Movie Review: Theory of Everything (2014) – Intelligent, Well done but Not Deep Enough for an Oscar

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In an industry that is focused on spitting out a new biographical movie about Johnny Cash every 15 minutes, it’s hard to find a biographical movie about someone I’d actually like to watch. All that changed when I saw “Theory of Everything” a movie based on the life of Stephen Hawking.

Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this film follows the life of the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. But it’s not all math and earth shattering scientific theory. Instead, there’s a love story thrown in when Stephen meets a fellow student at Cambridge, Jane Wylde. It follows Stephen after he got his earth shattering diagnosis at the age of 21, and continues on through his life and his major works. The movie was based on Jane Hawkins book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”)

Whenever Hollywood puts out a movie based on a living subject, they tend to paint that subject with a lighter brush. This is no “Mommy Dearest”. You’re not going to discover any shocking revelations here. I think the most successful biographic movies change the way you think about the person. In this case, while I might know a bit more about Stephen Hawking, the way I think of Stephen Hawking hasn’t changed.

That is not to say that this movie still isn’t hard hitting. We watch as Hawking goes from a healthy boy sprinting across campus, to an incapacitated man who can’t even speak. Despite that, he maintains that air of eccentricity that we all know genius physicists have.

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I think a good part of this was due to the incredibly skilled acting of Eddie Redmayne. He was able to fill both roles easily, the roll of Hawking as the young, healthy man, and the role of Hawking as the older and incapacitated one, and create a seamless transition. Facility Jones pulled her own weight as well, playing the indefatigable Jane with grace and sensitivity. It would be a shame if these two leads didn’t get an Oscar nod for their performance.

This movie is pure Oscar bait, but I don’t think it goes deep enough to actually win the award. It feels restrained, like they were afraid to insult the title character. To be honest, I can’t blame them. I’d be afraid to piss of Stephen Hawking too. The man is a genius physicist and I’m pretty sure he could blow up my house using Google maps if he wanted to.

The fact is, we see what we already know of Hawking. We watching him face insurmountable odds to become one of the most brilliant minds physics had ever seen. We watch his supportive wife, sticking by his side through thick and thin. We see a tortured genius and the woman that loves him.

Holy crap, this is a bit like a Johnny Cash movie.

It’s a bit too superficial in my opinion to win much at the Oscars, but it’s still an extremely well done, intelligent movie. This is no 12 Years a Slave, but it is still worth the watch.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

four and a half stars

 

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Movie Review: Big Hero 6 (2014) – A well written, well animated, Future Classic

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I watched this movie for one reason. To find out what the ‘6’ means. I was pretty sure that this wasn’t a sixth sequel, as I’d never heard of Big Hero’s 1 through 5.Turns out, it was the name of the team.

This movie is set in the futuristic town of San Fransokyo. Two orphaned brothers, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) is and Tadashi (Daniel Henney), have their own obsession with science. Hiro is into creating robots for robot fights whole Tadashi is more into design and brainiac concepts. Of course, in standard Disney manner, disaster strikes leaving Hiro all by is lonesome, isolated and depressed. His only companion is Baymax, a personal hygiene robot he designed. The two stumble onto an evil plot and must hook up with Tadashi’s street fighting pals in order to take down the bad guys.

In a time when most children’s movies are focused on super powers or physical prowess, it’s nice to see one where brains matter. All the heroes in Big Hero 6 have their own special area of science that they have mastered. They use their brains more often than their muscles and I think this sends the right message to kids.

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There’s an Asian fusion element with this story that I find very clever. Even the name of their city, San Fransokyo plays on this, given the movie a multi-cultural feel that is rare, especially for Disney, who generally acts like places outside of the US don’t exist.

The CGI is very well done, with colorful, fun characters which practically scream “merchandizing revenue”. I imagine there will be more than on Baymax toy on the shelves come Christmas. The details are down, from the way the characters move to the futuristic landscape and a lot of effort was put into the animation.

