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Iron Man 3 by Thomas
May 30, 2013, 1:44 am
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Tony Stark, still traumatized from the events of The Avengers, has to get his act together. I had no plans to see this one after the rank unpleasantness that was Iron Man 2, but then I won a free ticket! Lucky for me, it’s a well-paced action flick that cleverly makes fun of the genre without being obnoxious about it.  The screenplay is tight, Downey Jr. is great as the glib hero, and watch out for surprise turns from Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce.   This was a blast, certainly the best of the series.  Worth watching.


Iron Man 3

Star Trek Into Darkness by Thomas
May 30, 2013, 1:22 am
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JJ Abrams returns with a follow-up to his much lauded Star Trek reboot. Like the first installment, this is a series of plot twists and explosions that are meant to signify plot.  The uneven storytelling is glam-ed up with retro set design and plenty of classic Trek references to keep fans like myself at bay.  I had fun, but then again I’m pretty biased. These new Trek movies will be more notable for successful marketing than for being good, I’d wager.  Watchable plus.


Star Trek Into Darkness

Source Code by Thomas
May 18, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Donnie Darko stars as a grizzled soldier who has eight minutes to solve a deadly puzzle. It’s a well-paced action thriller with sci-fi elements, and some Hollywood-y sentimental bits for good measure. If Die Hard, Quantum Leap, and The Twilight Zone had some kind of bastard progeny, this would be it.  (Perhaps there’s a little Groundhog Day in there too.)  I like all of those things, so I enjoyed this too. Random fact: the director is David Bowie’s son! Worth checking out.


Source Code

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs by Thomas
May 18, 2013, 5:07 am
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A nightclub hostess navigates the changing social mores of 1960s Japan. This is a subtle, well-paced drama that draws us into a complex world of femininity.  The camera work is stylish and all the performances are great.  (Thanks for the recommendation, Tom.)  Worth watching.


When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Enough by tincolor

Jennifer Lopez should be happy, she got married, had a kid, and she has a great story about how she met her cheating, lying, wife-beating husband whom you might know otherwise as Billy Campbell, the Rocketman! Anyway, I think I would have liked this movie if it focused more on the thriller/horror moments when Jennifer Lopez is trying to run away from her husband’s henchmen. Everything else just feels too much like a made-for-TV movie, and Jennifer Lopez isn’t that interesting of a character. Watchable.


Rosemary’s Baby by Thomas

A young Mia Farrow gets pregnant, but her husband is acting really sketch about it for some reason…This is a terrific horror movie — perhaps because it’s more of a psychological thriller with horror elements. Polanski creates a stifling atmosphere of powerlessness and paranoia, which builds to a frightening climax. Required viewing.


Rosemary’s Baby

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