Sep 08 2014

A Most Wanted Man

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This was one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final roles and it was a good one.  The movie deals with what some people believe is the truth in how governments handle espionage.  True or not, and it it probably some of both, I was intrigued at the twists and turns of the story.  The audio was difficult to follow at times but the acting was undeniable.  Parts of the movie may be unsatisfying but I feel that it was designed to be that way.   The spy game is never, in my estimation, cut and dry.  There shouldn’t be a completely satisfying journey and this certainly was not.  This film is not for everyone but hopefully you got enough from this paragraph to make an informed choice.

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Sep 08 2014

Boyhood

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The sheer scope of this project was a huge undertaking.  The idea of casting a movie with the intent of following the actors over a period of twelve years, not knowing what the physical changes that the group would undergo, has to be one of the more admirable and frightening movies ever made.  The fact that the result was a beautiful timeline of a single life is one of the most astounding movies that I have ever seen.  The casting was perfect, the performances were profound and the audience is grateful.  See this movie… in theaters or on demand or Netflix, however you can.

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Sep 08 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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A lot of what made the X men movie great can be applied here as well.  Action with a purpose and mixing it with a sense of realism always gives extra heart to a summer flick.  The story of interlocked betrayal was told brilliantly and makes me anxious to see the next one.  This is one of my favorites this year and is a testament to being able to mix good drama with high flying action.  Andy Serkis may be nominated for awards come this winter.

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Sep 08 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

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Based on a YA novel and certainly not meant for my demographic, I found myself moved quite a bit by the story.  The talent of Shailene Woodley took what could have been a sentimental miscue and turned it into an emotional powerhouse that had me tear up… I admit it.  I feel good about myself for recognizing the beauty in a story meant for someone half of my age.  I also enjoyed the unexpected appearance of Mike Birbiglia as a group leader.  Every movie should be so wise.

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Sep 08 2014

X Men: Days of Futures Past

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With all of the powers that these superheroes possess, you would think time travel would have already been addressed.  I’m a fan of the series and was happy to see how they handled it.  The shape shifting Mystique is ripe for narrative exploration and I was glad to see her placed front and center in the plot.  The size of the scenes was similar to Spider Man but the action had much more purpose and therefore more meaningful.  I enjoy seeing superheroes debating with their conscience on existence ending type of scenarios.  Well done.

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Sep 08 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

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I’m a life long muppet fan so I am probably biased but this movie was mostly enjoyable.  If you like the muppets, seeing a Kermit doppleganger should be enough to enjoy this movie.  Add to that, you have Tina Fey and Ty Burrell in large roles as well as a host of actors that you would never expect to be in a kids movie.  There’s no need to go on further since you probably have already made up your mind.  See it and feel like a kid again.

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Sep 08 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

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This is the kind of movie in which Tom Cruise always performs well and this is no exception.  All the nods to Groundhog Day, minus the comedy, are valid but irrelevant.  This movie was enjoyable and relatively short for all the starts and stops.  The ending could have perhaps been a little more creative but I understood why they ended up using that one.  This was a summer movie that offers everything that you want in a big budget action flick.  As a bonus, Emily Blunt looks awesome playing a bad ass.

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Sep 08 2014

Heaven is for Real

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I sometimes cringe at the thought of movies like this: a two hour propaganda on how much society has ventured off the path without looking into the mirror first.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The preacher father freely acknowledged that his son’s tale of a near death experience where he visited heaven was hard to believe.  The tale of the parishoners and their sometimes unchristian-like behavior provided a sense of realism that was unexpected and welcome.  I never read the book but this visual interpretation was at least a solid story that was well-told and at times affecting.

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Sep 08 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Stereotypically, this movie is exactly what you would think of a superhero sequel.  The sets were bigger, the stunts were more elaborate and the heart that exists in an origin story is completely missing.  I like the actors and I was moderately entertained but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention my disappointment.  The temptation in a sequel is to crank the volume up to eleven and overwhelm the senses with sound and color.  If you want an option for a rental where you can turn your brain off for a few hours, this could be your choice.

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Sep 08 2014

Pleased to Meet Me

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This movie was filmed in Louisville and rather quickly.  It is a testament to how much you can do just by putting a group of characters in a room and not letting them out.  I’m not going to say that this was a great movie but it was fun.  The music was good, as you can imagine with a group of musicians with varying degrees of fame, but there was still a good amount of plot woven in.  I typically write thinking I’ll run short of things to say but this film proves that a seemingly simple concept can provide positive results.  Try to find it and see for yourself.

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