One area that didn’t fall flat was the story line. Too often, animated movies contrive to focus on the animation and action without giving a plausible back-story. In this movie, the story unfolded in a way that made it feel complete and organic. There were no plot holes to be plugged or forced coincidences.

The dialog is cute, snappy and age appropriate for this boy genius. The conflicts aren’t forced and the sidekicks are fleshed out. This truly was a well written script.

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One gripe I do have is this movie is more of the Hiro and Baymax story. While the secondary characters were given great personas and voice actors, they didn’t show up until well into the film. The marketing of the movie didn’t really make it clear that “Big Hero 6” was a team of superheroes, hence my initial confusion in thinking I missed the first five movies.

Other than that, I have no complaints. This is going to be one of those Disney Pixar insta-classics and I’m sure we will be seeing more than a few actual sequels. This is a well written movie, with great characters and great animation. Though the beginning does have some rough scenes for younger viewers, it’s sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

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Movie Review: Nightcrawlers (2014) – Clever, hard hitting and Not for the Squeamish

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Nightcrawlers is currently holding the number 1 spot at the box office, thankfully knocking down the uninspired 2 hour commercial Ouija. I liked this movie, as it reminded me of a short lived show I liked called “Dirt”. Both this movie, and the show I liked covered the gory side of photojournalism. It’s centered on a man who is part photographer and one part scavenger, and wholly fantastic.

In Nightcrawlers, we’re introduced to our main character Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is the very definition of a scavenger. We find him cutting a chain link fence, thinking he’s trying to get through it. Nope, he’s simply taking it to a scrap metal yard to sell it. After asking the yard owner for a job, he’s presented with the very reasonable response “I’m not hiring a f@cking thief!” Bloom walks away, broke and unhappy. Then, later that night he meets a freelance cameraman who is busy filming a gory accident as first responders try to pull a burning victim out of a car. Bloom takes one look at the scene and falls in love with the potential profession. Soon, he has his own tools of the trade; a camera and a police scanner. When night comes, he heads out to take photos that would leave most people gagging, before selling those photos to the hard hearted veteran reporter Nina (Renee Russo).

It’s clever, it’s hard hitting and it’s hard to watch. It’s also a great comment on society, especially when Nina makes it clear that her preference is for photos of white victims being killed by nonwhite assailants. This mirrors societies own generalized focused on white and well off victims, over poor non-white victims, when it comes to news.

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But it’s not all morals and societal commentary. There’s enough action and enough gore to keep you focused on the screen, while trying to avoid flinching away.

Gyllenhaal was fantastic in this movie. I heard that one thing he did was study the coyote to get ready for this part. It’s easy to see the similarities between Bloom and the night stalking scavenger, sneaking down from the hills at night to feast on the bodies of the dead. In a way, that’s exactly what Bloom is doing when he trades in people’s last moments for cold hard cash from the cold hard Nina.

The movie doesn’t entirely live up to the lead. After a bit, you start to wonder how he’s getting away with some of this stuff. I mean, the news can get sensationalistic, but when was the last time you saw a hacked up body pop up on your local news show? They might have been going for over the top black satire, but with everything else, so realistically put together, some of the scenes feel surreal, like they don’t quite match the rest of the puzzle.

But Gyllenhaal shines and the story is clever, without being morally superior. All in all, it was an excellent effort and easily worth the watch, if you’re not the squeamish type.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

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Movie Review: Fury (2014) – A refreshing step away from glorifying War and focusing on the True Devastation

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 This big budget war movie, featuring a very rough looking Brad Pitt, is currently topping the box office and pleasing critics. So what is it about ‘Fury” that’s working everyone up into a fervor?

The time is April, 1945. A bulky looking Brad Pitt plays a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt). Wardaddy commands a 5 man tank crew. Their mission takes them behind enemy lines, facing overwhelming odds because they’re both outnumbered and outgunned.

This is a tense movie. I haven’t seen a movie this tense since I saw U-571. It’s not only tense, but tense and gritty, and unlike many of the other war movies out there, this film takes a step back at glorifying war and instead shows the devastation.

