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Top 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now in 2021

Need ideas on what to watch? Here is OwlRatings' weekly updated list of the best movies to watch on Netflix right now. Comedy, action, romance, sci-fi, horror or something else? We got it all covered.

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With the sheer volume of content on Netflix; featuring thousands of great movies and TV shows; fans cannot decide what to watch. To help you out; we have put together a list of the best movies on American Netflix and even reviewed them. Be sure to bookmark this list and come back, since it will be updated on a weekly basis. We have included movies with different types of genres; so hopefully you find the perfect movie to fit with your entertainment plans. Without further ado, here are our top movies for you to enjoy on Netflix right now. If your favorite isn’t on Netflix, make sure to check our list of best streaming services for alternatives.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.

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There will be Blood is an epic period drama film that revolves around the film’s protagonist; Daniel Plainview. The film follows his journey as a struggling prospector in the early 1900’s as we see his downfall after achieving so much in his extraordinary life. Despite seeming like a very conversation heavy film; the scenes are written so well that it keeps you gripped till the very end as you connect with the protagonist on a deep level. The film boasts a list of stellar characters; each having their own motivations that stem from their own values and ideologies. When it comes to acting and performances; you cannot look past the legendary Daniel Day Lewis who delivers another ridiculously perfect performance; earning his well-deserved best actor award at the Academy’s. Writer-Director Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a perfect script which is so poignantly delivered by Daniel Day Lewis. The line, ‘I’ve abandoned my child’ is still considered as a classic that people look back on nearly 14 years after the films’ release. The amazing film soundtrack also earned them another nod at the Oscars; making each and every part of this film perfect and enjoyable.

The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006)

Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?

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Another Martin Scorcese classic; this thrilling look into the lives of moles within the police department and an illegal gang won the Academy awards for best picture. Not only does this film feature heavy violence and action for the casual viewer; the story dives deep into themes of loyalty and trust and how they can come back to haunt you when you least expect it. Nobody is safe in this cat and mouse chase which features a star-studded line up including Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg any many more A-list actors. The life of an undercover cop and a mole within the police unit is brilliantly showcased amidst all the chaos and the ramblings that see these 2 characters intertwine and cross paths across the movie. With some brilliantly delivered performances; especially the wise cracking Dignam who is brilliantly portrayed by Wahlberg. This movie further glorifies Scorcese’s unmatchable legacy, cementing its place as one of his best of all time.

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

Handcuffed to the girl who double-crossed him.

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This pre-civil war bloody and gory masterpiece is Tarantino’s version of a spaghetti western which follows the journey of a bounty hunter and a recently freed slave who is looking for his wife. Largely focused on the treatment of slaves during the American civil war; Tarantino does not mess about as his opening scene features a line of chained slaves walking in the cold wintery night in Texas. But Tarantino being Tarantino; he provides us with his own spin on the civil war as we see the power in the hands of a recently freed slave named Django. This action packed and thrilling adventure features a star-studded cast including the incredible Jamie Fox playing the title character Django; Christoph Waltz’ Oscar winning performance of King Schultz and Dicaprio playing the viciously flamboyant Calvin Candie; the racist owner of a bunch of slaves. Not to forget the portrayal of Stephen played Samuel L. Jackson who is often seen kissing Mr. Candie’s ass; metaphorically speaking. A killer screenplay which comes to life through Quentin Tarantino’s trademark zappy dialogue and love for blowing up giant set pieces; this near three-hour blockbuster is over before you even realize it.

GoodFellas (1990)

GoodFellas (1990)

GoodFellas (1990)

Three Decades of Life in the Mafia.

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Out of all the Scorcese titles on this list; no movie hits closer to perfection than his 1990 masterpiece of a film; that is Goodfellas. This epic gangster flick which is based on a true story has it all, from crazy action scenes to conflicting character traits and emotions. Scorcese changed up the narrative; as he adapts this almost documentary style of storytelling where the information is given to us by the one of the main characters; Henry Hill. Like any other gangster movie, we see the characters attain an almost unstoppable level of power before their own demons come in the way to have them come crashing down. The brilliant film stars an award-winning cast starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to name a few. Although we loved the violent and more grotesque moments; Joe Pesci’s performance and the delivery of the line,” what you mean I’m funny” is enough to justify his academy award for best supporting actor. With the added elements of hard rock and the use of jump cuts; Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece was nominated in the Academy’s for best film, screenplay, and music as well.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

On every street in every city, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

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There is not much to say about this film. Taxi Driver is simply Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece. A film that takes us through a dark journey of Travis Brickle who’s a taxi driver in New York City. The cinematography brilliantly highlights the bleak looking NYC that exists in the darkness of the night. Played by the legendary Rober De niro; Brickle soon sees himself take matter on his own hands to punish the large mouth gangbangers who think they own this city. After delivering arguably one of the best performances of his career; De Niro’s depiction of Travis is depressing, realistic and very dark at times. The actor dedicated his life to the role; even working 3 works as a cab driver in New York to provide audiences with a realistic portrayal of his character. Scorcese’s directing was as good as ever as he managed to secure an Oscar nom for the best film category. This movie is recommended to anyone that wants to see a chilling display of acting talent combined with the effortless direction and work of Scorcese.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.

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Director Stanley Kubrick delivers fans with this cult hit that had taken the world by storm once it came out on the big screens in 1971. Set in UK in a dystopian future marked by violence and authoritarianism; the movie may not be one for the PG audiences. It features some truly sensational directing and breathtaking cinematography that shows the journey of a young criminal named Alex go through psychiatric treatment in return for a reduced sentence only to be tortured and spat out by this cruel world. Malcom Mcdowell cemented his name in the history books after giving a once in a lifetime performance to bring the complex character of Alex to life. The cruelty of this world is displayed through the protagonist as the script has him inflict chaos, assault and violence in such a sinister way. The soundtrack heavily focusing on tunes of the Beethoven era gives the story a sense of realism while not failing to leave our jaws dropping.

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

Someone is missing

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Scorcese’s psychological slow-burn thriller is a gem in modern day cinema. The dark and gloomy location that is Shutter Island brilliantly allows its characters to explore their own internal demons as they try to crack the case of a missing woman. The protagonist: Teddy Daniels who’s played by Leonardo Dicaprio embarks on his quest around the mental hospital for the deranged while he simultaneously tackles his personal mental well-being. The script brilliantly caters to this slow yet rewarding film; which always keeps us in the dark end until the very end. The way Scorcese foreshadows the events, and the tales makes us want to rewatch the movie as soon as the credits roll. The ominous and almost noir-esque setting further adds to the aura of this film that is nothing short of a masterpiece. The supporting cast also adds to the intrigue and the mystery of this movie as we see Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo play integral roles in the film. Although not heavily rewarded with various accolades as we expect from a Scorcese hit; this is still one for the ages.

The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables (2011)

Sometimes you have to reach into someone else’s world to find out what’s missing in your own.

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This hit drama comedy about a man burdened with a disability and another man facing social inequality left audiences in laughter as well as tears. We got the story of a millionaire named Philippe who was recently left quadriplegic after suffering an accident. After deciding to live out his life like an angry and bitter old man; we see the of Driss; who is a former prisoner who takes care of him. This movie is about their friendship and how they grow to develop a strong bond after riffs and turns along the way. The movie does not shy away from the serious moments and often adds dark humor as a catharsis for the audience to further relate to these well written characters. With a gorgeous soundtrack and a breathtaking environment created thanks to the detailed set design and the extravagant set pieces; this movie does not fail to impress us in the slightest. The success of this comedy drama was rewarded with various accolades for the director as well as many of the cast.

Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino (2008)

Ever come across somebody you shouldn’t have messed with?

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Gran Torino sees the return of the director and leading actor of the movie; Clint Eastwood as Walt Kowaski. While this movie still has all sorts of bloodshed and action that the actor is known for; the portrayal of different races in America is another important factor that the movie does not shy away from. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a retired vet who likes to spend his time fixing his prized Gran Torino and when he is not doing that; he enjoys looking down on the Asians in his neighborhood. But this beautifully written story shows his growth as he befriends the Asian family and defends them against the local gang around the area; that’s where most of the action and kickass moments come in. With the use of some beautiful soundtracks including the movie them sung by Eastwood himself; we get a realistic and vivid look into this journey of transformation and growth.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Watch For The Signs

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An emotionally vibrant film that is full of strong emotions; Silver lining playbook showcases the journey of a divorced teacher as he comes out of a mental hospital and meets a woman named Tiffany. This strange relationship which starts out as a tit for tat kind of bond; develops into something completely unexpected as they both mingle over their weird and estranged personalities. The beautiful film that David O Russel both wrote and directed allows the actors to shine through as they deliver very realistic portrayals of their complicated and nuanced characters. The comical moments further created a connection between the characters and the audience; often invoking laughter as a medicine to describe some of their horrid situations. This film saw huge success during award season; being nominated for almost every category from acting to directing during the academy awards; seeing Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal winning the coveted Oscar.

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild (2007)

Take a journey into the beauty, into the danger, into the wild.

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Based on Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name; Sean Penn gave us his version of this story as an epic road film featuring an idealist young man “Christopher McCandless” who meets endless characters on his journey. The film revolves around the protagonist who Penn uses to build an intelligent and, above all, very well visualized look towards today’s society. The screenplay; written by Sean Penn himself, is simple and well written. Dialogues such as ‘some people feel like they don’t deserve love’ raises the bar of the script and is used as a tool to convey human emotion. Thus, it was no surprise that the screenplay was nominated for the Academy Awards as well. Emile Hirsch delivers a fantastic performance as the protagonist; who works alongside brilliant actors such as William Hurt and Kristen Stewart to name a few. The soundtrack and cinematography further add to the brilliance of this film; perfectly depicting the environment that Sean Penn seeks to create. With the movie hitting us with all the emotions; we cannot help but praise the director, the cast and the writers enough. It is a must watch film for everyone in love with cinema.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

We are infinite.

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This brilliant coming of age film deals with all sorts of problems from relationships to mental health. A film that was based on the novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky’s (who also directed and wrote the screenplay)  will leave you crying your eyes out with a tear-jerking storyline that is very faithfully adapted. Powerful performances by brilliant actors such as Emma Watson and Logan Lerman justify the brilliant screenplay which sets us up for a very different kind of high school story; getting deep into matters such as anxiety and suicide. The dark moments and narratives are nicely mixed with a set of wholesome scenes that let the viewers catch a break. But at the end of the day; this movie dives deep into dark and disturbing issues that teenagers face and none of this is more evident than from the characterization of Charlie; the protagonist of the film. Boasting popular soundtracks such as the likes of The Beatles and David Bowie; this modern-day classic will completely change your perception on coming of age films. It is beautiful, bold, heartbreaking; thus making it a must watch for cinema lovers.

The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network (2010)

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

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Director David Finch and writer Aron Sorkin collaborated to give us one of the modern classics; ‘The Social Network’. Based on a true story featuring Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg; this non-linear storyline featured the rise of Facebook as well as the legal issues and court cases that came with it. The flashbacks followed the story of Zuckerberg developing the social media platform with his friend; Eduardo Saverin whereas the present timeline showed them on opposing ends of a long-drawn court battle. Writer Aron Sorkin does not fail to impress once again with his fast-paced scenes and witty dialogue; which is brilliantly brought to life by the actors. Jesse Eisenberg in particular gave a brilliant performance as Zuckerberg; accompanied by actors such as Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield. David Fincher perfectly combined all the elements to give us this masterpiece of a movie which is considered one of the best in his career. Few moments such as the opening scene between Zuckerberg and his girlfriend were very memorable mainly due to the brilliant writing and acting showcased by Sorkin and Eisenberg respectively. This movie is a must watch for people who appreciate good storytelling and brilliant writing.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

What happens when make-believe believes it’s real?

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Pan’s Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl (Ofelia) who creates her own dark fable as she confronts different otherworldly creatures. The story follows her as she and her mother move in with her brutal and violent step-father; taking them to a place of cruelty and hardship. This gothic fairy tale features some truly mesmerizing locations and set pieces which all come together with the scintillating atmosphere that has been created by the legendary director, Guillermo Del Toro. The brilliant production and design team were heavily praised; even bagging the academy award for best production design, rightfully so.

There is a brilliant contrast of magical and fictional elements such as the creatures, the labyrinth and the underground kingdom as compared to the depiction of war through the internal struggles of the characters and the constant bloodshed that makes for an uncomfortable but very realistic story. Ivana Baquero, as Ofelia, puts on a great performance, who basically is a bridge to these 2 different worlds. The director lives up to his status by giving realistic looking creatures, beautiful elements of fantasy and tragedy and charismatic villains that steal the spotlight.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)

Everyone has a past. Every legend has a beginning.

