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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Liberal Arts by Josh Radnor 2012 (R)

with Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Elizabeth Olsen (Peace, Love & Misunderstanding), Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Eat Pray Love, The Visitor), Allison Janney (The Help, The Hours, Margaret), Elizabeth Reaser (Young Adult, Twilight), John Magaro, Kate Burton (Puncture, 127 Hours), Robert Desiderio, Zac Efron (17 again, Charlie St. Cloud, The Paperboy), Kristen Bush

A speaking engagement brings 35-year-old Jesse back to his college alma mater, where he's blindsided by nostalgia and a plucky sophomore named Zibby. Newly single and unfulfilled by his job, Jesse finds Zibby pulling him out of his disillusionment.

Who knew Josh Radnor had it in him to direct a film, and put together an amazing cast, and try not to have it cheezy all the way. It is an interesting journey that he depicts, an interesting portrayal at a moment in time of different people having to face their experience of university. Somehow tho, it felt a little bit too literal in getting deep, intellectual. The structure is still very apparent which makes a movie that doesn't much flow. But overall, the movie has its point.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Richard Lagravenese, 2013 (PG-13)

with Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons (The Words, Casanova, The Tudors), Viola Davis (Knight and Day, The Help, Eat Pray Love), Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson (Brave, Men in Black 3, An Education, Love Actually), Dame Eileen Atkins (Wild Target, Robin Hood), Kyle Gallner (Beautiful Boy), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Constantine, SimOne), Margo Martindale, Zoey Deutch

Based on the best-selling novel by Kami Garcia, this supernatural drama focuses on the romance between teenager Ethan and Lena, the enigmatic new girl in his Southern town. As they get to know each other, they discover sinister secrets about her family.

From the trailer, you would guess there is a cynicism, a wittiness that for sure was existent in the script, considering the excellence of the cast, and the sense of humor of the trailer. Don't be foul, it is a romantic comedy, in the spirit of Twilight and Beastly, teenager movie with cute actors. For some reason Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson ended up in it, and perhaps the best moment of the film is their moment together at church.

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Philly Kid by Jason Connery, 2012 (R)

with Wes Chatham, Devon Sawa, Sarah Butler, Neal McDonough, Lucky Johnson, Chris Browning, Adam Mervis, Bernard Hocke, Ava Bogle, Eric Scott Woods, Michael Jai White, Andrew Sensenig, Rich Clementi

After 10 years in prison, a former high school wrestling star transfers his skills to the murky world of mixed martial arts cage fighting. But the cost of winning might not be worth the struggles he has to endure.

This movie was something, with the good guy, the bad one, the pressure, the gangs, the police. Everything to make a good and dark action movie. The truth, this movie was hum... lets say not good. And absolutely not memorable, since I saw it last month and I already forgot most of it. Combats were the best part.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

People Like Us by Alex Kurtzman, 2012 (R)

with Chris Pine (Unstoppable, This Means War), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Man on a Ledge, Our Idiot Brother, The Next Three Days), Olivia Wilde (The Words, The Next Three Days, Tron: Legacy, Deadfall), Jon Favreau (Iron Man 3), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), Michael Hall D'Addario, Philip Baker Hall (All Good Things, 50/50), Mark Duplass (Your Sister's Sister, The Five-Year Engagement, Zero Dark Thirty)

People Like Us is a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world

This could have been a cheesy movie. Somehow, the plot is turning in its favor, with an interesting formula of what family means, and how the values and ideals have changed. It is well carried by a good cast, and as the story unfolds, the script evolves without shortcut, surprisingly. The ending is definitely a tearjerker, but it is worth the journey.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Kinky Boots by Julian Jarrold, 2005 (PG-13)

with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior, The Great Gatsby), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things, American Gangster), Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman), Linda Bassett (The Reader), Jemima Rooper, Robert Pugh, Ewan Hooper, Stephen Marcus, Mona Hammond

A failing shoe factory that's struggling to maintain its footing following the death of its founder finds the inspiration needed to stay in business from the most unlikely of sources in veteran British director Julian Jarrold's warmhearted tale of fancy footwear and changing times. Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) just can't seem to keep the factory afloat on his own, and with the livelihood of his entire small town hanging in the balance, he needs to come up with something truly groundbreaking.

This was fun. I mean, Chiwetel Ejiofor is amazing, he is such a great actor, and so good playing Lola. The movie goes with a social viewpoint on declining industry in England, and some off humor. Of course, it has its fairy talish side, which is all pretty and lovely, becoming cheesy in the end, but the interesting part was that it actually to some extent happened in Northampton.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Filming of The Other Woman by Nick Cassavetes (2014)

with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion, The Baker, Game of Thrones), Cameron Diaz (The Mask, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher), Leslie Mann (I Love You Phillip Morris)

After realizing she is not her boyfriend's primary lover, a woman teams up with his wife and plots mutual revenge.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Cameron Diaz driving on Hudson Street to 8th Avenue, going uptown, Manhattan, and crew.

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau

The Other Woman Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz Nicolaj Coster Waldau