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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I’ll take the red one. When I first saw the trailer for?The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?(2013), I expected it to be one of the best movies of the year. ?It looked like a mature movie from?Ben Stiller?about a man … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Life goes on.? People pass along. ?Nothin’ stays the same. Terrence Malick, at his best, is bewitching.? He casts a spell of deep calm.? This is true despite the opening suggestion for The Tree of Life?(2011): ?“For optimal sound reproduction, … Continue reading

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This Must Be the Place

“Something’s wrong here.? I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s something.” You know when a movie ends and you think to yourself, “Wait, what?”? That happened to me after I watched This Must Be the Place?(2012).? I thought … Continue reading

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Gangster Squad

You tell them Los Angeles belongs to Mickey Cohen. Gangster Squad?(2013) stands at the intersection of three movies:?L.A. Confidential?(1997),?The Untouchables?(1987), and?Dick Tracy?(1990). ?Damn, that must have sounded awesome in the pitch room. ?“Wait, and you’re telling me we’ve got?Josh Brolin,?Ryan … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line

In this world a man, himself, ain’t nothin’ and there ain’t no world but this one. The Thin Red Line (1998), directed by?Terrence Malick, is a pretty incredible movie. ?It has a cast list that reads forever with once and … Continue reading

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