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One of the biggest franchises in cinema history experienced a sort of reboot with actor Daniel Craig taking over the role as the British spy; codename 007. Fans were wary about the film, given fan favorite Pierce Brosnan would not be reprising his role. But Craig surpassed all expectations as he gave a very realistic and complex version of Bond. The film featured everything including high stakes chase scenes, intelligently choreographed fighting, a lot of gambling and of course the occasional love making that has become sort of a trademark for the franchise. But this film actually gave us a different Bond; often arrogant at times and highly erratic given the loss the character faced in the film. Violent and quite graphic at times; the realism was further lifted by the brilliant performance of Mads Mikkelsen; AKA the bad guy. The director, Martin Campbell, treats us to an art form that is rarely appreciated in Hollywood cinema, which is parkour. The fight scenes were brilliantly choreographed and further enhanced by the well written screenplay which was not just big action pieces emerging out of nowhere. This may be Daniel Craig’s best Bond movie; and even one of the best Bond films, period.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Nothing escapes him.

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With this brilliant rendition of the hit franchise based on the novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; fans got a look at the master detective, Sherlock Holmes back in action with his partner; Jon Watson. Set in late 19th century; we saw the detective try to solve a case of a string of murders taking place in London. Robert Downey Jr. dawned the role of the intelligent, wisecracking detective alongside Judd Law’s portrayal of Dr. Watson. Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham, who have written most of the script that delivers excellent lines in just the perfect pacing which has us hooked from the get go with that brilliantly written, choreographed and acted wrestling scene. Director, Guy Ritchie was on top of his game and did an exceptional job with the use of slow-motion capture technology which made for a brilliant viewing experience. Fan favorite character Irene Adler also made an appearance and the villain Lord Blackwood was brilliantly portrayed by Mark Strong. The film also had the great Hans Zimmer composing the film; getting nominated for 2 Academy awards for his exceptional work. This new version of the novels was a massive hit; accompanied by a sequel in 2011 as well.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)

No one comes up here without a damn good reason.

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The hateful eight is master director, Quentin Tarantino’s 8th movie while in the directors’ seat. His love for bloody sequences; stylish dialogue and a beautiful soundtrack comes to the forefront again with this brilliant film. Unlike his other films; this one is a slow-burner which features a bounty hunter and his captured fugitive along with some other interesting characters trapped in a cabin amidst a snow storm. As a huge fan of the director; I simply cannot look past his brilliant screenplay which features so much subtext and nuance; making it so brilliant to hear the actors just speak dialogue. With any Quentin Tarantino hit comes an ensemble of Hollywood’s finest. We get to see the likes of returning Tarantino favorites such as Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth along with some new additions like Jennifer Leigh (who was nominated for best supporting actress) and Channing Tatum who all brilliantly portray their characters. He plans and shoots as if he were filming an epic and gives you the feeling that you are attending a visual spectacle. Ennio Morricone was the composer for this film; winning an Academy award and golden globe for best film score.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

And now! At Last! Another film completely different from some of the other films which aren’t quite the same as this one is.

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There’s not much to say about this British classic that hasn’t already been told. It’s been over 45 years since its release and Monty Python and the Holy Grail is still considered as one of the greatest comedies of all time. It is a parody of the clichés of medieval knighthood novels. The film tells about King Arthur and his knights’ adventures searching for the Holy Grail; featuring so many bizarre moments and funny characters that will make you laugh out loud multiple times. It has a simple storyline which sees King Arthur and his troops set out to find the holy grail. But, the movie itself is a bizarre and absurdist depiction of the medieval days with over the top acting and hilariously portrayed characters. The movie does not take itself seriously at all; which makes us love it anymore. The heroic soundtrack of the movie is mocked by the on-screen shenanigans that makes for wonderful viewing. Directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones created a comedy that has set the bar for its genre with the incredible boldness of the movie and a brilliant adaptation of the Monty Python cartoon series.

Superbad (2007)

Superbad (2007)

Superbad (2007)

Come and Get Some!

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This crazy coming of age comedy is a fan favorite and one for the ages. The film follows a day in the life of 3 high school outcasts; planning a night of alcohol, partying and sex. Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are best friends who are not going to be going to the same college; so it’s basically the end of the road for them. What follows are some of the craziest and hilarious scenes that are so popular in comedy history. A particular grocery store scene in particular featuring fake IDs, crazy cops and a man named Mclovin makes for unreal laughter. Seth Rogen who plays the cop is also one of the writers of this film; giving us some of the most memorable and quotable lines such as “I’m old enough to party”. In terms of directing and music it’s pretty decent; but the main focus is on the characters and the hilarious scenarios they’re put in. Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Emma Stone all play great roles that support the world of their chaotic film. This is the perfect film for you to watch with your school buddies to relive the good old days.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

This is crazy. This is stupid. This is love.

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Crazy, stupid, love ushers out the golden age of romantic comedy with a heart warming, feel good, highly enjoyable film. A film featuring wholesome and light-hearted moments along with some strong and emotional messages; it truly is the perfect film in this genre. It revolves around the story of Cal (played by Steve Carell) who has recently been divorced with his wife of 20+ years and is ne in the dating world. Featuring a star-studded cast such as Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and many more talented actors; this film is not short in terms of acting depth. In fact each character has a vital role to play in this rom-com which is well fleshed out and not heavily crammed up. Writer, Dan Fogelman, is no stranger when it comes to writing quirky stories with many twists and comedic elements. In fact this film and director do a great job of keeping the tone of the story alive with the cinematic choices, sets and music. Steve Carell who has mastered the art of comedic acting gives us another phenomenal portrayal of an outsider like character who you just can’t help but root for. This movie is a must watch if you’re looking for a warm and cozy film to binge.

Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight (2015)

Break the story. Break the silence.

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Spotlight follows the story of the of the Boston globe newspaper team as they uncover the long-running global child molestation scandal of the Catholic Church in 2002. Similar to David Fincher’s Zodiac; this film unravels mysteries and new details that slowly build up intrigue. The film does not shy away from the darker and slightly horrific revelations of the catholic church; tackling the problems head on. Unsurprising in this film is the list of high profile actors that al justified this film win at the Academy Awards for the best picture. It stars the likes of Rachel Mcadams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Liev Schrieber to name a few. Also, notable mention was Stanley Tucci’s performance as the passionate lawyer Mitchell Garabedian. The film which won the awards for best writing as well; showcases moments of brilliant dialogue and slow build up that culminates into a very well-polished final act. Director Tom McCarthy applied a very simplistic approach to his cinematography and score; since the film is supposed to feel like a true-documentary more than anything. All in all; a great film to watch; which justifies all the many accolades it has won.

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler (2014)

The city shines brightest at night

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Nightcrawler follows the story of Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhal) who discovers L.A crime journalism to be his calling. The film has Louis introduced in this new world; where he begins to play the role of a nightcrawler; following low-level criminals with his 1 camera to diving deep into the world; often blurring the lines between journalism and crime himself. Jake Gyllenhal gives the performance of a lifetime; playing this bleak and dark character so well; almost making us sort of afraid of him just by his one look. Director Dan Gilroy almost wants you to be uncomfortable throughout the 2 hours; setting the film in this bleak and darkish environment; that plays to the L.A night-time theme. Other notable performances include Riz Ahmed’s Rick; who interns with Louis in what is easily the most stressful job anyone can ask for. Louis will go to any extent to get the footage he requires; brilliantly building up his character in the runtime of the movie and making for a believable and shocking third act. The writing is exceptional; it drives the story forward through the eyes of bloom; and does not leave much room for unwanted dialogue or unnecessary cheese lines or clichés; sticking to the realism and simplistic tone of the film. No surprise this film was nominated for the Academy award for best original screenplay; truly a must watch for all cinema lovers.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

His Mind Changed Our World. Her Love Changed His.

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Following the story of one of the most brilliant and intelligent people we’ve seen; Th Theory of Everything is a film about Steve Hawking. The story gives us a glimpse of his life and how he and his wife deal with a disease that does not impede his brilliance; given his necessary contributions in the world of science. The film follows Stephen, as he gets married and eventually vets diagnosed with motor neurone syndrome during the time he is completing his PHD. The Theory of Everything includes deep dives into the world of emotion and science; along with topics such as atheism and cosmology. Playing the role of Stephen Hawking is Eddie Redmayne; who took on the challenge or playing a disable man and delivered a spine-tingling performance that rightfully had him bag home the Academy Award for best actor in a leading role. Felicity Jones too is wonderful as she plays his wife; showcasing moments of tear inducing sadness and sacrifice. The director James Marsh did a brilliant job in this film; getting nominated for the best film category. This is an extraordinary film and a very inspiring story; making this movie well-worth watching.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Inspired by a true story.

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The Pursuit of Happyness follows the story of a struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional career. This film will have you bawling by the end of it; so makes sure to keep a box of tissues by your side while watching this one. Father-son duo; Will (Christopher Garner) and Jaden Smith (Christopher) give a moving portrayal in this hear-breaking story. Will Smith’s character comes off as a good man who makes some desperate decisions that put him and his family in a really tough predicament. The film is mostly following the father and son’s life as they become homeless; while the father tries to find way out of the unemployment line. The screenplay is truly sensational; allowing Will Smith to deliver what is arguable his best performance to date. The speech that Gardner gives his son which ends with him saying, ‘If you want something, go get it’ sums up the beauty of the writing. Andrea Guerra composed this film’s score, so it’s no wonder the music has the perfect balance of emotional tone and whimsy. Director Gabriele Muccino gets the best out of his cast; even leading to a golden globe nomination for Will Smith as best actor. This film will give you a different perspective about life and will leave you with a lot of emotions by the end of it.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Prepare for awesomeness.

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This animated action-adventure movie is a modern-classic even 13 years after its initial release. The story follows a panda; Po who is an under-achieving, dim sum loving man who discovers his path in life with the help of his teacher Master Shifu and his other teammates who take on the dangerous Tai Lung. With extravagant set pieces such as the tournament to decide the dragon warrior and some of the fight scenes with the tigress and Po and their nemesis; the animation is as good as it gets. With any great animated film; comes a star-studded cast to match its calibre. Jack Black hilariously depicts Po; while actors including Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen all-star in this classic. The screenplay is well-written; adding moments of light-hearted scenes and jokes which the talented cast delivers effortlessly. Although the storyline may seem predictable; watching the rise of Po and his bond with his teammates is very refreshing and easy to catch on to. John Stevenson and Mark Osborne have hit it out of the park in terms of directing; while the legendary compose, Hans Zimmer returns with yet another classic; giving us a great soundtrack and musical score.

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (2013)

Based on the true case files of the Warrens

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For all you fans of the horror genre; the Conjuring will surely elevate your heart-rate and excite many; but for those of you who aren’t fan of the genre, preferably best to watch it in broad daylight with all the windows open. The film is based on the exorcisms and preceding paranormal investigations implemented by Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigated the mysterious haunting of the Perron family. The horrors experienced by the Perron family for years were brilliantly condensed into two hours, with many jump scares and big twists that did not feel cliched or over-used tropes like most movies in this genre do. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farminga played the 2 leading characters and did a very good job by delivering a believable and realistic performance. James Wan (Insidious) delivered another great directing performance; bringing in his experience from previously directing successful horror films. He adds a feeling of uncertainty and terror through his cinematography and always keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The music composed by Joseph Bishara further adds to the film and leaves fans with a very well filmed horror flick to enjoy.

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man (1988)

A journey through understanding and fellowship.

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Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as the 2 leading characters; Rain Man is the story about two long-lost brothers reuniting after the death of their father. While Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) plays an autistic man who stays in a mental institution; Tom Cruise’s Charlie Babbitt plays the role of the selfish brother trying to inherit his fathers’ entire fortune. This is just one of those films that connect with us on a strong emotional level; showcasing a really well-written script and overall good acting and directing to bring the script to life. The film also successfully manages to blend in drama and comedy in a refreshing way; making for a funny, tender and thought-provoking story. Director Barry Levinson’s brilliant work on this film also got him an Oscar nomination for best film while Dustin Hoffman’s brilliant performance got him the coveted Academy Award for best actor in a leading role. We cannot look past the film’s score done by the legendary Hans Zimmer; who once again nominated for coveted Best music award. With 8 Oscar wins; Rain man is undoubtedly a film of the highest quality; making it a must watch for everyone.

The Help (2011)

The Help (2011)

The Help (2011)

Change begins with a whisper.

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This award winning film follows the story of an aspiring author, who decides to write a book on the African-American maids and the struggles they have faced around the 60s. Though, the delivery and nuance of tackling with the racial climate may not be as well- panned out as some others; the films brilliant cast mixed with a good script and directing prowess makes this a must watch film. The author in the film, Skeeter (Emma Stone) observes the casual racism and poor treatment of the African-American head on, as we see her befriend 2 black maids; Aibileen and Milly. Writer, director Tate Taylor based the screenplay on the novel of the same name; written by Kathleen Stockett. The southern dialect was well-added given he is born and raised in Mississipi himself. Viola Davis shines again as the maid Aibileen; proving once again why she is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. Bryce Dallas Howard also gives a brilliant performance as Hilly Holbrook; while Emma Stone gives a realistic and on-point performance as Eugenia Skeeter. The diverse tone of the script was brilliantly brought to life with a right choice of music cemented by Thomas Neeman’s (Shawshank redemption, The Green mile) score.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

For love, for hate, for justice, for revenge.

