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lshap
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:31 pm Reply with quote
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Here are the rules: Keep it short and sweet, and use the tried-and-true star system of rating films. No agonizing over prose, just give us your quick impressions and a rating of one to five stars as a guide to what's worth seeing, and what's not.

NO DEBATE! This thread is a quick rating-at-a-glance of films that are in theatres now. All commentary goes in the Current Film forum.
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lshap
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:32 pm Reply with quote
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Toy Story: Best film I've seen this year! In their own way, Buzz and Woody have become as rich and layered as any characters onscreen.
****

Ghost Writer:
Good old fashioned mystery yarn with solid plot and acting. Roman Polanski at his semi-best.
***
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lshap
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:37 pm Reply with quote
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The Karate Kid: Waitaminnut - the kid learns Kung-fu, not karate! But aside from that, and the fact that this remake is almost a karaoke clone of the original, both Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are almost as charming as Macchio and Morita. They call it "Feel-good", not "Think-good" for a reason.
***1/2
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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:29 pm Reply with quote
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Solitary Man: Michael Douglas's best performance since Wonder Boys in an unrelenting but intermittently hilarious character study of a sleazebag, with great supporting cast. ****


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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:31 pm Reply with quote
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Please Give: Another Nicole Holofcener winner about neurotic, lovable New Yorkers, with a wonderful lead performance by Catherine Keener and a sharp and unflinching turn by Ann Guilbert as an octogenarian beeyotch. ****
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Marc
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:34 pm Reply with quote
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Kick Ass kicks ass! ****
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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:35 pm Reply with quote
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Cyrus: Funny and very scary black comedy about a strange trio: a desperate middle aged divorced man, a fortyish beauty, and her weird and borderline psycho son, played brilliantly by John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill respectively. Someday the consistent greatness of Tomei's acting will finally silence the people who still rail against her Oscar win for My Cousin Vinny. Hill has a major career ahead of him. ***1/2
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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:37 pm Reply with quote
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Winter's Bone: Undeniably accurate depiction of hardscrabble Missouri life with a very realistic performance by Jennifer Lawrence. The movie lacks pulse and drive, however. **1/2
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Marc
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:40 pm Reply with quote
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Get Him To The Greek is a highway to hellacious laughter with the occasional narrative speed bump. Hop in the passenger and take the ride. ***
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marantzo
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:11 am Reply with quote
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The Back Up Plan is unseen by me and I hated it. The movie poster itself was enough for me to give it 1/2*. I plan to not see it again when I'm in Atlanta.
gromit
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:24 am Reply with quote
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Unseen movie reviews -- that's a much better idea.

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marantzo
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:26 am Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Unseen movie reviews -- that's a much better idea.


After my last year, I'm well prepared for that.
Syd
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:53 pm Reply with quote
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Splice ** 1/2. Intriguing ideas, with echoes of Frankenstein, Oedipus and Electra, two irresponsible parents who learn that no matter how cool it looks, it's not a good idea to give your child a scorpion's tail. Ultimately fails in execution.

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lshap
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:23 pm Reply with quote
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Kick Ass: (agree with Marc) Spider-Man plus Tarantino. Press "Puree". Loads of fun.
****
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Trish
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:29 pm Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:
Winter's Bone: Undeniably accurate depiction of hardscrabble Missouri life with a very realistic performance by Jennifer Lawrence. The movie lacks pulse and drive, however. **1/2


really... Hmm its gotten loads of praise - that's a surprise
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