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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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

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The Tree of Life

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

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This Must Be the Place

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

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Gangster Squad

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

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The Thin Red Line

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

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