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Five-star trailers: “Gone Girl” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”

  For this post, I highlight trailers for two upcoming films with two seemingly similar plot lines: the disappearance of a female character. The films’ central genres, however, are vastly different. First, in director David Fincher’s mystery-thriller Gone Girl, Ben … Continue reading

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Linklater takes us on a remarkable journey through a boy’s childhood in “Boyhood”

We’ve seen coming-of-age films many times before. Out of all likelihood, the movie would feature a child actor portray the character at a young age, and a different actor would take over the role when the character ages in the … Continue reading

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Oscar Watch Trailer: “12 Years a Slave”

Now that the Summer season of big-budgeted, popcorn films is over, we enter into the end-of-the-year releases that are more award-caliber in nature. In other words, my favorite time of year at the movies! For films that could potentially get … Continue reading

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A young man tries to get his life back on track in the unforgettable drama “Fruitvale Station”

In writer/director Ryan Coogler’s true-story drama Fruitvale Station, star-on-the-rise Michael B. Jordan gives an outstanding performance as a young man who yearns to find redemption and lead a better life for his future. Fruitvale tells the tragic story of Oscar … Continue reading

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Five-star trailer: “Her”

Writer/director Spike Jonze–best known for the acclaimed, quirky dramedies Being John Malkovich and Adaptation–looks like he has another offbeat winner on his hands with the new film Her. Fresh off his critically-adored, Oscar-nominated turn in last year’s The Master, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a depressed … Continue reading

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The McConaughey ‘career renaissance’ continues in the excellent Southern drama “Mud”

Matthew McConaughey. A few years ago, that name was synonymous for romantic-comedy “fluff” films such as The Wedding Planner and Failure to Launch. He was pretty much perceived as a “pretty boy” whose prerequisite for a film was to have … Continue reading

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Five-star trailer: “American Hustle”

Just one year after writer/director David O. Russell gave us the acclaimed, multiple-Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, it seems as though he’s done it again with his new, star-studded crime drama American Hustle. Back with Russell are Playbook actors Bradley Cooper … Continue reading

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