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California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

By at December 14, 2016 | 10:56 pm | 0 Comment

California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

4 / 5 stars You don’t have to be a sentimental fool to appreciate La La Land, but it sure does help. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is quite fond of sentimentality and, for the most part, so are its characters. If you approach this spirited alt-take on the Hollywood musical with a skip in your step and a song in your heart, you’ll find a piece of more...

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Lewd, Lowbrow and Lame: MOVIE 43 Film Review

By at January 30, 2013 | 11:40 pm | 0 Comment

Lewd, Lowbrow and Lame: MOVIE 43 Film Review

1 / 5 stars The mysteriously titled Movie 43 is a sketch-based comedy that’s been slowly shepherded towards the screen by former gross-out king Peter Farrelly. With Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard and many other easily recognizable stars, Movie 43 boasts an astonishing ensemble cast with no fewer than more...

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Big Shots and Little Else: GANGSTER SQUAD Film Review

By at January 14, 2013 | 10:29 pm | 0 Comment

Big Shots and Little Else: GANGSTER SQUAD Film Review

3 / 5 stars For his third feature, director Ruben Fleischer tries his hand at the period mobster genre with Gangster Squad. As with Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad is very much Fleischer’s own take on the action-thriller with the director eschewing realism for a pulpy, comic-book feel. With lashings of blood, plenty of one-liners and a hammy, more...

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Hey Wait, This Is Not Funny: THE HELP Film Review

By at September 4, 2011 | 11:40 am | 3 Comments

Hey Wait, This Is Not Funny: THE HELP Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars The Help is the film adaptation of a book about fictional events that inspire a fictional book during a very real time in history. Yeah, that sounds a bit confusing. The important thing to know going into this film is that it's not a true story, otherwise you might feel you were bamboozled. The (real) book, however, was simply inspired by white author more...

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