Think Like a Man Too: Movie Review

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Think Like a Man Too has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, Think Like a Man, was a box office success and fan favorite. The sequel maintains what made the first film a hit, but a few unnecessary additions keep it from greatness. The Players: Director: Tim Story Screenwriters: Keith Merryman, David A....

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review

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When any movie-goer first takes a glance at the latest Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow, it appears to be another ho-drum sci-fi action story that may easily get washed away in the sea of high budget movies out this year. What audiences won't expect is a surprisingly thrilling, and at times comical, sci-fi movie that is yet another fine addition to...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Ebert': Pixote (1980)

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In the vein of social realism perpetuated by the neo-realists but if a documentary-like immediacy, with Pixote Argentine director Hector Babenco takes us deep into the bowels of an urban jungle in Sao Paolo, Brazil during the 1970's.  It focuses in children characters plagued by a life in crime, and deserves a place at the top of any best movie list, as it retains...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': Orpheus (1950)

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When I think of French directors who used film as a medium for personal expression, director Jean Cocteau is among the best.  He was not only a poet, playwright, and filmmaker, he was also an artist, designer and novelist.  With Orpheus, Cocteau demonstrates yet again why he's a legend of French art and cinema.

Maleficent: Movie Review

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Angelina Jolie becomes Maleficent's incarnate in Disney's latest live-action venture. There's still a curse, but a new backstory for the modern age in this week's release. The Players: Director: Robert Stromberg Writer: Linda Woolverton Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton,...

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Movie Review

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After nearly 15 years, director Bryan Singer has delivered the X-Men film we all deserve. X-Men: Days of Future Past is an epic helping of special effects, action and intensity. It's easily one of the best films of the summer, if not the year. Singer and the cast led by Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender make this trip to the past a truly memorable...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': Rocco and his Brothers (1960)

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We can search films all over the world and we'd be hard-pressed to find films that blend operatic melodrama and social realism so seamlessly as Rocco and His Brothers.  Director Luchino Visconti created a film that feels real and cinematic all at once, blending the austerity and minimalism of Italian neorealism with the sentimentality that passionate human drama can...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': The Gospel According to St. Mathew...

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Gospel According to St Mathew Jaime 2014
At various points, Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Mathew resembles the filmmaking spirits of filmmakers like Bergman and Bresson.  It is both artistic and minimalistic.  This is the best film I've seen about Christ, and its resonance is elevated by the fact that every word of dialogue is from the book of Matthew.  Even if you're not religious, this is a...

Million Dollar Arm: Movie Review

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Some movies make you think "this just isn't for me" and Million Dollar Arm is a film that seems made more for people who fantasize about taming Don Draper than anyone who loves film. This formulaic love story masquerading as a sports picture (likely to get that four quadrant appeal) may find an audience, but that doesn't make it any less predictable.

Godzilla: Movie Review

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Sorry Spidey and Cap, you gotta step down because GODZILLA is set to pulverize everything in its way. Warner Bros unleashes this monster and director Gareth Edwards provides the world's most famous creature with the film that is poised to be the new blockbuster Kaiju standard.

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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Last Tango in Paris is an artistic and emotional rarity, one that sits almost entirely alone in the realm of films dealing with graphic sex in a way where it lends a profound element to the story and the characters.  This is a film one must experience and not analyze.  It reaches a level of intimate maturity that I don't think I've ever seen.

Neighbors: Movie Review

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Get ready for some side-splitting laughs with NeighborsSeth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a couple who deal with a fraternity that moves in next door led by Zac Efron. Family, parties, babies, boobies and mayhem ensue in this hilarious romp. The Players: Director: Nicholas Stoller Writers: Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan...

Belle: Movie Review

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Amma Asante's Belle is cut from the same cloth as female-centric period dramas like The Duchess and Pride And Prejudice. Based on the true story of an 18th century biracial woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle, the film tells her story of growing up in British aristocracy. Though this type of genre film...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': Ivan the Terrible: Parts 1 and 2 (1944...

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Ivan the Terrible: Parts I and II mark the end of a legendary career.  It must be seen in order to appreciate Sergei Eisenstein, a pioneer with a theoretical yet practical approach to cinema.  Though you may not love his work, it deserves respect, as Eisenstein was a film intellectual with perhaps no equal.  He only made seven films, some of which are treasures...

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows Peter Parker's journey as the consequences of being a vigilante begin to catch up with him. For the second entry in this (somehwat forced) new Spider-series, there's a lot of pieces that are meant to set up future adventures, which leaves the experience of watching this film frustrating, though the film has its moments.

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': Safety Last (1923)

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Safety Last! Jaime April 2014
One of the most gratifying moments I've had as a movie-watcher has been the experience of going into a movie made 80 years ago and then finding myself so full of enjoyment that I feel as though I've witnessed something as fresh and as full of life as anything else that may have been released this week.  Safety Last! is one of the best comedies, and I'm not...

Reviewing Ebert's 'Greatest Films': What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

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Deep resentments and a lifelong sibling rivalry lie at the core of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  It is thriller of violent proportions and one that will freak you out.  When the film is great, it's as great as any film of its kind for its time.  However, in between moments of said greatness, Robert Aldrich's film occasionally lacks the urgency to propel its plot...

Transcendence: Movie Review

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In the tradition of many flawed but fascinating science fiction films, Transcendence tries to be about ideas, but also has to build a story around them. In that way it's imperfect, but if you're in the mood there's a lot of great ideas to chew on, and some good, creepy portrayals of future tech. Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall star in the film, and if you like the cinema...

Oculus: Movie Review

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Oculus is Blumhouse's latest horror flick to hit the screens and introduces a haunted mirror as the next thing to be scared of after Paranormal Activity's Toby and Insidious' The Further. Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites play a pair of siblings who are on a quest to stop that terror.