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Review: The Rite

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When WIlliam Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” was unleashed on the world in 1973, a kind of mass-hysteria ensued. A public desperate to believe in something flocked to theaters and then promptly fainted or ran out. Ushers were given smelling salts to nurse unconscious audience members. People wept openly in terror, gripped by religious mania. This was the magic of cinema at its finest, festering itself in the minds of people long after they left the theater. It spawned countless knockoffs in multiple countries. Today it remains the exorcism movie by which all others (and indeed, horror pictures of any other sub-genre) are judged. When one sets out to broach the subject, they better make sure to do it right.

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Written by Ryan

February 6th, 2011 at 12:25 am

Review: Rabbit Hole

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When a child dies, communities go into mourning. Parents are flooded with condolences. There are candlelight vigils and public memorials. People exist in this strange limbo of¬†disbelief, somewhere between celebrating life and grieving¬†intensely. But afterwards, people inevitably forget. You take your trips to the grocery store and the bank. And life goes on. But for the parents of those children, things don’t come so easily. That’s the subject of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” a delicate and raw look at how we cope with loss.

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Written by Ryan

January 27th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Review: The King’s Speech

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Few countries are better able to understand what it’s like going to war with a leader who can’t speak publicly than a post-George Bush America. But as the prospect of a second world war loomed over Europe, Great Britain knew all too well.

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Written by Ryan

January 24th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Review: The Fighter

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I’ve never been one for inspirational sports movies. Come to think of it, I’ve never been a fan of Mark Wahlberg, either. But I didn’t want to let either of those factors ruin my viewing of David O’Russell’s “The Fighter,” which has scored 6 Golden globe nominations. I don’t think they did. But saying just that- that the film is an inspirational sports movie starring Mark Wahlberg- tells you almost everything you need to know about it.

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Written by Ryan

January 15th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Review: Tron Legacy

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Tron Legacy

I’m guessing I will not be the only one to review Tron Legacy. Well, certainly not the only one ever… although I have been wrong before. I meant that a bit more locally, however. Anywho, lets start this.

Pros:

  • Amazing look
  • Amazing sound
  • Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner
  • To a lesser extent: Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde
  • The second half of the movie

Cons:

  • The first half of the movie
  • Most of the supporting actors’ performances
  • Dry execution of many aspects

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December 29th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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Review: Skyline

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Here it is: another case of a movie that really interests me, but doesn’t live up to what I expected. I’m sure we’ve all been there, and thanks to Skyline, most of us will go there yet again.

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Written by DZ

December 24th, 2010 at 10:54 am

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Review: Yogi Bear

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Children’s entertainment isn’t what it used to be. As a product of the 90′s, I was raised on programs that were written for everyone. There was material specifically designed to go over the heads of the kids, so the parents wouldn’t have to suffer. This was the writing style that made Paul Reubens’ “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” such an enormous success. It also paid off big time for Nickelodeon, a network that nobody really had faith in. It was a way to make everyone happy. But somewhere along the line the suits universally decided to disperse with this type of stuff, opting instead to replace it with pandering tripe. This schism is what lead to the eventual birth of these awful CGI adaptations of trusted brand names. First there was “Scooby Doo” (which gets credit for casting Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne), then “Garfield,” then “Marmaduke.” Even “Underdog” got a CGI reboot. So it was only natural that “Yogi Bear” would make an appearance at some point. In 3D, no less.

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Written by Ryan

December 24th, 2010 at 12:19 am

Review: Black Swan

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I used to know a dancer who would wear a shirt that read: “Ballet: if it were any easier, it would be called football!” It was an effective taunt at the athletes who so often made light of the physical prowess required to dance. Now they can add Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” to their list of pro-dancer evidence. At heart it’s a character study, which is nothing new. But one has to marvel at the love behind its execution and the intensity behind its story, which veers wildly from art house framing to soap opera style quarrels and Sam Raimi-esque camp. It’s a hodgepodge of brave performances and “gotcha!” moments, of beautiful images and struggling principles.

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Written by Ryan

December 20th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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In a strange way Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World seems to sort of sum up being a twenty something [involved in a music scene] in this day and age in the same way that Ghost World once did. Granted, when I ring a door bell the sound doesn’t manifest itself in smoke and drift away, but how cool would it be if it did?

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Written by Marla

December 15th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Review: Devil

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I had the pleasure… no, PRIVILEGE, of viewing this fine work of art, “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan.” Is he even trying anymore?

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Written by DZ

December 14th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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