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Quote Review: Zodiac (2007)

“I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it’s him.”

Describing Fincher’s Zodiac as a serial killer thriller would be like saying 127 Hours is about a man stuck in a canyon for five days. Rather than being a spiritual sibling to 1995’s Seven, Zodiac instead takes the ultimate path of an ambiguous mystery for its journey. The time-span and investigation jumps forward very repeatedly, essentially to the point that it’s easy to become annoyed by the film’s inability to stay in one setting for enough time to settle down and develop. Then again, this is more or less what the film also tries to express through the runtime, particularly with Graysmith’s character. In the end, Zodiac goes from being easily dismissible, to borderline convoluted (not necessarily for the wrong reasons) and, by the time the credits roll, leaves your head with the feeling it’s come out of a fatal boxing match.

 
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Quote Reviews: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

“How’s your thirst for adventure, Captain?”

The story and themes are very much reminiscent of Indiana Jones and serve little beyond giving an action/adventure set up, but that’s precisely what Tintin is here to accomplish. Combine this with shockingly immaculate production, animation and top-notch editing, and we have a truly enjoyable experience that holds up for an optimal theatrical experience.

 
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Quote Review: My Week with Marilyn (2011)

“When it comes to women, you’re never too old for humiliation.”

Michelle Williams puts on an admirable performance as Monroe and, alongside the terrific score and occasionally eye-catching cinematography, helps propel an otherwise average film to something marginally better than an uninspired biopic.  Like a proper easygoing watch, it provides that sufficient dose of good drama and comedy.

 
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Quote Review: Minority Report (2002)

“If there’s a flaw, it’s human. It always is.”

Minority Report’s themes and premise are really the extent of its potential. Though it’s science fiction, the movie still feels alien amongst Spielberg’s other works. And while the ending might seem a little too convenient, it at least manages to avoid being predictable. The rest of the runtime doesn’t fare so well, however, as it feels like a drag through events that offer little true suspense for the viewer with pacing that takes its toll well before the second act is finished. It doesn’t disqualify the movie from being a potential, worthwhile viewing, but its interest value is disappointingly weak.

 
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Quote Review: The Town (2010)

“See my face? You tell the cops, all right. But just remember, I’ve seen yours too.”

Engaging, tense and surprisingly multi-layered, The Town goes above and beyond being your everyday action/heist film and gives us a serious, plausible plot with developed characters, earnest and entertaining action scenes and a terrific balance between being harsh and heartfelt. An overlooked gem of 2010.

 
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Quote Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

“When I’m around you, I kind of feel like I’m on drugs. Not that I do drugs.”

If there’s anything Scott Pilgrim vs. the World accomplishes besides being a colorful, clustered collage of entertainment, it’s that you could use it as a valuable case in support of legalizing certain substances. I leave you to decide which.

 
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Quote Review: The Artist (2011)

“I won’t talk!  I won’t say a word!”

More than a tribute and far from an empty throwback, The Artist goes beyond being a reminder of cinema’s beginnings and is sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s had the experience of sudden and seemingly unwelcome changes coming to their field of work, living or even entertainment. With little to speak of itself, the film relies on the long-since-abandoned emotion without audible words, and the results are a wonderful breath of revitalized air. It’s ultimately, to my experience, the best film of 2011.

 
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