Don Jon (R)

April 19, 2014

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Don Jon” is one of the strangest movies I’ve seen in a while. It’s also one of the most interesting ones. I’ve been a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt since his transition from unheard-of newbie in “10 Things I Hate About You” to excellent portrayals in films such as “Inception” and the indie “Killshot.” In “Don Jon,” Levitt’s writing and directorial debut, he creates a narrative that is weird, shocking, and, under the surface, a little ordinary. I mean this as a complement. Previews for the film, which billed it as a classic nightclub sleaze finally finds the right girl picture, completely miss the mark to what Levitt has produced here. Part personal narrative, part case study of sex addiction, and part introspective, finding yourself story, “Don Jon” is interesting both substantively and directorally, featuring wonderful acting from its main cast and food for thought on relationships, addictions, and more. (more…)

Draft Day (PG-13)

April 18, 2014

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Kevin Costner stars in “Draft Day,” the NFL’s answer to “Moneyball.” He portrays fictional General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny Weaver Jr., as he goes through the motions of a generic, off-the-field sports drama. The story follows him on a stressful day: draft day. On this day, many college hopefuls are drafted into the NFL. To express the anticipation of the day, there’s a countdown to the televised event on the screen. Those who don’t like this movie can also use it as a way to estimate how much longer they’ll be in the theatre. (more…)

Noah (PG-13)

April 15, 2014

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A film cloaked in controversy from the get go, “Noah” turns out to be a good, unique film. It’s controversial because it’s a largely different take on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis. It keeps the theme of cleansing the Earth of its wickedness, but visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky furthers the moral battle to the titular Noah, which keeps the film going well past the flood. As a faithful adaptation, it’s not great – but as Aronofsky’s unique vision, it is. It just depends on how the viewer looks at it. (more…)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13)

April 13, 2014

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Chris Evans has certainly solidified himself in his ability playing superheroes – first, playing Johnny Storm in 2005’s “The Fantastic Four” and recently for his portrayal of Captain America/Steve Rogers in “The Avengers” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” In his latest romp, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Evans and Directors Anthony and Joe Russo update the legend, making vast improvements on the 2011 precursor, making Steve Rogers more modern, resourceful, and exciting than his previous incarnation. While suffering from some pacing issues and an overly-long run-time, audiences should find the latest Captain America packing all the action they’ve been looking for and then some. (more…)

The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13)

April 12, 2014

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The difference between romance and true love is tough to demonstrate, but is best illustrated at the hands, or rather the emotions, of great on screen performances. Based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, 2009’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a perfect love story filled with robust emotion and believable grit by its characters, enshrouded in a very creative and perfectly original plot. (more…)