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The 22nd franchise of the James Bond series features Daniel Craig’s second stint as the master-spy in an epic action packed movie; following the trails of Casino Royale. Featuring some truly jaw-dropping set-pieces and glorious fighting montages and scenes between Bond and his forgettable enemies; this movie is a delight to the eye. Producer Michael G. Wilson draws away from the source material that the franchise normally follows; giving us a darker and grittier version of the British spy. Following Bond’s journey as he tries to avenge the death of his former lover; he comes across new foes such as Dominic Greene, whose main goal is staging a military revolution in Bolivia and control the country’s water supply. The action in this film may not have surpassed its predecessor; but Daniel Craig was as brilliant as always; playing a cool and suave character alongside his new partner Olga Kurylenko. The music and cinematography are as good as ever; further inducing fans with this cathartic experience through a melancholic tone and a dark environment. Director Mark Foster travels the world in this one; featuring countless extraordinary set-pieces in different locations; making this film a must watch for die-hard action fans.

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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85 %

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Seek the truth, seek the codes.

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There’s nothing more jarring than brutal murder in a place  society assumes is safe. So when a curator at the prestigious Louvre is killed in a gruesome fashion, French cryptologist Sophie Neveu and American Symbologist Robert Langdon are flown in to decipher the bizzarity of it all. Based on the highly controversial novel by Dan Brown,  The Davinci Code follows these two as they discover one of history’s most damning coverups all while being pursued by a cult zealot and law enforcers dead set on stopping their quest. Academy Award winner Ron Howard took on the director’s seat to bring this crime & mystery thriller to the big screen. Tom Hanks is always a pleasure and he really can play any character, even an on the run symbols expert. One sleeper cell in the film was Paul Bettany, who played the crazed cult member Silas. He’s deeply frightening and one of the best elements of the story.  If you’re a devout Christian or a respecter of such beliefs then the pseudo -Christianity in the movie might churn your insides. If you’re able to chalk that up to fiction and are down for an action-packed cat and mouse chase through the streets and dark alleyways of Europe, and can excuse some historical stretches, then go for it.

Platoon (1986)

Platoon (1986)

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84 %

Platoon (1986)

The first casualty of war is innocence.

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Four-time Academy Award winner Platoon takes us across turbulent waters and times to the Vietnam War. Chris Taylor enters the war albeit naively, and comes out a completely different man. As time goes on, tensions mount within the U.S camp between his two sergeants, the erratic, verbally abusive steel wall, Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more accommodating Sergeant Elias Grodin. Chris sees that there’s multiple wars to fight, and none of them seem to have any winners. The film’s nuanced criticisms on the nature of war and its effects are refreshing.  Charlie Sheen who plays Chris Taylor,  is poignant and reflective, although his character can be a bit of a plot device at times. Willem Dafoe, who plays the more endearing Sgt. Grodin really carries the film and Tom Berenger is absolutely hateable as the mean cuss Sgt. Barnes. Be warned, this film is brutal in every way. Violence, depression, drug use and compromised morality are all on display, and the content might be triggering for anyone suffering from PTSD, so tread lightly. With that said, if you’re looking for a deeply complex and strong narrative to bawl your eyes out to, this is it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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82 %

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts.

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This movie takes the violently awkward meeting of your partner’s ex to a whole new level. Scott Pilgrim is a crooked wallflower who falls for quirky, manic pixie dream girl Ramona Flowers. Sounds normal right? It is. Until he’s got to defeat every one of her seven exes in a one v. one Mortal Kombat style magical realism duel to win her heart.  Adapted from a comic by  Bryan Lee O’Malley, the punch style visuals and rock music sets this film apart from the typical teen rom com. Sure, there’s the usual female prize that must be won. There’s also the macho ex played by Chris Evans. There’s even an ex as a result of Ramona’s “experimental lesbian” phase. Yeah. Micheal Cera, who plays Scott, is perfect for this role. His skittish, mumbling shyness is a hilarious foundation for a rock and roll king wannabe. Some of the characters are painfully stereotypical but the directing is where the movie shines. Edgar Wright brought a literal comic book to the big screen and the visuals are enjoyable. If you’re a fan of the genre and can easily swallow all of the tropes, then check it out.

Training Day (2001)

Training Day (2001)

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87 %

Training Day (2001)

The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed, is the cop who will cross it.

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When rookie cop Jake Hoyt begins his first day as a narcotics officer, he’s as green as a dollar bill. He gets a little help from the unorthodox L.A.P.D detective Alonzo Harris. The two differ in stature and opinion, with Jake often cowering under the immense gang violence and Alonzo abiding to his own moral code to get the job done. If you’re looking for a heartwarming buddy cop film, you won’t find it here. Training Day is a gritty, reality check that bashes you over the head with a realistic portrait of drugs and gang affiliation in the parts of Los Angeles you don’t see on 90210. Strong violence and stronger language carry the film. Denzel Washington is prolific as the wild card Alonzo. King Kong ain’t got nothing on him. Ethan Hawke plays Jake Hoyt perfectly. He allows all of the audience’s insecurities to come to light, connecting viewers to his fear.  If you’re not faint of heart and would like to toss network television’s PG 13 investigative cop fodder out the window, then strap in for a crime drama that’ll push your boundaries and engage all five senses.  Brutally.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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82 %

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

He wasn’t the messiah. He was a very naughty boy.

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In a case of mistaken identity gone wildly far, Brian of Nazareth spends his entire life as the mistaken Messiah of the Jewish people when he’s born next door to the true Messiah, Jesus. Brian’s tragically hilarious life is followed as he digs himself deeper into the hole of martyrdom and oppressive resistance with little finesse. The iconic line, “He wasn’t the Messiah. He was a very naughty boy”  is just one of the many quotable lines of any Monty Python comedy.  Monty Python films are often considered pioneers and sustainers of spoof and satire in cinema. John Cleese co-wrote this  classic and his dry wit and cheeky humor paces the entire film. Graham Chapman plays the painfully average Brian without fault. He’s a Monty Python staple and his skill is unmatched. If you’re a fan of cult comedy favorites then you’ve most likely watched this more than once. Deeply stupid scenes and ridiculous characters such as Brian’s mother and her skittish voice keep the audience rolling. It has a lot of mature content, so don’t go calling any kids to watch this with.  If you’re looking for some light adult comedy, pop this on.

The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman (2019)

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87 %

The Irishman (2019)

His story changed history

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There’s movies and then there’s The Irishman. Artistry and excellence in action takes a new form in Scorcese’s biographical crime story. It follows Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran’s life  from a house painter and a working-class individual to a high-ranking hitman for the mob. Steven Zaillian, who wrote the screenplay,  adapts this book with excellence, strong consistent pacing and deep characters. Then we have the master of the crime story, Martin Scorsece. What else can be said about this ambitious project except bravo. Meticulous in its detail, down to the facial effects and deep fake mastery.  Terrifying in accuracy and brilliant in execution. The three and a half hour run time seems tedious, but it’s nothing compared to the current climate of binge culture. Each character, from Joe Pesci’s Russel Bufalino to Al Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa gets a full arc treatment.  Pacino is really masterful as the mysterious, loud mouthed Jimmy Hoffa and Deniro practically built the mold when it comes to mobster portrayals in cinema.  Do yourself a favor and watch it. Just watch it. This movie will be talked about for the next few decades.

Les Misérables (2012)

Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.

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80 %

Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.

Best friends, social trends, and occasional murder.

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Set against the backdrop of France’s June Rebellion, Jean Valjean tosses his old persona and his parole papers and leaves  behind his title, Prisoner 24601 for a life of respectability. Though his past haunts him in the form of Inspector Javer’s obsessive pursuits.  When Jean takes in a factory worker’s daughter as his own, their relationship changes and affects their lives and those around them forever.  Okay, there’s a lot going on here. Poverty, dark alleys, seedy hotels and wine drinking street urchins. Then there’s the live singing, which got mixed reactions. Some touted it as raw and emotive while others called it ear abuse. To each their own. One thing that sticks out is Fantine and her song of lost dreams. Anne Hathaway embodies the defeated mother with brilliant sorrow and pain.  Hugh Jackman, who plays Jean Valjean, is a literal jack of all trades. There’s no role he can’t play.  Les Misérables was directed by historic film genre buff Tom Hooper, who got some serious Oscar nods for “The King’s Speech”. If you love musicals and moving emotional sequences, then Les Misérables is the film for you. It’s long, but still significant in the world of historical retelling.

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Friends with Benefits (2011)

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78 %

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Friendship is a four-letter word.

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Tale as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy is an emotionally stunted man child. Girl meets boy. Girl has higher standards than boy can meet. Said boy and Said girl become friends who decide to have sex because why not. Hijinks ensue. Friends with Benefits closely mimics the storyline from a movie made in the same exact year, “No Strings Attached”. Creative isn’t it? Mila Kunis plays the classic Hollywood spun cool girl Jamie. She’s a pretty seasoned actress in this genre so her delivery is solid.  Newcomer, to big time acting at least, Justin Timberlake is the adorable bestie Dylan. He’s not too bad either.  The story that tries not to be a cliché rom com is exactly that, which works for some viewers. There’s nothing riveting in the dialogue or character arcs but Woody Harrelson is in it so that’s cool. Predictable in its storyline and formulaic in its characters and plot development. This film rests on star power to get audiences in their seats, which always seems to work well enough for the production companies to get a return on their investment. Mindless viewing for those lazy days. C’est la vie.

50 First Dates (2004)

50 First Dates (2004)

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75 %

50 First Dates (2004)

Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams… every friggin’ day.

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Henry Roth is an animal lover with some serious commitment issues when it comes to human beings. He’s built lie after lie to avoid taking his relationships to the next level. That is until he meets the enchanting Lucy Whitmore. It’s all love and fun times, but a pesky little thing known as short term memory loss, which Lucy has, gets in the way, as she forgets him every morning. He ends up working overtime to make himself part of her long-term memory. When it comes to modern day 21st century romantic comedies, pickings can be slim. 50 First Dates shines in its unique delivery of the genre, giving it a serious reset. Adam Sandler films can be hit or miss and this one’s definitely a hit. It gives you all of the warm fuzzy feelings you look for in a rom com but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Sandler does well as Henry. His rough, sometimes slapstick delivery fits perfectly into this narrative. Drew brings Lucy’s sweet and strong demeanor to the story. There’s some scenes that will have you busting a gut. The duo have great chemistry, which is why they work together often. Check out this refreshing love story as soon as you can.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013)

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77 %

Snowpiercer (2013)

AD 2031, the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.

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In what seems like a claustrophobic’s hell, Curtis and his not so merry band of low-level survivors of the man-made apocalypse, are just trying to make ends meet. They’re all passengers aboard the Snow piercer, a train that never stops moving. Though the snow piercer holds what’s left of humanity, the apocalypse hasn’t brought people together. Class systems and inequality remain a plague that has no cure. For the people at the tail end of the train, life is a cyclical hell of poverty and death. And so, a rebellion is in order, and man is it an epic one. As far as apocalypse narratives go, Showpiece is part of the gold standard. Riveting in its critique of the human experience and consistent in pacing, thanks to director Bong Joon Ho and the excellent writing team behind this. Chris Evans ditches the usual pretty boy persona for a gritty, dark and often morbid portrayal of the lead protagonist Curtis. Tilda Swinton is believably awful as the pruned-up Mason, who often reminds people to know their place and stay in it. If you can suspend your disbelief and forgive a few plot holes, then you’ll enjoy this apocalyptic action thriller.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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88 %

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

The training is over.

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The gripping second chapter of the epic movie, “How To Train Your Dragon,” brings us back to that fantastic world of Hiccup and Toothless. Five years after successfully bringing dragons and Vikings together on Berk Island, Astrid, Snotlout, and the rest of the group race against each other with their dragons, as dragon racing is the island’s new favourite sport. The inseparable pair travel the skies, flying over uncharted territories and exploring new worlds. They find a hidden ice island full of wild dragons in one of their adventures, which is the mysterious Dragon Rider’s home. That is when the duo find themselves in the middle of a battle to protect the peace. With its extraordinary animation and soundtrack, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a remarkable sequel that manages to match its predecessor’s magic in many moments. The magnificent dragon race that dramatically reminds us of Harry Potter’s Quidditch matches adds extra enjoyment to the adventure. From there, the story grows its intensity and spectacularity with new characters introduced. The variety and quantity of dragons, each with its different appearance and its own personality, is very well made. Although the story is predictable and doesn’t catch the first movie’s quality, it still deserves a special place in our animation collection with voice actors such as Jay Baruchel, Kit Harrington, Gerard Butler, and Cate Blanchett.

Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight (2016)

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87 %

Moonlight (2016)

This is the story of a lifetime

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With its eight nominations for the Oscars, “Moonlight” narrates the maturing process of Charon, a black boy who lives in a depressed Miami neighbourhood. Charon is bullied at school, his mother is a drug addict, and his classmates call him “queer” insistently. So the path of life begins with great difficulties for him. The film accompanies the protagonist in three sections of his existence. When he is a kid, they call him Little; when he is a teenager, they call him Chiron, and when he becomes an adult, they know him as Black. His harsh existence is marked by his painful relationship with his mother and his doubts about his sexual identity. The film is the story of a man who seeks reliable links, which would allow him to have a bit of certainty in his life. With its remarkable photography and colour usage, Moonlight can be described as visual lyricism. It has a documentary’s characteristics with its way of approaching the biography of his characters; it observes them from the outside, almost like a sociological experiment. The three different actors portraying Chiron in his various life stages are all putting on convincing performances. Still, the most remarkable acting comes from Mahershala Ali, who won the Oscar for the best supporting actor playing a drug dealer who later becomes a father figure for Juan. As the winner of the best picture and the best screenplay Oscar categories with an all-black cast, Moonlight is an excellent-made gripping drama that we highly recommend!

Angels & Demons (2009)

The holiest event of our time. Perfect for their return.

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85 %

The holiest event of our time. Perfect for their return.

Based on the novel by author Jonathan Ames.

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As the sequel of Da Vinci Code, the mystery-thriller movie “Angels and Demons” starts with the Harvard religious expert, Robert Langdon, discovering evidence of an ancient secret organization’s revival, Illuminati. Once he learns that the clock for an unstoppable bomb started ticking, he flies to Rome, joining forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and intelligent Italian scientist. The two embark on a tireless search through sealed scripts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the heart of the most secret tomb on earth. They trace the ancient symbols from 400 years ago, which are the world’s only hope for survival. As the screen adaptation of the best seller novel with the same name, the movie will delight who loves historical references, symbologies, scientific concepts, puzzles, and continuous thriller. The settings are always outstanding that you can feel the mystery and history in every shot. The cast with Tom Hanks as Professor Langdon, Ayelet Zure as Victoria Vetra, and fantastic Ewan Mcgregor as the Camerlengo all put on good performances where the acting comes secondary in a movie with such a high tempo. If you like puzzles and history, do not ever think of missing “Angels and Demons!”

About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)

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82 %

About Time (2013)

What if every moment in life came with a second chance?

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“About Time” is a beautiful romantic comedy with a sci-fi aspect, time travel. After another failed New Years’ Eve party, Tim’s father tells him that all the men in the family have always had the gift of traveling through time. Tim cannot change history, but he can change what happens and what has happened in his life. So, he thinks that his world will be better and also he will have a girlfriend. Sadly, none of this is as easy as it sounds. Tim meets Mary, and they fall in love, but an unfortunate journey in time erases the moment they met. Tim searches through time to find that memory again. But as his curious life progresses, he discovers that this unique gift can’t protect him from the sadness or the ups and downs that affect any person. The movie has a strong cast with Domhnall Gleeson as Tim, the protagonist, Rachel McAdams as Mary; the love that Tim searches through time, Tom Hollander as Harry; the tortured playwright and roommate of Tim, and Margot Robbie as Charlotte; young Tim’s first love. It is a highly recommended family movie with beautiful messages and lots of laughter.

Hugo (2011)

Hugo (2011)

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86 %

Hugo (2011)

One of the most legendary directors of our time takes you on an extraordinary adventure.

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“Hugo,” tells the story of a boy from the early 20th century who lives with his inventor father until he dies in an accident, and Hugo remains in hiding so that he is not taken to the hospice. Taking care of the clocks in the station, he tries to fix an automaton writer. He steals pieces from the toy store of a grumpy old man who is actually George Melies, the great pioneer of special effects cinema, with whom he establishes a friendly relationship, as well as with his goddaughter Isabelle. Together they will look for the key that will allow the automaton to be started, and they will discover the magic of cinema. To tell us this story and create a fairy tale atmosphere, Scorsese uses all his cinematographic expertise and talent. Fantastic sets, beautiful photography, good actors, catchy music, and a good script based on Brian Selznick’s book. The film’s design uses three fundamental ideas: everyday magic, the magic of human intent, and the magic of love. With superb Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christopher Lee, Chloë Moretz, Jude Law, and its beautiful 3D animations, Hugo is a brilliant movie for children and adults at the same time!

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box (2018)

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84 %

Bird Box (2018)

Never lose sight of survival

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“Birdbox,” tells the story of Malorie, who sees a paranormal conflict erupt that takes over the population in full swing of her pregnancy. A mysterious force of unknown origin has the power to make those who see it wish to kill themselves. The situation forces her, along with a group of survivors, to live blindfolded and to defend herself in the open without the sense of sight. With the enormous difficulty of raising two children who must blindfoldedly obey her instructions to stay alive. The Netflix movie, like the novel, uses flashbacks that lead us to travel from the present, in which they have to undertake a perilous journey in the hope of finding a supposed community willing to welcome them. At the same time, we discover the starting point of the crisis spreading across the planet. Even though the survival story is not very original, it’s still a bland dystopian thriller to enjoy with pinches of horror and mother-children drama. Sandra Bullock practically holds the entire show on her shoulders with her convincing acting. With the bands in their eyes, the family’s journey is shown through some interesting subjective shots of the protagonist’s point of view that increase the mystery and drives the movie forward. As a family thriller with more than 2 hours of a screenplay, Birdbox is definitely worth watching!

Real Steel (2011)

Real Steel (2011)

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80 %

Real Steel (2011)

If you get one shot, make it real.

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“Real Steel” places us in a near future where robots have replaced human boxers to offer the public greater intensity and violence. Upon this background, the plot centres on Charlie Kenton, a lonely and retired fighter who travels from town to town with his fighting robot looking for easy money in small-time fights. As a broke man, he has a son that he doesn’t really want to involve with, but he agrees to stay with him for a bit of money. Although at first, they get on badly, soon he discovers that the boy is an absolute fan of boxing and a genius with robots. What luck! Thus begins to forge the protagonist’s foreseeable redemption through the typical reconciliation with his son, with whom he becomes a successful team. The film’s progression and outcome are highly predictable. Still, Jackman and Goyo’s excellent chemistry elevates the movie to a great level. Unsurprisingly, both the production design and the visual effects are excellent. It is a wise move to have actually built the robots rather than relying solely on computer creations, which adds a plus to a film viewed with pleasure despite its excessive duration. The movie is excellent to watch with your family, especially children!

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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80 %

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When our flag falls our nation will rise.

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“Olympus Has Fallen” is an entertaining action movie of classic “good against bad,” of loyalty and patriotism, of action in abundance. The story is about Mike Banning, who is responsible for coordinating the president of the United States’ security. In his work, he does not leave any details to chance. Being conscientious and relentless in carrying out his tasks during his career, he is also the president’s best friend and a good colleague of his son in the most relaxed moments. An unfortunate incident forces Mike Banning to act above the president’s ethics which distances him from his close friends and his job as the head of security in the White House. He is forced to live a life as an office agent away from the president until a surprise attack on the White House occurs, making him the only rescue option. The movie is visually spectacular and an excellent film within its genre. It is two hours of action seasoned with specific comments, ethical statements, and great sentences loaded with heroism, which will give you a huge smile. The film maintains an appropriate level of action without overdoing it in nonsensical shooting scenes. It is almost like a Die Hard sequel, with its patriotism and one man versus an army story. The main character, Gerard Butler, is surrounded by a good cast with high-level and recognized actors such as Morgan Freeman and Dylan McDermott. The movie is a must-watch for action addicts!

The Patriot (2000)

The Patriot (2000)

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80 %

The Patriot (2000)

Some things are worth fighting for.

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The action-drama movie “The Patriot” is set when the American Revolution and the war they waged against the English arose. The movie focuses explicitly on the life of a man named Benjamin, who is a widower with his seven children under his mantle. One day, his eldest son named Gabriel decides to voluntarily enlist in the war, leading to multiple consequences that will lead Benjamin to choose between keeping his family safe or fighting for the country’s freedom to which he belongs. The film is very well shot with brilliant battle scenes and dramatic sequences. It manages to balance the emotional realm and the action excellently. Of course, the John Williams soundtrack helps a lot, keeping the rhythm and stressing the emotions. Perhaps the story does not have the dialogues of Braveheart, but it handles an excellent dramatic pulse and does not put cheap romanticism into it. The main actor Mel Gibson gives one of his career’s best performances while Heath Ledger accompanies him perfectly. Overall it is a vast and entertaining project loaded with remarkable performances, a powerful sense of showmanship, excellent production work, and unforgettable scenes. It is highly recommended for everybody who loves a complete movie with lots of action!

Stardust (2007)

Stardust (2007)

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80 %

Stardust (2007)

This Summer A Star Falls. The Chase Begins.

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“Stardust” is the tale of a star falling from the sky into a magical kingdom. The star is not just any meteorite, but a beautiful woman in danger chased by very diverse creatures who are after her secret powers. From wicked witches to power-hungry princes, from flying pirates to fighting goblins, everyone who crosses the star has a goal, and everyone without exception wants his heart. The result is an accurate love tale full of adventures in which the themes and elements of fairy tales are mixed and found. The entire film makes us forget the real world for two hours and manages to move us to the other side of the wall, a place where dreams come true, where you can talk to the stars. From the incredible open landscapes to an inn or a gloomy castle’s interior, the scenes and the staging are genuinely spectacular. The main actors are Claire Danes and Charlie Cox, who have good chemistry, but they are not the best of the cast since the cast is full of well-known actors on both good and evil sides. The best known are undoubtedly dedicated Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sir Ian McKellen. In short, Stardust is a beautiful fairy tale which can be enjoyed in equal measure by both an adult and a child, a balance that other films of the same style cannot achieve.

Marriage Story (2019)

Marriage Story (2019)

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91 %

Marriage Story (2019)

Where there’s a love, there’s a way.

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Marriage story is a film that takes a deep look into the troubling relationship of a man and a wife who are on the brink of getting a divorce. Charlie Barber runs a successful theatre company in NYC while his wife Nicole is a former teen actress who moves away from New York with her son to pursue new career opportunities. Throughout the film; we get to see the couples scouting various therapists and lawyers; contemplating what the right next move is. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannsson were unbelievable as the two lead characters; earning a nomination at the Academy Awards as well; their co-star Laura Dern even winning the coveted supporting actress category. This film is so well-written; as we see some great scenes between the couple where the acting and the screenplay just steals the spotlight. Writer and Director Noah Baumbach surpassed everyone’s expectations; delivering us a very emotional and realistic depiction of a family that was slowly tearing apart. He was able to write such a script by seeing many of his friends go through the problem at the same time period; thus being well-versed with the subject. Marriage story is a must watch for everyone; since it is truly a beautiful story that you normally do not see in cinema. The acting, directing and writing is simply perfect with this one.

Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird (2017)

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88 %

Lady Bird (2017)

Fly Away Home.

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“Lady Bird” is a drama set in Sacramento, California, in 2002. A young woman named Christine McPherson, nicknamed Lady Bird, is in her senior year in high school. Her wish is to get a place at the university, in a cosmopolitan environment, to start a new life far from the suburbs. But first, she will have to learn to bond with her mother, a stubborn woman who works intensely as a nurse to keep her family well after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. The young student will also have to survive her academic and sentimental misfortunes with her classmates, as her emotions are running high. It is a beautiful movie, simple in terms of story but carried out with great delicacy. The film plays around with various teen comedy clichés but dodges them all. The setting and atmosphere of the time are very successful. Excellent cast, but special mention to its two female leads, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, mother and daughter precisely, who give extraordinary performances with brilliant chemistry. Saoirse, as the dreamy and sensitive Lady Bird; and Laurie, with an excellent portrait of burgeoning working-class moms. “Lady Bird” is one of the films that best portrays the female universe in entire adolescence. A precious gem by Greta Gerwig, who describes her own experiences in a delicate, beautiful way through the seventh art.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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84 %

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

When you love someone you can’t just throw it away

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The 2006 thriller “Nocturnal Animals” tells the story of Susan Morrow, a Los Angeles-based gallerist who shares a luxurious but empty life with her second husband, Hutton Morrow. One day Susan receives a novel written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield, whom she has not heard from for years. In a note, she asks her to read the unpublished novel and get in touch with him, as he will be staying a few days in the city. At night Susan, alone in bed, begins to read: the novel tells the story of a married couple with a daughter chased by another vehicle while driving through Texas. At that moment, the movie starts to narrate two parallel stories, both full of tension. The film catches you with its aesthetics from the first minute. It is a complex story about how tough personal decisions are and how they ruin life for oneself and others. Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances are both remarkable as always. The director and fashion designer Tom Ford surprises with this adaptation of the novel ‘Three nights.’ A brilliant psychological drama-thriller, thanks to well-developed characters with whom you connect and share all their dramas and difficulties. It is highly recommended for psychological thriller fans!

