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Christopher Linsell

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Positively Spellbinding

Not often do films move us not just in emotion but in state of mind. Black Swan takes the audience into places that we always knew existed but never knew the reaches of in our own minds. So many things about this movie are downright brilliant, it takes a narrative experience that can really only be described as gut-wrenching and makes it addictive.

The backbone of this incredible piece is the masterful performance...

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One Dimensional, but not a bad dimension

Max Brooks' wrote a story about the zombie takeover that definitely set the tone for this sort of literature. The matter-of-fact way of dealing with the zombie-problem made the book seem eerily realistic, like it is something we are actually planning for. Unfortunately, the movie misses the mark in capturing this same feel, and the tone of this film slips back into the traditional hollywood monster movie. That...

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Scarier than expected.

This film is an interesting story, visually very well done, but dark. Dark in plot, dark in color palette, just all around dark. There is an impending sense of dread that is woven through the entire experience, though that is not necessarily a bad thing considering the story being told. These feelings are particularly punctuated by the performances of Michael Fassbender and and Noomi Rapace. They were both great,...

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An Overwhelming Story

I am going to keep this short. In fact, I may make this the shortest I have ever reviewed. There has been so much talk about this movie, so much controversy in the reviews of this film, I am not in a mood to add to the noise. However, there are some important points to be made.

Some have said that this movie celebrates a lifestyle of disfunction. That it glorifies the lives of the anti-hero as if they were the...

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A great representative for the entire franchise

If you are like me and own the Indiana Jones boxset, you have probably watched some of the bonus material in which George Lucas and Steven Spielberg talk about the conceptualization of Indy. He was originally thought of as this roguish comic book character, a story to be told on panels. His adventures are a series of stills, with our imagination to fill in the action between. This movie, of all of them, does this...

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Not to be taken too seriously

Th Fifth Element is an exciting and somewhat silly science fiction and fantasy movie set in the distant future. The key to enjoying this film it remembering that Luc Besson (writer/director) is not taking himself or this film with anything but a grain of salt. The acting is silly and over the top, Bruce Willis is basically Bruce Willis in every other movie you have ever seen. The costumes are clunky and look like...

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A crowning achievement with a sparkling jewel.

I don't tend to gush about films very often, particularly because it is rare that films are gush-worthy. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things that critics can complain about with The Dark Knight, but there are certain elements of this movie that are so good, are so measurably and comparably brilliant that a little gush now and then seems appropriate.

The second chapter in Nolan's Batman series has a lot...

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Excellent Adaptation of an amazing book.

It's hard to put into words the importance of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game". This book won so many awards and carries so much acclaim for anyone who is even moderately interested in science fiction and fantasy that the idea of trying to tell this story in a movie seems like an impossible task. So many of the reasons that this book was incredible (the issues of good vs evil, of the presence of good and evil...

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An excellent relaunch

Christopher Nolan had a lot of time to think about how he wanted to treat the relaunch of Batman. It is said that Nolan had been thinking about this series for almost a decade before he actually started making the movies. One has to assume that his vision evolved over time, just as any artist's would. That being said, the final product is not without flaws, but is definitely a worthy start to an excellent series.

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A sufficient wrap-up, decent satisfaction

Given my recent scathing review of E2, I am hesitant to write the review of E3 right away. I just finished E3, in fact, the credits are still rolling as I type. But, the feeling of reasonable satisfaction is present, so why wait?

Revenge of the Sith is dark. It is supposed to be, and anyone familiar with this saga knows that E4 finds the galaxy controlled by the Empire, so the lead in to that has to make sense....

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A Die-Hard Star Wars Fan Shakes His Head...

Listen, I want to like this movie. I actually want to LOVE this movie. There are lots of things about it that make me want to say, "Yes! E1 was a decent start, this is taking it up a notch!", but then there are the head scratching moments that make you wonder what the hell happened. Allow me to explain.

Many of you know that I love Science Fiction, and even more than that, I love Star Wars. At the date of the...

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A Well Oiled Machine

Many people would be surprised be a 4-star rating for this film. Given the other reviews I have written, it's obvious that I value lots of aspects in filmmaking. That being said, often times a movie is wonderful in lots of different aspects but misses something that The Fugitive hits directly on the head. It (this film) knows what it is, it knows it's purpose, and it does a damn fine job of it.

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The first of the grown-up Potters

Though this installment of the Harry Potter franchise falls in the middle of the series, and certainly still has elements of the young HP, a turn is made in this movie from childhood to maturity. The best part about this is the movie still retains the charm of the story, the magic and wonder that drew us to Harry Potter in the first place. I will be the first to admit that this is my favorite of the books, so it...

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