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Movie Reviews: Hit & Run

Hit & Run 2012, 100 mins., directed by David Palmer & Dax Shepherd (also wrote the screenplay).   Low budget comedy/drama/road movie starring real life couple, Dax Shephard and Kristen Bell. Charlie (Shepherd) risks his witness protection status by agreeing

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Movie Reviews: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013, 88 mins., written and directed by Tommy Wirkola.   A fairy tale reimagined with Hansel and Gretel as renowned, adult witch hunters who dress in leather, starring Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) and Gemma Arterton

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Movie Reviews: Mental

Mental 2012, 116 mins., written and directed by P. J. Hogan. Supposedly based upon the director’s personal experience, this Australian film is set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, and centers upon a family of five teenage girls and

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Movie Reviews: Disconnect

Disconnect 2012, 115 mins., directed by Henry Alex Rubin.   Multiple intersecting stories (à la Crash) about groups of people with a variety of Internet-related problems. A bit preachy at times, this film nevertheless drives home the real dangers of

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Movie Reviews: The East

The East 2013, 116 mins., co-written and directed by Zal Batmanglij.   Co-written by the lead actress, Brit Marling, and based on the personal experience she and the director shared one summer as freegans (dumpster divers) and their aversion to

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Movie Reviews: Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers 2012, 94 mins., written and directed by Harmony Korine. Four college girls, bored out of their minds, go on a crime spree to raise money for their spring break in Florida. They eventually get arrested, and are bailed

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Movie Reviews: Mud

Mud 2012, 130 mins., written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Inspired by Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, director Nichols effectively uses the Mississippi River and Arkansas milieu to tell the story of 14-year old-Ellis (played by Tye

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Movie Reviews: Buried

Buried 2010, 95 mins., directed by Rodrigo Cortes.   Inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock films, Rope (1948) and Lifeboat (1944), director Cortes succeeds with this debut effort due to the excellent performance by Ryan Reynolds (who is on screen during

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Movie Reviews: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 2011, 129 mins., directed by Stephen Daldry.   Based upon the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this film is centered around nine-year-old Oskar (played by an excellent Thomas Horn) and his search around New York

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Movie Reviews: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go 2010, 104 mins., directed by Mark Romanek.   Successful adaptation of the highly acclaimed 2005 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Stars three of Great Britain’s rising stars – Andrew Garfield (Tommy), Carey Mulligan

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