Uncut Gems (2019)

Uncut Gems (2019)

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85 %

Uncut Gems (2019)

This is how I win.

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The drama movie “Uncut Gems” tells the story of Howard Ratner, a jeweler and family man. He is a charismatic and a trickster guy who runs a questionable extravagant jewelry business in New York City. Both in his shenanigans and his personal life, he always takes the full risk, which is why he is always on the verge of bankruptcy. Eventually, he gets close to making a juicy deal that involves a high-risk gamble which could make him a millionaire. But to make that risky bet, he will have to balance his business, his family, and the adversaries who threaten him on all fronts. The movie is dynamic and distressing. The story stands out with how it is told since it is not the typical mafia movie where some character owes money. It’s a movie that increases anxiety constantly. It addresses its protagonist’s chaotic life, his addiction to gambling, his debts to the mob, his marital failure, and his constant bad decisions in his business life. As the minutes go by, everything gets bogged down, raising the tension. The excellent lead performance by Adam Sandler, probably the best of his career, undoubtedly is the best part of the movie. The director, Safdie Brothers, replace the jokes around Adam Sandler with lots of tension, creating an exciting film. We recommend it without hesitation!

The Artist (2011)

The Artist (2011)

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83 %

The Artist (2011)

A breath of fresh vintage air

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The winner of 5 academy awards, including best movie, director, actor (Dujardin), “The Artist” is a movie in a movie set in Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin is a silent film star especially famous for his charming smile. However, the actor’s promising future begins to be compromised with the arrival of the “talkies,” and his spectacular career on the big screen begins to fall into oblivion. It is then that Peppy Miller appears in his life, a beautiful and young dancer who begins to acquire great fame in Hollywood and for whom George Valentin feels fast and irrepressible attraction. It is a story of crossed destinies that tells how fame, pride, and money can be the biggest obstacles in a beautiful love story. The film shot entirely in black and white, is about the particular tribute to the silent film of the French director Michel Hazanavicius. With many references to cinema history, the director recreates an entire era in aesthetic and emotional ways. “The Artist” brings together humor, tension, wit, passion, romance, and entertainment. It has everything that we go to the movies for. “The Artist” is a silent film in the 21st century with a cast that embodies a considerable performance, especially Jean Dujardin, and a soundtrack that brightens up the darkest day. It is an excellent movie that deservedly swept the Oscars.

Hook (1991)

Hook (1991)

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78 %

Hook (1991)

What if Peter Pan grew up?

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Created by Steven Spielberg, “Hook” is a beautiful adaptation of the classic Peter Pan story. At forty years old, Peter Banning, who was once Peter Pan, is a man who is so busy with his work that he has stopped paying attention to his family and has forgotten his origin. One day, his two sons get kidnapped by the legendary Captain Hook and taken to Neverland. Captain Hook still hates Peter Pan, and kidnapping his children is his way of revenge. Peter Banning returns to the enchanted kingdom to save his children. In Neverland, the unrecognizable Peter Pan remembers his past, and he regains his powers back while living exciting and fun adventures. Spielberg does not use animated films, but the authentic recreation of a fantasy environment, with artificial or natural settings, is full of imagination. The movie’s art direction with the creation of mythical characters is jaw dropping, especially if you consider that this is a pretty old movie. Thus, the performers are exceptional: from Robin Williams as the adult Peter Banning-Pan, to Dustin Hoffman as the malevolent Hook, passing through Julia Roberts as the lovely Tinkerbell. Once again, the “magician” Steven Spielberg creates a fantastic atmosphere, captivating us with beautiful cinematography, brilliant soundtrack, and excellent editing. The new adventures of Peter Pan and Captain Hook will make young and old “dream awake” throughout two hours of great entertainment.

Unknown (2011)

Unknown (2011)

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77 %

Unknown (2011)

Take Back Your Life

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“Unknown” is an action-thriller by the Catalan director Collet-Sera. The movie has a very fantastic cast with great actors from different nationalities. The story follows Martin Harris’s odyssey, a scientist who attends a conference in Berlin with his wife. An accident and many coincidences cause Harris to lose his memory and get into a coma. When he wakes up, he discovers that someone else has claimed his identity, and not even his wife recognizes him. Van Cauwelaert’s novel definitely has incentives to capture the interest of the viewer. The director and writers exploit Liam Nesson’s skill, craft a role that suits him perfectly, and surround him with a handful of excellent actors to build a plot that mixes mystery, action, and romantic touch. The result is a thriller similar to Bourne’s saga and some Hitchcock films. The performances of Liam Neeson and January Jones are excellent, but Diane Kruger and Frank Langella are the ones that really stand out. The director, Collet-Sera, balances rhythm and intensity pretty well for an action movie. Also, the photography is remarkable; especially Berlin scenes provide spectacular sequences. In general, it is a highly entertaining movie. If you like the genre, you will love this film!

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

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82 %

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered.

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Dancing with Wolves takes place in 1860, a time of significant historical changes in the United States when settlers began to migrate west to the territories of the Indians. Driven by the desire to know the last frontier before it disappears, John J. Dunbar, a soldier in the ranks of the Union, comes into contact with the Sioux. Among them is “Stands With Her Fist,” a white woman adopted by the tribe as a child. Little by little, Dunbar and the Sioux begin to feel respect and admiration for each other. The film describes Dunbar’s acceptance by the tribe, his exciting love affair with the white woman, his incredible friendship with the Indians, and finally, the crucial decision he must make that will determine his destiny. The astonishing thing about the film is that it catches you from the beginning and absorbs you in the life of the lieutenant in such a way that at the end, you don’t even know that three hours have passed. The photography, the soundtrack, the landscapes, the setting, the dialogues, the story… everything is sublime. Kevin Costner gives us one of his best films both as an actor and as a director. Thy rhythm maybe sometimes slow for some, but it is a great movie for what it transmits, the life lessons that it gives, and the story of love and friendship that it tells. Shortly it is a great movie, and it is unforgivable not to see it!

Rango (2011)

Rango (2011)

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78 %

Rango (2011)

Heroes come in all different colors.

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The action-comedy animation movie from 2011, “Rango,” tells the story of Lars, a funny, lively, and a bit of a mess chameleon who spends his days on earth, performing plays with the help of a fish and a plastic doll. When unexpectedly the car he is traveling with his family suffers an accident, the animal gets lost in the old desert and meets the strange characters that inhabit it. Starting from this simple plot, we find a film that perfectly combines humor with the action of a western movie and also with the existentialist questions of Rango. The animation is outstanding, both at the level of setting and of characters. All the characters have a peculiar appearance, a peculiar way of speaking and behaving. Every detail adds to elevate the movie to a more entertaining level. The soundtrack, sung mainly by the four owls in the film, is fascinating. The cast is pretty strong, including Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy… There is even Morgan Freeman as an armadillo! If you are looking for an action movie with a good balance of humor, an astonishing animations “Rango” is the way to go!

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

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76 %

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

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As the sequel of the well-made 2013 horror movie, the saga continues to make us jump from our sofas with “The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case.” The story starts in 1977 when investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to North London to help a single mother of four children whose home is apparently haunted by malicious spirits trying to harm the residents in it. As one of the best sequels within the genre, the movie remains true to his style, making us alert all the time from the first scene until the end. The film uses most of the elementary methods of horror movies and raises our heartbeats with its effective atmosphere. The performances are excellent both Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson fulfill their roles excellently and show good on-screen chemistry. The young Madison Wolfe is also worth mentioning with the strong reflection of her fear, making it very easy for the audience to empathize with her. The production is outstanding, the photography is excellent, and the art direction is impeccable. The use of sound is very successful, which is very important for the genre. The Conjuring 2 is a very good movie that will raise your adrenaline levels to the fullest!

Ghost Rider (2007)

Ghost Rider (2007)

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78 %

Ghost Rider (2007)

Hell is About To Be Unleashed

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Johnny Blaze is your average high intensity motorcycle stuntman. He can ride over helicopters and jump across vast channels of water without fear. Why? Because he knows he’s not going to die yet. See, a few years ago he sold his soul to the malicious Mephistopheles to save his dying father. As far as deals with the devil go, that didn’t work out well. He left his life and his teen love Roxanne. But this devil is willing to give him a pass and take him out of the contract, should he become the Ghostrider. Cue the early 2000’s heavy metal music and fire effects. Ghost Rider stars Nicholas Cage as the hell rider, in all of his Cagey glory. Exaggerated faces, mumbled line delivery and mildly uncomfortable romantic trysts. If you’re looking for some Avenger’s Endgame style nuance, this isn’t it. There’s some plot holes and Eva Mendez’s character Roxanne isn’t developed beyond the “pretty love interest”. If you’re going to watch this then take out any high expectation of riveting dialogue and full character arcs and just enjoy the movie for what it is. A 2000’s comic book adaptation with all of the cheese required to make it a laid back, good time.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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78 %

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Harold Crick isn’t ready to go. Period.

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Do you ever feel like someone is literally writing your life for you? Like maybe all of the things you’ve experienced were no choice of your own?  That’s exactly what Harold Crick discovers when a woman’s voice pops up in his head, narrating his every move and dooming him to a short and boring life. In this super meta author’s nightmare, Karen Eiffel is a writer whose character is a real human being who ends up wanting more for himself than her usual depressive musings. Will Ferrel is absolutely hilarious yet reflective as Harold, the monotonous out I.R.S Agent. Emma Thompson plays the burnt out, writer’s block suffering author with precise neurosis and frustration. The film is full of  existential moments that need further reflection. It doesn’t take itself too seriously though and has several comedic and lighthearted segments that pull you out of your own wanderings concerning the heavy subject matter of self-determination v.s free will.  It’s peaceful yet tumultuous which is hard to pull off. Check it out, odds are you’ll enjoy it more than you think you will.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

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80 %

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Life is a terrible thing to sleep through.

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Gilbert Grape is from a town where nobody really stays but nobody actually leaves. He’s stuck in an unwelcome state of limbo, caring for his mentally disabled brother Arnie and his morbidly obese mother. Can you find happiness in a small town with a dying economy? That’s what Gilbert strives for. When newcomer Becky moves to town, she shows Gilbert a whole new perspective on what he sees as a fleeting life. This film is one of the great modern classics. There’s nothing flashy. No big explosions or elaborate crime schemes. It’s a simple yet deeply complex and moving story of an average family dealing with the struggles most members of society face. Which is what makes it so beautiful. Johnny Depp really shines in this one. In what is considered Leonardo DiCaprio’s first emotionally brilliant role, Arnie steals the film. Juliette Lewis is more than a manic pixie dream girl here. She moves the story forward as newcomer Becky. There’s a deep and flawed humanity portrayed onscreen and it’s amazing to watch it unfold. If you’re looking for a film to make you feel an entire range of emotions, this is it.

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man (2008)

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81 %

Ip Man (2008)

The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee.

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Yip Man spends his days mastering Wing Chun, a derivative of Kung Fu. Anybody who wants to be the Wing Chun boss in town duels the master Yip, to serious peril. When Japan invades China in 1935, everything changes as he leaves his life of wealth and respect after his city, Foshun, is taken over.  Though there are some grave historical liberties taken here, the film follows the true life tale of Yip Man and his struggles during this era. Yip must regain his dignity and that of his people the best  way he knows how. Fight for it. Donnie Yen plays the lead character Yip. He’s a strong Kung Fu film veteran but this is often touted as his best performance. He plays no games when it comes to the films fight scenes, which are arguably the most enjoyable.  If you enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon then you’re definitely going to have a good time viewing this one. There may not be as much depth and character revelation but the martial arts and dedication to stunt work is something to marvel at.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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78 %

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Still together. Still lost!

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Alex and the gang are back and this time they’re headed to the motherland. After some time spent moving it around in King Julian’s penthouse style lemur paradise, the penguins are set to fly back to New York. But with this group, it’s never that easy. They crash land in the vast plains of Sub Saharan Africa. Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria gear up for another “fish out of water” adventure with new animals. Alex even discovers his roots and where his family came from. There’s some pretty stellar voice acting here, despite the fact that the main actors aren’t classically trained in such. Who knew Chris Rock could pull off a Zebra so well. He’s funny and just wild enough for children to gravitate to his character. The movie is an all-around good time. Just don’t take it too seriously.  Sure, it may not be as emotionally moving as Pixar’s Up or as reflective as The Lion King but it’s such a fun time, especially for children. King Julian played by Sacha Baron Cohen is too hilarious. He’s closely followed by the Penguins, who carry most of the truly gut busting parts of the film that adults will appreciate.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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76 %

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Prepare to get served.