The movie is shrouded in grays and browns, which is an excellent visual representation of the movie itself, which focuses on the end of the war. The soldiers are exhausted, and battle weary, as they should be and the aesthetic design really plays this up.

This is a war movie along the lines of Saving Private Ryan, in that the director didn’t flinch away from being harsh. It shows true war, and not the dressed up versions that seem to be nothing more than Army recruitment films.

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One great part of this movie is the contrast. It’s the very definition of ‘losing the battle, but winning the war.” By the time the tank crew starts work, it is well known that the Americans are going to be victorious over Germany. But that doesn’t matter to the soldiers in Fury, as they are facing a deadly, almost unwinnable mission. There’s almost a claustrophobic feel to Fury, especially in scenes inside the team’s tank. The movie does well by maintaining an impending sense of doom, leaving the viewer convinced that there is no way the team is making it out alive.

Brad Pitt, still gorgeous at 50, is fantastic as the hardened sergeant. With his booming voice and grizzled good looks, he’s able to spew lines like ‘the dyings not done, the killings not done’ without seeming over the top. He is a man tired of war, but at the same time, he’s a man who doesn’t know how to live outside of war.

My biggest complaint about this movie is that there is absolutely no relief from the tension. There’s very little comedy, even when the team has down time, and after 2 hours and 15 minutes, I was pretty sure it was giving me an ulcer. I could have used something to break severity of the movie.

One thing I really liked was the accurate use of tracer rounds. In a dark movie, the only color we see is the green shots from the German tanks, and the molten pink one from the Americans. They are virtually the only colors you see in a sepia toned movie and the contrast makes a huge difference in the battle scenes.

Fury is the kind of movie that stays with you. It’s an excellent watch with well done battle scenes and a competent cast. This is not your average feel good military movie. Instead, it’s a dark depressing look at the end of the war, with very little hope thrown in. While a bleak look at war, it’s absolutely worthy of all the buzz it’s receiving.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

 

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Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014) – Who Knew, Ben Affleck can Really Act!

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For anyone who has avoided Gone Girl, expecting yet another abused wife story suitable for Lifetime, you should know that is not what this movie is about. While it does delve into that area, this is so much more of a psychological thriller with a couple of awesome twists.

We meet Nick (Ben Affleck) on the eve of his 5th wedding anniversary. He arrives home to find his wife Amy (Rosemund Pike) missing. In the beginning, Nick plays the part of happy husband, but flashbacks reveal the marriage wasn’t nearly as happy as Nick was claiming. In a surprising mirror of real life, Nick turns from victim to villain in the eyes of the press, leaving most people certain that he did kill his wife. But just when you think you know what’s going on, you get slapped in the face with yet another twist in this roller coaster of a movie.

The direction was well done, with the flashbacks giving just enough to not give away the twist, while keeping you intrigued. You bounce all over the place in your feelings for Nick, from pitying, to hating him and all the way back again.

For once, I have to admit I don’t hate Ben Affleck. There was a time I thought there was only one good thing about Ben Affleck and that one good thing was Matt Damon. But it turns out, this guy can act! He brings a depth to the character that keeps him from being a one dimensional victim/villain. I officially forgive him for ruining Pearl Harbor.

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One person that particularly impressed me was Gillian Flynn, the woman who penned the screenplay from her own novel. This is a first for Flynn and it was well adapted to the big screen, losing nothing from the book. Most times, authors writing their own screenplays turn into a disaster, but I think Flynn’s strength with dialog and action really helped pull her through. It was an extremely well-written job.

The score was a bit over the top for me. I hate it when I feel like someone is trying to force an emotion down my throat with music, and that’s exactly what this score does. It’s not subtle and it doesn’t stay in the background, which would be great if this was a musical. It’s not and a lighter touch could have been used on the score.

This is a movie that will restore your faith in the twist. If you’re sick of movies where the twist feels forced in as an afterthought, you’ll find this movie very refreshing. The twists are cohesive. They fit the plot and they aren’t hammered in for the purposes of shock value.

