Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

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RIO 2 – 2014 Director Carlos Saldanha Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am Screenplay Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner Rio was a beautiful success in 2011, despite having an all to familiar story… Continue reading

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Noah (**1/2)…Right?

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Noah – 2014 Director Darren Aronofsky Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh , Frank Langella Screenplay Aranofsky and Ari Handel So the first thing about any movie is that… Continue reading

As Above, So Below (***): Isn’t great, but at least it follows course

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As Above So Below – 2014 Director John Erick Dowdle Starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar Screenplay Drew and John Erick Dowdle Sometimes in the rush to consider a movie a failed venture, we… Continue reading

Forgotten Gems: Good Morning Vietnam (*****) – When we were young and so alive

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Good Morning, Vietnam – 1987 Director Barry Levinson Starring Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J.T. Walsh, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Noble Willingham, Richard Edson, Richard Portnow, Don and Dan Stanton Screenplay Mitch Markowitz… Continue reading

The November Man (*): Is about as smooth as a Movember Man

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November Man – 2014 Director Roger Donaldson Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton Screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek based on the Bill Granger book, There Are No Spies About 30 minutes… Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (***): If you can work it in

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: 2014 Director Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Screenplay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner The opening… Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

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Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014 Director James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del… Continue reading

CPE & Em: Muppets Most Wanted – The Unnecessarily Extended Edition (***1/2)

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Muppets Most Wanted – 2014 Director James Bobin Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey Written by Nicolas Stoller & Bobin I never thought I needed to see Ricky Gervais break into song, talking… Continue reading

CPE, Em and El: The Princess Bride – As You Wish

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The Princess Bride – 1987 Director Rob Reiner Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, André the Giant, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Mel Smith, Peter… Continue reading

Sabotage (**): Well, so much for the winning streak

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Sabotage  – 2014 Director David Ayer Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Martin Donovan, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Mireille Enos Screenplay Skip Woods and Ayer David Ayer… Continue reading

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