Blue Jasmine (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 Woody Allen’s yearly appointment takes the form of a Cate Blanchett-driven study of a woman dancing on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Jasmine (Blanchett) finds refuge at her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) apartment after her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) committed suicide. The latter, also a notorious philanderer, was arrested…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 George Clooney produces, writes, directs and stars in this film, based on a true story, about a band of likeable brothers who storm Europe in order to salvage works of art from the nefarious grasp of the Nazis. The end of World War II is nigh but Frank Stokes (Clooney)…

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 F Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel is regarded as a modern classic (some claim that it’s one of two perfect novels) and consequently, the expectations for Baz Luhrmann‘s cinematic adaptation were orbiting somewhere in the vicinity of Neptune. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is reminiscing about the Summer of ’22 when he had moved to…

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 The latest entry in the Marvel echelon of superhero movies, Iron Man 3 is an adrenaline-fueled blastfest that works mainly because it is carried on the able shoulders of Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark (Mr Downey Jr.) is suffering from sleep deprivation because of PTSD following New York’s alien invasion (vide The…

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Mama (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 As far as ghost stories go, Mama is rather run-of-the-mill: sufficiently engaging not to put you to sleep but yet not brave enough to waive aside the compulsory boo!s accompanied by loud screeching violins. Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is looking for his two nieces, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse), who went missing after…

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 “Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.” Hailed by some critics as being The Catcher in the Rye for a new generation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary bildungsroman mixed bag of teenage perplexity and soap opera. Charlie finds it hard to fit in. He…

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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 Colin Trevorrow’s film is a romantic comedy that meticulously goes through the quirky aesthetic checklist without ever trying to add something new to a subgenre (?) that has been steadily increasing in popularity ever since Wes Anderson‘s Rushmore (1998). Darius (Aubrey Plaza) works as an intern at a Seattle magazine. Together…

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