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Winter Movie Preview: December 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by Sarah

A week late, but whatever. The first weekend in December was relatively slow anyway.

December 6

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers’ latest revisits their musical fixation, but this time in 1960’s Greenwich Village. The movie is supposedly funnier than the bummer of a trailer, and though it comes as highly pedigreed as any Oscar hopeful, it isn’t generating much heat amidst a very crowded field. Bonus: The soundtrack—produced by the same team that made O Brother Where Are Thou?—is incredible.

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Fall Movie Preview: November 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on October 31, 2013 by Sarah

Now denoting day-and-date video on demand releases! Because seeing good movies is easier than ever!

November 1

About Time

As a big fan of both Notting Hill and Love Actually, I’m really looking forward to Richard Curtis’ latest, a time travel rom-com-dram starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter’s Bill Weasley), and Bill Nighy. Reviews have been mixed-to-good, but honestly, the romantic movie market is so starved for quality content that even a mediocre movie with charming leads (as this appears to be) is very welcome. It also offers nice counter-programming to the other wide releases (it goes wide on the eighth) this month, which are mostly of the blockbuster variety as we approach the holiday “little season” of tent poles.

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Fall Movie Preview: October 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2013 by Sarah

October 4

A.C.O.D.

I like Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) a lot, and though he’s best known for being part of the ensemble (Step-Brothers) he is fully capable of carrying a project (see also: Party Down). But A.C.O.D. (“adult child of divorce”) isn’t that funny and it largely wastes the very real depth and sorrow he can bring to characters (see also: PARTY DOWN). I knew a guy who went through his parents’ divorce as an adult and it really did a number on him, so this can be rich emotional ground, but this comes off more as a shallow examination of a spoilt person than a look at how divorce can devastate even a grown-ass man.

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Fall Movie Preview: September 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on September 4, 2013 by Sarah

So long, summer blockbuster season. Hello, award season.

September 6

Riddick

Somehow Vin Diesel conned people into greenlighting another of these shitty Riddick movies.

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Summer Movie Preview: August 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by Sarah

Last month of summer movies, and we’re finishing with one of the best—Edgar Wright’s The World’s End—one of the few originals, Elysium, and one of the most promising sequels, Kick-Ass 2. There’s also a bunch of random Wednesday releases this month.

August 2

2 Guns

Alternate title: 2 Men Who Are Very Secure in Their Manhoods, No Seriously, We’re Not Compensating for Anything.

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Summer Movie Preview: July 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on July 3, 2013 by Sarah

I’m starting to get summer movie fatigue, and I live for this shit, so the average cinema-goer must be half-dead with it by now. And we’re only halfway through, guys. Half. Way.

July 3

Despicable Me 2

We now live in a world where it’s okay to use an Eminem song in a trailer for a kid’s movie.

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Summer Movie Preview: June 2013

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on June 6, 2013 by Sarah

I want points for doing this in the middle of a business trip.

June 7

Dirty Wars

An investigative journalist heads this documentary (heavy with “dramatic recreations”) about the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, which is the military group that pulls from all of the branches of the armed forces to handle top secret operations. Put it this way—the SEALs are part of JSOC. It should be a really fascinating topic—these men and women are the best of the best in field, air, and intelligence operations—but the focus is on how so many of the JSOC commandos are “erased” from military records and how it appears they have no oversight. This isn’t true—their commanding officer’s name is on Wikipedia for Christ’s sake—but I guess they figure it will make a sexy hook for a documentary. With friends in the military, though, including someone who often participates in JSOC operations, I find it a gross oversimplification.

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