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Based on an old children’s book, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs takes us on a journey to a small fishing town where Flint Lockwood is the odd one out. Ever inquisitive and creative, his inventions don’t seem to impress anybody else, not even his father who just wants him to be normal. When the town faces an economic downturn and can only eat nasty sardines, Flint comes up with a world changing invention. To turn pure water into food. Hijinks ensue and before you know it, it’s raining spaghetti.  Anything you can think of. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pancakes and yes, meatballs. But can he keep the machine under control or will his town drown in marinara? Comedy king Bill Hader plays the finicky Flint Lockwood very well. His voice is almost unrecognizable, which is a true talent. Funny Girl Anna Faris voices the cute Sam Sparks, Flint’s love interest and the best reporter out there.  These two have some sweet chemistry. The plot really stretches your suspension of disbelief and yeah there are some glaring plot holes for older audiences but for children, this will be a movie they’ll want to watch over and over again.

The Impossible (2012)

The Impossible (2012)

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75 %

The Impossible (2012)

Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.

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Natural disasters can be one of the worst calamities to hit any civilization, mostly because it reminds us how little control we have over our lives.  That’s the case when an everyday family goes to Thailand for Christmas in 2004. When one of the most devastating tsunamis in modern history hits the country, the family of 5 must find a way to survive the gut-wrenching disaster and reunite with one another. As shocking as it is, this is a true story of survival, fear and the overcoming of it as well as the strength of human will in the face of impossible odds. Ewan Mcgregor and Naomi Watts shine as acting veterans. They portray the parents of three boys but it’s young Tom Holland who steals the show as the oldest son Lucas. He’s strong, believable and moves the film forward with deep professionalism. The story is a miracle, the cinematography is absolutely stunning and rather terrifying. The film even features extras who actually survived the 2004 tsunami. Grab a big box of tissues and watch this testament of a real-life miracle.

Chef (2014)

Chef (2014)

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76 %

Chef (2014)

Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

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After a Gordon Ramsay style meltdown at a food critic and years spent cooking someone else’s menu, professional chef Carl Clasper quits his job to reinvent himself and find his creative voice again. He’s got to navigate fatherhood and a new relationship dynamic as a divorcee when his ex-wife Inez prompts him to get a food truck and find success on his own terms. His best friend Martin and his son Percy join in.  This movie is so good looking and more importantly; that cheese sandwich that the chef cooks up will surely send you running straight to the kitchen. The tones and rich color on display are such a treat for the eyes. But beyond that, Jon Favreau, who wrote and directed this masterpiece, is splendid as Carl. John Leguizamo is also pretty delightful as Carl’s right hand man Martin, who’s on a quest for his own passion. Percy, played by Emjay Anthony, is a solid performer. There’s no “annoying kid” vibes here. He carries his own and delivers the growing bond between his character and Carl very well.  Word to the wise, don’t watch this on an empty stomach. The food on screen will make you want to smash through the television for a bite. How do you make a grilled cheese sandwich look so good? Watch this. Please.

The Croods (2013)

The Croods (2013)

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72 %

The Croods (2013)

Meet the first modern family.

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Life seems pretty cushy for the Croods. Nice, rocky cave, constant supply of food and no imminent threats to their existence, which is saying a lot for prehistoric times. That’s all tossed out when a series of unfortunate events sees them pushed out of their safety net and into the wild and untamed world they had been actively avoiding. They meet an eccentric boy named Guy who guides them through the new world as they dodge “The End”. This one surprised a lot of people. Dreamworks accomplished a strong story, stunning visuals and quirky, fresh animation with this story. The characters are all so likeable and Emma Stone’s voice is perfect for the adventurous Eep. Did you know Nicholas Cage was in this? He voices Grug, the cautious father with no itch to explore the new world. Ryan Reynolds plays the pretty boy guy with serious hilarity, as is his usual. Everything about this film deviates from the typical animation. It’s got a strong message and adults might rewatch it almost as much as kids will. Definitely worth a look.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Captain Fantastic (2016)

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77 %

Captain Fantastic (2016)

He Prepared Them for Everything Except the Outside World.

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With the stunning Pacific Northwest as its backdrop, Captain Fantastic follows the highly unorthodox Cash family in a journey from isolated living to  full blown reality overload. You’ll get lost in their world in a remote cabin in Washington. They’re not a cult or anything, but Ben and Leslie have chosen to raise their children, Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai, completely independent of modern-day U.S realities such as movies, social media, formal schooling and processed food of any kind. They hunt their food and have first aid knowledge in this socialist, survivalist point of view. But when tragedy hits, they have to return to common society and it’s as rough a transition as you can imagine. Honestly speaking, this film is deeply impactful. The challenge of modern societal philosophies and the ever-persistent debate on what’s best for children is at the forefront, but it’s told through human experiences alone. You truly feel for every character, no matter what side of the coin they lay on. Viggo Mortensen is brilliant in his portrayal of loving father Ben. It’s just an addition to his list of stellar performances. Plus the movie is beautiful visually. If you’re ready for the tough but necessary questions this film raises, then check it out without fail.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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87 %

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

Can’t help it that I’m sized for love.

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“El Camino” is a 122-minute psychological thriller that tells the story of Jesse Pinkman after the legendary series Breaking Bad’s storyline has ended. Breaking Bad earned a place among the best series ever. Hence, the director Gilligan decided to give the character of Jesse Pinkman the closure that he did not have at the time, and, in that sense, this feature film fulfills its objective and does not disappoint. As anticipated, “El Camino” picks up the story right where the series ended. However, the action of how Jesse escaped and what he did in the first 48 hours is constantly interrupted by flashbacks that detail, for example, the relationship with his captor “Good” Todd.  “El Camino” is, essentially, an escape film, an escape aboard the classic Chevrolet, and a study on moral dilemmas as the axis of the entire series. It is also about the deep traumas that come back again and again and the possibility of a man rebuilding a life that seems ruined. Aaron Paul is always on-screen with his brilliance, and in his course, he will meet multiple characters -including Skinny Pete and Badger. Overall, “El Camino” is an excellent farewell to Jesse Pinkman, which he deserved. The movie is a terrific thriller with some passages worthy of the best western. Breaking Bad fans will definitely love it!

Bright (2017)

Bright (2017)

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87 %

Bright (2017)

You will have to work with people you dislike

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“Bright” is a fantastic drama movie, a peculiar combination from 2017 created with the Netflix label. Two thousand years after the orcs defeated the Dark Lord, society is stratified into wealthy elves and fringe orcs. Los Angeles is divided into two parts, full of luxuries for the elves, while the men coexist with the orcs surrounded by crime and poverty. The orcs, oppressed, feel a profound rejection towards everything that threatens their condition, especially when it comes from men or elves. In this context, the story addresses the interaction between Nick Jacoby, an orc policeman, and Daryl Ward, another human policeman who must overcome a conflict that involves both. Bright constantly oscillates between the fantastic and the earthly, always giving a comical and decadent tone to everything that happens between the orcs and their ghetto. There are dwarfs in Florida, dragons flying through the air, centaurs dispersing demonstrations, and a constant plague of fairies who like to throw their feces. As you can see, this world’s premise is that of evolution from Middle Earth to the present day. It is this intriguing concept that drives the movie forward. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton’s decent acting and an excellent job from the art directors, who created utterly weird creatures, “Bright” is an exciting movie. But it fails to be great with its clichés, predictable story, and excessive action sequences. Overall it is a gripping, interesting drama with lots of action and a fascinating universe. Definitely worth giving a shot!

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

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85 %

Mad Max (1979)

The Maximum Force Of The Future.

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“Mad Max” is a cult movie from 1979. The film had a meager budget of just $ 350,000 and made a box office of $ 100 million worldwide! Set in a post-nuclear future where gasoline is as rare as morality, the movie tells the story of Max Rockatansky, a police officer in charge of guarding a highway. He has to deal with criminals who act like vandals, spreading panic on the roads. When Max finishes off the Nightrider, the leader of a violent group, during a chase, the rest of the gang vows to avenge his death. In the film’s DNA, we find; an obsession with cars, a plot influenced by the western and futuristic dystopias, and a story in which revenge is the central axis. What is interesting about the movie is that even though it is very violent, there isn’t any scene with blood. The protagonist, young Mel Gibson, gives a future star performance in his first cinema appearance. With a good script, decent performances (we can’t ask for more as it is the first feature of both the director and the main actor), and a prologue to an even brighter second part in which the Mad Max universe explodes in all its splendor. It is recommended for lovers of action movies with memorable and thrilling scenes. The film is a classic that allows itself to be revisited repeatedly.

The Bank Job (2008)

The Bank Job (2008)

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87 %

The Bank Job (2008)

The true story of a heist gone wrong… in all the right ways.

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“The Bank Job” is a 2008 robbery-thriller movie set in England, 1971. A group of robbers plan and execute a masterstroke: a spectacular bank robbery. In addition to the money and jewelry, certain documents are part of the loot that would reveal a corruption scandal that involves not only senior officials of the British government but also a member of the royal family. The movie’s photography is extraordinary; thanks to the well-imitated characteristics of the time, it takes the viewer to the 70s to an almost perfect setting. Jason Statham shows once again he is a master of these kinds of serious guy roles with a convincing performance. With a fast-paced, entertaining and exciting story, which is told magnificently, “The Bank Job” is a fantastic movie. Although its plot is not very new for those who have seen films about robbery plans, this film stands out from those titles with the spectacularity of the actions. They take us to the robberies in the old style, digging tunnels to reach the vault, which gives a retro atmosphere to the heist very consistent with all the film’s aesthetics. With its based on a true story label “The Bank Job” is an exciting movie that we highly recommend.

The Next Three Days (2010)

The Next Three Days (2010)

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83 %

The Next Three Days (2010)

What if you had 72 hours to save everything you live for?

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“The Next Three Days is a 2011 drama film that tells the story of John Brennan, to whom life seems perfect until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder that she claims not to have committed. After three years of sentence, John fights to keep his family together, to educate his son Lucas and to continue teaching at the community university while using all available means to prove his wife’s innocence. Everything seems to ruin with the rejection of his final appeal, as Lara begins to have suicidal thoughts and John decides that there is no other way, that there is only one possible solution: to help his wife escape from prison. Along with good directing, the film has a solid cast and performances by Russel Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, both of which give credibility and weight to the story. The action, romance, and suspense formula work like a charm in this film, thanks to the solidity and coherence of its script that constitutes the cornerstone of the story. The film’s climax comes with the final sequence planned almost perfectly, where the adrenaline levels rise to the maximum, and the tension takes hold and does not release us until the last minutes. It is a well-balanced drama with tension and emotions. Definitely recommended.

17 Again (2009)

17 Again (2009)

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80 %

17 Again (2009)

Who says you’re only young once?

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“17 Again” is a comedy movie from 2009, which narrates the story of Mike, who is approaching 40 and life is not smiling for him. Professionally, he has not been able to rise to the position he wants for almost 20 years in a pharmaceutical laboratory’s sales department. His children do not feel comfortable in his company, and his wife, fed up with him asking for a divorce. When he returns home from his best friend, something unexpected happens, and he finds himself as a teenage guy once again. There are many surprising things about this movie whose first few minutes are misleading, in the sense that the film is a lot better than it sounds. Zac Efron does a good job, which surprised many people. In addition to singing and dancing reasonably well, the 22-year-old Californian actor has managed to take on the leading role in a comedy that is praised for his elegance, sympathy, and sense of humor, sometimes hilarious. Mathew Perry, the famous Chandler of Friends, is also brilliant with his classic humor. It is a hilarious movie about second chances, definitely recommended for comedy lovers!

War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs (2016)

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83 %

War Dogs (2016)

An American dream

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“War Dogs,” the comedy from 2016 based on a true story, of two arms dealers who manage to get rich in this business. David Packouz is a married masseuse with a baby on the way, barely making a living. One day he meets again with Efraim Diveroli, an old childhood friend, who shows him what has been his life lately in the arms trafficking business during the war in Iraq. Efraim, feeling happy with his friend’s return, includes him in the business that will lift his economy despite the risks of lying to his wife, doing illegal procedures, and traveling to the war to achieve his goals. “War Dogs” is a film that shows how a person can be consumed by power and money for a good life and the risks and bad decisions that are taken to achieve it. The film does not have anything to make the message complex, but the narration, editing, and soundtrack work are something to admire moving us to 2005. With very well worked performances, mainly Jonah Hill, “War Dogs” is one of the most solid films of 2016. All these elements create a constant interest in the story, making the film flow in a striking way. “War Dogs” is a must-watch.

The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express (2004)

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83 %

The Polar Express (2004)

This holiday season… believe.

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“The Polar Express” is a Christmas digital animation film based on the famous novel of Chris Van Allsburg. Josh, a boy who doubts Santa Claus, ends up as a passenger on a mysterious train that takes him to the North Pole to the very city of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Having many adventures on the road, Josh is guided by the train conductor to the destination. As expected, the best parts of the animation are the action sequences, awe-inspiring, especially since they are also designed to be projected in IMAX format. It is in this area where the great potential of the new digital animation techniques that have been used can be appreciated. The characters’ movements in the movie were shot in real and adapted to 3D animation later. And the outcome is pretty successful. The bad part is the script: conventional, predictable, and dramatically superficial. “Polar Express” is a charming adventure to see and enjoy during the Christmas period. It is an excellent hymn to friendship and solidarity. An essential character in the film already says it at one point: “The best gift is friendship”  We think it goes without saying that this is one of those must-see movies for children with its beautiful animation and story.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

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78 %

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Expand your universe.