Gone Girl is a smart mystery with a lot of social elements tied in. It really is a scathing look at the American media and how trials are often decided on Good Morning America, as opposed to in the courtroom. The twist elevates it to a completely different level, making it so much more than Lifetime movie fodder. If you’re looking for a great date night movie this week, rest assured Gone Girl is definitely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

 

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Movie Review: Laggies (2014) – A Coming of Age Movie for those Coming of Age a Little Bit Late

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Laggies might be the movie of the Millennial generation. It’s a fantastic look at something that is all too true for most young adults these days; perpetual childhood and living with their parents.

Megan (Keira Knightly) is an overeducated, unemployed 28-year-old. She also lacks any kind of motivation to change all that, despite that fact that she’s lagging behind all of her friends, who are checking off life milestone after life milestone. Then she meets 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell).

I love this movie because I feel like Megan is a character that we so rarely see. In a box office stuffed full of Type-A females who only want to get married so they can nag a man to death, Megan is a refreshing chance of pace. She’s a barely lived, world weary slacker who has no interest in moving forward with her life. She’s lazy, unmotivated, messy and broken. Simply put, she’s a lot more real than most of the female leads in movies today.

This is a charming coming of age movie for those who are coming of age a little bit later. The two leads are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Megan has no responsibility while Craig is nothing but responsibility. Megan can’t find a way to move to the next phase of her life, and has to do something stupid to figure it out. It’s a good premise and a sweet story with an edge. For example, Megan meets Annika when she buys her beer and then spends half the night getting drunk with a bunch of 16-year-olds.

But it’s a movie, not a moral lesson. It’s fun, it’s clever and it’s potentially one of the smartest comedies I’ve seen in a while. Not since I saw the seriously underrated Young Adult with Charlize Theron have I seen a broken female lead played so well.

The movie is admirably polished and Keira Knightly was ideal for the lead. The clever way that she has to move backwards to move forwards is quirky, but at the same time a little bit heartbreaking.

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It’s a surprisingly socially relevant movie. The fact is, there are many 28-year-olds living like Megan these days. For some, it’s not lack of motivation; it’s just lack of job prospects. For others, the lack of prospects has spawned the lack of motivation. It’s surprisingly easy to get comfortable behaving like a child when you’re an adult. A lot of Millennials and younger will be able to identify with this character.

It’s as inspirational as it is inappropriate and a thoroughly charming find. This is a date night movie for those who find traditional rom-coms not edgy enough. It’s dark enough to keep from being too sweet and clever enough to go after a demographic that is relatively new; post-college kids in the midst of a quarter life crisis.

Laggies was worth the watch and is a great choice if you’re tired of candy floss rom-coms and like a little more edge with your leads.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

 

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Movie Review: Get on Up (2014)) – An Excellent Portrayal of a man who Really can’t be Replicated.

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I’m a fan of director Tate Taylor, as well as of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So when I learned that Taylor was directing an epic based on the musician’s life, I was excited. Luckily, I can say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown in Get on Up and gives us a complete, unflinching look inside the career and the amazing life story of James Brown. It takes us from his impoverished childhood, all the way to his rise to fame as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Boseman is supported by some amazing actors in this epic, including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

What usually bothers me about movies based on musicians’ lives is that rarely can a director strike the right balance. Either they portray the musician as a monster, or they sugarcoat them until they are as squeaky clean as Justin Bieber’s image used to be.

This movie strikes the right balance between the two. It starts off with James Brown exploding into one of his well known fits of ego and anger, but slowly the real character of Brown starts to unravel. The story is told by frequent flashbacks, mixed with a bit of linear story-telling.

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I think the timeline is really what makes this movie brilliant. Moments of huge success in Brown’s life are immediately compared to scenes of baseness and horror. You don’t just see the things Brown did wrong. You start to understand what made him the way he was.

Get on Up is a movie based on contrast, and is aptly named. You might see Brown fail on occasional, but he always returns to triumph.

