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Les Miserables

les miserablesIn 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. (IMDb)

So, I am absolutely in love with this. The ensemble cast really steps up and makes this the best musical movie I have seen. I also love the way in which it was filmed, with the actors singing live. It allowed the moments to be more real, instead of the actor trying to lip sync with their pre-recorded voices. Like I said, the ensemble cast was completely fantastic. Hugh Jackman was a fantastic Valjean, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne were a great couple. Plus, Redmayne’s “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” was heart-breaking. Equally as heart breaking was Samanta Barks as Eponine and Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche. I absolutely loved the two of them. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are perfectly cast as the Thenardiers. For me, my favorite performances were Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit. Anne Hathaway was amazing. Period. And Aaron Tveit took a supporting role and made it more important. His voice was perfect for the role and the ending to his storyline made me cry. As a matter of fact, I was a hot mess by the end of this movie. The “endings” were all absolutely beautiful. I only have two complaints. Firstly, Russell Crowe as Javert. Here’s the thing. He wasn’t bad. He just wasn’t as good as rest of the cast. He was very underwhelming. “Stars” is one of my favorites from the show, and it wasn’t up to par. As for Tom Hooper’s direction and cinematography, I enjoyed it 80% of the time. But about almost two hours in, I was getting a little weary of all the close-ups. My friend made a joke that if you drank every time there was a close up while singing, you would be absolutely wasted. Which is completely true. What I did enjoy was when Hooper would pull back and show the scope of everything that was going on. It was really impressive. So overall, I loved it, cried like a baby, deserves every award is receives.

9.5/10

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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We Bought a Zoo

we bought a zooSet in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (IMDb)

So, basically, this was cute. Nothing too much more to it. I mean, it is an inspirational true story about a guy who bought a zoo. Which is pretty cool. Matt Damon was very good, Scarlett Johansson was also very good. I will say Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who plays Rosie, the young daughter, is perhaps the most adorable child actress I have seen in a long time. I loved her, she had some of the best moments in the whole movie, and she is like eight. The story itself is very inspirational, I will say, I choked up near the end, and is entertaining enough to watch once with the family.

6/10

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Dark Knight Rises

the dark knight risesEight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.(IMDb)

Yeah, I know it took me long enough. At least it was worth the wait. A great ending to a fantastic trilogy. Christian Bale and the rest of the crew are always on form, and I loved the new editions. Anne Hathaway kicked major ass and I absolutely loved her as Selina Kyle. She was perfect for it. Also loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. Both their characters were awesome and they were awesome in them. As for Tom Hardy as Bane, I really wanted to like him, I did. And all of the physical stuff was really impressive. And then he opened his mouth. I’m sorry, I just could not get over that voice throughout the whole movie, I thought it was silly. And sometimes I had no clue what he was saying. Also, the only other pitfall was length. I agree that this was at least a two hour movie, but in the middle, I was thinking “ok, this is awesome and everything, but let’s get to the point.” On the other hand, the ending was so worth it. Everything from his return to the end was awesome to watch, especially all the fun twists and turns the last 20 minutes takes. They were great and perfectly executed. Now, the ending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character was ruined for me. (I’m looking at you tumblr.) but in the end, it was all still totally worth it, a perfect ending.

8.5/10

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Trouble with the Curve

trouble with the curveAn ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.(IMDb)

This is a really good movie that shows the more business side of baseball. Something else I thought was really cool was the commentary on how technology is taking over the game, but most likely not for the better. Clint Eastwood is great, as usual, and he is evenly matched by Amy Adams, who was fantastic. It’s really interesting to see the relationship dynamic between the two as the movie progresses and as the audience learns more and more about their past. Justin Timberlake is a pretty good match for the two of them. The downfall with this movie was that it was slow and there is not a whole lot of action. And the baseball lingo can get a little confusing for those that don’t know the game at all. However, the ending is totally satisfying and completely worth sitting through the slowness. So, not a bad one to watch.

7/10

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Campaign

the campaignIn order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. (IMDb)

I was expecting this to be funnier. Not that it wasn’t, but I guess I expected more. Don’t get me wrong, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are hilarious, and work really well together. And this movie boasts a lot of the usual Ferrell movie humor, which was especially funny given that this was an election year. But for me, it’s not as memorable as some of his other work. (Anchorman, Stepbrothers, etc.) However, comparisons aside, this is really funny political satire. What the writers did a good job of was not focusing on the parties (it’s only mentioned once, and just in passing) and what those particular parties stand for. Instead, they looked at how ridiculous politics are in general, and what any candidate will do to win, regardless of party affiliation. Overall, a movie anyone can enjoy, no matter who you support politically.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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ParaNorman

paranormanA misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.(IMDb)

So, I love stop motion animation. I think it is a completely under appreciated art form. And the animation in this is fantastic, especially near the end. The movie overall was really cute. On the surface, it’s about a boy who can talk to ghosts. But underneath that, it’s more about being different and accepting those differences, even when others do not. The writing is good, as is the voice cast. For me, it got a little slow in the middle, but thankfully it picked back up near the end. Overall, this is a cute enough older kid movie that is worth a watch no matter your age.

7/10

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Birdcage

the birdcageA gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancĂ©e’s right-wing moralistic parents.(IMDb)

So one of my roommates has been trying to get me to watch this for like a year, so last night I did. And I’m really glad I did. It was absolutely hilarious. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane together are perfect. The two of them delivered the best parts of the whole movie. They had their fair share of both comedic and really heartfelt moments. Gene Hackman and Dianne Weist are also quite funny as Barbara’s parents. Then there is Hank Azaria as Agadoor, the maid. He also had some of the best moments in the movie. He was absolutely hilarious. Throughout the movie as a whole, I loved the contrast between the Ohio right wing conservative culture and the South Beach gay culture. It was really well done, especially with the costumes. Overall, a really funny movie that I’m glad my roommate suggested.

8/10

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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