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“Jupiter Ascending” is a science fiction film written, produced, and directed by the creators of the “Matrix” trilogy Wachowski brothers. The movie narrates the story of Jupiter Jones, who, with her mother, escaped Russia to the United States following the murder of his astronomer father. She starts to live in Chicago and works as a house cleaner. Her DNA attracts the attention of intergalactic bounty hunters as at the other end of the galaxy; it has been discovered that Jupiter is part of an extraordinary genetic chain that could alter the balance of the entire Universe. She is the reincarnation of the matriarch of the millennial house of Abrasax. A genetically modified ex-military man, the lycanthrope Caine Wise, arrives on Earth to try to help her. The movie has a complex structure with a complicated story. While it stands out with its beautiful photography, images, and effects, the rhythm and acting are not the best. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum do their best, but the chemistry between them is not enough. But to mention once again, the special effects are spectacular. Visually the movie is very well done, both the action parts of the earth and the other worlds in space. In short, if you like science fiction give this movie a try; you will probably enjoy it.

The Promise (2016)

The Promise (2016)

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82 %

The Promise (2016)

Empires fall. Love survives.

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“The Promise” moves us to the 1920s, a troubled time, with the context of World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Mikael Boghosian is an Armenian apothecary who lives in a village in the mountains. He travels to Constantinople with the aim of further training as a doctor after betrothed to a woman and received her dowry as a guarantee for his studies. There he meets Ana Kesharian, a beautiful and sophisticated young Armenian, for whom he feels an immediate attraction. But he also meets Chris Myers, a prestigious American journalist who covers the conflict and maintains a romantic relationship with Ana. Against the background of the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, this love trio must fight for love, loyalty, and survival. The international cast of “The Promise”  includes actors from half the world, starting with the Canadian Charlotte Le Bon, the Guatemalan Oscar Isaac, and the Welshman Christian Bale. They all are extremely convincing in their roles, making the movie seem more real. The incredible photography and production design do a great job recreating the World War I atmosphere. The bad part of the movie is that it gives too much weight to the sentimental plot, avoiding the political-social perspective, which is more interesting. But overall, it is a good movie with great acting and a well-made atmosphere. Recommended especially for historical movie fans!

Dangal (2016)

Dangal (2016)

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88 %

Dangal (2016)

You think our girls are any lesser than boys?

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In this true-life story, former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat seeks to redeem his name and the wrestling reputation of his country by training his two daughters, Geeta and Babita in the gruesome art of wrestling.  Both he, his community and the girls are forever changed when they face societal oppression and disapproval as they look towards the Commonwealth Games where Mahavir wants both girls to get gold. Examples are made, not forgotten, he reminds the two. Playing the wrestling legend Mahavir is Aamir Khan. What else is there to say? Give this man his bloody Oscar already! The fight choreography is breathtaking and so realistic. There’s an extreme attention to detail by director Nitesh Tiwari, which pays off big time. The leading ladies, Fatima Sana Shaikh who plays Geeta and Sanya Malhotra who plays Babita, are the essence of this movie. It takes a certain level of nuanced  skill to deliver such an important message without being pacifying or condescending. These two ladies collaborate with strong writing and emotional pull to fulfill that skill and it’s beautiful to watch. So go watch it.

Mud (2012)

Mud (2012)

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84 %

Mud (2012)

Running from his past. Hiding from the law. Only one way out.

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Set against the backwaters of the Mississippi river, two boys, Ellis and Neckbone, spend their days exploring their ramshackle neighborhood. They find a boat hanging precariously in a tree and decide to make it the center of their adventures. But soon enough, they find a down and out fugitive named Mud inhabiting the boat.  The boys are challenged when they must decide between protecting their new friend Mud, or abiding to society’s and their guardian’s rules and laws. The film is shot beautifully and the dialogue has that sweet southern drawl that makes you feel comfortable with the characters, despite their struggling lifestyles. Writer & Director Jeff Nichlos was meticulous in authentically portraying everyday life in southeast Arkansas. Tye Sheridan, who plays the 14-year-old Ellis, is the breakout star of this indie film. He’s strong yet vulnerable and often leads the pack of veteran actors in storytelling. Matthew McConaughey show’s he’s not just a pretty rom com actor with his rough and convincing portrayal of Mud. If you’re looking for a well written, brilliantly acted drama with enough action to keep your eyes glued to the screen, then this is the movie for you. Highly recommended.

The Platform (2019)

The Platform (2019)

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87 %

The Platform (2019)

Hunger unleashes that madman in us. It’s better to eat than be eaten.

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Just when you think the portrayal of human selfishness in cinema has reached its bounds, this movie comes along to shake you out of that illusion. In a dystopian and hopefully fictional near future, resources are scarce and daily needs are hoarded by the wealthy of society. Goreng decides to climb up the ladder by entering a hellish vertical prison known as The Hole. There are two cellmates per level in a rectangular structure with a rectangular hole. Sounds simple, until the platform comes into play. Every day, each cell from the top to the bottom gets two minutes of eating food from the platform. The lower your level, the less the food gets as it heads down. This isn’t a subtle critique on society by any means. It nearly bashes your skull in with  glaring observations at power imbalance, selfishness and the degradation and dehumanization of those at the bottom of society. Ivan Massague plays Goreng, our troubled protagonist with a heart too whole for this sadistic prison. He’s joined by Zorion Eguileor who plays the sage Trimagasi.  This movie really isn’t for everybody. The psychological, social horror of it is frequently uncomfortable, but if you’re into the mind throbbing genre then it’s definitely for you.

The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girl (2015)

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87 %

The Danish Girl (2015)

Find the courage to be yourself.

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It’s 1926 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Einar Wegenar and his wife Gerda enjoy artistry, social gatherings and each other. Einar’s landscape work is highly respected, and though Gerda’s portraits are seen as tasteful, they often fall under the shadow of her husband’s work. One day, while waiting for a model who’s running late, Gerda convinces Einar to pose for her in women’s clothing. Though Einar seems uncomfortable, the act reawakens the latent childhood desires he’d had about expressing his femininity and taking on the identity of Lili, the woman he identifies as. The film follows the couple as they attempt to “fix” Lili before she daringly takes on one of the first sex change operations in history. Based loosely on a true story, this movie is directed by Academy Awards golden boy, Tom Hopper. Eddie Redmayne tackles the heavy role of Einar/Lily with grace and seriousness while Alicia Vikander is simply divine as the loving and strong Gerda. Based on a novel, this film has some heavy themes as well as nudity  that younger audiences might not be able to grasp. It might fall flat in some areas but if you’re a fan of historical biopics and stories that deviate from the usual “boy meets girl” narrative, then The Danish Girl is something to try.

PK (2014)

PK (2014)

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85 %

PK (2014)

I listen to your broadcast every night. I think you’re very good and I hope you can get far away from here.

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When PK, an alien from another world, lands on earth, he loses the only means he has to communicate with his homeland. Think E.T without the odd wrinkles and children. PK resolves to make the best of his time on this planet of ours, pointing out our hypocrisies and strange practices with childlike honesty and purity. This questioning enlightens some while infuriating many. PK is a classic made in the modern era. Aamir Khan brings a bubbly, lighthearted honesty to the character; while great performances from Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput help further elevate the story. Why he doesn’t have an Oscar yet is the million-dollar question haunting us all.  Director Rajkumar Hirani does it again with this film. Right after the critically acclaimed 3 Idiots, he comes back with a strong and sometimes poignant commentary on the effects of blind religious devotion and societal pressure. It’s not just an Indian film you watch when you’re tired of western media. It stands alone as a work of art that can compete with and beat out any western counterpart of its genre and beyond. If you want to laugh, cry, reflect and grow, then PK is a must watch.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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85 %

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

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Sometimes the law man just wants to get you down. That’s the case with the easy-going southern boy, Luke Jackson. He might be down to laze around all afternoon but that doesn’t mean he’s going to take it lying down when he’s imprisoned and harassed in a rural camp by the warden and his staff. The prisoners love him, the guards hate him and they’ll do anything to break him. But you can’t keep a good man down, and Luke does his best to live life on his own terms, whether anybody likes it or not. This is one of those cinematic classics that’s just as fun as it is heartbreaking. You root for Luke. You want him to make it and stick it to everybody. Hollywood legend Paul Newman plays the devilishly handsome Luke with serious finesse. You also learn to love Deadline, one of the prisoners and Luke’s adversary turned friend. Though older, the cinematography has aged beautifully and the director took liberties while filming that were revolutionary at the time of the film’s release.  If you’re looking for an oldie but goodie, Cool Hand Luke is your man.

Alexander (2004)

Alexander (2004)

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78 %

Alexander (2004)

The greatest legend of all was real

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By the time he was 25, Alexander King of Macedonia, had conquered 90 percent of the known world. He took on the ancient and mighty force of the Persians and led his troops  through 20,000 miles of conquest in an 8-year crusade for power. Mentored by one of the fathers of western thought, Aristotle, and accompanied by his closest companion, Hephaestion, he accomplished more in his short life than many other historical kings and war figures. It’s almost impossible to do justice to such an enormous figure on screen, but director Oliver Stone sure did try. The dialogue can get lost in clunky delivery but Colin Farrel does his best to portray the behemoth that was Alexander The Great. The costume work is quite spectacular and the set immerses you into ancient near east culture, much like it’s historical biopic contemporaries. Though the film was brutally slammed by critics, it found favor with audiences who appreciated the scenery, characters and well-choreographed fight scenes. If you’re not scared of a few scathing reviews or an unresolved romantic subplot, then you might want to check out Alexander and give it your own verdict.

Extraction (2020)

Extraction (2020)

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83 %

Extraction (2020)

When the mission ends, redemption begins

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Tyler Rake is the man you call when you need a big problem solved quickly and efficiently. He may have some serious demons lurking around, but he always gets the job done. When he’s hired to safely return the kidnapped son of a drug kingpin from one of his rivals, things get real nasty real quick. Warring drug factions in India and Bangladesh only add to the mess and a whole lot of bullets fly before the day is over. Brought to life by a writing team composed of the Russo brothers, this is an action fan’s dream come true. Chris Hemsworth might not be slinging a hammer but he’s just as deadly with a gun and a strong drop kick. Rudhraksh Jaiswal shines as the terrified but wise Ovi Mahajan; while Randeep Hooda gives a brilliant performance playing the anti-hero Saju Rav. You almost want to jump into the film to protect him alongside Tyler. Some of the wild, well shot chase scenes and fight sequences will have you rewinding and pausing with your jaw on the floor; as the directing and stunt coordination is absolutely ruthless.  If you’re looking for a well written, simplistic plot with a whole lot of ass kicking and gun slinging, then Extraction is absolutely perfect for you.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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78 %

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Yule crack up.

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The holidays can be a stressful time for any family, but for the Griswolds, it’s pure hell. Clark and Ellen just want to pick a Christmas tree, put up some trim and sing a few carols with their two children, but that’s harder than it sounds. Things get stickier when their ridiculous guests stop by. Written by Christmas family flick veteran, John Hughes, this film has enough slapstick, dry humor, blushing gags and holiday hijinks to make it on any Christmas movie list. Comedy goofball Chevy Chase gives a performance as family man Clark that will get more than a couple of laughs out of the audience. Young Juliette Lewis does well as the vapid Audrey and John Randoplh plays Clark Senior with notable humor . It’s Randy Quaid, however, who carries the second half as  the obnoxious Cousin Eddie. This film is exactly what it presents itself to be. Silly, over the top and not too serious. It’s a good warm up to serious John Hughes classics like Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street. A lazy Christmas eve viewing wouldn’t hurt anybody.

Legend (2015)

Legend (2015)

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78 %

Legend (2015)

Love, fight, live, rule like a legend.

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Two brothers in 1960’s London have some seriously lofty dreams. Ronnie and Reggie Kray didn’t come from much, but they did know how to rule with an iron fist. They clawed their way to the top of Europe’s criminal underworld in this true crime story for the ages. Ronnie’s mental instability and violent outbursts spell trouble for the thriving crime businessmen and so does Reggie’s soft heart towards his love, Frances Shea. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Ronnie’s unchecked impulses lead Reggie to pick up after his messes while Reggie’s crime wrought past often seeps into his marriage with damning consequences. Their penchant for slipping up eventually catches the eye of London’s top investigators, Scotland Yard. The fall down is just as bloody and epic as the rise up. Tom Hardy is the essence of this film. There’s not much that works throughout the story, but Hardy makes a case for himself, portraying both twins with a strong and believable emotional range.  There’s a reason why this film has an R rating. It’s brutal. There’s a lot of content that viewers might find deeply uncomfortable. But if you’re a Hardy fan, then this is a must-watch.

