I Love You Man (R)

July 26, 2014

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Modern day comedies can be a tough pill to swallow. In a world of poorly written jokes and scripts that lack any degree of intrigue, comedy films have a tendency to be indistinguishable from one to the next.  The 2009 John Hamburg piece “I love You Man” is able to maintain a strong identity in its one-of-a-kind plot and excellent and humor filled script. (more…)

Unleashed (R)

July 23, 2014

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Jet Li is a phenomenal talent when it comes to martial arts wizardry. Li has a knack for contorting his body in ways even the most sultry of yoga instructors can only dream of, and his command of the Chinese sport of Washu is something of legend. A successful actor in China, Li crossed over to Hollywood roles in the late 90s and has essentially turned out the same film for fifteen years with various recyclings of the title and story. (more…)

American Beauty (R)

July 21, 2014

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With broad strokes, Sam Mendes paints a picture of suburban family life in 1999’s “American Beauty.” The film swept the 2000 Oscars with a staggering 5 awards, but that’s not its greatest impact. That it still holds up 15 years later, across a decade that saw the advent of Facebook and smartphones, and America’s cultural shift after 9-11, is a testament to this achievement. The film leaves an impression in its wake, manages to avoid moralizing, and causes us to question its character’s sometimes-monstrous behaviors, ironically, by allowing us to understand them.  (more…)

License to Drive (PG-13)

July 20, 2014

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An innocent girl. A harmless drive. What could possibly go wrong? That classic phrase was uttered by teen heartthrob Corey Haim in the 1988 summer blockbuster “License to Drive.” (more…)

Summer Wars (PG)

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Most anime can be divided into two sub-genres: slice of life and fantasy. Slice of life focuses on real life circumstances, and often has a comedic tone and focus more on the characters and their relationships. Fantasy is often a grand spectacle with animation and art being the focus of attention. That’s not set in stone by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a decent rule of thumb to follow. However, sometimes you get something that will fuse the two genres. This can be risky as it can make the plot contrived and hard to follow. Every once in a while, you get something that really is special. Well that little something happened in a beautiful little gem known as “Summer Wars.” (more…)