I don’t know how realistic any of this was or if they stuck to the true story of James Brown’s life, but they seem to have captured him as a character. If there was one thing James Brown was, it was intense, and this is an intense movie. Taylor was the ideal person to direct this movie, as he seems to enjoy playing with contrasts and this movie is all contrast.

Of course, the movie doesn’t skimp on the music and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy many of Brown’s most iconic songs.

I was extremely impressed with Boseman, who seemed to have the majority of the icon’s moves and mannerisms down. Though he didn’t have Brown’s frantic energy, I doubt anyone could replicate that. All in all, he created an excellent portrayal of a man who really can’t be replicated.

Sometimes the back and forth can get a bit confusing, but I think the back and forth was a necessary part of the movie. Watching this story in a linear format might make it difficult to stay with, as Brown really had a harsh upbringing and viewed all at once, that might be a bit of a downer.

This was yet another excellent film by Tate Taylor and the best I’ve seen Boseman since his stint as Jackie Robinson in 42. If you’re interested in the life of the legend James Brown, then this movie is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy – A Dizzying Array of Alliances and Enemies, but all together it Works

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Guardians of the Galaxy is currently sitting at number one at the box office and has earned an astonishing $94 million so far. It’s also managing to do pretty good with critics. So what is it about Guardians that is earning it such accolades?

This is another comic book adaptation from Marvel. In Guardians, adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a universe wide bounty hunt, after he swipes a magic orb. Main bad guy Ronan (Lee Pace) has plans to control the universe with said orb and will stop at nothing to get it back. To escape Ronan, Quill teams up with Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saladana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (David Baustida).

I was a little surprised that Disney chose to go with Guardians. While I might be familiar with the series, I doubt most non-comic readers are. These are not the familiar and comforting characters that spurned action figures and Saturday morning cartoons, so choosing to make a movie out of them seems like a big risk.

Luckily, it paid off. This is a movie that does not take itself too seriously. Quill, the main character, is a bit of a bumbling egotist who brings back shades of Hans Solo. One clever part to the movie is the ever present mix tape that Quill listens to on an old school Walkman, playing music that shouldn’t fit the scenes, but does. It’s possibly the strangest soundtrack I’ve ever heard, but it works.

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Zoe Saldana as Gamora was a great choice, possibly because this is a woman who is used to wearing full body make-up. This time around she’s all green instead of all blue and she’s completely fantastic. Gamora wasn’t quite as dimensional as her role in Avatar, but she still manages to fit the part seamlessly.

I question why it was necessary to pay Vin Diesel’s likely astronomical price tag to play the part of Groot. Groot literally only says three words the entire movie. “I am Groot.” This is a guy who got $15 million for The Fast Five, so I’m curious as to how much it cost Guardians producers to get him to say the same three words over and over again.

The battle scenes are engaging and clever and no characters are really one dimensional, like you might find in other superhero movies. There is a lot going on, a ton of different locations, and a dizzying array of alliances and enemies, but all together it works.

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You’ll find a lot more humor in Guardians than you will in most superhero movies. There are a few heart wrenching moments as well. The first scene in the movie starts with a cancer stricken mother, dying in a hospital bed. That scene might be a bit much for younger viewers, but the movie really picks up from there.

Disney took a huge risk with this movie and it paid off. If you’re sick of the same old superheroes, then Guardians of the Galaxy will give you something new. These obscure anti-heroes really shine when brought to the big screen and this is a movie that is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

four and a half stars

 

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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes movies. I just don’t get the premise. I mean, if the apes have evolved into talking and thinking, shouldn’t they have eventually just evolved into being humans? But I decided to set my skepticism aside and instead, focus on being entertained. After all, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is both a box office and critical success, so there has to be something there right?

Dawn picks up where the last movie left off, with Ceaser leading a growing band of genetically improved apes, to fight with the humans for supremacy of the planet. For the humans, a search for a cure for the virus has obliterated half the world. Humans are fighting to survive in primitive landscapes, while the apes struggle with things like class warfare and rebellious children.