The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet (2011)

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77 %

The Green Hornet (2011)

Breaking the Law to Protect It.

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Britt Reid is a douchey playboy without a care in the world. He likes girls, alcohol and avoiding responsibility. That is, until his father, the owner of a successful newspaper, dies unexpectedly, forcing him into schedules and board meetings as the new owner of the Daily Sentinel. But this isn’t your typical coming of age, boy meets real world flick. Britt discovers that his father’s right-hand man Kato isn’t just a coffee making mechanic. He’s got major skills and a killer dropkick, and the two form quite the crime fighting duo as Britt becomes the Green Hornet. Seth Rogen plays the titular bad boy, and though the film is PG-13, he still manages to slide in a few jokes that’ll make you blush. You wouldn’t picture Rogen as a superhero, but the lack of tights really helps. Jay Chou steals the show as the dryly humored Kato and the legendary Hollywood bad guy Christoph Waltz is in this too, which is always an enjoyable experience. Seth actually co-wrote this. Though the film was panned by critics for stale joke delivery and a rudimentary violence, viewers seemed to like it. You might too.

Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs (2015)

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76 %

Steve Jobs (2015)

Can a great man be a good man?

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No, this is not the Ashton Kutcher flick; but instead is everyhting you could want from a film about Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is perhaps one of the most iconic figures of the last few decades. You’re most likely reading this from one of his many devices. This film follows the young tech startup and his rise to success, however wobbly that was, culminating in the launch of the iMac in 1998. We also get a peek into his private life and struggles as a reluctant father. Micheal Fassbender pulls off Steve’s listly voice impeccably and we get a surprisingly strong and serious performance from Seth Rogan as Steve’s right hand man turned enemy, Steve Wozniak. Written by the biography narrative mastermind Aaron Sorkin, the dialogue and character interaction is second to none. The movie looks as beautiful as the products Steve was known for, and you can thank Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle for that.  If you’re not into the faces behind your tech then you might see this as a vanity project but if you’re into iconography, this is one to add to your list.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

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77 %

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

You’ve read the ad, now see the movie!

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If you’re looking for an 80’s era Three Stooges with twice the slapstick and twice the raunch, then look no further because Frank Drebin’s got you covered. He’s the ditzy cop reminiscent of Mr. Bean who’s always on the case. When the Queen of England comes to town to enjoy a little American culture, corny bad guy Vincent Ludwig hatches a plan to assassinate her. Desperately  childlike in comedic timing but too adult when it comes to its jokes and lewd references, this one isn’t exactly a family flick. It makes for some serious 80’s cringe binging though. Leslie Nielsen, who plays the ditzy Lieutenant Frank was born to play these roles. His blank stares and over the top expressions are what made him a staple in 80’s and 90’s spoof flicks. There’s even an appearance of infamous football player OJ Simpson as Nordberg. Pre-murder accusations, of course.  Some of the jokes might be a little outdated, and if slapstick pisses you off, stay away. Frank’s love interest Jane Spencer played by Priscilla Presley, is often used as a prop for sexual jokes, so there’s that. But if you’re willing to chalk it up to the times then you just might get a few laughs out of this one.

The Last Airbender (2010)

The Last Airbender (2010)

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75 %

The Last Airbender (2010)

Four nations, one destiny

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Yeah, not the timeless, beloved, critically acclaimed Nickelodeon Anime. The M. Night Shyamalan Film.  The Last Airbender follows Aang who is, well, the Last Airbender. In a world of supernaturally gifted people who can manipulate fire, earth, and water, Aang is the only one who can control them all, plus air. He’s the Avatar and this film follows him as he actualizes that reality. Then there’s’ the Fire nation, whose members are the Slytherins of this universe. They’re bad and they want to rule over everyone else. Hijinks ensue.  Noah ringer plays Aang, and he’s a newcomer so he gets a little slack. The cast would probably like to forget their roles in this film, so this isn’t a roast about the predominant child actors. Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, it’s a serious deviation from the series. Not in plot and characters, but in quality. Choppy, dry dialogue and uncomfortable acting is laced throughout the entire film.  From whitewashing to cement sets and mediocre effects, everybody’s had a dig at this film. It’s almost become a pastime. Skipping the dead horse beating, if you’re into masochism and a “so bad it’s bad” movie, then check it out.

Invictus (2009)

Invictus (2009)

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77 %

Invictus (2009)

His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.

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When Nelson Mandela was freed after his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island, the world changed forever. Invictus follows the first black South African president’s initial year in office as he tries to unite his racially and economically divided country through the medium of sports. Based on true life events, he befriends Francois Pienaar, the captain of the national rugby team,  in order to bridge the gap between black and white. Their goal, get to the 1995 world cup finals and have the entire nation, regardless of skin color, rooting for the same team. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film carries a lot of grit and raw emotion as it handles a deeply sensitive, historical moment.  His direction gives subtle nuances of the legend that Mandela was, without beating us over the head with greeting card style platitudes.  Morgan Freeman, who plays Madiba, is strong and believable. He pulls off the light voice and accent well. Matt Damon plays Francois with an intense look and drive. Though he differs from the real life jovial, 6’3 200-pound rugby legend. There are some heavy themes like racism, terrorism and segregation so it’s not a sweet pill to swallow. It is however, a necessary patch to the larger quilt of racial reconciliation.

War Horse (2011)

War Horse (2011)

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76 %

War Horse (2011)

Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship.

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When World War 1 breaks out, the army drafts as many horses as possible for their growing infantry. One of the beloved horses is Joey, who belongs to Alfred Narracott. When Alfred realizes what’s happened, he enlists into the British army to find his  friend, despite being underage. Alfred and Joey both endure harrowing journeys across Europe as they search for one another in the darkest times of history. Spielberg, who directs this film, is a master at the emotional tug. Sweeping landscapes of  1900’s England and equally riveting war scenes saturate this epic coming of age. With the emotional motif of “Seabiscuit” and the rousing reality  of “Saving Private Ryan”, this movie isn’t for the lighthearted viewer. Jeremy Irvine shines as Albert, the shy, hardworking horse lover. He brings a deep softness and vulnerability, eliminating any campy “save the animals” clichés. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Major Jamie Stewart and his multifaceted , booming voice serves as the rally cry for these young and fearful soldiers. Fellow soon to be Avengers adversary Tom Hiddleston plays the soft-hearted Captain Nicholls. This one’s a bit of a tearjerker at times, so sit down with a box of tissues.

The Invisible Guest (2016)

The Invisible Guest (2016)

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77 %

The Invisible Guest (2016)

Every story has two sides. The truth, only one.

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re chilling with your lover and they mysteriously die, putting you in the hot seat for murder charges? That’s Adrian Doria’s reality when he goes from highly respected tech startup whiz with a smart and beautiful girlfriend to an alleged murderer overnight. We follow his journey as he and his lawyer, Virginia Goodman must come up with an impregnable defense in this high-stake court and crime thriller.  The Spanish film is gut wrenching and has a “Gone Girl” feel that’s quite ominous, but in the best way. The writing is impeccable and its what builds and carries most of the film. Thank Director and writer Oriol Paulo for his strong pacing and realistic dialogue. The action lies less with physical feats and more with the choices the characters make. Mario Casas presents his entire range of emotions for the lead role, mixing suaveness with raw frustration and wild release. He’s matched only by Ana Wagener who plays his genius witness prep expert, Virginia Goodman. She certainly suffers no fools and she’s a strong contender for Best Actress in the foreign and American realm of film. If you’re into mystery thrillers but feel exhausted by the typical Hollywood portrayal of them, then check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots (2011)

Recommended
75 %

Puss in Boots (2011)

Live for danger. Fight for justice. Pray for mercy.

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Before the adventures of Shrek 2 introduced us to the big eyed, sword wielding Puss in boots, he was living la Vida loca in a land of fairytale creatures. This prequel follows Puss as he stumbles upon tales of untold treasure in a giant’s castle. Puss is not one to shy from a challenge, so joined with Humpty Dumpty, he fights tooth and cat claws to get the treasure and even win the girl.  Pray for mercy from Puss in boots. This satirical, spoof style film with Antonio Banderas reprising his legendary Zorro role, except in cat form, is an oddball. Antonio voices the caricature with hilarity and almost pokes fun at his own stereotypical antics. He’s joined by comedy king Zack Galifanakis who voices the neurotic Humpty Dumpty with perfection. It’s surprisingly enjoyable and its comedy matches that of the first Shrek film. Adults might catch a few well-hidden mature jokes and have a quick chuckle. Witty, dry and sometimes goofy, it’s a kids flick that will go over well with the entire family as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Molly’s Game (2017)

Molly’s Game (2017)

Recommended
74 %

Molly’s Game (2017)

Deal with her.

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When Olympic level skier Molly Bloom takes a big hit in her career, she decides to enter the secretive world of underground high-end poker. Strange career move, isn’t it? The true story is just as shocking as this film that follows Molly’s rise to the top as the runner of the world’s most exclusive poker game. Which isn’t exactly legal. Tell that to the FBI who have been on her case for nearly 10 years. This biographical crime drama takes a crack at the ever popular “fall from grace” narrative, but with Aaron Sorkin behind the director’s chair, you can bet it’s anything but typical. This might have been his directorial debut but it certainly isn’t his written one. He shines with his classic quippy dialogue and sour humor. Jessica Chastain, who plays the lead Molly, shows up in a big way here. Her wit, charm and ultimate power onscreen can’t be ignored. Idris Elba, who plays Molly’s reluctant lawyer, shows that he’s more than an action flick guy. Their onscreen banter is sharp and cutthroat. No dead dialogue or wasted words here. Definitely worth a few watches.

Bee Movie (2007)

Bee Movie (2007)

Recommended
71 %

Bee Movie (2007)

Born to bee wild.

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What would the world be like if bees were sentient and could advocate against the thievery of their honey at the hands of  humanity and sometimes bears? The Bee Movie answers this unasked question when Barry B. Benson graduates from college with no idea how he’s supposed to change the world as a lowly bee. He soon finds out just how important honey is to humanity, and how much money they’re making from his colony’s hard work.  So he sues the human race. This film feels like a Jerry Seinfeld stand up bit stretched into a 91-minute runtime. Which is exactly what it is. Jerry Seinfeld, comedic legend and co-creator of the hit sitcom “Seinfeld” voices Barry. His observational comedy works well on network television but it feels a little odd when the vehicle is an animated children’s  movie. Renee Zelleweger lends her bubblegum sweet voice to Barry’s human friend and sort of love interest Vanessa Bloome. Interspecies relations aside, the majority of the laughs comes from Vanessa’s  boyfriend, Ken played by Patrick Warburton. His aloof, drawly deep voice is perfect.  With a slew of celebrity cameos, the scenes can get pretty crowded. The second half of the film drags out like dried molasses, or honey if you may. There’s a lot of animated films that Dreamworks  strives to perfect. Bee Movie however, falls flat.

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Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

Your mind is the scene of the crime.

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Inception was simply one of those movies where you never really knew what’s going on; but you knew that you were being treated with something truly fascinating. Nolan being one to not shy away from the impossible; built such a well detailed universe that gave us dreams within a dream; rotating hotel fights and some gigantic set pieces; all having absolutely no CGI. The protagonist Hobb; (played by Dicaprio) was an architect who assembled a task force to try and insert an idea within another man’s memory; and oh boy did this premise deliver. With a lethal cast featuring some of Hollywood’s great; Cylian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Elliot page to name a few; this movie truly had everything. With some of the best cinematography you will ever see; Hanz Zimmer strikes it out of the park once again. This mind-bending movie is simply perfection; therefore, landing the #1 spot on our list.

What to look for in a good movie

To help you choose your right pick; we have critically analyzed the abiove mentioned hits. Our reviews entail detailed breakdowns of not only the plot and the overall message; but the filming, music, and cinematography and also the smaller things that passive fans might miss out on.

By breaking down the movie in terms of its plotting and screenplay; we give you a good sense of deciding the movie according to your watching habits. Do you like a fast-paced movie with all sorts of set pieces being blown up amidst chaos and confusion? Or maybe a slow burn thriller which slowly reveals crucial plot points as the movie progresses? Well by assessing the storyline and screenplay; we give you a good sense of the type of story you may get; whether the dialogue is subtle or in your face and the overall themes and tones the work is trying to portray.

For all you cinema and music lovers out there who have been following the likes of Martin Scorcese; Quentian Tarantino and some of the other greats for a while now; we further breakdown the movie in terms of the filming and style of directing. Everything from the witty and cut-throat filming style of a Django Unchained to the revolutionary set pieces created in Inception; we have it all covered. We also cover the music and give you a sense of the kind of melodies and tunes you can expect in these classics.

And of course; it isn’t a great movie without some truly fine acting. Some of these movies feature a star-studded cast that feature all of your favorite actors. We have gone through a list of the performances and rated how well we thought the actor brought his or her character to life.

All in all this list is moulded to match with your expectations and standards of what a good movie is for you.

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