases Logan's storied history in Japan that is loosely based off a much-loved four-issue 1982 comic mini-series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller.  This is the movie we should have gotten four years ago.  It's far from a perfect movie, but far from a bad one as well.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim

The latest giddy summer spectacle, Pacific Rim, will be the torch bearer of guilty pleasure for the decade of the 2010's.  Mark my words on that.  Plenty will love it now and, don't get me wrong, there is plenty here to love.  Still, an equal plenty will regret it later and increasingly roll their eyes with every repeat viewing as the movie gets overshadowed by the next shiny object birthed by Hollywood hit factories.

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MOVIE REVIEW: This Is the End

This Is the End goes all out with reckless abandon to shock and entertain and makes zero apologies to the audience.  I will admit and stand equal with the other movie critics out there giving This Is the End positive reviews on the observation that, jokes aside, it's all a stinging commentary to the celebrity scene and a cleverly deliberate mocking of blockbuster movies.  It has those things going for it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hangover Part III

Well, it took a second try, but The Hangover Part III actually attempted the rule of a good sequel by expanding the story and raising the stakes.  Because this is the finale, there are still plenty of nods and connections to the first two films, but Todd Phillips did attempt some new shenanigans. The trouble is I'm not sure if it was a direction that worked.

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