Pinhole Movie Reviews

Edge of Tomorrow
November 17, 2019, 6:55 pm
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Tom Cruise is a soldier who keeps on getting killed in the same battle, over and over, in a futuristic sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. I do remember when this movie was released, although weirdly the marketing plan involved keeping people totally in the dark as to the basic premise of the film. It is, in fact, not nearly as bland as the title suggests, and Tom Cruise and Emily Blount are very enjoyable actors to spend a couple of hours with.  Surprisingly Worth Watching.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

The male and female leads, wearing battle armor, holding large guns, and looking battle-worn, stand against an urban background devastated by war. The sky is golden, meteors are falling, and Nelson's Column can be seen in the background.

April 21, 2019, 11:10 am
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Big meets Superman! A kid gets superpowers that transform him into the adult superhero Shazam, resulting in some hilarious kid-style hi-jinks to go along with the standard “fight the bad guy” story. With just one hero and one villain, this movie provides a much-needed break from the complicated forty-superhero extravaganzas that Marvel is making nowadays. Worth watching.

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The Lobster
January 29, 2019, 1:51 pm
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Colin Farrell is overweight and living in an absurdist dystopia. Maybe this movie is good if you like people being weird and saying absurd things, but for me it was Unwatchable.

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Lady Bird
March 3, 2018, 10:17 am
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In 2002-03, Lady Bird spends her senior year of high school fighting with her family and trying to figure out how to become an adult. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie this good. Worth watching (plus).

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The Lego Batman Movie
February 11, 2017, 4:26 pm
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Batman is a Lego figure who has to confront his arch-enemy, the Joker, whose mains goals are 1.) Taking over Gotham City and 2.) Forcing Batman to accept that they are arch-enemies. As one might expect from the previous Lego movie, the tone of this movie is similar to that of the Batman TV series. It is indeed quite funny and silly, but not too silly and the plot is reasonably well-developed. Worth Watching.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
August 27, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Steve Carell is in quiet sad everyman mode as an impending asteroid strike gives everyone on Earth three weeks to live. The end of the world makes some people go nuts, while others start to think about what gives their lives meaning and whether they can accomplish some final goal to make up for the opportunities they have squandered. Steve Carell falls into that “accomplish some goal” group.

When you were a young person, you had all these amazing experiences, simply because you were experiencing things for the first time, and it all felt unique and special. Then you get older and these things start to seem more mundane. But the great thing about the end of the world is that everything becomes unique and special again! I’d say the movie is “worth watching” for the opportunity to see a serious adult person like Steve Carell start looking at his days with a sense of wonder, without feeling obligated yourself to feel cynical or roll your eyes at such cheesy displays of sentiment. So, Worth Watching and currently available to stream on Netflix.

Bonus features: Keira Knightly, and a song that is extremely similar to Radiohead’s “Creep.”

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All is Lost
February 20, 2016, 5:08 am
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Robert Redford is out on the ocean alone when his boat gets hit by a wayward shipping container. The rest of the movie he spends quietly trying not to die. Perhaps because of the almost complete lack of dialogue, the movie feels unique and compelling. Worth watching.

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