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Quote Review: Warrior (2011)

“Spare me the compassionate father routine, Pop. The suit don’t fit.”

Warrior is the exact type of movie we need more of; aware it’s covering familiar territory and focusing on doing the story right.  This is done so effectively that new life is actually brought to its genre, thanks in large part to how the three key players keep viewers gripped and shaking with anxiety.

 
 

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Quote Review: J. Edgar (2011)

“I don’t need to tell you that, what determines a man’s legacy is often what isn’t seen.”

J. Edgar is a slowly building disappoint, especially given the talent at-hand.  DiCaprio does put up an admirable performance, but even that falls to the long, incoherent and painfully monotone nature of the entire film.  Less concerned with structure and more with being a theoretical outlook, it’s unlikely anyone will even find much of interest here.

 
 

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Quote Review: Thor (2011)

“Oh, no… this is Earth… isn’t it?”

One of the biggest theaterical surprises since Iron Man, Thor is a very different film compared to what Kenneth Branagh has directed in the past. The effects and action sequences are a joy to look at, most of the attempts at comedy work well and there’s a rather decent story with more-than-adequate performances to boot. Hemsworth is also bound to show up in many future action films, thanks in part to his enjoyable performance.

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Quote Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

“The first of many.”

With a summer full of straightforward action films cluttering 2011, Captain America finds itself sitting comfortably in the middle. We get a good (re)introduction to the character, played surprisingly well by Chris Evans.  Granted, like the other summertime films of the year, there are plenty of flaws to find here (especially if you tend to nitpick). But since this is really our first taste of another Avenger, these issues shouldn’t bother or come to-mind for the more casual viewer. If you didn’t have enough options throughout the summer for sufficient action, then this will suffice for quenching your appetite.

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Quote Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

“Careful, humans don’t like smart ape.”

Though still under a ‘suspension of disbelief’ field, Rise of the Planet of the Apes does an incredible job at utilizing potential which, frankly, doesn’t seem present or possible. The amount of investment and care which the film offers to its viewers is leagues beyond what many acclaimed dramas can accomplish. Tense, gradual build-up to the continually gripping action scenes within the last half hour also helps it feel that much more rich with content. In all, it’s another huge surprise for the summer of 2011 and is among the best that the year has to offer.

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Quote Review: 30 Minutes or Less

“And your first though was to come to a school, filled with young children?”

30 Minutes or Less is a film that significantly benefits from being in a theater of easily-entertained individuals who dig lowbrow jokes. There are laughs to be had, but let’s be frank, the film is just bad. This is a very significant departure from the director’s previous film, Zombieland. Though both are short, 30 Minutes or Less has a far more black comedy-esque vibe. Subsequently, the production values look and feel vastly inferior. While this isn’t a quintessential trait for comedies, it winds up feeling less like the mild but very enjoyable Zombieland and more like the drab, less-investible Pineapple Express. Entertainment is present, but it’s not even close to worth prime-time money and, given how the film literally just ends, it’s very difficult to recommend.

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Quote Review: The Hangover Part 2 (2011)

“You totally butchered my life.”

What ruins The Hangover Part 2 isn’t the fact it’s essentially the same concept, but that so little works even on its own level. The attempts made at humor almost always fall flat, and a generally serious tone only make enjoying this film all the more challenging. A handful of humorous moments aside, this is a complete waste.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

“It reminds me a lot of Bumblebee, if Bumblebee were a sad piece of s***.”

Dark of the Moon is an overbearing, convoluted mess; one that does little to utilize what potential and life was left in Bay’s version of the iconic brand.  Between its serious lack of character development, insanely bipolar tone shifts, completely incoherent plotlines, hackneyed jokes, weary pacing and special effects that are equally tiring as they are impressive; it’s hard to find even an indication of a film with any sort of true significance.  Most of the means that seem to intend entertainment fall flat; whether from being overdone or simply immature.  While the spectacle of the action scenes and special effects can’t be denied (especially so in 3D), and Bay does seem to have learned how to better shoot action scenes on their own; the final results are just bad.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: Bellflower (2011)

“I’ll hurt you.”

If Bellflower truly accomplishes anything worthwhile, it’s the hypothetical commentary that can be taken from all the preposterous occurrences. Unfortunately, one very select interpretation doesn’t translate to a good movie.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: Green Lantern (2011)

“You don’t think I would recognize you because I can’t see your cheekbones?”

Too ambitious and underdeveloped to be a good summer film, Green Lantern glosses over the source material too much for both newcomers and avid fans of the superhero to truly appreciate. The few action sequences are enjoyable, albeit in a completely silly and thematically inconsistent way.  For that much, there is some entertainment to be had, but you’ll have to keep your expectations and standards quite low.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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