This is not the Planet of the Apes of your childhood. In 1968, Charlton Hesston created the first version as a way to satire the problems in the world. For many, it became a cult hit simply for the ridiculous costumes, but people, aside from die hard movie buffs, rarely discussed the political implications of the movie.

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This new version is possibly the smartest version yet. The CGI is fantastic and realistic, and the apes now have a full range of facial expressions that make them more human and sympathetic. In fact, I wound up rooting for the apes for the majority of the movie.

The dialog is realistic and heavy, and the actors who gave voice to the characters do a great job of verbally expressing their emotions. They created a great humanity for the apes that made them more sympathetic than they’ve ever been before. This movie was very intelligently written.

My big gripe is that the movie has no release from the tension. It’s heavy, it’s depressing and it’s realistic, but there’s no humor to break it up. Instead, it’s a very grim look at the world and manages to be extremely depressing and hard hitting. I could have done with some kind of hope.

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Also, there was a major plot hole. There’s no indication that the apes have the knowledge to make weapons and after 10 years of warfare, they still seem to have an endless supply of both guns and bullets. Guns that never seem to jam, by the way. That didn’t really ring true. Jeez, on the Walking Dead after only a few months following the zombie apocalypse, they’re running low on guns and ammunition. How are the apes doing it after 10 years? Do they have a magic ammunition genie?

Plot holes and depression aside, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is intelligently written, acted and directed. The CGI is fantastic and realistic and the comparisons between the movie and our society are intelligent without being preachy. Currently performing at number 1 at the box office, this is a highly recommended watch. In fact, it might be the smartest movie you see all summer.

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Movie Review: Obvious Child (2014)

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four and a half stars

Quirky girls are becoming the new norm on television and movies and Obvious Child features and excellently quickly, awkward lead. Right now, it’s at limited release, but this indie gem is likely to draw big audiences.

Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is an aspiring stand-up comedienne in her 20s whose life is falling apart. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend, and lost her job when she decides to go home (extremely loaded) with another bar patron (also extremely loaded.) and winds up knocked up. Enter much angst and many jokes about abortion.

This film is like a film length movie of Girls. The lead is an inappropriate, crude, hard to like hipster living a hand to mouth lifestyle thanks to short term jobs and really supportive parents.

The beginning of the film makes the lead hard to like. She seems like she’s entirely self-centered and incredibly needy. But as you get to know her, you get to like her and even start to root for her a bit.

Problems abound with the side characters, who suffer from serious underdevelopment. Her parents are kind of reverse clichés, with an overbearing mom and an ultra-cuddly dad.

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The second half of the movie is heavy on the abortion issue and it faces it with a decidedly liberal slant. If you’re a pro-lifer, you might want to skip this movie, as it will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.

I like that we got to see the real New York with this one. Movies based in New York tend to be too clean and happy, with 20 something’s living in loft apartments that could easily cost 10 grand a month. In this New York, we see a girl living in a crappy, dirty apartment with a clunky radiator, in a dirty area, filled with actual dive bars. It’s a more realistic look at the city that never sleeps.

This movie is not afraid to cross boundaries and approach taboo subjects in a taboo way. Donna is not a cookie-cutter good girl trying to make it in the city. She’s selfish, obnoxious and capable of making huge mistakes that many women her age make, including excessive drinking, casual sex and failure to use a condom appropriately. She’s far more realistic than most of the ways girls in their 20s are portrayed right now.

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The ability to make people laugh about such a serious topic will make this movie an instant classic, if a bit controversial. This is a movie made by people who understand 20-something life in New York and they are not afraid to get gritty about it.

This is an ugly movie that manages to make light of serious issues. It’s gritty, realistic and has that New York in your face style that resonates with the audience of Girls. While not largely marketed, it’s likely to find an audience among the same type of people who are a fan of the Girls series, as well as angst filled 20 something’s living in New York.

If you don’t cringe when the word ‘abortion’ is mentioned, and if you can handle looking at it from a decidedly left-leaning perspective, Obvious Child is absolute worth the watch.  Watch the Official Trailer Below:

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