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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies, and you don’t make a movie this ambitious without making a few mistakes. But how can a movie about Facebook even be good? It can’t. This isn’t a movie about Facebook. It’s not even a movie about the guy who made Facebook. It’s about how in this day and age, friendship is so easily gained, and so easily deleted. However, the critics have gone out of control on this movie. I am here to tell you it isn’t as good as they say it is. It’s not our generation’s The Graduate or anything like The Godfather, as they would have you believe. It’s frankly not even close.  It is one of the better movies out this year, however, and that’s still pretty good. (more…)

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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

Matt Reeves’ vampire coming-of-age film Let Me In hits theaters October 1st – which means it’ll come out just a little shy of two years after the original Swedish version (Let the Right One In). There’s been somewhat of a backlash from fans of the original since the remake was announced, and accusations of the new film being dumbed-down for a U.S. audience are flying left and right. Reeves has defended his work, saying that the original itself was a remake of a novel, and that his film is just a “variation on a theme.” The marketing for the new film has done a pretty good job of distinguishing it from the Swedish film, but at the end of the day, it’s the same story. It’s not uncommon for major studios to “Americanize” foreign films by remaking them with well-known actors and without subtitles. Sometimes a larger budget can bring a little more flash to source material that couldn’t quite pull it off. Other times… Well, it’s usually best to try and forget about those. Some of the worst remakes occur when a director tries to remake something (foreign or otherwise) that succeeded in the first place. Regardless of Let Me In‘s eventual fate, it’s probably not going to be as bad as the following cinematic catastrophes. (more…)

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

Michael Cera was the ‘in-thing’ not so long ago, but now it seems Michael Cera-bashing has long taken over that phase. The main criticism has always been that Cera plays the same, awkward teenage character, and that it has quickly become boring. I’ve even seen his casting in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World being cited as the reason behind the films limited box office success. But is that really worth the hate he has received? It seems to me that Cera has been on the hard end of many critics. (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Since the late 90’s, action movies have been trending more towards CGI laden spectacles. Granted, all movies at this point are subject to some amount of CGI, even on the smallest scale, but the day of the muscle bound action star has waned. Instead we are inundated with superhero movies and epic fantasies. (Read: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Avatar…) The days of the tough guy, in a tough spot, using pure brute force, are seemingly gone. There have been some blips on the radar: the Bourne series, the most recent Rambo, Casino Royale (which could be argued down), and most everything that Jason Statham has put out. Statham hearkens back to the days of testosterone fueled ass-kicking, perhaps that’s why he’s so popular, and perhaps that’s why he fits in Stallone’s recent parade of action stars, The Expendables (2010). He is carrying on the tradition pioneered by the likes of Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Stallone. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) is a film genius. In fact, for my money, he is one of the top-5 Directors alive today. That is why it pains me so much to say this but, what the hell is this crap. This looks outrageously bad. This might be one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.  It’s literally all over the place.  All 3 stars were for them listing Danny Boyle‘s name at the beginning. I mean it’s the entire premise so I’m not ruining anything by saying that this is a minimalist film where a guy is all alone, gets his arm stuck and then at the end he cuts it off with a dull knife and goes home. I would have a really hard time stretching that idea into a feature-length movie. Plus everyone already knows what happens so what do they do? Obviously they invented some filler where he meets some girls at the beginning so let’s say that lasts 30 minutes. Let’s say him going home lasts 30 minutes. That’s at least an hour of watching this dude be stuck, considering all his options (when we know what he’s going to do anyway), and cutting his arm off. I’ve heard good things from people who’ve seen test-cuts of the film, but this trailer just made me a whole lot less excited to see the movie. The casting of James Franco the pothead from Pineapple Express, is only interesting in that it seems like such a bad choice. Hopefully he is a better actor than I think he is. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to bad marketing…for now.

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Snapshot, then, was originally a hunting term.”

One Hour Photo, written and directed by Mark Romanek, a story about a lonely photo-developer who grows attached to a family who have developed their photos with him over many years. As his obsession grows stronger, things take a turn for the worse when he discovers a family secret. Starring Robin Williams as ‘Sy’ Parrish, we see the destruction that this secret creates. It is an impressive film, that provides us with many directions to look at, and most importantly, is a thoroughly entertaining 90minutes. (more…)